Regina Inani

Positive Parenting: Not a Piece of Cake

The best parenting advice comes from people who do not have kids. I experienced this first hand when my daughter first got exposed to bullying at school and came home very upset multiple times.   Before I was a parent, I always told myself that I will hold my kids to high standards: I don’t…

Saudi Arabia 101: Expat Wifing!

Being in Saudi Arabia exposes you to a certain level of conformity to the expat wife stereotype; you can resist though. The Saudi Arabia expat wife is, by definition, a nice person who has a community with lots of tea parties, and a member of 100,000 whatsapp groups; remembers and participates in birthday parties, ladies…

Saudi 101: Diaries of An Expat Wife

“Hey! Welcome to Saudi Arabia. Are you a new expat wife?” “Yes I am! I am really worried about this move!” “You should be, it is a big change. But don’t let the worry distract you from what needs to be done.” “What do you mean?” “I mean, have you thought about the foundation for…

Who said one child isn't enough? - What Women Want

Who said one child isn’t enough?

Freedom is not the act of having no commitments; it is about having the freedom to decide your own commitments. I am not sure why for some people having children is both amazing and right! I want to be nice. I want to be one of these girls who would play with a random child…

Smart Food Storage Tips for your Working Week Menu!

There is one question I needed to stop having to answer after having my daughter and attending to a demanding job. The question is: what are we having for dinner? If I have little time to cook on a daily basis, I definitely have even less time to worry about what I will cook! The…

Job Interviews with the Egyptian Man

  As much as stereotyping is not the ultimate way to get to know people, we have to admit that there are certain trends that can be observed while conducting interviews for Egyptian men and women! A job interview is 45 min to about 1 hour and during that small amount of time, the interviewer…

“A Feminist”: The correct definition

Being a feminist is a label that has been assigned to many modern women without even understanding the meaning of the word. I see men talking about a girl they know who swears and cusses on social media like a drunk bitter old man and they say she is a feminist. I see friends talking…

Unemployed and Awesome!

  “There are companies in this world that inspire you to grow and succeed and there are other companies that make you – for the first time in your life – feel happy about being temporarily unemployed!“ – Regina Inani I have been a working calibre for the past ten years! Yes, TEN! This realization…

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When our Bag & Car Share Nearly the Same Price Tags, Where do our Priorities Lie?

With all the fashionistas surrounding us on Faceboook, Instagram and Snapchat, we cannot help but gradually fall into a trap of branding everything we wear. From the “Beach Essentials” bag that costs $1,000 to the Tori Burch diaper bag that we must buy to bury our baby’s be-pooped diapers! I follow many Social Media accounts…

Linked In; From a Professional Platform to Cyber Shenanigans!

When I first joined Linked In about 10 years ago, it was a somewhat “exclusive elite professional community”. There was definitely no mobile application and the website was not as advanced as it is today. Nevertheless, it was indeed an attractive networking medium with calibers from all over the world, creating groups to discuss various…

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Dear Married Women, Fight for the Flowers!

There are a couple of relationship groups on Facebook the sole purpose of which is for women to discuss their problem in a safe, non-biased, judgment-free zone. The purpose of these groups is not to replace marriage counseling or psychiatric help if needed; rather to provide women with compassion, support and understanding that can only…

Quit your Job and Travel the World? Think Again!

  “Let’s quit our jobs and travel around the world, sweetheart”, I said to my husband while my daughter was crying in the background and the molokheya was boiling on the stove, my hair half up half down in an up/down do that represents a new style that has no name. “Sure, honey, we will…

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Should You Share Your Salary with Your Husband or ‘The Man’ has to Pay for Everything?

  Being a follower of multiple relationships groups and an avid subscriber to eavesdropping, I have come to understand that there is an ongoing controversy concerning financial commitments’ queues between married couples. Unfortunately, the dilemma is always arising between extremists who defend their approach wholeheartedly with no happy medium in the middle of the crowd.…

Horrible Bosses The Egyptian Version

In my career, I have worked with great bosses. I am not going to talk about any of them today! I would like to speak about the lousy bosses, the ones who do not add value or let you be. Fiction: Coming from a cultured background, I was naive enough to assume that certain people…

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Changing the Job or Letting it Change you? Story of a Female HR Manager’s Life

In my 9 years as an HR professional, I saw a gender preference in job ads, either “male” or “unspecified”. I have rarely seen an HR manager role requiring a female to fill it. Despite the fact that in our community and globally, the HR workforce is highly dominated by women; the management positions in…

Is the Multinational Dream Overrated in Egypt?

Dear fresh grad, Welcome to the business world. You are taking your first steps into your career, and you must be looking for an opportunity in a multinational company. Yes, indeed, why not? A multinational has standards, processes, policies, systems and consistent reward mechanisms. A multinational has branches all over the world to which you…

The Real Trump Card – Career Vs. Education

How strong is the link between education and career? Throughout my career, I have met doctors who are taking a writing career; and scientists who are interested in a marketing career more than a research job. The one thing that all of them had in common is that they are not sure how their educational…

A Guide for Egyptian Women on how to Balance Between Career and Children

After Egyptian women made their successful entrance into the professional world, the perception of the Egyptian working mother has evolved quickly. With all the challenges we have around us in our beloved country. As well as the high expectations everyone puts on women, especially working women assuming they are “less motherly”. The Egyptian working mother…

Is it Ok to Marry a Freelancer?

The concepts of freelancing and entrepreneurship have invaded multiple homes in Egypt recently. With small businesses getting a lot of spotlight and various opportunities emerging within the market, many breadwinners are currently working without a fixed schedule. How many women out there wish that their husbands were freelancers? The benefits of marrying a freelancing husband…

10 Ways to Know if your Guy is Really Ambitious

It goes without saying that ambition defines a man and sets him apart amongst his peers. We live in a fast-paced competitive society that does not cut any slack for time wasted or full-time daydreaming when it comes to career and professional life. Every woman out there wants her partner to be ambitious, to be…

Moustaches can’t Put on Heels

We have all seen movies in which men assume women roles and often times things turn out perfectly fine, on a scale of 1 to “are you kidding me”, how realistic is that? Women can cover a variety of roles within the society and the domestic surroundings as well. No matter how much men always…

The Super Power of Multitasking – How women really do it

Most women are amazing at multi-tasking, both on the personal level and the professional level. Don’t envy us, God has created us this way to prepare us for the many tasks we will be doing in such a fast-paced busy world in which we live today! I bet many men would disagree, and I will…

How Your Workplace Goals are Your Own

Trying to continuously beat your competition at work is truly exhausting even for the top women professionals out there. It gets even more difficult when your rivals are your fellow lady-colleagues who are very good at making you feel incompetent in their own “femme fatale” manner! On one hand, this ongoing rivalry weighs you down…

My Wife the GM, Millennial Version! What to do if you are your Husband’s Manager

You fell in love with your subordinate. You’re probably like every other working woman who is dedicated and hard working. In fact, your commitment to work makes it impossible to meet anyone outside of work. You’re probably not just a 9 to 5 employee, you’re that successful woman who works extra hours, weekends, and is…

Jobs to Quit Before Turning 30

30 is indeed a lucky number in many ways! I’ve seen milestones assigned to be accomplished before turning 30, not before turning 20 or 40! For some reason 3o is the golden age to get it all figured out and have multiple chunks of your life fall into place. And what else will make a…

How to cope with Downsizing

What if your Employer is downsizing? Is it the end of the World? There is always a situation underneath your feet and a bigger picture when it comes to the economic status of a country or a business. I have been in conversations with many people since the revolution till the day I wrote this.…

Act Like a Boss, Think Like a Woman

We all remember Meryl Streep and her award-winning role in ‘The Devil wears Prada’ in which she was portrayed as the monster woman boss. This manager figure actually exists but unfortunately it does not flourish very well; and if it does, it is most unlikely to happen in our culture! Why? Because this is primarily…

Development Goes Beyond Attending Training

With the economic crisis that has been incurring losses to many employers, many employees were unfortunately RIF’d (released from their employers as part of a ‘Reduction in Force’ exercise) and others faced bonus cuts or shortage of privileges. For a few, the crisis came with a new challenge of putting training on hold. Let’s first…

Escape Like a Pro

When was the last time you got stuck in a long meeting in which you have been silent for the most part? Have you ever been in a situation in which a colleague won’t stop talking and you have a lot of work to get done? Were you ever walking down the corridor at work…

7 Tips to Date a Co-worker

    It goes without saying that today’s business world is different from what it used to be twenty years ago.  We spend most of our time at the office and we interact with colleagues just as much as we interact with the outside world and maybe more. The amount of hours you spend in…

The unhappy subordinate Survival Kit

  STOP and THINK! Who is in an ‘unhappy’ situation now? You think you are relieved and you feel so much better about your career when you quit your job because your manager is giving you a hard time? I beg to differ! Let’s state the facts in here: How many times have you heard…

From Interviewee to Potential Hire

Last time I left you waiting in the hall for your interviewer or escort to take you to the interview. Be calm; put your mobile phone onto ‘silent’ mode. Hopefully, you have arrived early enough to be able to park in a good spot but not too early to wait forever till your interviewer comes.…

Egyptian Corporate Culture

 Corporate culture is the environment that surrounds you at work all of the time. It is a powerful element that shapes your work enjoyment, your work relationships, and your work processes. But, corporate culture in general and Egyptian corporate culture in particular is something that you cannot actually see, except through its physical manifestations in…

Writing your Resume

Creating a selling CV is not about reading online tips on how to write a top notch CV. It is not about looking at CV templates of successful professionals and imitating them. It is not about finding someone with experience in compiling a CV and asking this someone to create a resume on your behalf.…

Leaving Jobs or leaving Managers?

      Careful selection of employees and managers can have a huge impact on your employee maintenance efforts and employee turnover costs at your organization. It has been said more than once, and for good reason, that employees leave their bosses and not their jobs. A Florida State University (FSU) study confirms this. The…

Teamwork – From Theory to Practice

      How many of us are asked in interviews whether or not we are team players? The question could be sometimes embedded, disguised and stated as “would you rather work as part of a team or work on your own?” It is very important to be a team player. Be it a small…

A Workaholic? Then sniff that job right!

No this isn’t another article on how to avoid being a workaholic. This article is actually a guide to enjoy being a workaholic as well as safeguarding that thing called ‘a private life’. Let me underline a fact here: I am not encouraging you to turn into workaholics no matter how much you enjoy your…

Person and Job Match

      How many times have you hears professionals talking about the importance of a person/job match? No too often, I assume! Unfortunately, in our society we’re always looking at the highest paying jobs, most prestigious occupations, best working conditions and additional benefits the job may give us more than looking at the job…