Rahel Asefa

Rahel Asefa, Center for Creative Leadership, Program Manager and Faculty

Rahel Asefa

Program Manager & Faculty, Center for Creative Leadership

Rahel is a seasoned Program Manager and Faculty with over 9 years of dedicated experience in designing and implementing impactful leadership development programs across East and West Africa. With a keen eye for design and a knack for contextualization Rahel combines a focus in adult learning, and strong client relations to ensure dynamic classroom facilitation. Her role involves delivering transformative leadership programs for diverse sectors, including government bureaus, IGOs, NGOs, CSOs, private and financial sectors, and youth and communities. Rahel's expertise extends to coaching for various audiences and developing customized organizational leadership solutions. Currently pursuing an MA in Social Psychology and International Cooperation, Rahel values proactivity and believes that tapping into one's quintessential potential can unleash extraordinary human achievements. Rahel is an EMCC accredited coach and a facilitator for WLH East Africa Cohort 3. Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Rahel finds joy in exploring nature, traveling, and immersing herself in diverse cultures.

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All Sessions by Rahel Asefa

9:30 am - 11:00 am

Navigating Workplace Politics

Led by: WomenLift Health.

Developing political competence is an essential leadership skill. Being politically savvy or skilled informs our ability to leverage our influence to advance our own goals, as well as those of our teams and our organizations. The nature and intensity of workplace politics differs in each context. These politics are dynamic, explicit and implicit, and fundamental to the functioning of organizations. What are politics like in your context?

The negativity often associated with organizational politics creates hurdles to our ability and willingness to embrace them. The fact is that politics are natural. It would be naïve to deny that organizational politics can be potentially destructive, yet when leveraged strategically and effectively they advance our leadership efforts.

This session will help you reflect on and potentially reframe your relationship with organizational politics. The objectives of this session are to unpack what organizational politics actually are, to acknowledge that they can be burdensome, to recognize their value, and develop your ability to navigate them. Develop and refine politically savvy mindsets and skillsets which will enable you to navigate relationships more naturally and effectively. Join us to explore your political savviness and assess the political landscape in which you lead.

11:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Overcome Imposter Syndrome

Led by: WomenLift Health.

The public and global health workforce is facing a leadership crisis—while women make up 75 percent of the public health workforce they occupy only 25 percent of senior leadership positions. WomenLift Health’s research finds various structural barriers behind this gender gap, including a lack of mentorship, the demands of balancing work and family life, and traditionally patriarchal work cultures which reinforce a systemic lack of self-confidence among women.

Imposter syndrome—commonly defined as a sense of being undeserving of one’s accomplishments or position—often manifests as a lack of confidence and a fear of being “found out” as a fraud. This is a very common experience for women, who often wait for others to see their potential and tend to undersell their contributions relative to their male counterparts. Imposter syndrome, however, is not an innate feeling that women are born with, recent publications argue. It is often the result of facing repeated exclusion and systemic bias.

While there is a need to collectively hold systems accountable, those who experience imposter syndrome also need strategies to counter it. In this interactive session, you will explore how imposter syndrome manifests in thoughts and work behaviors, reflect on your professional experiences and stories, and find key takeaways to lead with more confidence and impact.