Adding Diversity: Monica Obono Ndongo
In her free time, Monica started to learn the piano and sol-fa. While she did not attend a musical conservatory for her secondary studies, Monica decided to focus her university studies on her passion for music. She secured an undergraduate degree in audiovisual communication, history and musical science, later earning a master’s degree in ethnomusicology in London. Monica studies have allowed her to combine her passion for music with her love of television and radio. She soon came to realize that this was a highly competitive industry, and that to get ahead she would have to further reinforce the theoretical knowledge she had developed at university.
I knew I had to study… I did not go to the conservatory, but I studied piano and sol-fa on my own. When I discovered that there was a career that theorized about music, I loved it. It caught my attention, it attracted me and I launched myself headfirst into it…
While Monica had planned to pursue a PhD after her Master’s degree, the twists and turns of life brought her directly to the workplace instead. To succeed in transforming her passion for music into a career – not necessarily as an artist – has required careful planning and strategic thinking about how to seize these opportunities.
Warner Music has a deliberate plan to create cultural diversity within the organization, allowing her and others to integrate into a diverse group made up of many different nationalities. Monica has seamlessly integrated into this cultural framework, contributing to diversity in the office through her own sociocultural identity as a black woman.