Fintech Exec Kahina Van Dyke Left Everything She Knew to Chase Her Dreams—Again
Portraits of Power

Fintech Exec Kahina Van Dyke Left Everything She Knew to Chase Her Dreams—Again

Portraits of Power Kahina Van Dyke
Portraits of Power Kahina Van Dyke

Featuring a broad cross-section of women who have distinguished themselves across a rich variety of careers, our Portraits of Power series is a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Black Enterprise, and of black women. It’s a place for today’s businesswomen to share their own favorite images and their own stories, in their own words. Today’s portrait is Kahina Van Dyke, who’s been a consumer finance and financial technology executive with Citi, Mastercard, and Facebook.

Kahina Van Dyke

Global Head, Digital Channels & Client Data Analytics, Standard Chartered

My first job was a paper delivery girl at 14.

My big break came when I packed my bags, left everyone I knew, and moved overseas in my 20s.

I’ve had to work hardest at separating failing and failure.

I never imagined I would keep re-imagining my possible.

I wish I’d learned sooner to take bigger risks and ignore advice from people who will never “get” me.

The risk I regret not taking is in my first international assignment. I was offered a breakthrough CEO role and said no to make my manager feel better.

If I could design my fantasy self-care day, it would be spent moving (biking/hiking) through nature in the morning, lying on the beach in the afternoon, and eating dinner under the stars with my peeps.

Being a great mom while creating a new equitable, resilient and inclusive global leadership model keeps me up at night.

When I’m struggling, I say to myself, “One spoonful at a time. Fear will not keep you safe. You are descended from warriors.”

I am unapologetically different.

Portraits of Power is a yearlong series of candid insights from exceptional women leaders. It is brought to you by ADP.

Kahina Van Dyke will be a speaker at the 2020 Women of Power Summit, March 5-8 at The Mirage in Las Vegas. Register here to join us!