In the heart of Black History Month, I find myself reflecting on a transformative experience that has not only shaped my professional trajectory but has also profoundly impacted my personal growth. As I recount my time with the Shuri Network Digital Fellowship, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the countless doors it opened, the skills it honed, and the remarkable connections it fostered.
A Transformative Journey Begins
Joining the Shuri Network Digital Fellowship felt like stepping into a world where possibilities were endless. The programme, with its focus on empowering black and minority ethnic women in digital health, was not just an opportunity—it was a life-changing event. From the very beginning, the fellowship resonated deeply with me, making me feel like there was a seat for me at this table.
Personal and Professional Growth
The Shuri Network Digital Fellowship did more than just enhance my knowledge and skills – it opened doors to unprecedented opportunities.
On a personal level, the fellowship challenged me to embrace my identity with pride and confidence. Surrounded by brilliant, like-minded individuals, I felt a sense of belonging and empowerment that I had never experienced before. The camaraderie among my fellow Shuri members became a pillar of support, fostering an environment where we uplifted each other, celebrated achievements, and shared challenges.
Professionally, the fellowship was a game-changer. The weekly learning sessions with industry experts enriched my understanding of digital health and provided incredible insight into the various opportunities and roles available in this field.
The individual coaching sessions became a profound journey of self-discovery in which I gained a deeper understanding of myself and my potential. This introspection not only fuelled my personal growth, but also empowered me to navigate my professional path with newfound confidence and purpose.
One of the most significant outcomes of the fellowship has been landing my new job as a Digital Midwife. This role perfectly combines my passion for midwifery and technology. The support and mentorship I received from my Shuri Fellowship played a crucial role in making this career transition possible.
Moreover, the fellowship has facilitated invaluable connections and shadowing opportunities. Through these connections, I found myself involved in a groundbreaking research initiative that aims to tackle health inequalities in maternity care. The ability to contribute to meaningful research and collaborate with experts in the field is a testament to the network’s power in creating pathways for impactful work. This fellowship has not only propelled my career but also empowers me to continue pushing boundaries and making a difference.
A Heartfelt Salute to My Shuri Sisters
As I look back on my journey with the Shuri Network Digital Fellowship, I am inspired not only by my own growth but also by the collective strength of my Shuri sisters. In the spirit of Black History Month, I salute each and every one of these remarkable women who continue to break barriers, shatter glass ceilings, and redefine what is possible.
The Shuri Network Digital Fellowship is more than just a programme – it is a catalyst for change, a beacon of hope, and a testament to the power of unity and empowerment. To my Shuri sisters, thank you for being a source of inspiration and strength. To anyone considering applying for the Shuri Fellowship, just do it! It will change your life.
For 2024/25 the Shuri Network will be expanding the Fellowships to all ICS staff so will be launching this in early 2024 to engage CCIOs, CNIOs, CEOs and CIOs.