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Here are some events and activities taking place in August 2017 in Johannesburg.
- Women’s MBA Recruitment Breakfast – Johannesburg
- Date: 03 August 2017
- Venue: GSB JHB, 5th Floor, 61 Katherine Street, Sandton
- The Business Exchange
- Date: 10 August 2017
- Venue: The Business Exchange, 90 Rivonia Road, 2nd Floor, Webber Wenzel Building, Sandton, Johannesburg, 2193
- Standard Bank Women in Technology Accelerator Showcase
- Date: 30,31 August 2017.
- Venue: to be confirmed.
Some links to get involved, become inspired, share and connect with like-minded women:
- Mimi Women
- Women in Tech – Silicon Cape
- Intel Programs for Women and Girls
- Young Women in Business Network
Incubator and Acceleration Programmes
- JamLab Accelerator Program
- Standard Bank Women in Technology Accelerator
- Grant Thornton – Women in Business Report: New Perspectives on Risk and Reward
Women’s month always fascinates me. It feels like once a month, in an ENTIRE year, women are pampered, praised and made the centre of attention. Sure there are always programs and events geared especially for women, but somehow August is where it is all at.
I often get asked to speak, addressing a group of sassy, savvy women, some in business for themselves and some in corporate jobs. But what really interests me, is when we are invited to breakfast, pampering sessions, where tea and facials are highlight.
SURE! I love being pampered. But what I LOVE more is engaging with smart women, who want to be and do more.
So my session is really not going to be about me (well not mostly anyway) but tips and tools which help me be more of who I am meant to be, be stronger, and get to be more on par with changing the world. Because what I really want and need more than anything, are tools to equip me in this time-frantic-economy. (Am I wrong about this?? Drop me an email if I am.)
We need to be armed with the tools we are not naturally gifted with. Some of us are born with assertion, some of us not. Some of us need to speak up more, some can’t stop and listen. I feel that when companies want to do something good for us, it mostly defaults to tea and pampering sessions, what to wear in business or simply listening to someone speak for ages.
This women’s month, dare to be different. Dare to say, I’d like a side of “how-to-kick-ass-in-X,Y,Z” with my wine. This month, do something special for that woman in your life. Look for cues as to what she needs.
Women’s day for me is like my birthday with my mom who buys a pair of slippers for me EVERY year. Don’t get me wrong, ironically every year, I do need a new pair. But every now and then, I wish she would surprise me with something different, not more expensive or fancy, just different.
In this light, I invite you, the woman of the new age, to join me at The Business Exchange Women’s Day networking event, at the Sandton location, more information is detailed in the Invitation below. Please RSVP to Nadine.
See you there!
Entrepreneurship is not for the fainthearted “they” say. Who the hell are “they”? Irrespective of who “they” may be, experience tells me “they” may be right. However, with the major down cycles are major up cycles.
I started my first business in 2004 with two co-founders. One CTO and one CEO and I was …. Operations “Manager” I think. Being offspring to two entrepreneurial parents who were on opposite spectrums of the scale (too risk averse and too careless), I am trying my best to be like neither of them were.
My first real dive into being an entrepreneur was by accident, I kind of fell into it, but seemed like home. Ever since, I have been in the tech-preneur space in some shape or form.
I’ve worked for corporate giants such as global insurance companies and the largest local media publisher to name a few, but I always gave and wanted more.
This year, I can honestly say I am being stretched to my limits and beyond, but what this is showing me is that my limits are stretchable. I can and do stretch. I can and do adapt. I can and do go the extra mile even though it may be unpleasant.
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”. Neale Donald Walsch quoted the phrase and it resonates with me oh so much. And with each new phase or challenge, I always want and try to see the opportunity, which is there for me to find.
So lesson to myself today, always keep my eye on the vision. Always realise that I have grit. Always remember that entrepreneurship is a choice that not many people do and succeed at without perseverance, determination and most importantly, passion.
Entrepreneurship is my world. Startups, coaching, being in the thick of it, building something that is greater than the sum of one. My latest venture is my most challenging and rewarding simultaneously. I’ve been fortunate to have participated in some vigorous competitions and pitch battles and still stand so …. bring on the rest ;). Here are some battle (scars):
- Swiss Pitchfest (2017)
- 2nd Place – International Pitch Battle
- 18 Companies (10 South African, 8 Swiss)
- Location: Zurich Switzerland
- Swiss / TIA (2017) – Pitch workshop, ending in final pitch day for spot to Zurich
- Selected as one of ten companies to participate in Swiss / TIA trip to Switzerland on the Venture Leaders program. “Swiss South African venture leaders is a framework providing motivation, entrepreneurial know-how and support to South African and Swiss scientists while contributing to strengthen the cooperation between industries of South Africa and Switzerland.”
- Location: Cape Town
- Standard Bank Women in Technology Accelerator (2017)
- Selected to participate in twelve week skills development programme.
- Selected as one of twenty companies to participate in the programme.
- Location: Johannesburg
- Outcome: pitching competition in August 2017, Women in Technology Conference. Pitching to corporate customers and more. Watch this space.
- CTEC (2010)
- 2nd Place – Cape Town Entrepreneurship Competition
- Location: Cape Town
- Price: R20k cash for business
- SAB Kickstart (2010)
- 2nd Place – Startup category
- Location: Cape Town
- Prize: R40k cash for business
- Femtrepreneur Network (2008)
- Selected as one of 12 women in technology entrepreneurs to study entrepreneurship at the University of Baltimore, Maryland (USA) – out of 200+ applicants from all over South Africa.
- Selected to represent 12 women selected at a follow-up event in Washington DC in 2009.
- Location: USA
- Prize: three weeks of all expenses paid trip to USA
What a way to start the week with a nomination for InspiringFifty. Thank you to #CoCreateSA and Holland, for the acknowledgement.
What is Inspiring Fifty?
Inspiring Fifty is a Dutch based non-profit organisation that showcases inspiring female role models in the technology industry in the Netherlands, France, Europe and the Nordics. Built on the core philosophy ”If she can see it, she can be it”, Inspiring Fifty annually awards the 50 most inspiring women in the technology sector with the aim of providing a platform that brings more visibility to the achievements of women in the innovation and technology sector.
I’ve always believed that being “busy” is being productive. Do you feel the same way? If not, I’ll share my story with you.
I am not quite sure where the drive to be busy continuously came from, but busy-ness, in my world, meant working crazy hours, sleeping few hours, working weekends and most importantly the guilt that is attached to non-busy times or times you can’t be busy or “work”.
I’ve lived this way for years, all my life.
BUSY IS NOT AN INDICATION OF PRODUCTIVITY OR EFFECTIVENESS.
Add in a child, a husband, two cats and a business.
Busy, oh expected right?
Busy, oh needed right?
But sometimes, something small (with major impact) happens, when you are sitting in a room with your child, and having just come from work, on your phone/tablet/laptop etc. and your child says “mommy, I am here”.
“Mommy, I am here”.
Those words, powerful and so clear.
We all have things to do. We all have places to go. Deadlines are always there. However, moments with loved ones (family, friends, children, parents), are fleeting.
Busy-ness does not mean results. Busy-ness, does not yield results. Busy-ness is not a measure of how good you are at your job, although many would disagree.
My work days are short, super short. I drop and fetch kid. I am home by 4pm, commencing with the mom/wife/homely thing. By 8.30 most nights I am passed out with kid, at about anytime between 12 and 2am, I sleep walk back to by bedroom and most mornings I am up at 5am to catch-up, before commencing Mom duty at 6.30.
During my workday, my focus has to be very clear on what I need to achieve for the day. I work on my bigger goal, edging my way toward it inch-by-inch.
I do not have to book every minute of my time. My aim is results-driven and not stuff-driven. Sending 100’s of emails a day, doesn’t mean deal-closing and is not an indicator of how effective I was on that day. Engaging with potential customers, follow-ing up, signing contracts and reaching milestones, this is what makes up my results bucket (mostly).
I’ve been listening to so many podcasts and watching Ted Talks on productivity, procrastination, work-life-balance and more and my take-aways are as follows:
- Continuous busyness is not the way to my bigger goal.
- Sleep is critical to being productive and being the best version of you.
- Busyiness is a factor of procrastination (sometimes) and an indicator that something (a project, a person, an engagement) is not being managed efficiently enough.
- When people distract you, they are taking away valuable (R’s/$’s) time so feeling bad for saying “I really need to get to this” is no reason for feeling guilty.
- I don’t have to work 24-7-365 to show my value.
- Sometimes work-life-balance is “better” than others, but there really is no such thing. If you love what you do, you will put in the required time needed to achieve the goal you are chasing.
I have so much more to share on this topic. For now I will say that the biggest lessons I learn (daily), usually stem from my 3,5 year-old boy who keeps me sane, grounded and practicing my negotiations.
Busyness, be gone.
Focus, results, let’s go!
Personally I’m not keen on politics. Too many ways to interpret (even though there are hard rules governing) and too many self-proclaimed prophets.
What I can say is that the messaging about how we engage on Friday 8th April 2017’s nationwide shutdown (and the effects on the economy and especially those who can’t afford to stay away from) remains to be seen.
Personally, I see the point being (irrespective of political party or ideas), that it will show a measure of solidarity in the same way that wearing black on Monday past would show silent solidarity to strangers by simply wearing the same colour.
However, in my opinion, too many people are quick to take to social media and not fast enough to make their voices heard by signing petitions or taking to the streets. I’ve signed every petition, but will I march on Friday? No.
Why? My son’s school is closing down as all the teachers have been warned to stay away and I am not willing to protest with my 3.5 year-old in tow. I will however be there in spirit, sign and share whatever I need to show that I support and feel the way the rest of South Africa does.
We need a new President.
- One who puts the needs of the country ahead of his own.
- One who leads by example.
- One who we can trust.
Can such a person be found? Can a new dawn come to being? Anything is possible. We just need to want it enough and more importantly, we need to do it in a manner that has integrity and honour. Going from one poor leadership style by not following the democratic way, would be seen as counter-intuitive.
I am hoping that the nation pulls together, irrespective of Political party and/or agenda. I am hoping that the political parties for once, put the needs of the country together. There are too many people in lack, too many suffering and too many paying the price.
South Africa, let’s show the world how democratic we can be.
#SouthAfrica, you are a beautiful soul. I hope you continue …. to be.
In today’s digitally-connected era, the misconception that thousands of followers or Facebook friends indicate true connections or friendships is mis-guided. Science and Robin Dunbar (Dunbar’s number) indicates that as humans, we can maintain about 150 social relationships with as little as 5 to 15 being in our inner circle.
So what have we lost and what have we gained? The ability to read body language, communicate more effectively in social settings and engage without a device between you and your connection is growing and even personally I find that watching instead of participating is “safer”.
So how can we connect more? An old friend (more than a decade ago) shared his rule for getting to know someone (and really just good manners) was to leave your cellphone in your handbag or pocket. If you are waiting on a call (perhaps you have children), leave the phone, face down on the table out of reach.
Rule 1: No social media at the dinner table
What else? Whenever you attend an event, our instinct is to hide behind our devices. This sends a MASSIVE “do not engage” signal to anyone around you. In return, it makes it harder when you do eventually need to “connect” but no one seems interested. Funny isn’t it.
Rule 2: keep our body language open, use devices minimally and smile to create a more open rapport.
Anything fundamental? When chatting to someone you’ve just met or even someone you know, try and NOT discuss work or what you do. Show interest in them, ask questions about their families, their friends, their interests. This opens the possibility for discussion work later and you’ve learnt some aspects about that person you may need at a later stage.
Rule #3: when connecting, ask questions about anything else but business. Get to know the person and the business will follow.
More tips on connecting to follow. For now, remember, everyone has the same fears and needs. Put yourself in the other persons position and be mindful that sometimes people are going through things that cannot be left at home.
Giving back doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. Helping someone cross the street, giving some money to a homeless person, or just being kind.
Ten years ago, I was tired of waiting for the grand moment to do something good for someone else. That was when The Annual Toy Drive was born. It started as an idea and ten years later, 100’s of kids, and beneficiaries later we are still around.
This year marks TEN years. I am very proud of this. Even though we can always do better, there are always those who support us. Thank you and please continue to share the message that every bit counts.
If you happen to be in Johannesburg on the 8th April 2017, join us at 2pm in Delta Cafe.