Hanane Benkhallouk was recently interviewed by TheCelebrity.Online Magazine and below is the Q&A session we had with her.
Hanane Benkhallouk As Cover Story – January 2024 Edition
How do you introduce yourself?
As a change leader, a dreamer, a connector. My mission to humanize the corporate world is deeply rooted in my own initials (HB), symbolizing a personal commitment to this cause. Guided by the SEEDS framework, which I developed from my authored book, my approach emphasizes holistic and empathetic leadership. As a passionate traveler, I immerse myself in diverse cultures, enriching my mission to bring balance and humanity to global business practices.’
Childhood to Adulthood – How was your transition from childhood to adulthood and what are the bad and good things you remember?
Growing up as the fifth of seven children, I quickly learned the importance of teamwork and patience. My father, who built his own farming business, greatly influenced me. His commitment to his profession and our community ingrained in me a profound sense of duty and a desire to make a difference. Navigating the dynamics of a big family taught me to establish my own unique identity, fostering resilience and adaptability. These qualities proved invaluable when I later moved from my home country to the US for my education.
Struggle – What hardships have you gone through in life?
One of the toughest challenges I’ve faced was the loss of my father, who was not just a parent but also my role model and mentor. His passing left a void, compelling me to navigate life’s complexities without his guidance and wisdom. This loss was a profound personal trial. Additionally, living in the US during the events of 9/11 added another layer of hardship. It was a period marked by uncertainty and a sense of vulnerability, particularly being away from home during such a tumultuous time. These experiences, especially the loss of my father, have deeply influenced my perspective, reinforcing my resolve to embody the values he instilled in me and to continue my journey with resilience and empathy
What do people usually not know about you?
Something people often don’t know about me is that I am an avid yogi. Yoga is not just a physical practice for me, but a spiritual journey that deeply influences my approach to life and work. Additionally, in my younger years, I was a competitive swimmer. This experience instilled in me a sense of discipline and perseverance, qualities that I’ve carried into my professional life.
What sets you apart from your competitors in the industry and in life?
What sets me apart is my pursuit of balance and fulfillment in unconventional ways, especially as a woman. While societal norms often center women’s lives around motherhood and family, I’ve expanded the concept of family through my work and the diverse relationships I’ve built. My lifestyle, influenced by yoga and a history in competitive swimming, emphasizes well-being and personal growth over traditional benchmarks of success. This unique approach, seeking harmony in both my personal and professional spheres, defines my distinct path
What are your upcoming major events?
I’m currently gearing up for a series of exciting programs and initiatives, all centered around the holistic concept of balance. At the heart of these is the Tawazoun ecosystem platform, which takes a comprehensive approach to achieving equilibrium in various aspects of life, focusing on four key pillars: People, Workplaces, Society, and Planet.
A major focus is demystifying the concept of sustainability and building a network of ‘Green Champions’ who can lead sustainable practices in their communities and workplaces. We’re also dedicated to nurturing future leaders who embody a balanced approach, integrating ethical, social, and environmental considerations into their leadership style.
Alongside these initiatives, I am also preparing for the launch of another book. This book will further delve into the principles and practices of creating a balanced, sustainable world, complementing the work we’re doing through Tawazoun.
These efforts represent a concerted push to not just discuss balance and sustainability but to actively cultivate these values across different groups, including youth, parents, and entrepreneurs, creating a ripple effect of positive change aligned with the Tawazoun principles.” This addition seamlessly integrates the upcoming book into the narrative of your ongoing projects and the Tawazoun platform.
What are your food preferences and physical attributes?
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle has been a priority for me since childhood. My diet is focused on wholesome, homemade foods, with a conscious effort to avoid sugar and reduce gluten intake. I steer clear of sodas, preferring natural and nourishing options. This approach to eating is not just about physical health, but also about feeling energized and balanced in every aspect of life.
Physically, I’m quite active and have a passion for outdoor activities. Hiking is a regular part of my routine, offering both a physical challenge and a way to connect with nature. I also have a love for adrenaline-pumping activities, which has led me to some amazing experiences across Asia, Africa, and South America. These adventures not only keep me physically fit but also provide a sense of exhilaration and freedom that’s vital to my well-being.
Your love life, relationships and family?
Ah, my love life! Well, let’s just say that in the alphabet of my life, my initials spell out ‘LOVE’ in Arabic. It seems I was destined to be in a lifelong romance with spreading positivity and kindness, starting with love for self and extending it to my surroundings. As for the more traditional aspects of love life and personal relationships, I like to keep them wrapped in a delightful mystery, much like a secret ingredient in a well-loved recipe. After all, some things are more intriguing when left to the imagination!
What expert advice would you like to give?
My key piece of advice is to define success on your own terms, rather than adhering to societal norms. Too often, we get caught up in what society deems as successful, losing sight of what truly matters to us as individuals. It’s crucial to step back and ask yourself what success means to you personally. Is it achieving a high-ranking position in your career, attaining financial stability, or perhaps it’s about making a significant impact in your community, or finding a balance between work and personal life?
Remember, success is not a one-size-fits-all concept.
It’s a deeply personal journey that should align with your values, passions, and life goals. By setting your own metrics for success, you empower yourself to pursue a path that is fulfilling and meaningful to you. This approach not only leads to a more satisfying life but also enables you to contribute to the world in a way that is unique and authentic to who you are.
Your social media handles and website links?
- Instagram: @hananebenkhallouk Instagram
- Linkedin: Hanane Benkhallouk Linkedin
- Facebook: @drhananebenkhallouk
- Personal website: www.hananebenkhallouk.net