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Testimonials - Shelmina Abji
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About Shelmina Abji

Shelmina was born in Mwanza, Tanzania. Her parents had very little money but always instilled in her the importance of an education. Although not monetarily rich they were abundantly rich in family values and love. Even at a very young age, determined to make her parents happy she focused diligently on her studies and got excellent grades. At 15 years old Shelmina completed 10th grade and had to leave home in order to obtain a higher education. She initially moved to Dar-es-Salaam to finish high school and then to Pune in India for a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. She brought back and sold clothes from India to help pay for her tuition and her airfare to see her parents during summer. Being far away from home was difficult for her as writing letters was her only form of communication with her family who did not own a phone. It was obvious that Shelmina was bright, optimistic, eager to learn, and not to mention, stubborn; nothing would get in her way of an education. Shelmina was the first person in her family to obtain a college degree. With a degree in hand, she had zero indication as to what she wanted to do and then came upon an article on computer science while reading a magazine. In order to pursue such she would have to move to the United States.  

Shelmina Abji's Journey

Leadership & Experience

UN Girl Up Advisory Council United Nations Foundation - Girl Up

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Testimonials

“Whenever a woman I have spoken to tells me I have influenced her positively, it energizes me to do more. It is my desire to empower young women everywhere.” - Shelmina

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Topics of Empowerment

Shape your life's story

Shelmina talks about how regardless of what our current state is, we own the power to shape our life's story and consciously awaken our greatness.

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Overcome Fear
We own the choice to use fear as a platform to propel us forward or to limit us. Shelmina talks about how she learned to overcome fear and self doubt to build her confidence and self belief.

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Consciously Build Your Personal Brand.
Shelmina talks about the importance of a personal brand. What people talk about you when you are not in the room impacts your career and relationships at many levels. She provides tools and guidance on how to consciously build your current as well as your aspirational brand.

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Intentional Attention
Energy flows where attention goes. Shelmina talks about how consciously setting priorities and boundaries enabled her to have a fulfilling personal and professional life.

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Make your mental chatter work for you.
Your self talk can build or belittle you. Think good of yourself as the world takes you at your own estimate. Shelmina gives you tools to become conscious of your self talk and use it to empower you.

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Consciously Adding Value.
Our value is determined by our contributions. At our hectic pace, we often don’t see what’s really needed of us, we may not appreciate the impact we have, and we may not be aware of the unique ways we can create or add value.

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Confidence through clarity and competence.

She talks about building a step ladder of clarity, confidence and competence to remain relevant and create an upward spiral for continued success.

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Shine your brightest.
Shelmina talks about how to present your best possible self under all circumstances which inspires everyone you interact with to do the same. Amplify the positive and boost greatness in each other. This results in spectacular results consistently and a truly fulfilled personal and profess life.

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Increase your self belief.
One can never rise above one's self belief. Shelmina discusses her life journey and the tools she uses to increase her self belief. Self belief will ensure you never trade your uniqueness and authentic self for momentary validation from outside.

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Grow your personal power.
Your personal power is the energy you carry with you at all times. Shelmina gives you guidance on how to recognize, own and grow it by conscious choices.

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Turn adversity into a gift for growth.
Shelmina discusses her life stories where every challenge or adversity was a gift from which she learned to get closer to realizing her maximum potential. This has also changed her definition of success and failure.

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Work/Life harmony.
Shelmina shares her insights about how she successfully raised two children since they were 2 and 4 while climbing the corporate ladder.

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