A thorn among the roses. Singer/songwriter and presenter Coenie de Villiers after his presentation at the SA Council for Business Women (SACBW) seminar with the finalists in the SACBW Business Woman of the Year 2016 competition (from left) Adrie van Nieuwenhuizen (George), Elna Schwartz (George), Imke Dekker (Mossel Bay) and Marne Mynhardt (Somerset West). The fifth finalist, Shirley Schmidt, also from Mossel Bay, was absent at the event on Wednesday.
SOUTHERN CAPE NEWS - A record number of Western Cape business women have been announced as contenders for this year's SA Council for Business Women's (SACBW) Business Women of the Year title.
On Wednesday, 8 June, no less than five women were announced to have made it to the finals in Pretoria on 17 September.
The SACBW seminar was held in Mossel Bay at the Garden Court Hotel, Garden Route Casino, this week.
The SACBW is a non-profit organisation, established 28 years ago and is represented nationally by successful business women. The council started with the aim to be an organisation that represents women in business and creates a vehicle for women to network, learn from each other, grow and mentor other women in the field of business.
On Wednesday, dynamic topics were presented by a number of professional speakers, also featuring an interactive workshop. This formed part of the SACBW's national congress as well as the preliminary judging for the Business Woman of the Year competition.
Speakers included psychologist Christie Els, giving an insightful talk on how to transform burnout into a worthy turnout, by tapping into what she coins as the "strongwoman" archetype.
Els compared the experience of stress with burnout, aiding attendees in making a clear distinction between the two.
"Doing business the strongwoman way means that your mind is set on growth and continuously stepping into your shoes, but on to a new level. Grow as fast as you can, but don't hurry. Learn to say 'no'. Measure every day's success and find peace in your own brand of a good life."
Vice chairperson of the SACBW and former SACBW Business Woman of the Year winner Diana Jansen delivered an equally useful message from personal business experiences.
George's very own Professor Quinton Johnson, principal of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University George campus, spoke on how to keep up with the times.
"In today's business world, change is the only thing that is consistent: stay on top of trends, yourself and your business," Prof Johnson said.
Certainly a programme highlight was the presentation by singer/songwriter, pianist and presenter Coenie de Villiers. Explaining how music ignites whole brain capacity, based on captivating research, De Villiers practically illustrated the similarities between principles in music, life and ultimately business.
"Music can be a vital change agent, especially in a country like South Africa, where labour relations are rated the worst in the world," De Villiers said. He presented research done linking personality types to music genres, advocating a principle of not judging people, but listening first.
"The basic principles of music, being rhythm, harmony, structure, melody and tonality, is of equal importance in life and business," De Villiers concluded with a practical exercise to illustrate his point.
Western Cape finalists
Interviews to determine who will be attending the gala event of the sacbw Business Woman of the Year event in September, was conducted on Tuesday, 7 June. Unlike previous years, the three categories have been expanded to seven, including entrepreneurs, emerging entrepreneurs, professional, corporate, NPO, government parastatal and SMME.
The five finalists announced at the event include two finalists from both George and Mossel Bay, as well as one from Somerset West.
The Western Cape finalists are Imke Dekker (Dekker Attorneys, Mossel Bay - professional), Shirley Schmidt (Afrishore Shipping - entrepreneur), Marne Mynhardt (Mitat, Somerset West - entrepreneur), Andri van Nieuwenhuizen (Pink Trees for Pauline, George - NPO) and Elna Schwartz (Avis, George - corporate).
The inimitable Coenie de Villiers during his presentation at the SACBW seminar. De Villiers explained how the principles of music ring true in business practice. Photo: Cornelle Carstens
ARTICLE: CORNELLE CARSTENS, MOSSEL BAY ADVERTISER JOURNALIST
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