WSWB: Women in Business Cuppa for CANSA networking event #4

Hello World. It’s time to Break out my fourth Women in Business Cuppa for CANSA post. If you are interested in reading about the others please click here, here and here to see how these events have grown!

We partnered with the PepperClub Hotel & Spa for this event . A five star luxury brand and it was evident from the moment we walked in. The staff took care of everything from set up, technical issues to break down. I knew who was assigned to the event when shifts changed, I was visited by the banqueting manager to see if I was happy with everything and because of all of this I was two hours ahead of schedule and could enjoy lunch before the event started, a luxury I have never had before.

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PepperClub Spa & Hotel welcomes our guests

Women Supporting Women in Business (WSWB) is a feature on the blog which inspired me to pilot The Women in Business Cuppa for CANSA event for The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA). The feature highlights powerhouses who are doing amazing things in their field and I wanted to connect these women & start conversations in real life.

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Treats whipped up by The Cape Town Hotel School, Clover & Pepperclub Hotel & Spa

Putting together this type of event is exhausting and would not be possible without our partners. Our second collab was with The Cape Town Hotel School who I am lucky enough to have worked with twice now. They were responsible for our cupcakes, with my only brief being “PINK”!

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Loren, Fadwa & Lynne.

Another crucial collab is our speakers. Our panel of speakers for this event was resident life coach,Lynne Kock owner of Evolution Incorporated Coaching & Consulting and Loren Lee Langenhoven, personal stylist & owner of StylebyLoren.

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Loren Lee Langenhoven

And then to the thing that people love receiving the most at this event  but the thing that  gives me the most grey hairs. The goody bag. Getting goodies to fill this amaaazing bag is usually a nightmare. But my trusty sponsors Cosmopolitan, Woolworths, Benefit Cosmetics SA , Prestige, Reydiant Natural Skincare ,The Bees Knees, Cape Town Comedy Club and The Herb & Spice Factory Shop always send over the most beautiful goodies to give away.

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Recently I have also introduced an intimate shopping experience for attendees which gives business owners an opportunity to exhibit their wares and brand at the event.

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Stacey -Jane from African Secrets

As proud as I am of this event, what I enjoy most is that it has turned us all into a sisterhood, a #squad not afraid to listen or ask for help from a group of amazing ladies & know that help will be given but so will heart, soul and passion. As always thank you for reading & for supporting this event xx

WSWB:Women in Business Cuppa for CANSA networking event #3

Hello World . I am so excited to share my third Women supporting Women in Business (WSWB) Cuppa for CANSA event post. I piloted this event for The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) in March & I haven’t looked back. To read more about what this event is about click here.

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Our guest speakers & a mandatory pic

Women Supporting Women in Business has been a dream of mine for a few years.I wanted to provide a network of women to support each other & build each other up and I am extremely proud to see my dream come to life.

The event starts with a fire line up.The speakers are powerhouses & leaders in their respective fields each and everyone of them. Our first speaker was Dr Koebraa Peters (Marine Biologist) and co-owner of one of my most loved plus size friendly, modest wear and breast feeding friendly brand, Kalathea Clothing. Dr Peters shared what “Vision in Business” meant to her.

Next up we had Sue Faith Levy, director of marketing, Pr & Digital at the Radison Red who spoke about socialnomics. Radison Red were the hosts to our second event which you can read all about here.

At this event we were honoured to have our resident life coach Lynne Kock from Evolution Inc talk about vision & living a life of your dreams. Lynne has been pioneering the movement & walking the road with me since the inception but I have never been moved to goosebumps more than when Lynne spoke at this event. I guess that’s what happens when you live a passion filled life.

Our last guest speaker was Letishia Charles owner of Queen Bee Hospitality Marketing. Letishia shared great tips on using social media for business.

We started and ended the event with an intimate shopping experience and were joined by:

We were also joined by triple threat Ermi Pillay, cancer survivor , singer & a woman in business. Ermi  serenaded us with the smooth Jazz sounds of Norah Jones and Ella Fitzgerald.

 

Our next event takes place on October 6th 2018 at the Pepperclub Hotel & Spa. We are excited to welcome Style by Loren, personal stylist & wardrobe consultant as one of our guest speakers to this event. We will be turning Pepper Club pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month & hope you will join us. As always thank you for reading xxx

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WSWB: Wedaad ETC

Hello World. I’m happy to share another Women Supporting Women in Business (WSWB) post on this beautiful summery winter’s day in Cape Town. As an avid supporter of Women Supporting Women in Business I am always on the lookout for  authentic, local & ethical businesses to support.

I am excited to introduce you to  Wedaad ETC. Wedaad ETC offers paper art, laser cutting & engraving, specialises in event decor and donut walls. Her designs are always on trend at a fraction of the cost.

A few weeks ago I arranged a pop up coffee shop for The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) to launch a flagship project called Cuppa for CANSA. We got our tea expert on board The Tea Merchant who paired their tea with cupcakes from The Cape Town Hotel School.

I needed something else  to pull the entire event  together. I then thought of Wedaad  and asked her if she could style the event. She took up the challenge.

 

 

Her flower wall uses paper flowers & is always the focal point which I love  She decided on a vintage theme using books and bird cages for every table. We had a hit!

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Flower Wall

I asked Wedaad what she is passionate about. She says”If it’s important to you….it’s important to me” is the motto I’ve adopted over time. So in living up to this, it’s amazing how I get to know and learn about my clients and eventually delivering products that suits exactly what their expectations are. My passions are design,  creativity and mostly colour! Throwing in some awesome service…and I think a great recipe for success can be formulated.”

Wedaad’s entrepreneurial spirit started at a young age & she attributes her success to her survival instinct and providing good service every time. Wedaad believes “A satisfied client will always return or recommend good service they received.”

Wedaad’s entrepreneurial spirit started at a young age & she attributes her success to her survival instinct and providing good service every time. Wedaad believes “A satisfied client will always return or recommend good service they received.”

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The powerhouse that is Wedaad ETC

Amazing things happen when you support & love local! As the saying goes “When you buy from a small business, you are not helping a CEO buy a third vacation home. You are helping a little girl (or boy) get dance lessons, a little boy (or girl) get his team jersey, a mom put food on the table, a dad pay a mortgage. As always thank you for reading, will all my love F xx

WSWB:Networking event

Hello World . It’s time to break out a Women supporting Women in Business post(WSWB). This feature on the blog is an initiative close to my heart. I use this feature to highlight powerhouses who are out here doing the most.

This inspired me to pilot an event for The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) called Women in Business Cuppa for CANSA recently. The concept was to invite women business owners, bloggers, beauty enthusiasts & aspiring business owners to get together over a Cuppa for Cansa. The event starts with guest speakers who address a variety of topics but also share advice and tips with us about what makes them successful in business.The floor is then opened to the guests to either market their business, share their stories or pose a question to the panel. The guest speakers are invited to exhibit their company, product or service and at the end of the event guests are encouraged to network and get to know each other .

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Charnelle Avontuur sharing her experiences

All proceeds goes towards funding services The Cancer Association of South Africa provides.

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Exhibit by Evolution Inc & beautiful flowers done by Wedaad ETC

My aim with these events is to create a network of women who can stand for each other, who can support each other & share blueprints so that we don’t reinvent the wheel just perfect it.

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Exhibit by Kalathea Clothing
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From left to right: Marike Spreeth, Dr Koebraa Peters, Fadwa Walker, Lynne Kock & Charnelle Avontuur

Our guest speakers at our pilot event which took place on March 17 2018 were:

1. Lynne Kock from Evolution Incorporated and Coaching. You can read my post about Lynne here or if you want to know more about what she does you can read my review here.

2.Marike Spreeth owner of Grace designs and semi finalist of Mrs South Africa.

3.Dr Koebraa Peters marine biologist and co-owner of Kalathea Clothing. Read the feature I did on Kalathea Clothing here.

4. Charnelle Avontuur owner of South Africa’s biggest beauty group called Beauty Swop or Sale South Africa.

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The Palms offered a lovely intimate space for our event

The event was a huge success, I was buzzing for days after and so were my guest speakers. After amazing feedback I am planning the next event for May 5th 2018 and I’m happy to announce that Rushda Moosajee or Rushtush as she’s fondly known will join us as a guest speaker .

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Our next event takes place May 05th. Venue to be confirmed.

I wasn’t sure this event would be well received but it was. I really think this is the start of a movement and this excites me. Thank you for reading lovelies. If you have a business, product or service let me know about it. With all my love F xx

WSWB: Evolution Incorporated Coaching & Consulting.

Hello World!  As you may or may not know I’m big on supporting women owned & run businesses, which is why I started Women Supporting Women in Business networking events a few years ago & now the WSWB section on the blog. If you have a product or service I can get behind, you best believe I am going to hype the s@#t out of your business because what we need more in this world is women who stand behind other women, who support their dreams & cover them in love. I can’t think of a better act of love than by sharing the gems I have found on the blog in hopes that you support these women warriors &  their amazing initiatives.

Today I am excited to share with you Evolution Incorporated Coaching & Consulting.   A few weeks ago I was invited to my first Colour Therapy session , you can read my full review here. Lynne Kock the powerhouse behind Evolution Inc is a Life Coach, Colour therapist, Wife, Mother & believer. Born & bred in sunny Cape Town, her love for people, creativity & enlightenment has led her down a very colourful path. Qualified as a Fashion Designer & Fashion buyer, she ventured out of corporate in 2016 to fulfill her dream of building her own legacy. Evolution Incorporated was borne of the realisation that she had more to offer the world & that she wanted to spend the rest of her life helping people discover their true potential while spreading love & light.

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Lynne Kock – Colour Therapist & Life Coach

Speaking to Lynne during my session felt like “home” she spoke my language, she made me feel comfortable & she made sense of what I was feeling but could never put into words. A long time ago I read something which has ever since stayed with me ” The more you speak about your burden , the more you give it away until eventually all you feel is light”. I felt light after my session but most importantly I felt love. Self love. Somewhere along the line I lost my love of self.  I left the session feeling content & connected with myself for the first time in three years. And that to me is something worth celebrating.

As always thank you for reading! And remember as Buddha said “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection”.

WSWB-End Girl Hate

If there is anything that grabs my heart it’s when women stand up for each other, build each other up , support each other and love each other. Hello End Girl Hate. An empowering campaign started on social media and the baby of LeAnne Dlamini  singer, songwriter, mother, ,wife, entrepreneur and all round powerhouse. For our Women Supporting Women in Business (WSWB) feature this month I ask LeAnne to share with us her vision, success and passion for End Girl Hate The Sisterhood Movement.

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” -Amelia Earhart

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Image courtesy of all4women.co.za

 

Q:How did the End Girl Hate campaign come into being?

‘End Girl Hate was born through my passion & love for women & girls. I wanted to start encouraging women, empowering them & letting them know that it’s okay for us to support one another & do so freely! With no jealousy attached. And it all started on social media.’

Q: What is your purpose/vision/mission with this campaign?
‘I call End girl Hate The Sisterhood Movement, and my dream is for the movement to spread across our nation & beyond the shores of South Africa & Africa. I want women to have each others backs & feel the love & support from one another no matter who we are or where we are!’

Q: As a woman in business what do you attribute your success of this campaign too?
‘I really didn’t think it would get this big to be honest,but I think the world needs more love, kindness & compassion & that’s what I wanted every women & girl to feel that came into contact with me or EGH. I think the fact that there is no facade, I’m not hiding behind a mask but I truly practice what I preach in every post is what has made EGH such a success. People can see the real you & this is me.’

Q: Whilst discovering this beautiful campaign I also came across a fundraiser you hosted. 
‘I have only hosted 4 events, 3 of which were fully sponsored so I didn’t make a single cent,but the last one I hosted just about paid for all the costs I had to cover.
I have now started selling EGH merchandise & the proceeds of that go towards projects where I fund girls for matric dances & the latest sponsorship was for care packages, sanitary towels,toiletries etc for girls in Cape Town. We still have a long way to go but we’re getting there.’

As always thank you for reading!If you would like to get involved with this campaign you can follow End Girl Hate on Facebook or Instagram, where you can keep up to date with upcoming events and projects and lend a helping hand.

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In my women’s day tribute  I wrote an article called Striking Rocks. This article briefly makes mention of Blaqpearl , a story-teller using different mediums. Today I’m excited to announce I had the opportunity to pick Janine’s brain about her career , successes, passions and her first self published book for our Women Supporting Women in Business (WSWB) feature on the blog.

Career Highlights

Janine Van Rooy- Overmeyer also known as BlaqPearl grew up in the beautiful streets of Cape Town. At the age of 12 she started writing poetry and songs. Her music is a fusion of Afro/Soul/Hiphop/Jazz/R&B.  Janine has performed nationally and internationally and is also a cast member in popular and award-winning musical theatre productions namely Afrikaaps & A Plekkie in die son.

Towards the end of 2011 this powerhouse finally released her debut album titled Against All Odds. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Linguistics from the University of the Western Cape, Janine is testament to the old adage that education is power. She is proudly vocal about social issues & loves doing development work with youth.

In 2015 Janine released Karadaaa!!!, a self published book  .

2016  saw her  performing in two more theatre productions nl. Krotoa & Oratorio of a forgotten youth. Her services as professional Artist for events is Live Music, Poetry, Storytelling and Motivational speaking.

 

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Image courtesy of Janine Van Rooy

Q: As a woman in business what would you say is the number one cause of your success.

‘As a woman in business the number one cause of my success is my belief in myself. Along with that, I work at making my dreams a reality and thrive on being professional, especially when engaging with people. I love to learn. Growing and constantly developing is important.’

Q: I understand you have authored your first book, can you tell me a bit more about this.

‘Yes, I self published my first book, titled Karadaaa!!! It was released towards the end of 2015. It’s a collection of my poetry, stories and songs written and created since my teens until now my thirties. It includes writing in both Afrikaans and English. It is being received well. I sold a good number of books so far. I am just thankful that people are open to and supporting my work. I’m also being invited to various events for example Etymotic Mondays, Franschhoek Literary Festival and to the upcoming Open Book Festival in September, to name a few. These are great platforms to showcase my book. I am very positive about this step I took to finally release my writing in this format and I’m proud. Now people can see me perform these works and they can leave with a copy of my book to continue reading it. I am very passionate about reading and therefore encourage people to read. It is the best gift to give yourself or someone else…a book.’

Q:What are you passionate about?

‘Furthermore I am very passionate about human engagement and development. I believe we are all connected and placed together on earth to help, teach and heal each other. I am also passionate about my art namely music, poetry, storytelling and theatre performances. So whenever I am expressing in these forms, I do it wholeheartedly, with respect for my gifts and talents and to the audiences. My family is very important to me, so I value all our time spent together (with love and passion).’

Thank you for reading! Don’t forget to support local and buy a copy of Karadaaa!!! You can purchase your copy of Karadaaa at the Book Lounge in Cape Town or at the Open Book Festival . Where you can catch Janine host,an unplugged session at Open Book festival taking place at the Fugard Theatre from the 7-11 September 2016.