Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe: Follow Your Passion

March 08, 2017

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe

Don't miss Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe at the 2017 Simmons Leadership Conference!

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe has been director of the Saint Monica Girls’ Tailoring Center in Gulu, Uganda, since 2001, providing care and rehabilitation to more than 2,000 young women who had been abducted, raped, and tortured during Joseph Kony’s 20-year reign of terror in that country.

Which female leader do you most admire? In what way has she driven change? 

Mother Teresa for her love and commitment to help the vulnerable, and her work in teaching about overcoming the mentality of stereotyping.

How does a sense of purpose inform and influence your work? 

It makes me what I am – simple and ready to serve in any way I can to bring about positive change.

What would you say is the most daring move you've made in your career? 

Becoming a nun and devoting myself to humanity.

What did you learn from that experience?

It makes me look to the downtrodden to find a way to pull them up.

What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve gotten along the way?

Follow your passion and listen to your conscience.

If you could change one way women support other women on their path to success, what would it be? 

I would advise the women who have succeeded in life to see a clear path as a way forward to pull others left behind into the mainstream.

What major issue do you think women should focus on to effect change? 

Finding a way to achieve the freedom of women by giving them a voice in their own language as women.

Any tips for work/life integration?

We should be able to find a way to contribute and find the time to effect positive change in society. To replenish, refresh, and nourish our souls, and to share that with others.

If you could dine with anyone, past or present, with whom would you dine and what would you like to ask him or her?

I would dine with the people who never expected to sit with me at the same table.

Fill in the blank. People would be surprised to know that I _______

have been able to dine with kings, but I feel happiest when I see people whom I can reach and serve in a better way.

Diane von Furstenberg

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