Unshakable Women gather at WPN Leadership Conference 2019

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Women’s Property Network (WPN) Gauteng Chapter hosted their Annual Leadership Conference on Friday, 8th March 2019 in Rosebank, Johannesburg.

 JACKLINE-OKEYO

Sponsored by Standard Bank, the half-day conference is aimed at women working across South Africa’s real estate industry.

This year’s conference coincided with International Women’s Day and the theme, “BeUnshakable”, encouraged women to remain resilient during tough and uncertain economic times which were prevalent in the listed property and construction sector last year. This year’s conference encouraged women to think more collaboratively in positioning themselves and pursuing opportunities - this is an approach which could see women become a more formidable force in the sector.

“Over the years, WPN’s focus on creating a professional networking platform for women in the sector and raising funding to provide bursaries to women studying towards property related degrees has proven to be beneficial as we have seen an increased number of female entrants actively participating in the sector”, says Jackline Okeyo, Chairperson of WPN’s Gauteng Chapter. “Going forward we are seeking opportunities to create greater impact and further empower women in the sector. We are working on some exciting new initiatives that we will announce during the course of the year.

DISEBO-MOEPHULI

Seasoned journalist and news anchor, Cathy Mohlahlana hosted the event with the line-up of speakers including; Kundayi Munzara, Co-Founder and Executive Director at Sesfikile Capital; Founder of Be-Clear, Tanya Stevens; Jean Chawapiwa, Country Director of WEConnect International (SA); Tshepiso Kobile, Commercial Manager Executive: Infrastructure Tongaat Hulett Developments; Charmaine Schwenn, Director Schwenn Incorporated; Somaya Joshua, Executive Relationship Manager Standard Bank; Nonhlanhla Mayisela, CEO of Izandla Property; and keynote speaker, Irene Charnley, founder of Pan-African telecoms group, Smile Telecoms. The various discussions shared insights into developing a strong sense of self-awareness to perform at one’s peak as well as how women can use their achievements and roles to further build on the legacy of women empowerment in the sector.

“Our involvement in sponsoring the WPN Leadership Conference is a testament to our ongoing support of female professionals and entrepreneurs within the real estate sector. The development of leaders is crucial, and we are incredibly proud of our association with WPN’s drive to change the narrative across the entire spectrum of the real estate sector,” says Disebo Moephuli, Head of Corporate and Investment Banking at Standard Bank.

Since 2008, WPN has awarded over 70 bursaries to the tune of R4.3m to previously disadvantaged female students studying towards a property related degree or diploma at various institutions around the country.

Last modified on Wednesday, 13 March 2019 17:04

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