As a young black woman in an industry that is dominated by white men, it is so hard to stay on course and maneuver our way through without feeling like giving up or giving in… I have been blessed enough to be surrounded by and to be intentional in seeking out strong women making strides in their spaces and always picking their brains about how they stay on focus, on course and keep rising against the odds. So here are some of the women in my power circle and their advise to the black career women:
Vika Shipalana is a force, a woman who is unapologetic and intentional. She has made strides in the luxury space and it is safe to say, one can’t utter African luxury and round up the conversation without VBS Luxury Group and Vika Shipalana.
She owns all her roles whilst being a fully involved and amazing mom to two angels.
“Don’t be afraid to show up fully. Don’t dim your light. It will scare you. But do it anyway. What awaits you on the other side of fear, is beyond even the wildest of your imaginations. Dare to be the best version of you and live your truth.
Bongi Radebe is a young woman who’s dedicated to the advancement and empowerment of other young women. you may remember her from the SABC show One Day Leader. She is also an alumni of the Mandela Washington Fellowship. She is certainly a young woman on the rise and one to watch closely.
By the way, I am a collector of her tea brand – Taste of Legends.
Previously she occupied the seat of Head of Development Communications at UCT but has since left for the daunting but fulfilling thrill of producing multimedia content and live experiences that showcase cool stuff happening on our continent (more so if it’s by women) through her company Nerfertiti Media. She yearns for and works daily towards the goal of getting young people and women employed and exposed to opportunities.