Wajeeha Al-Husseini can truly be defined as a modern power-woman. Along with being a hardworking professional for the telecom company Umniah, Wajeeha simultaneously balances the life of a triathlon athlete and the tasks of being a home provider and mother. We had a talk with Wajeeha, who told us about her secrets on how she handles her home life and her work like.
Bih: Thank you so much for joining us Wajeeha! Your timetable must be quite full. Not only do you hold the title of director of communication at a major telecom company, but you also compete in triathlons and juggle the responsibilities of being a mother. If someone walked up to you and asked “which job is the most difficult” which title would you pick?
Wajeeha: Being a homemaker! Because this is a non-stop responsibility... a mother, a wife, a chef, a cleaner, a nanny, a lover, a friend, patience, understanding, and sacrificing all in one. I am constantly amazed at women who choose to stay at home... how they manage and stay fit, healthy and happy with such a task is truly remarkable. It is a purely selfless giving and dedication to the family.
“Being a mother - [...] is a purely selfless giving and dedication to the family.”
B: What exactly are your roles and responsibilities as a director of communications?
W: My role is mainly brand custodianship. To ensure that Umniah, as a brand is communicated to the public and internally consistent and to ensure a positive impact. Be it advertising, PR, social media or in our CSR activities, my role is to ensure consistency visually, in writing or verbally.
B: Whether it’s at your work or home space, have you always felt a sense of duty or is that trait something you learned as you grew older?
W: I have always felt a sense of duty as my personality was always “If I wanted to do something I have to be passionate about it”. I am very loyal and dedicated to the tasks I have at hand... I think you can learn to have a sense of duty, but ONLY if you are passionate about what you want to do.
“I think you can learn to have a sense of duty, but ONLY if you are passionate about what you want to do.”
B: Would you say that the modern day woman is still faced with trials & tribulations that reinforce the stigma of women not being able to be in powerful positions?
W: I think as women, we put these stigmas on ourselves. And we allow people to tell us that we can or cannot do what we wish to achieve. Both MEN and WOMEN can be our worst enemies. If you believe in yourself, have the confidence and be passionate about what you want to do. You CAN reach great heights.
“I think as women, we put these stigmas on ourselves. And we allow people to tell us that we can or cannot do what we wish to achieve. Both MEN and WOMEN can be our worst enemies.”
B: Do you personally live by a specific work ethic that keeps you going as a professional and an athlete?
W: Yes. Anything is possible!
B: Self-empowerment and confidence can be considered characteristics that shape independent people. In addition to also looking confident, what wardrobe items make you feel most assure of yourself?
W: My own skin. Nothing will make you look good unless you are comfortable with yourself, your shape, your mind, your imperfections... because that is what is unique and so perfect about each and every one of us. I am not just saying this. I TRULY TRULY believe this. And it took me years to realize this.
B: What advice would you give other women who might face difficulties managing multiple jobs and/or other responsibilities?
W: One battle at a time. We can't do everything, nor can we be expected to do everything. Perfection does not exist. Put all your passion and effort in what you believe in and may the results flow. Failure is awesome as it is the best teacher. Success is temporary. You have to keep working on yourself and challenge yourself to continue to achieve your dreams and never stop dreaming.
“Put all your passion and effort in what you believe in and may the results flow. Failure is awesome as it is the best teacher. Success is temporary.”