Businesswomen team up on female forum

A PAIR of achieving business figures have teamed up to present a “Women of Substance” workshop with a top- notch line-up of regional and national speakers in Port Elizabeth next month.
National Planning Commission member Bridgette Gasa and PR supremo Michelle Brown are hosting the event in conjunction with NMMU and Spar Eastern Cape at  St George’s Park Cricket Ground on Tuesday November 1.
“The workshop will take the form of a dialogue in breakaway groups, headed by our panelists,” said Brown.
  “The aim of this workshop is to get women to converse, network with some of Port Elizabeth’s and South Africa’s leading women who will lead the discussion groups and then, after supper, feedback to the delegates as a whole.”


The panellists are:
 ●Businesswoman, social entrepreneur and author Wendy Luhabe;
 ●Judy Nwokedi, managing director of the SABC for public broadcasting services;
 ●Transnet Port Terminals chief operating officer  Nosipho Damasane;
 ●Elle editor Jackie Burger;
 ●The Herald editor Heather Robertson;
 ●Dorothea Moors, board member of Coca-Cola Sabco;
 ●Bongi Siwisa, chair of Emfuleni Holdings;
 ●Nomkhita Mona, chief executive of UDDI and vice-president of the Nelson Mandela Business Chamber;
 ●Dorelle Sapere, Mandela Bay Development Agency development and planning manager;
 ●Advocate Wabo Msizi; and
 ●Dr Blanche Pretorius of NMMU.
“This event is being hosted by Bridgette and I after we saw a successful similar workshop in Johannesburg last year,” Brown said.
This event will also form the Port Elizabeth voice for Elle magazine’s “Female Factor”, an initiative launched by the glossy women’s magazine to encourage women to discuss, network and share their empowering experience.
“This was first launched by Elle magazine in Spain followed by Italy and now South Africa, and our workshop will form part of this exciting project,”  Brown said.
The Women of Substance event starts at 4pm and ends at about 8pm, with a supper break, and will be on the upper level of the indoor centre at St George’s. Tickets are R250 and include supper and gift bags.
●Bookings and further information from Brown’s PR, (041) 581-6424.

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