On Friday 30th August, I bid temporary farewell to Johannesburg when my South African Airways flight left Johannesburg for New York. My final destination was Boston, where I am spending September and October. Why Boston, you might ask? Boston is the home to the Harvard Business School.
I am eternally grateful for being afforded a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by Harvard’s Committee on African Studies, my sponsor through the Harvard South Africa Fellowship Programme and my employer, Momentum Retail, to join a diverse group of senior executives from all over the world attending the 185th Advanced Management Programme at the Harvard Business School.
Given the journey I have walked in my life, it was no surprise that I had an overwhelming sense of bursting excitement and deep gratitude as the plane took off. I was grateful to the long list of people who have made a difference in my life and I found myself reflecting on whether I am making a difference in other people’s lives – after all, I was going to a business school whose mission statement is: “We educate leaders who make a difference in the world.”