Imbokodo Women In Business Summit

Small business owners, entrepreneurs, and community organizations are invited to attend the Imbokodo Women In Business Summit (WiB Summit) 2020, to be held on Saturday 5 December 2020 between 0900Hrs - 1400Hrs in Durban at the City Lodge Hotel.

WiB Summit 2020

Small business owners, entrepreneurs, and community organizations are invited to attend the Imbokodo Women In Business Summit (WiB Summit) 2020, to be held on Saturday 5 December 2020 between 0900Hrs - 1400Hrs in Durban at the City Lodge Hotel.

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The Imbokodo Women In Business Summit (WiB Summit) features panel discussions and keynote presentations from experienced leaders with content focused on leadership development and the summit theme, Be Your Own Boss.

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MadamèCEO Global Network offfer Business Coaching designed for Women seeking the exact steps to build and grow a meaningful business that gives them time and makes them money.

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MadamèCEO Global Network is a life coaching network that focuses on raising entrepreneurs, women of influence, empowering and equipping women into the world of business.

The network also helps in women staying physically and mentally healthy, youthful, active as well as maintaining beauty, and to also educate women on financial fitness. MadamèCEO encourages women to discover their purpose, growing in self-worth, self-confidence, and self-discipline and to live entirely fulfilling their purpose.



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Sindiswa Thwala Coffee Time Talk - How to Stay Happy When Life Is Stressful

Many people find themselves feeling irritable, overwhelmed, and just not at their best when they feel overloaded by demands in their lives. And while some of the things that make me happy might not all be things that make you happy, there are certain things that tend to create a greater experience of happiness in virtually everyone's life. These things are being identified and studied in the branch of psychology known as positive psychology, so we can know what specific changes can make most people happy.



Tips for Increasing Your Happiness Even When Life Is Stressful

While you may not be able to control all of the factors that are causing stress in your life, there are a few things you can do to take the edge off of your stressors, so you feel less overwhelmed, and you can more easily shake off a bad day. Likewise, there are a few ways to increase happiness levels, even when life is stressful.
 

Cultivate Optimism

While there are several things in life you can change to relieve stress, there will also things you have to deal with—job stressors, busy schedules (especially if you have kids), and other stressors that arise. However, because it's perceived stress that triggers the stress response, if you can shift your outlook, those things you can’t control may feel less stressful for you. So how do you shift your outlook?


Stay Connected

As most of us instinctively know, healthy relationships are one of the best harbingers of happiness we have. Positive, supportive, and mutually respectful relationships can make our “wins” easier to celebrate and can buffer us against stress when we face our inevitable challenges. The trick is to give back all the support you get from your friends and to weed out the toxic relationships.

To keep your relationships strong, it’s important not only to make time for your friends, maintain a sense of humor, and remember to have a lot of fun but also be sure you have healthy communication and conflict resolution skills.


Take Shortcuts to Happiness

With a busy lifestyle, and with stressors that can seem to come out of nowhere, it's important to have quick routes to happiness, so you can create or restore positive feelings as quickly as possible. Knowing what can make you happy, and practicing a few "happiness shortcuts" each day, is a quick and easy way to raise your spirits in general, and make happiness a habit.


Cut Down on Energy Drains

Certain parts of your life can drain your energy. Life coaches refer to these as tolerations, and they can be anything from a person who brings negative energy or high demands, a messy desk that makes you slightly more tired when you look at it, to a part of your day that you wish you could just avoid.

Much of the time, we get so used to these drains that we don’t notice how many of them we have in our lives, and we don’t try to eliminate them. Other times, we start feeling overwhelmed by them—like we’re being “pecked to death by ducks.” Either way, by becoming more aware of them and cutting down on drains when you can, you may be able to free up enough time and energy to engage in more “make me happy” activities.
 

Make Room for What’s Important to You

Commonly, there are so many things in your schedule that you feel you have to do (and that cause you stress), that you don’t have as much time for activities that you enjoy and are meaningful to you.

You need to cut out some of those “make me stressed” activities to make room for the “make me happy” ones. This can be challenging, but definitely not impossible, and well worth the effort it takes to make the necessary changes. You can learn how to create a schedule filled with activities that can make you happy.


Get Help If You Need It

There are people who can help—you may just need to ask for it. Can you delegate some of your responsibilities? Can you accept ask for additional support from friends? At times, this can make a big difference in how you feel. And sometimes stress can be overwhelming in a way that becomes difficult to handle alone. If you think you may need more help than these tips can provide, I urge you to speak to your doctor or another professional who can help.


Thank You to Our Summit Attendees, Speakers, Sponsors and Coordinating Team

On behalf of the MadamèCEO Global Network, and the Imbokodo Women in Business Summit Board, we want to thank all those that attended, supported, and sponsored the Imbokodo Women in Business Summit - IWiBS 2020.

In order to make next year’s summit even more successful, we request that you share with us your comments and suggestions, through our contact details. We thank you in advance for your comments and suggestions and we assure you that each will be given consideration so that future summits and events will be even more of a success. 


Many Thanks

We hope that you found the summit informative and worthwhile. The primary goal of this summit was to bring together businesswomen leaders, and aspiring and industry veterans and professionals as well as friends and partners in an open dialogue, under one roof to explore what it means to truly have women at the entrepreneurial table now and explain the current local, regional and global business trends.

We believe that our diverse and dynamic group of speakers and panelists provided in-depth insight, as well as, actionable and practical ways of engagement on how we can dominate the business world as women.

Imbokodo Women in Business Summit
Imbokodo Women in Business Summit 

Your presence helped to make this event a great success and your enthusiasm and positive spirit helped make our time together both productive and fun. We wish you all the best and hope that you continue to be engaged with the MadamèCEO Global Network, and the Imbokodo Women in Business Summit Board for future works, summits, events, newsletters, and magazine publications.  

Imbokodo Women in Business Summit
Imbokodo Women in Business Summit 

A sincere thank you to all of our sponsors; Think Mzansi, PumpnMech Engineering, GnX Holdings, Sheppy Technologies, YoStatistician Consultancy, Dr. S. Mdubeki and the Thembani Family without their contributions, our options, and overall ability to host this event would be limited. 

Their partnership in making the IWiBS-2020 Summit a success is much appreciated. We would also like to extend our gratitude to all the Speakers. 

From Mrs. KZN 2020 Finalist Xolile Kineri, Andisiwe Tapu, Zabatwa Mazamane, Dr. Nondumiso Gumede, Dr. Shamiso Thondhlana, Nozipho O.S. Zikhali, and Noxolo (Princesslortts) Makhatini, the panelists of the insightful Diversity and Inclusion discussions, presentations, and talks for taking their time to speak to us, to Melpha Chakacha and Faith Matiza Chaminuka who led the morning and afternoon sessions and to every delegate who shared their work during the Exhibition Session. 

And a huge thanks to Usher the photographer, a young artist who volunteered his time and effort above and beyond the demands of his work for all our benefit. Without their hard work and dedication, the summit simply would not be possible.

Information about Imbokodo Women in Business Summit - IWiBS 2021 will be available soon and please stay tuned for more upcoming events by visiting madame.thinkmzansi.co.za.

Thanks again for your participation at the Summit. Each of you are an integral part of our MadamèCEO Fam, and together, we will continue to make great progress in our own community and in our nation.

"Empower a Woman, Empower a Nation."

Warm regards,

Sindiswa Thwala
(MadamèCEO Director, and Imbokodo WiB Board Founding President)

Advantages of Women in Business

1. A diverse workforce is an innovative workforce

Diversity—from gender diversity to culture, age, and race—has been shown to foster creativity and innovation. Most organizations across industries are seeking to prioritize and benefit from a diverse and inclusive work environment.


Men and women will inevitably have different experiences and backgrounds, which shape their approach to business. Challenging each other and collaborating with people who think differently can breed creativity and promote the innovative ideas that push organizations forward.

Even with the very best of intentions, we have a tendency to gravitate towards people who are like us. It takes a real leader to say ‘I need someone to challenge me.’ That challenge can spawn new creativity, innovation, and growth.


2. Women excel at the soft skills needed for business leadership

While technical skill and knowledge are fundamental to career success, CEOs consistently cite soft skills as the most desirable professional attributes. Although characteristics like effective communication, empathy, and self-awareness are difficult to measure, they are highly valued and can make a real difference to the bottom line. Recent research has drawn a connection between the strength of character and business performance—with CEOs who rank highly for attributes like compassion and integrity also enjoying a 9.35% return on assets over a two-year period.

Soft skills and emotional intelligence may prove a key competitive advantage for women in business. A 2016 study published by the global consulting firm Hay Group found that women outperform men in 11 of 12 key emotional intelligence competencies. These competencies included emotional self-awareness, empathy, conflict management, adaptability, and teamwork—all essential skills for effective leadership in the workplace

3. Women represent huge economic power and offer important consumer insight

It’s been estimated that women contribute in excess of R200 trillion in consumer spending every year, representing a bigger growth market than China and India combined. Women also account for 85% of consumer purchases.

Despite this, only 11% of creative directors in advertising are women—up from just 3% in 2008. When Boston Consulting Group did a comprehensive study of the “female economy” it’s unsurprising that they found women feel undervalued and underserved by the marketplace. With the power of the female consumer in mind, it’s evident that women are best placed to tap into that opportunity and bring valuable consumer insight to the table.

Tapping into the insight both men and women offer can make products and services more marketable and a business more profitable. In fact, recent research from McKinsey shows that gender-diverse businesses are 15% more likely to outperform financially above the industry median.


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