Being a woman leader in a majority female organisation

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Ever wondered what it’s like to be a woman leader working at a female majority company? Dorcas Masatia, the Director of Operations at Maisha Meds, shares her experience as a woman leader at such a company operating in Kenya. As the Director of Operations, Masatia leads the field operations at Maisha Meds, and has extensive experience managing complex operations for Innovations for Poverty Action and Evidence Action. Article by Precious Kilimo (Business Development Lead) with contributions from Dorcas Masatia (Director of Operations), Jessica Vernon (CEO), and Roshni Walia (Chief of Staff) A sense of belonging and purpose  “There is pride in the far we have come and the far we are going through team effort and good leadership.” Dorcas Masatia, Director of Operations Masatia was drawn to Maisha Meds because of the opportunity to serve her society through contributing to improve access to quality healthcare.  “It’s great working at Maisha Meds mainly because it’s a mission driven company geared towards ensuring the bottom of the pyramid have access to quality and affordable healthcare.” Being one of the earliest employees at Maisha Meds, she has seen the organisation grow from less than 10 employees in 2017 to 39 (22 female and 17 male) employees in 2021.  “The scope of the organisation has also grown from simply offering the Point of Sale software to now having a co-pay programme that has increased access to healthcare for patients at the bottom of the pyramid as well as partnering with quality suppliers to ensure patients have access to quality medications.”  As the company grows, the culture has developed into one of equal opportunities for all, the freedom to express oneself and be innovative, while also leaving room for a lot of collaboration across teams. Women leadership at the top “The very able team of women has proven that when united and driven by a common purpose, women are able to grow a company and greatly impact the world.” Female leadership at Maisha Meds begins at the top with both our CEO and CTO being female. Jessica Vernon, the CEO of Maisha Meds, leads the organisation towards achieving its overall mission and vision while Jenny Cheng as the CTO leads engineering for the suite of Maisha Meds products. Jessica Vernon, CEO Jenny Cheng, CTO                               Female representation at the top extends across several parts of Maisha Meds. Christine Otieno is the Director of Supply Chain, Veronica Njeri is the Director of Programs, and Roshni Walia serves as the Chief of Staff. Both Veronica and Roshni note that having women colleagues in leadership positions has created an atmosphere of mutual understanding, trust and teamwork.     “Leveraging on inclusivity, a prominent mindset in women, there is a general trust culture created by the women leaders I have found at Maisha Meds. This environment enhances a shared collaborative space that enhances our teamwork.” (Veronica Njeri) “Working at a [...]