Ground-breaking speaker line-up announced for 6th FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit

In the wake of a tumultuous period in history, many are reflecting on lessons learnt in 2020 while seeking guidance on how to navigate this new reality going forward. Bringing together the continent’s most powerful female voices, the FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit (LWS) will take on a guiding role, hinging the conversation on this year’s dynamic theme - Africa Reloaded: The Power of The CollectiveCoinciding with International Women’s Day, the 6th #LeadingWomanSummit, presented by Mastercard, will run from 8 to 9 March 2021, boasting an impactful speaker line-up for this free-to-attend virtual platform.

There is not just one keynote speaker at #LWS2021 but a star-studded galaxy of names including 2019 Miss Universe, South Africa’s own Zozibini Tunzi; British actress and UNHCR high-profile supporter Gugu Mbatha-Raw; Emirati business woman, author and artist, Sheikha Hend Faisal Al Qassimi; British-Sudanese supermodel and designer, Alek Wek; IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath; Nigerian entrepreneur Folorunso Alakija; FORBES AFRICA’s African of the Year 2020 honoree, the former Nigerian Finance Minister and first female African Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; the Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland; the United Nations’ representative in China, Siddharth Chatterjee; South African music conductor, Ofentse Pitse; South African explorer, Saray Khumalo; and South African rugby player, Piwo Nyanda. These – and many more trail-blazers – will engage the audience through hard-hitting talks, fireside chats and insightful panel discussions that look back on the year while identifying opportunities for growth and recovery on the continent.

“Mastercard has a strong sense of responsibility to take action when it comes to equality,” commented Suzanne Morel, Mastercard Country Manager for South Africa. “FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit is one of those great examples where we can play a key role through our sponsorship. The summit provides professional women with an opportunity to discuss some of the world’s biggest issues – business challenges, workplace issues and the further empowerment of African women. It’s also a fantastic chance to showcase truly inspiring women who are doing extraordinary things, to share their stories and really network with others.”

Renuka Methil, Managing Editor of FORBES Africa & FORBES Woman Africa, said this year would certainly draw on a lot more emotion, following the challenges of the previous year, but that participants would undoubtedly feel more compelled to act on these than ever before: “The Covid-19 experience has brought to light some harsh realities – the deepening inequalities that continue to be experienced by Africa’s women and the continent within the global economy. But it has also lit a fire in many of us. If there is going to be action taken, it needs to be now, and I think that momentum will flow through and beyond this year’s summit.”

“The convergence of powerful, industry-leading women could not have happened at a better time, and on a better platform than the FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit. Collectively, we have the power to break down the barriers that were amplified over the past year – specifically, driving the conversation around inequality in access to connectivity, and the crucial opportunities that are enabled through this,” said Lianne Williams, Head of Marketing, Vumatel; South Africa. “The telecommunications sector, for instance, not only empowers the continent with digital tools and information that grows economies, but also allows individuals to access opportunities such as online learning and remote working in the digital age. These is the empowerment we strive to deliver to all communities.”

Roberta Naicker, Managing Director, ABN Group, said the event was a ‘solutions-driven platform’ for women seeking a change in the global narrative: “We have seen that people don’t just want to talk about their problems, they really want to understand how they can actually roll up their sleeves and solve them. We’re looking forward to great conversations this year that tackle global challenges.”

#LWS2021 Panel Discussions

· Agility and flexibility: Culture change in the C-Suite

· The isolation economy and the double shift for women

· Rise of the low-touch economy: Financial and digital inclusion in a pandemic world

· Warriors in healthcare: What’s life like on the frontline?

· Private equity: Still a man’s world?

· The lost generation: The gendered impact of Covid-19 on education

· Back to the garage: Working-from-home (WFH) and the remote revolution

· CFOs, CIOs and CTOs: The new corporate Czars in a COVID era

· Why the Covid-19 pandemic is also a gender pandemic

#LWS2021 Speaker Line-up

· Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, newly-elected Director-General of the WTO (Please place her image first)

· Zozibini Tunzi, Miss Universe 2019

· Gugu Mbatha-Raw, British actress and UNHCR high-profile supporter

· Alek Wek, British-Sudanese supermodel and designer

· Piwo Nyanda, South African rugby player (Mastercard)

· Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary-General 

· Sheikha Hend Faisal Al Qassimi, Emirati businesswoman, author and artist; UAE 

· Folorunso Alakija, Nigerian entrepreneur and Vice-Chair of Famfa Oil

· Bisila Bokoko, Spanish-African-American businesswoman; USA

· Vanessa Nakate, climate activist; Uganda

· Natasha Muhoza, poet/storyteller and lawyer; Rwanda

· Ilwad Elman, Somali-Canadian activist, 2021 Nobel Peace Prize nominee; Director, Elman Peace Centre; Mogadishu

… and many others! Check www.leadingwomensummit.co.za for the full speaker line-up.

The 2021 FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit (LWS) presented by Mastercard, is a free-to-attend virtual event, expected to draw more than 2 000 attendees from across the globe on 8 and 9 March 2021. Don’t miss out on what is set to be one of the year’s most impactful events.

How to get involved:                                                  

Become part of the change by registering to attend the summit at 

https://hopin.com/events/forbes-woman-africa-leading-women-summit or visit

www.leadingwomensummit.co.za for more info. Alternatively, follow the conversation on social media @LWSummit #LWS2021 #LeadingWomanSummit.

Contact details:

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities: sales@abn360.com

Media-related enquiries: yolande.dutoit@abn360.com

Event-related queries: events@abn360.com

Iwisa – Bringing people together using food

Iwisa – #Everyoneswelcome 

 Early December 2019, J’Something hosted an Iwisa #everyoneswelcome dinner where he brought people from different backgrounds and cultures together in his own home. The dinner was hosted to celebrate the diversity of South African cultures through heart-warming dishes that are traditional but with a modern twist. The #everyoneswelcome dinner was exactly that as everyone was catered for, from vegetarians to meat lovers and everyone in between.

 Iwisa – Bringing people and cultures together using food Cooking as a family or with friends and loved ones brings us together because we are able to share our culture and heritage through food and give each other nourishment. Coming together and sharing a meal is the most communal and binding thing in almost every place in the world.

Being able to make a dish and share that with the people you love is one of the most universal concepts because it’s at the root of our survival. We all have to eat, and being able to learn how to make a recipe from your mother is one of the oldest traditions of mankind. This idea of carrying on the legacy and sharing recipes that have been in our family for generations is something that is so incredibly special. 

Food is also a great vehicle for sharing culture with people from different backgrounds. This is what makes food so special, it is at the center of all cultures and family gatherings. We have many of our biggest moments in life either preparing or sharing a meal.
Food also helps us find our way closer to each other, as we gather together to prepare a meal and sit down for dinner. In these moments of uncertainty, it is the familiar feeling food brings that offers the most comfort.

Please see below recipes that you can use to bring your friends and families together: Ntwenhlehttps://www.facebook.com/313483628841926/photos/a.313497802173842/1193397967517150/?type=3&theaterhttps://www.facebook.com/313483628841926/photos/a.313497802173842/1181038405419773/?type=3&theaterhttps://www.facebook.com/313483628841926/photos/a.313497802173842/1173807039476243/?type=3&theater

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Here comes the bridal expo

Over 3000 people attended a weekend-long bridal expo at Oakfield Farm in Muldersdrift on the 29th of June where over 150 exhibitors showcased their wedding services.  

“It’s Gauteng’s biggest bridal expo,” said Siann Upton, Oakfield’s marketing director of seven years, who organized the entire event. With 72 acres of gardens and fields Oakfield Farm has more than enough space to host a massive annual expo to make every bride’s dreams come true.

Twenty-two years ago, Upton said, Oakfield started hosting a small open day for engaged couples, which eventually evolved into a large bridal expo. The event usually occurs in January and June. The summer expo attracts around 6000 people, she said.

More people showed up to this winter expo in comparison to previous years. “We spent more money on marketing this time,” said Upton.  

Members of Oakfield Farm start organizing the event months prior to its occurrence, said Greta Ogborne, Oakfield’s brand manager, and it takes two weeks to set everything up.

This June event started at 10 am and required a R100 entrance fee. The expo housed clothing sales and food and drink services.

“It’s all for the brides,” said Ogborne. “They need to plan their big day, and this gives them the opportunity to explore everything they need all in one place.” It is a combination that is sure to ward off bridezilla symptoms and pre-wedding anxiety.

Ingrid Vorster, who went to the expo out of curiosity, said she was surprised at how big the event was. “It had all the services for a wedding under one umbrella,” she said. Vorster wished that she had known about such expos before she had her own wedding.   

Some might think that this event is only for those who say “I do,” but it also secures potential clients for businesses that organize weddings. Hermione Ballinger, from a wedding and events magazine, said that her business secured over 100 new clients within three hours at the expo. The exhibitors were dress designers, décor managers, photographers, lawyers and others.

“Our exhibitors come from small businesses,” said Ogborne, “and this expo helps them get their name out there.”

Ilze Fourie advertised the Farm Inn Estate at the expo to showcase their wedding venue and said that they had gotten many leads at previous Oakfield events. “It’s good leads. It’s not just people passing by,” she said. “It’s definitely worth our while.”    

“We get fully booked,” said Cheree Pritchard, a baker from Jeanette’s Cake Creations. This company has baked wedding cakes as high as 1.1 meters tall and has been attending the Oakfield expo for over two years. At an expo like this, Pritchard said, people can share ideas and businesses can develop partnerships. “A nice web connection is formed as you get to meet new people that might lend you a helping hand if you ever need one.”     

The expo also showcased the talents of DJ’s and musicians. The Blu Earth Marimba Band performed during the weekend’s expo. The band members play marimbas for background music at weddings, said Khabonina Motaung, the band promoter. “We believe in the uniqueness of the marimba instrument,” she said. “It just gives a different vibe to a wedding.”

The Oakfield expo increased the band’s exposure. “We would love to be a go-to band for many functions,” said Motaung, “and Oakfield is the perfect platform to make that happen.”

Oakfield also provided excellent security on their premises. “We have roaming security guards, undercover guards and guards stationed at the entrance,” said Upton. The Oakfield members also took safety measures to ensure that their guests’ vehicles didn’t get stolen.  

“Overall, everything was smooth-sailing,” said Upton.

Oakfield aspires to remain one of the biggest wedding influencers in Gauteng with each annual bridal expo. For more information on the Oakfield Farm, contact their office at info@oakfield.co.za .   

Diarise dates for the 2018 Women’s Lifestyle Expo now!

As a celebration of the power, individuality and spirit of South African women, the innovative Women’s Lifestyle Expo – brought to you by FMI - will be returning, bringing financial advice alongside the best health, wellness, beauty and décor to Joburg’s Montecasino Piazza, from 29 to 30 September 2018.

 

“We are really excited to be hosting the Women’s Lifestyle Expo to give South African women, of all ages and stages of their lives, the opportunity to have a day that is all about them,” explained Helen Johns, co-founder of the Women’s Lifestyle Expo. “In today’s busy world, we tend to leave ourselves as last priority. The Women’s Lifestyle Expo is about indulging ourselves, whilst having fun with friends, moms or daughters. It’s all about us. Building on the success of the inaugural Women’s Lifestyle Expo, held in Cape Town, this has become a platform to celebrate our diversity, shared experiences, passion and varied interests. We want every woman who attends to experience the very latest trends, and learn about relevant topics, vital to their health, wealth and social wellbeing.”

 

The Women’s Lifestyle Expo is brought to you by FMI, a division of Bidvest Life Ltd – South Africa’s up-and-coming life insurer and leader in income protection. The expo’s mission to empower and educate women to live healthier, better lives directly aligns with FMI’s values and philosophy.

 

"We are passionate about helping individuals make the right decisions when it comes to securing their financial future by emphasizing the importance of income protection and critical illness cover – something that every single woman should ensure they have,” explained Grace Winter, Head of Brand Communications at FMI.

 

In addition to business and financial advice, the event promises a full line-up of interactive talks and seminars by experts in beauty, nutrition, health, fitness, décor …and more. Among the speakers will be Dr Jessica Trusler, a genetics researcher at AMPATH laboratories who will share interesting insights into the latest research on genetics screening for pregnancies; as well as Jean Chawapiwa, Founder and MD of Win Win Solutions 4 Africa, and Country Director for WEConnect International in South Africa, talking on ‘Women as Entrepreneurs’.

 

For those seeking endless retail options, there’s an expansive exhibitor line-up as well as high-end pampering services, including manicures, facials, makeovers, spa treatments and massages. Visitors will also be treated to a wealth of refreshments and quality dining options in the food court, from the wholesome and healthy to sinfully decadent dishes.

 

The 2018 Women’s Lifestyle Expo has introduced an unmissable feature to the programme, the High Tea. Guests attending this Parisienne-themed event will enjoy an exquisite high tea menu accompanied by champagne and gin cocktails. This high-end networking platform welcomes South African icons and leaders to the event, offering guests an exclusive opportunity for one-on-one engagement. Every attendee will leave the High Tea well prepared with a goodie bag filled with an assortment of health, beauty and wellness products. Tickets to the High Tea will be available from www.itickets.co.za.

 

When:         Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September.

Times:         Saturday, 29 September 10am to 8pm.

Sunday, 30 September 10am to 6pm.

Venue:         Montecasino Piazza

Tickets:        R250 per person per day for a general entry ticket.

 

Don’t miss your chance to experience the ultimate Women’s Lifestyle Expo. Tickets are available at www.itickets.co.za.

 

For more information about the Women’s Lifestyle Expo, visit:

Website - www.womenslifestyleexpo.co.za

Facebook – Womens Lifestyle Expo SA

Instagram – @womens_lifestyle_expo

Twitter – @Womens_Expo_SA

 

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