International Women's Day: Nadia Dillon

International Women's Day: Nadia DillonInternational Women's Day: Nadia Dillon

Nadia is a manager within our Engineering team and has been at Chipper for two years. She is based in London.

What inspired you to join the fintech industry, and how has your journey been so far at Chipper?

I love good product experiences, and as much as fintech can seem dull, great product experiences have revolutionized how we interact with our money. That’s ultimately what pulled me into working at Chipper alongside the mission to help people within Africa transact more easily. 

What advice would you give to your younger self starting out in their career?

Don’t be afraid to be honest with yourself and others. How you value your opinion reflects how you present yourself in conversations, so be bold and share what’s on your mind. 

We have a work playlist (Tunes from the Chipperverse). What's your go-to song that helps you power through a busy day? If it’s not already on our playlist, we’ll add it!

Clique - Kanye West, Big Sean, Jay-Z. It gets the people going! 

If you were to host a TED Talk, what would you speak about?

I would speak on ‘How to burnout in 90 days: Rethinking identity, culture and mental health in the workplace.’  This would cover points such as:

  • What is burnout and the common occurrences, highlighting its prevalence in minority groups based on gender, race, neurodivergence etc. 
  • Self-awareness: Exploring the boundaries of self-perception in our understanding of others
  • Unveiling Hidden Stressors: Microaggressions, tokenism, and imposter syndrome as burnout catalysts.
  • Burnout Prevention: Prioritizing self-care, setting boundaries, fostering allyship, and amplifying diverse voices.
  • Productivity Through Diversity: Creating inclusive environments for enhanced performance and well-being.          

We know the importance mentorship can play in shaping careers. How has mentorship or sponsorship influenced your professional growth?Mentorship has been pivotal in my career, even from unexpected sources. In my first post-university job, I found myself in a predominantly white male environment, feeling isolated and I was constantly reminded that I was different to everyone around me. However, I encountered a Senior Director who, as a Black woman, made me feel acknowledged and empowered. Her support showed me that authenticity at work could be celebrated and that my career aspirations were achievable. I'm immensely grateful for her guidance and validation. Feeling seen is everything! 

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