Pauline Muthoni,Director of Development and Operations at PACE (Promoting Access to Community Education), holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Business Administration from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. She also holds a diploma in Purchasing and Supplies Management, and is a member of African management Institute. Pauline recently won an award for Outstanding Humanitarian Work in Education and Youth Development presented by UNOCHA and the AU Commission.

Pauline grew up in Nairobi, and attended boarding school at St. Theresa’s in Nyeri and later Loreto High School, Limuru. She describes her late mum as her role model, her rock, her greatest blessing and intercessor.  Her mother taught her the value of hard work, how to work smart and make the most of available and limited resources. Pauline is a problem-solver and believes in continuous change and development as she believes that that’s measurable proof of growth. Pauline believes that giving of oneself totally in any undertaking is the only way to live life. She does not indulge in anything half heartedly, and she passionately immerses herself; investing her time, resources and skills into people and projects she believes in. Her skill in building and maintaining professional and personal relationships and also making connections and building lasting networks have set her apart from her peers and helped her achieve her goals. Her mantra on any relationship is ‘be friendly but not familiar’.

She believes that respect is the key to strong and successful relationships and that boundaries must be defined and maintained within any relationship. Pauline says that she is at a good place in her life and and enjoys every day challenges and experiences, She loves that she is part of something that contributes positively to the universe.She has however had to adapt to a different way of doing things in the non profit sector where it is not all about the bottom line but rather about people and real life issues.She admits that Being an Akili Dada mentor was one of the best decisions she has made in life . “It has opened me up to numerous opportunities and experiences and great people too. The Akili Dada family is made up of very interesting and beautiful people, the mentees are all very unique and these young women have a strong sense of who they are and what they want to achieve in life. There is a strong culture of sisterhood at Akili Dada.’The opportunity to learn with and from, and interact with and hold a young dada’s hand through life’s journey is a blessing. I have learned a lot and it has made me want to be a better person.” Pauline wants to be remembered as a someone who did what needed to be done and did it exceptionally well, who lived life to the fullest, gave others her best and remained real through everything.

Pauline’s guiding quotes and principles:

When you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity … you do not slam it shut behind you…you reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.

-Michelle Obama

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.

-Mother Teresa

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