#STEMWOW WEEK 49
Meet Precious Christon-Quao, SAP Business Analyst at PZ Cussons – Ghana
Precious is a passionate, strategic, results-driven manager with over 12 years of experience across diverse industries in Africa. She has a consistent track record of business results and people development in dynamic and challenging environments. She is highly skilled in IT, SAP, Oracle Audit, Supply Chain, General Finance, Artificial intelligence.
Precious is a passionate, strategic, results-driven manager with over 12 years of experience across diverse industries in Africa. She has a consistent track record of business results and people development in dynamic and challenging environments. She is highly skilled in IT, SAP, Oracle Audit, Supply Chain, General Finance, Artificial intelligence. Precious is a strategist with a successful track record of over one decade, creating and leveraging growth opportunities to build, turn around, or revitalize profitable and sustainable businesses for companies throughout Africa along with setting up new operations, business development, strategic corporate projects and developing talent. She thinks strategically, has executional excellence and strong leadership with a passion to succeed.
Why did you get into STEM?
I have been curious and analytical in nature as a child. I was introduced to STEM at an early age by my father who is a mathematics teacher. I represented my primary school in mathematics and science competitions and joined the Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) in secondary school where I represented my school in several competitions. In university (University of Nigeria Nsukka), I was a member of the Computer Society where I represented the school in several competitions in which I received the Oracle scholarship and a job placement as a performance award. I am passionate about solving real-life problems and helping my clients drive positive business performance.
What do you consider your greatest achievements?
- Helping my employers and clients upscale returns.
- Training of users from low-level to international consultants.
- Helping businesses succeed.
- Starting an IT department and transforming it to an IT company with over 300 consultants.
- Implemented ERP from scratch for over 20 companies and have supported over 325 entities.
What challenges have you faced as a woman in STEM and did you overcome them?
- Finances – My father was a teacher and didn’t have enough to pay for my fees. I overcame this by applying for every scholarship I came across and seeking for free courses.
- Understanding different industrial processes and needs. I overcame this by spending long hours reading about the industry processes, challenges and applying result proven strategies.
- Family- I spend less time with family. I am still working on this, and it is difficult since I travel regularly for work. My family complains that I do not have a social life.
- Male counterparts who are egocentric – I overcome this by taking my stand on the right thing, listening more and being the last to speak.
What is your advice to budding women in STEM?
- Be authentic
- Know your strengths and weaknesses
- Do not go into anything because others are going into it.
- Have goals – Daily, weekly, monthly yearly etc. and ensure you achieve not less than 70 %.
- When you fall 1000 times, get up 1001 times. When you fall, do not remain on the ground. Get up and try again with other strategies.