When’s the dinner?
Date: 26th September 2017 – 18h00 for 18h30
Venue: The Atlantic Imbizo
Cost: R240 for a 3 course dinner, welcome drinks, coffee and a fabulous goodie bag.
Leaving your 9-5: Building the next generation of women entrepreneurs
We will host 4 incredible women who will share their journey and business lessons with us. Find out why these women chose to work 80 hours on their own business instead of 40 hours building someone else’s.
Lauren Wallet: Optimal Productivity – getting the highest value output from your time.
Natacha Rey: The ins-and-outs of idea and brand protection and intellectual property related advice.
Suhaifa Naidoo: I dreamt I quit my job, so I woke up and actually did.
Mandy Lee Miller: Deconstructing the myth of work/life balance for entrepreneurs
Lauren Wallett, Founder and creator of Malva
Lauren Wallett is the Founder and creator of Malva. malva is a deconstructed, tech enabled, aggregator agency model, launched by Lauren on 1st June 2013 and has attracted local and international clients. The Malva Academy business in a box aimed at empowering women to self-start their own businesses, launched in July 2017. Lauren is a writer, (her personal blog is called Love Lauren , detailing her experiences), author of ‘how to’ book Human Doing on Authenticity and Action and the creator of the Rebella Movement for beautiful rebels (books, performance art, with a gallery exhibition coming soon in March 2018). She’s a mentor, speaker and pitch coach, who’s worked with startups, accelerator and incubation programs, including, WomenEng, Venture Lab, UCT and Techstars. She’s part of the Future Females team and writes for a variety of local and international online publications. Lauren is an advocate for inclusivity, diversity and the expression of women in life and business.
Natacha Rey, Founder of BrightSpark IP
Natacha is an intellectual property specialist advisor and is the founder of BrightSpark IP. She is a qualified Trade Marks Practitioner and has worked at Bowmans, Adams & Adams and ENS Africa in their respective Intellectual Property Protection and Enforcement teams. She has experience in all aspects of brand and idea protection.
Natacha launched BrightSpark IP earlier this year as a means of making valuable information more accessible to start-ups and entrepreneurs developing new ideas and intellectual property. She runs workshops setting out the ins-and-outs of idea and brand protection and provides intellectual property related advice.
Suhaifa Naidoo, Founder of Mashup Marketing
Suhaifa is the founder of Mashup Marketing and specializes in digital marketing solutions and strategies to help businesses grow online. With having just under 2 years of being in business under her belt, Suhaifa has grown her small business both locally and globally and currently works with multiple clients across 6 different countries. She strongly believes in the power of collaboration and that every business needs solid partners in order for their business to flourish. She will be sharing her entrepreneurial journey, lessons she’s learnt and how a strong team will get you to the next level instantly.
In her personal capacity, she organises the Girl Geek Dinner Cape Town networking events which occur bi-monthly to help promote women in technology. Suhaifa loves spending time with her family; a huge Game of Thrones fan and an impulsive traveller. She also has a phobia of cats!
Mandy Lee Miller, Serial Entrepreneur
Mandy Lee Miller is a Cape Town based entrepreneur and mom. Her businesses include an online pregnancy and parenting magazine, a personal parenting blog, a women’s only Facebook community of 12000 women, a national car seat awareness initiative and writing and consulting services for small businesses, brands and bloggers. Mandy runs her businesses online and from home, to allow her to be home for her 3 year old daughter if she is needed.
Mandy Lee Miller will be deconstructing the myth of work/life balance for entrepreneurs. “Being an entrepreneur and a mom makes things a bit unpredictable at times. It’s not like I get any days off. So, how do you manage the competing demands of a busy household and a business that has huge demands on your time? Being an entrepreneur can be very demanding, and you have to emerge alive on the other side, so taking care to manage your work-life balance is critical.”