WIB celebrates 10 years

2015-07-01 06:05
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Founder Alison Engelbrecht         continues to exude the same        passion she did when Women in Business opened in 2005.

PHOTO: nicole john Founder Alison Engelbrecht continues to exude the same passion she did when Women in Business opened in 2005.

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WHAT started off as an informal gathering of like-minded women in the Midlands and Pietermaritzburg areas has grown into the well-established and respected Women in Business (WIB) forum.

Fast-forward 10 years and founder Alison Engelbrecht continues to exude the same passion she had when WIB opened in 2005.

Engelbrecht said that WIB had run purely on the drive and motivation from the women who are a part of WIB, which has run as a non-profit organisation with no sponsor funding.

“Women in Business was formed to cater for the needs of ladies in rural areas who have no one to support them. This allows women from all paths of life and from various backgrounds and different sectors of the working world to find common ground and encourage each other.”

Engelbrecht was named one of the most influential women in business and government in South Africa at the CEO Communications Awards at the Gallagher Convention Centre last year.

She was the South African country winner in the welfare and civil society­ organisation’s sector of CEO Communications.

“As CEO of Women in Business, I endeavour to encourage and build self-confidence within the membership, in individuals and in entrepreneurs.”

Engelbrecht, a bookkeeper, is a lecturer at Varsity College and is the acting vice principal of student support­.

As part of the 10th anniversary celebrations, WIB and Varsity College will host the annual “Mind the Education Gap” at the college on 16 July.

The aim is to assist secondary school and tertiary level teachers, parents, employers and pupils, the aim of which is to bridge the educational gap to address challenges that pupils experience because school leavers often face an emotional, physical and mental leap when entering a tertiary institution or work environment.

Guest speaker Professor Zak Nel, an educational psychologist, will help pupils with guidance regarding decision-making for life after school.

Breakaway sessions will be conducted after the keynote address at the event.

For more information contact Varsity College on 033 386 2376, aengelbrecht@varsitycollege.co.za or ceo@womeninbusiness.org.za

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