Sunday, July 31, 2011
ABSA Capital Pioneering Young Women’s Conference
Pioneering, motivational, empowering, uniquely inspirational, luxurious, invaluable networks, insightful, revolutionary, refreshing, proudly South African, undeniably captivating and life-changing, a celebration of femininity – these are only some of the words that can describe the experience. It is well known that the best life experiences are the ones that take your breath away, the one’s that no description can justify; and that was exactly how the conference was. We were constantly amazed and in awe of the brilliance and perfection that stood before us, in terms of the event hosts, the guest speakers, the delegates, the Radisson Blu hotel and their staff, and the constant lessons we were learning about leadership, the business world and the economy, about others, but mostly, about ourselves, our strengths, and our power to change the world beyond what we ever imagined.
The conference centred on perpetuating us as ever-capable change-agents in every sphere so as to promote our excellence and personal leadership. Speaking as a delegate at the conference, I feel that I can speak on behalf of many of the ladies by saying that so often, we fail to see the power we have, the strength we have, and our unique talents and capabilities. ABSA Capital changed our lives forever; by believing in us, motivating us to make a difference in our lives, the lives of others, and to contribute positively to change in the world, the workplace, and the lives of those less-fortunate. From scenario-planning, managing perceptions, and leadership in personal terms, to discovering our key strengths, the conference inspired us to look beyond and above ourselves to contribute to the greater good.
As William Barclay states so well: “There are two great days in a person’s life. The day we are born, and the day we discover why”. ABSA Capital’s Pioneering Young Women’s Conference helped us to discover why; and that is that our talents are for the gain of the world and that we should lead people by inspiring them to lead themselves.