SA business women rise up to lead the business evolution

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The newly evolved South African Council for Business Women (SACBW) is rolling out a nationwide Empowerment Road Show series that is aimed at equipping our country’s business women with much-needed new tools, insights and knowledge that will enable them to rise into the future of business.

Says Elise Coetser, National Leader of the Council: “The Future Jobs 2018 Report by the World Economic Forum for example states that: “New categories of jobs will soon emerge, partly or wholly displacing others,” and that “the skills sets required in both old and new occupations will change.” Plus, we already find ourselves in the first stages of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where new technologies that change the way we do business, literally emerge almost daily. Considering business developments such as these, we can all agree that the business landscape is changing irrevocably. The burning question however is: “Are we ready for it?”

The SACBW Empowerment Road Show, will take on the form of practical discussions and interactive workshops that will enable participants to walk away with new information that they will be able to apply in their own businesses, immediately.

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In addition to the ‘Future of Work,’ the topics that are on the table, include: The Importance of Coaching the Younger Generation of Women in Business, Understanding Millennials and The Unique Traits of Women that Future Business Desperately Need.

The SACBW is a 30-year old legacy brand that was originally established in a period where the world of work was mostly male-dominated, and women had to fight to take their rightful place on the business stage. The Council is proud of its rich past and deeply grateful for every trailblazer of a business woman that paved the way and created a solid foundation for others to build on.

However, as the world of work is rapidly transforming, the Council realised that it must evolve too. For this reason, the SACBW recently purposefully embarked on a process to reconnect with its true purpose and re-engineer its structure to ensure that it can continuously add tangible value for all female entrepreneurs in South Africa. This process also lead to the Council’s new slogan, which essentially captures the main reason for its existence: “Uniting all our business women to lead the business evolution.”

Coetser concludes: “As best captured in “Our Why,” we believe in the eternal words of W.E.B Dubois which is that there is no force equal to a woman determine to rise. Now imagine what could become possible, if powerful women across our country, joined hands to rise? The SACBW aims to facilitate exactly that.”

The following dates have already been set aside for the SACBW Empowerment Road Show: 11 April for the Garden Route, Western Cape; 25 April for Mpumalanga Highveld; 2 May for Mpumalanga Lowveld and 17 May for Gauteng. For updates on the venues and full details, business women can follow the SACBW National Facebook page; @SACBWNational. Businesses who are interested in sponsorships or exhibiting at the events, may contact national@sacbw.org.


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