Featuring a broad cross-section of women who have distinguished themselves across a rich variety of careers, our Portraits of Power series is a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Black Enterprise, and of black women. It’s a place for today’s businesswomen to share their own favorite images and their own stories, in their own words. Today’s portrait is Kahina Van Dyke, who’s been a consumer finance and financial technology executive with Citi, Mastercard, and Facebook.
Kahina Van Dyke
Board Director, Progressive
My first job was a paper delivery girl at 14.
My big break came when I packed my bags, left everyone I knew, and moved overseas in my 20s.
I’ve had to work hardest at separating failing and failure.
I never imagined I would keep re-imagining my possible.
I wish I’d learned sooner to take bigger risks and ignore advice from people who will never “get” me.
The risk I regret not taking is in my first international assignment. I was offered a breakthrough CEO role and said no to make my manager feel better.
If I could design my fantasy self-care day, it would be spent moving (biking/hiking) through nature in the morning, lying on the beach in the afternoon, and eating dinner under the stars with my peeps.
Being a great mom while creating a new equitable, resilient and inclusive global leadership model keeps me up at night.
When I’m struggling, I say to myself, “One spoonful at a time. Fear will not keep you safe. You are descended from warriors.”
I am unapologetically different.
Portraits of Power is a yearlong series of candid insights from exceptional women leaders. It is brought to you by ADP.
Kahina Van Dyke will be a speaker at the 2020 Women of Power Summit, March 5-8 at The Mirage in Las Vegas. Register here to join us!