Thank you to Gargi for nominating me and for #CoCreateSA judges for including me in the InspiringFiftySA 2018 list. This makes it a very special women’s month in deed.
I’ve been taking videos of me, in the car, mostly not driving, but if I am the phone is away and I am not looking at it :), to document lessons, my journey etc.
Watch, subscribe and comment (if you like) here: https://youtu.be/xnrJQLzU_lQ.
I hope to share lessons, tips, contacts, resources and more in this “show”.
These are some of my favourite YouTube channels for laughs, inspiration, motivation and learning.
Name: Shana Kay Derman
Date of Birth: 16 May
Cannot Live Without: My son, my husband, my friends, my family, my concealer, laughter, happiness, walking, sunshine.
Entrepreneurship, technology, writing, business, painting, dancing, sharing, giving, laughing, creating, business development, idea generation, strategy
Painting, running, walking, writing poetry, blogging, reading, photography, vision boarding.
Technology, business, writing, Cyber Crime, Online Security, Online Privacy, South Africa and storytelling, social media, entrepreneurship, strategising, connecting people, psychology of human mind, intercultural social behaviour, NLP, education, inter-racial behaviour, male and female psyche, male and female dynamics in social and work sphere and many more to follow.
Bachelor of Commerce (Information Systems) – University of Cape Town, Project Management Certificate – Damelin College, Integrated Small Business Development (iSBDP) – Cape Chamber, SA PLATO Mentorship Programme – Cape Chamber, Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in South Africa – The Center for Women and Information Technology, Maxum Business Incubator, Meridian International Center, Microsoft Solution Selling For Partners – Sales Performance International, Microsoft
I am humbled and honored to have received nominations for the following:
There are so many amazing people I have met who leave impressions in various ways. Too many to list. I am so grateful to those engagements and friendships. They have opened my eyes to many different aspects of life.
Writing – One of my many passions – writing about anything and everything. And, add to this my twist, it has to find the funny side of life.
I’ve written a few blog posts and articles and will post them as they are released, here are some of the first:
Brand South Africa:
For more, visit the Brand South Africa website.
Contributed to the following blog posts:
Technical writing – I’ve separated the technical ramblings from my personal posts. These can be found at: http://blog.onyxinterweb.com.
Toy Drive – www.annualtoydrive.info, is an initiative I started in 2008 and have been running ever since. I have a soft spot for children and education. The Toy Drive is the beginning of many initiatives to come.
Currently write or will be writing for the following publications:
Websites and Blog Maintenance
This month marks Women’s month and there are a few awesome things happening:
Get out of our heads and do. Get out of our comfort zones and be stretched. Hear from those who have been there, done that and have the battle scars to impart wisdom. These are some of the channels, podcasts I listen to which help when the challenges are many. Enjoy!
Here are some events and activities taking place in August 2017 in Johannesburg.
Some links to get involved, become inspired, share and connect with like-minded women:
Incubator and Acceleration Programmes
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.