Fearless Mondays series for women in entrepreneurship #SEW2020

#SEW is an annual national program aimed at raising awareness of entrepreneurship as a career, as well as emphasising the benefits of having the best of both worlds as a student and an entrepreneur.

This year, #SEW2020 will be hosting a webinar series which will focus on various issues faced by women entrepreneurs  within the  entrepreneurship space so as to align with Women’s Month. 

Our Founding Director, Sam Gqomo, has been chosen as one of the speakers and will be addressing the concept of IKIGAI – How to link your passion to your purpose – Strategies for bringing your Vision to Life – How to create your business strategy for Impact Work.

The webinars will be a 5-part series which will be held every Monday afternoon from 4pm to 5pm.

Register today by clicking on the link https://entrepreneurship.mandela.ac.za/  and complete the #SEW2020 attendance register.

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Message from the Director

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Womandla has grown in leaps and bounds this year and I have my generous team of EXCO members to thank.

The journey has been smooth and not without challenges, but these challenges have shaped us to the improved versions of ourselves that we are.

Our year started off with the pilot of the Mentorship Programme at Langa High School in Cape Town, followed by a Sanitary towel drive that was supported nationwide to keep the female learners in school. This exercise taught us about resilience, relationship building and sharpened our communication skills. Our NPO held a Careers Expo at the school with willing companies, to expose learners of the various career options, university courses as well as financial aid available.

Yolanda, who leads the mentorship portfolio, was chosen to attend the World Youth Forum in Egypt this December.

Our Head of STEM was chosen by Codespace, as of one the panelists in STEM for a coding and robotics camp and later in the year nominated for an ITTPSA award under the Social Responsibility category. The STEM department exhibited in the Women in ICT event and hosted a coding workshop for beginners – a job well done!

We held the inaugural Womandla Women in STEM Awards sponsored by Nedbank, during Women’s month and celebrated high achievers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Southern Africa!

The Womandla EXCO was invited to Parliament twice to attend and participate in the Budget vote Speech and the Western Cape Provincial legislature Debate on GBV.  Critical conversations were had, especially regarding the on-going massacre of women in our country. I cannot pen this report without thinking about Uyinene Mrwetyana and many other women and children who lost their lives through gender-based violence this year. May justice prevail in this country.

Part of our strategy for 2020 is to branch out of Cape Town and further our reach to our Durban, East London and Johannesburg supporters and collaborate with other partners in Africa in our respective areas and continue with our skills development, nation-building initiatives and activism.

All these efforts listed above could not have happened without the support of the amazing team, followers and families, City of Cape Town, the DG Murray Trust, Maitland Group, Aspire Solutions, Global Kinetic and various venue sponsors, volunteers and donors. Thank you to the media Massiv Metro, Cape Talk, LeadSA, Radio Pulpit, Trace, Afternoon Express and Bizcommunity and not to mention social media for amplifying our voice to the masses.

Sithi Nangamso!

Wishing you a prosperous New Year.

Regards,

Sam Gqomo

Watch our Director on Afternoon Express

Watch our Director, Sam Gqomo, chat about the birth and vision of Womandla Foundation on SABC 3s ‘Afternoon Express.’

See how you or your organisation can get involved. We hope to roll out our events calendar with established partners for the year 2020.

Here’s to expansion! Send us any comments or queries on info@womandla.com.

 

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Watch Michelle Obama and Tracee Ellis Ross at the 2018 United State of Women Summit

In case you missed this empowering video with Michelle Obama and Tracee Ellis Ross, check it out here on Womandla!

New Appointment: Global Brand Ambassadors of Pursue Your Purpose LLC

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Our Founder, Sam Gqomo, has been selected as one of the Pursue Your Purpose Global Brand Ambassadors, under the leadership of Forbes Business Coach, Tamiko Cuellar.

Cuellar selected women in Africa who believe in the values of  her company, Pursue Your Purpose. Her mandate is to help/coach high performing, purpose driven women globally to transition into entrepreneurship & grow.

Well done Sam!

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Womandla Vision Board Workshop

We ran a Womandla Vision Board mini workshop for young girls in Cape Town, last week. We’ve seen many celebrities create these, so we took the positive lesson to the test!

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Visualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do. According to the popular book The Secret, “The law of attraction is forming your entire life experience and it is doing that through your thoughts. When you are visualizing, you are emitting a powerful frequency out into the Universe.”

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Our Founder, Sam Gqomo, addressing the girls on being visionaries.

What you focus on expands. Use words that appeal to you or images that jump at you. We set some music and allowed our hearts and minds to lead us into our future. The girls have committed to hanging their boards where they can see them, and will work hard towards what they have forecasted.

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The purpose of a vision board is to bring everything on it to life. So put things that inspire and motivate you!

Give us your feedback in the comment section below! Have you created a vision board before? Did it work?

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About the Founder

Meet Sam, a food enthusiast, closet comedienne and music aficionado! 

editor.jpegSamkelwe Gqomo is the Founding Editor of womandla.com, a women empowerment blog which aims to celebrate and empower women in Africa and around the globe through digital media.

Her vision for the platform is to:

1. To build networks for young scholars and professionals across the globe
2. To educate South African girls by raising funds for their tuition through digital advertising and
3. To establish online mentorship/mentee relationships for young girls.

Womandla.com uses story-telling as a tool for social innovation, community enrichment and transformation. This platform has afforded her an invitation to the United Nations in Bangkok, for a leadership symposium in August 2017.

Sam is a Marketing Executive for a software and web development company in Cape Town. In her spare time she loves to write, travel, read, coordinate events and try out different cuisines. She is 26 years old, a brazen Christian and visionary.

Remember her name.

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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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