A career seminar to be hosted by the Progressive Institute on 20 October is expected to help corporate resolve one of their greatest challenges; retaining premium talent in the increasingly competitive global economy.
The 2nd Annual Career Elevation Seminar will be held under the theme “Inspiring top talent to reach greater heights: Rise into your destiny” and held at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC) on October 20th. The key note speaker at the event will be Kenyan thought leader and Advocate, Professor Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba; an internationally acclaimed public speaker who has delivered powerful speeches centred on finding African solutions to African problems. The seminar will also feature a rich line up of local speakers, among them Thapelo Tsheole – Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE); Matlhogonolo Mponang – Deputy Executive Director Corporate Services at Botswana Accountancy College (BAC); Malebogo Mpugwa – Head of Human Resources at DE Beers as well as Richard Malikongwa – Regional Director at Institute of Development Management (IDM). The speakers will deliver various presentations centred on the theme and covering topics like personal branding, networking, taking care of your job, skills for the future as well as the role of a mentor in your career.
Speaking to Sunday Standard in an interview, Progressive Institute Managing Director Mmoloki Ossie Mmolotsi said many young professionals are unhappy with their jobs and end up in perennial job hunting expeditions.
“This has resulted in high turnover rate and left most companies in the lurch. As a result, power has moved from the employers to employees. This has made employee welfare a key strategic concern for every company. That’s why nowadays there is fierce competition for top talent. Every company is looking for that superstar who will innovate and produce stellar results,” he said.
Mmolotsi explained that he came up with the Career Elevation Seminar as a way of offering solutions to corporates by helping them with strategies that will enable them to prioritize human capital development. He further said the seminar will enable companies to attract, develop and retain premium talent so as to continually improve their market position.
“This seminar is also about employees, as it provides the momentum for rising stars and high potential executives to significantly boost their performance. This is the only event in Botswana that will assist rising talent to develop insights and strategies that will help them navigate their careers in line with their skills, strengths and values,” said Mmolotsi.
The inaugural Career Elevation Seminar last year attracted over 250 participants from different organisations across the economy. Mmolotsi expressed confidence that this year’s seminar will attract more than double last year’s attendants, in line with the Progressive Institute’s ambition of creating a generation that will embrace change and encourage disruption and innovation.