Learn about what's important to the people you want to help
Every time I step off the plane in Nairobi, Kenya, I make a commitment to myself to have conversations designed to test my assumptions about this place that I've been working for the last decade. Why is this something good? Because what's important to me may not be important to the very women that I am trying to help. Without having tough conversations (that might end up blowing my ideas out of the water), I risk continuing a legacy of marginalization and misunderstanding. If I actually want to do good, I need to come with an open mind, a willingness to learn, and a drive to make change that is fueled by the acumen and experiences of the women of Kenya. Then I will truly be a partner to these women, co-creating opportunities for change that make a real impact in their lives.