March the 8th was a momentous occasion for two of my wonderful clients, Yael Geffen and Este Pretorius. I had nominated both of them for Woman Of Stature Awards (details below) and both of them reached the finals in their categories. Yael who is the CEO of Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty for the CEO of the Year and Este, the founder of Boost Sales in the Media Category.
Congratulations to Yael who went on to win in her category and although Este didn’t win this year, she loved the exposure that the event engendered for her brand.

The glittering event was hosted at the Indaba Hotel and Conference Centre in Fourways, Johannesburg on International Women’s Day and other category winners included:
entrepreneur of the year (Hazel Bango-Moyo); woman in arts and culture (Palesa Makgato), woman in beauty and fashion (Conny Oberrauter), woman in coaching and mentoring (Keshni Mathi) , woman in education (Professor Corne Davis) , woman in media (Katy Katopodis), woman in science and innovation (Dr Nandi Malumbazo), and woman in technology (Dr Stella Bvuma).

The Woman of Stature Awards is a prestigious event that recognizes the hard work and passion of South African female entrepreneurs and businesswomen across different industries.

In addition to the prestigious awards ceremony which was held on 8 March, the Woman of Stature Foundation also chose to include a two-day business summit where, for the first time ever, a Deal Room was available for successful entrepreneurs to pitch their companies to a panel of investors.

The theme of the 2023 summit was ”DREAM BIGGER,” which aimed to open the minds of female entrepreneurs and give themselves permission to think beyond traditional strategies and consider the possibilities beyond South African borders.

Glenda Thompson.

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