FAIRLADY has announced the panel of respected judges who will be presiding over this prestigious competition
Now in its third year, the prestigious FAIRLADY Women of the Future Awards 2017, in partnership with Santam, launched in April with a call for entries from South African female entrepreneurs. Two outstanding women will win great prizes in two highly contested categories: the FAIRLADY Woman of the Future 2017 and the FAIRLADY Rising Star 2017.
The respected panel of judges presiding over the awards comprises:
FAIRLADY editor Suzy Brokensha has always believed that realising your own potential and running your own business is not only what most women dream of, it’s also what we should all be striving for. ‘Working is not only about personal growth, although that is a huge part of it. It’s also about building this country into the energetic, vibrant economy it should be. We believe in women, and we believe in business, and we believe that women have the potential to turn the South African economy around,’ says Brokensha. ‘I’ll be looking for someone who has spotted a gap in the market and whose business could become a game changer in our economic environment.‘
As Santam Executive Head of People and Transformation, Jeanett Modise will be looking for an entrepreneur who has a strong sense of purpose, who embodies perseverance and embraces lifelong learning as she builds her business. Modise says: ‘Most entrepreneurs are bound to face challenges along the way, but the right attitude and approach is what will set them apart. Successful women entrepreneurs go beyond mediocrity. They envision a future for themselves and the people around them, and they go for it’.
Advocate Thuli Madonsela
Chief Patron of the Thuli Madonsela Foundation, Advocate Thuli Madonsela believes South Africa is
a great place for entrepreneurs – that there are more gaps in the system and, therefore, more opportunities here than in countries that have been operating in a globalised environment for many years. She wants women to succeed as entrepreneurs but also wants to see a business that seeks to solve society`s problems, with principled leaders who treat their staff well. ‘The winner must see herself as part of a force to build our communities, this nation, our continent and, ultimately, a better world,’ says Adv Madonsela.
Media entrepreneur and international speaker Jo-Ann Strauss is a hardworking mom. She sees entrepreneurship as a great opportunity for mothers, allowing for creativity and flexibility. Says Strauss: ‘I will be looking for strong, capable women who have not just dreamed their dreams, but have made them come true through sheer determination and resilience. This is what sets the FAIRLADY Women of the Future Apart.’
Jewellery designer and businesswoman Kirsten Goss believes that there are many opportunities in South African to find a niche where you can offer a unique product or service and create a business around it. Says Goss: ‘I will be looking for a woman who has quiet confidence and the resilience to succeed in a gracious manner. Someone with a long-term view who understands that you need time to lay the foundations of a business in order to see it really last and flourish.’
The FAIRLADY Woman of the Future 2017 award goes to an entrepreneur, 30 years or older, whose business has made it past 1000 days (basically, the first three years) and who is well on her way to creating an empire. The prize comprises R50 000 cash, an invaluable mentorship session with one of the judges, a Sisley beauty hamper worth R8 797, a Miladys fashion voucher worth R5 000, a GetSmarter local online course worth R15 000, a Michel Herbelin watch worth R10 500 and business luggage from Delsey worth R5 000 and a LENOVO 10.1″ IdeaPad Miix 310 2-in-1 Laptop (Wi-Fi) from Makro worth R3 999..
The FAIRLADY Rising Star 2017 goes to an entrepreneur between the ages of 16 and 30, whose business is older than six months but still within the first 1000 days of business. The prize comprises R20 000 cash, an invaluable mentorship session with one of the judges, a Sisley beauty hamper worth R5 465, a Miladys fashion voucher worth R5 000, a GetSmarter local online course worth R15 000, a Michel Herbelin watch worth R10 500, business luggage from Delsey worth R5 000 and a LENOVO 10.1″ IdeaPad Miix 310 2-in-1 Laptop (Wi-Fi) from Makro worth R3 999.
‘FAIRLADY is all about the future of South Africa. We want to reward success, but we also want to award potential – which is why we include the Rising Star award,’ says Brokensha.
Entry forms and terms & conditions are available on www.womenofthefuture.co.za. Entries close on
9 June 2017.
New to the awards this year, the public can nominate a female entrepreneur for entry into the FAIRLADY Women of the Future or Rising Star Awards. Nomination forms can be found on www.womenofthefuture.co.za/nominate-an-outstanding-female-entrepeneur/
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