Developing Your Leadership Identity With GetSmarter

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On February 20, 2018, GetSmarter welcomed 60 guests onto their Observatory campus, under the banner of an event celebrating Women in Leadership. This special event – one in a series of exclusive networking and lecture series hosted by GetSmarter – featured guest speakers and a panel discussion, all around the theme of helping women to develop a leadership identity.

Meet the Speakers

Natalie Williams Women in Leadership GetSmarter Thelme Janse van Rensburg Women in Leadership GetSmarter Holly Meadows Women in Leadership GetSmarter Marissa Brendal Women in Leadership GetSmarter Dr Babita Mathur-Helm Women in Leadership GetSmarter

Natalie Williams

Community Manager at GetSmarter 

Thelme Janse van Rensburg

Chief Talent Officer at GetSmarter

Holly Meadows

Editor at Cosmopolitan South Africa

Marissa Brendal

Entrepreneur, Business Coach and Speaker

 

Dr Babita Mathur-Helm

Course Convenor on the USB-ED Women in Leadership online short course

 

Natalie Williams Women in Leadership GetSmarter

Natalie Williams

Community Manager at GetSmarter 

Thelme Janse van Rensburg Women in Leadership GetSmarter

Thelme Janse van Rensburg

Chief Talent Officer at GetSmarter

Holly Meadows Women in Leadership GetSmarter

Holly Meadows

Editor at Cosmopolitan South Africa

Marissa Brendal Women in Leadership GetSmarter

Marissa Brendal

Entrepreneur, Business Coach and Speaker

Dr Babita Mathur-Helm Women in Leadership GetSmarter

Dr Babita Mathur-Helm

Course Convenor on the USB-ED Women in Leadership online short course

From Pieces to Peace

Thelmé Janse van Rensburg was the first speaker of the evening, sharing her insights as one of two female members of the GetSmarter Executive Committee. She spoke of the balancing act between motherhood and business savvy – she has two children under the age of 18 months, born during her two years as Head of Talent – and the necessity of leveraging all the pieces of your life to make you a strong performer in your organisation.

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“From pieces to peace – all of these pieces of our lives form and shape who we are.” Not being swept away in the chaos of a busy, chaotic lifestyle, but looking at your inherent talents and habits and leveraging them to strategically shape your professional identity.

“The roles you are responsible for filling, people who have specific expectations of you, and things you really want to achieve – all are part of who you are and what makes you effective.”

Janse van Rensburg spoke of the necessity of thinking strategically about the value you want to add to an organisation, so you can be deliberate in the actions you take to get there.

She also highlighted the importance of failure. “Not everything is within your control, but by taking your life and future into your hands, you have an opportunity to shape what it is that you bring to society.”

Make Your Mark

Cosmopolitan Editor-in-Chief Holly Meadows was next on the evening’s agenda. Since stepping in at the helm of the South African beauty magazine in July 2017, Meadows has faced an array of negative stereotypes.

Faced with perceptions that Cosmopolitan is frivolous and shallow, she made it her mission to change that impression, using the brand as a driver for social change to teach women how to be activists in their own spheres and fight gender stereotyping.

“It’s important to define how you are going to make your mark as a leader,” says Meadows. “You will come to points in your career where you want to do something game-changing and radical and different, something that’s never been done before. Be bold, be brave, be a rebel, and follow what you know inside is the right thing to do.”

Panel

The evening ended with a panel discussion comprised of Janse van Rensburg, Meadows, Entrepreneur and Business Coach Marissa Brendal, and Dr Babita Mathur-Helm, Course Convenor on the Women in Leadership online short course from the University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development. The panel fielded questions from the audience about mentorship, strategies for supporting other women in the workplace, and the role that men can play in female empowerment.

As part of a competition, attendees tweeted throughout the evening, sharing their highlights and inspiration. The winner with the best tweet received a complimentary registration for the Women in Leadership online short course, facilitated by USB-ED in collaboration with GetSmarter.


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