Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Women in business and leadership conference on the cards

On its sixth instalment, the women in business and leadership conference will once again strive to empower women and enhance their business and leadership credentials.

The conference is the brain child of Urban Motion Communications Group. Its Operations Director, Vince Mosimanewakgang stressed that the conference is not premised on gender but focuses rather on whether a woman has the potential and capacity to lead. He said that the opportunities that men grab hold of are equally available to women, such that exploiting them should be about the capability to turn them into monetary benefit and not about gender.

On that note, Mosimewakgang said bringing women together who are well versed in different fields gives them the push that they need to turn opportunities into benefit. The networking session will include five speakers who command respect in their respective fields, among them Chiele Executive Officer (CEO) of National Development Bank (NDB) Lerato Morapedi, Supplies & Manufacturing General Manager at Botswana Oil Noreen Evans as well as Zurich CEO Bilkiss Moonrad. NDB is the principal sponsor of the conference. The conference will take place on Thursday 28 May at Gaborone International Convention Centre.

This year’s conference will dedicate time to engaging participants in discussions and giving them the opportunity to assess their own unique situations. The participants will include women who are already in business and those aspiring to start their own businesses. The P400 ticket is packed with networking, business matchmaking, stalls and exhibitions to mention but a few.

Mosimanewakgang said business matchmaking will accord participants an opportunity to realize the immense potential that exists in forming a group and working together towards a shared goal.

“We want people to create consortiums, such a move is long overdue,” he said. He added that the inclusion of this exercise came from the observation that the business landscape in Botswana is led by individual effort and has therefore not harnessed the potential of doing business through pooling diverse resources together for a common objective. NDB sponsored a business plan competition at last year’s conference, and it was won by Matshediso Kabelo and Thato Supang who walked away with P30 000 thousand each to turn their ideas into profitable activities.

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