To celebrate Women’s month, Hirsch’s popular monthly Entrepreneurs Workshop that is held for budding business owners in KZN, hosted four top business women sharing their stories and fielding questions on how to grow a business, no matter what the odds.
Speaker’s included Margaret Hirsch, Chief Operations Officer of the Hirsch Group who has won many business awards over the years, Marlene Powell, one of the top business coaches with Action COACH, Sharin Pillay, the CEO of National NDT (non-destructive testing services) a company that she took over from her husband when he passed away, and Aritha Aleka a marketing specialist and motivational speaker.
Commented Glenda Thompson, CEO of Get U Noticed and Hirsch’s PR consultant. “Each speaker brought something unique to the table. Margaret stressed that success comes from hard work and there are not alternatives. She pointed out that you have to have a vision to live your dreams. “Do what you can with what you’ve got. Life is like a puzzle, so build up your border first and then drop everything in. Focus on yourself, mind your own business and don’t worry about what other people think.” She said.
Sharon told the story of her journey since she lost her husband and had to pick up the pieces and run the family business. Altho she struggled at first, she went on to win and Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2010. She has never given up and has so many things to be grateful for.
Aritha told the story of how she had overcome major hardships in her life, but worked on her mindset to overcome them. “I am a miracle and I want to share all the positive things in life. I live for the day, for the present. I wake up with affirmations every day and super charge my brain.” She said.
Marlene explained how she had built up a successful career in the corporate world and made the decision that she wanted to spend more time with her family. She became the first female ActionCOACH franchise owner in South Africa twelve years ago and has never looked back. Her goal is to help business owners build the infrastructure of their businesses to the extent that they can free up time to spend more time with their families.
“These Workshops have become so successful over the months, and we work on different topics every month. The September event will be entitled Sales on Steroids. It will be at Hirsch’s Umhlanga from 12.30 for 1.00 p.m. and will end at 3.00 p.m.” Explained Glenda. Contact if you would like to attend the next event.

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