“I had a bit of a late start in life,” says Katherine Couzyn, head of digital at Havas Media. “I failed my undergrad the first time and came back to it at 26. That meant I hadn’t spent as much time building my career as others and had a lot of ground to cover to get where I wanted to be by 30.” Since then, Couzyn has made up for lost time. With active campaigns in five countries – South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana and Tanzania – she’s adapted her thinking to the nuances and idiosyncrasies of the different regions and countries spanning Africa. Couzyn points to critical thinking and a brilliant team as the keys to ongoing success. She also recognises that the only way to maintain a healthy work-life balance while meeting your highest goals is to build the types of teams that are supportive and collaborate well together.
I think the hospitality industry needs more representation of black and female chefs sharing their stories.