Mentorship Programme Activated!

We are so excited to launch our Mentorship Programme this year!

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Last year, we went on a search for passionate and successful women to mentor bright girls in the Langa community of Cape Town. Of the masses that took a keen interest, we decided on 15 ladies in Cape Town who will create and pilot our mentorship programme.

The response from the chosen High School learners and their parents, has been overwhelming! We will expose the young girls to various careers and vocations, assist in subject choice and support them as best as we can on their life journey.

We look forward to actioning our vision and mission which is to equip, inform and empower women in the African diaspora.

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Womandla Launch Event

We’re so EXCITED to officially launch the Womandla Foundation this Heritage Month.

We chose this month specifically because Womandla exists to shape the mind of the African Woman.

Our Guest Speaker will be Vuyokazi Matu, TV Presenter and the MD Voice of Africa Global Media.

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We also have a panel discussion with incredibly successful powerhouses, speaking on Opportunities For African Women in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The event is by invitation only, however leeway to media representatives and bloggers will be made.

Please contact our Events and Publicity Manager, Liziwe: lksegano@gmail.com should you wish to come on board as Media Partner.

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Womandla in STEM for Cape Town

Rumbidzaishe Maisva, Womandla’s EXCO member and Quality Assurance Analyst at Open Box Software, shared her journey with young ladies as part of Women’s month.

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Rumbi was recently invited as a guest speaker at the Women In ICT event held at College of Cape Town in Crawford, Cape Town.

She spoke about how her journey led her to IT and encouraged the younger girls in the audience which comprised of Grade 10-12 learners and some students from the college through her life story.

Amongst what she said to the girls was advice on how to enrich themselves by protecting their space and their time. To not allow negative energy in their space and to use their time in a way that they are enriched for the future.

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She shared how her success story actually stemmed from failure. A failed module could have cost her her degree, but she turned that around to complete her degree and further her studies by doing her Honours – which fell short of a cum laude by 3%. The girls related so much to the story and reached out to her  for more inspiration after her speech.

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One of the young ladies even asked to interview her and she got the opportunity to ask her questions and find out more about her role in IT.

It sounds like not only the younger girls where learning from this seminar, Rumbi says she learnt so much too. The more experienced women in the field encouraged her to keep studying – acquiring international certificates and to keep hitting more milestones. Most of what they said was validation for what she is already embarking in.

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Here’s to encouraging younger ladies to grow into empowered and confident women!

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5 Ways to Own Your Brilliance beyond a 9-to-5

Business advice from someone who has been there and done that! Tamiko Cuellar shares five ways to own your brilliance outside of the conventional workplace.

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Due to the growing global economy and the digital age, the way we think about using our talents has begun to shift our career paths from the conventional 9-to-5 jobs. The most brilliant thought leaders and creatives today are now forging their own careers on their own terms.

LOOK AT THE WORLD FROM THE LENS OF A PROBLEM SOLVER.

Innovation is birthed from necessity. The world has no shortage of problems, only talent to solve them.  Social media platforms were developed in part to remove the barrier of barriers which prevented people from connecting. What problem will you solve in this world?

ASSESS YOUR NATURAL GIFTS, SKILLS AND ABILITIES.

Whatever you can do well with the least amount of effort is a clue to uncover your brilliance. Your brilliance does not have to be limited to the conventional corporate workplace.  If you are entrepreneurial, then there are several ways that you could turn your ideas into income.

CONNECT WITH IDEAS AND OPPORTUNITIES THAT FUEL YOUR GROWTH.

Your brilliance in this world will shine brighter as you become more adept in your skill set. Learning is ongoing and you should always be a student. In addition to taking courses, attend webinars, go to conferences, read lots of books, or subscribe to your favorite blog or YouTube channel. These are ways to ensure that you will continue to develop the most cutting-edge and marketable skill sets in today’s competitive global marketplace.

SAY GOODBYE TO YOUR COMFORT ZONE.

The greatest things in life are achieved outside of the comfort zone. While the comfort zone might offer security and a steady paycheck from a 9-to-5 job, it might not give birth to your brilliance and allow you to live your fullest potential. You will shine the brightest in this world when you take risks and when you learn to use your failures and uncertainty to your advantage.

IF YOU ARE ENTREPRENEURIAL, SURROUND YOURSELF WITH LIKE-MINDED INDIVIDUALS.

You will find that your creativity is best used when there are no limitations. For many employees, the workplace can be stifling to their ingenuity, imagination, individuality, and ideas. This is often how entrepreneurs are born.  Entrepreneurs are naturally creative innovators. They often seek better ways to do things to achieve results and solve problems.

When you own your brilliance, you use it on your terms. You won’t allow it to be squelched or hampered by the limitations of society.  Taking this ownership of your gifts, talents, skill sets, and abilities means that you will determine how and where you use your brilliance for the greater good of this world – and without the income limitations of a conventional job.

THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR WHAT YOU HAVE TO OFFER!

Join Tamiko’s Masterclass Tour in South Africa!

Womandla partners with FORBES Business Coach

Calling all Cape Town based business-minded individuals! This November, Womandla will be hosting Forbes International Business Coach, Tamiko Cuellar, at her “Own Your Brilliance” book signing and mini-workshop.

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The book has been endorsed by Parminder Vir, CEO of The Tony Elumelu Foundation, Nigeria.

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Cuellar coaches high performing, purpose driven women globally on ways to transition into entrepreneurship and growth. She will be giving away two of her books (to the value of R190 each) at the event. Attendees must be present to win.

Event details are as follows:
DATE: Monday, 20 November 2017
VENUE: Cape Town, Workshop 17, The Watershed, V & A Waterfront.
SIGN UP for your single ticket to the Own your Brilliance mini workshop and book signing. Please note that the prize pertains to her book which will also be on sale.
TO ENTER: Simply fill in your details before close of business on Monday, 13 November 2017 to stand a chance of winning a spot. Register at www.brilliancebook2017.eventbrite.com.

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The night I “met” Laura Mvula

This past weekend was the 18th installment of Africa’s greatest music gathering!  I had the privilege of attending my very first Cape Town International Jazz Festival with my friends – an experience I will never forget or miss again.

The melanin magic and main reason I attended, Laura Mvula, appeared on the stage, showing off her strong gams and bedazzled hands. She opened the show by saying: “Hello Cape Town, I’m home!” – automatically enthusing the crowd.

I was wondering how she’d bring across her cosmic sound and orchestral reverb to a live audience but being the professional, prepared, international act that she is – I quickly forgot those thoughts!

She was all kinds of amazing. She sang ALL of my favourite tunes and introduced me to a lot more. I was so moved. I lost my voice and all kinds of composure whilst singing along!

I love how one of her followers on Instagram says: “You didn’t close the show – you shut it down!” And that she did with her powerful anthem inspired by Maya Angelou’s poem “Phenomenal Woman.”

Thank you Laura for coming to South Africa, next time we will be coming to you!

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TedXCapeTownWomen: LIXESHA

Lixesha, (isiXhosa for It’s time), is the theme for TedxCapeTown Women!

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Time is an elusive concept. While the West has defined a set of rules by which the modern world measures time, there remain vastly different understandings of the concept which impacts the way communities and cultures organize their world.

Time, whether linear or cyclical, finite or never-ending, nonetheless provides an ideological perspective through which we live our daily lives, reference our pasts, and envision our futures.

TEDxCapeTownWomen believes it is time. It is time to interrogate this very concept from a uniquely South African perspective. How can we look differently at our history in order to better shape our future narrative? How can we uncover alternative ways of knowing that can serve our nation better? How does adopting a more holistic and African perspective shape the way we interact with sexuality, technology, gender?

It is also time to be both brave, and humble, and confront some of the most pressing issues our city and country faces, some of which themselves are a result of unequal access to precious resources such as “time”.

I cannot wait to be part of this conversation..

I’m staying in the groove as a woman on the move!

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