When’s the dinner?

Date: 25th July 2017 – 18h00 for 18h30
VenueThe Atlantic Imbizo
Cost: R240 for a 3 course dinner, welcome drinks, coffee and a fabulous goodie bag.

Our panel discussion will be talking about:

As women in business, does it really matter what we wear, how well groomed we are and how high our heels are? Business experience, our skill set and intelligence triumphs everything…or does it? Where does personality, ethnicity and religious dress come into play? Do we sacrifice our personal style if it doesn’t deem “normal” by societal standards? These are some of the discussions we will be having.

We will be selecting an amazing lineup of panelists to discuss one of the most thought about topics for women in business.

 

Marilize de Clercq

Marilize de Clercq

Personal Stylist and Style Mentor

Marilize de Clercq is an Image Consultant and Personal Shopper with more than a decade’s experience within the fashion industry and offers women and men, old and young, with the opportunity to be styled, mentored and assisted with regards to their most prized possession: their appearance. Marilize has appeared on the top-rated magazine show Top Billing since 2008, where she covered an array of topics within the fashion and styling industry. Her most recent accolade was to be chosen as the official My Top Billing Dream Stylist. She’s also made appearances on the Afrikaans Magazine show, Pasella, broadcasted on SABC 2 and did make-over for Expresso in 2010. Her most recent accolade is that of the official stylist for the reality show, Tropika Smooth Make-Over. To date she has worked with, and managed, the wardrobes for an array of celebrities as well as women from all walks of life. With an absolute passion and drive to make these individuals look and more importantly, feel phenomenal she has always managed her personal career in the exact same manner.

Shelley Finch

Shelley Finch

Chief Brand Craftsman

Shelley is the founder of Handcrafted Brands, a boutique creative agency specialising in digital delivery. As a loud-and-proud-pink-haired-and-tattooed MD, she believes that the secret to producing exceptional work is encouraging people to express their authentic selves.  In a world filled with rules and constraints, she helps her clients tap into their own stories and experiences to create marketing strategies and campaigns that resonate with consumers on a personal level. Her speciality is bridging the gap between the corporate and creative worlds.

Tiara Pathon

Tiara Pathon

‎Dress for Success Cape Town

Tiara has spent the past 19 years working in various Human Resource roles in a myriad of industries from huge global companies to local start up organisations such as Hewlett Packard. Tiara is the Executive Director of Dress for Success Cape Town (DFS), an affiliate of an international non-profit who has a presence in 145 cities around the globe. She applied for this affiliation in 2010, and has spent 7 years convincing the Global Office why it is so important to start an affiliate in Cape Town. Tiara believes true transformation begins with assisting and allowing people from all walks of life to reach their full potential. Her passion is to create opportunities for historically disadvantaged women and redesigning the youth unemployment crisis.

Jess Mouneimne

Jess Mouneimne

Director, Jam Media

Jess Mouneimne is an accomplished entrepreneur and author. Having cut her teeth as a journalist in her early professional career and then moving into the world of PR, Jess has a thorough understanding of the media marketing landscape both locally and internationally. Jess founded 360-degree communications agency, Jam Media in 2013 and together with her team have worked with some of South Africa’s largest companies locally and internationally.
Jess is passionate about helping entrepreneurs survive the start-up phase of business which is what lead to publishing her first book, Being Boss in 2016. Because she believes the future of South Africa is heavily dependent on entrepreneurs, Jess gives of her time through both Being Boss and Jam Media, working as a mentor and marketing consultant in the tech startup and non-profit space to provide support to young entrepreneurs.
Catherine Williams

Catherine Williams

‎My Natural Hair

Catherine Williams embodies the idea of a woman who is embracing her natural hair with spectacular results. But she wasn’t always happy with her natural look. As a young girl, she yearned for straight hair. “I wanted long wavy ­hair of the kind that you can shake out of your face, so my mom started relaxing my hair when I was six,” she explains. Like so many women with ethnic hair, it became a beauty routine she kept until adulthood. After completing a degree in marketing, Catherine became an air hostess and travelled the world. In New York, she first encountered natural hair products for curly hair. Catherine also became aware of the natural hair movement and how liberating it can be for women to embrace their natural afrocentric beauty. She stopped relaxing her hair and never regretted it. “I can wear it any style I want – it’s thicker and so much healthier.” Back in South Africa, Catherine realized there is a massive gap in the market for women with ethnic hair who want to use natural hair products without harmful chemicals. That inspired her to develop a uniquely South African range of hair care products, My Natural. When the controversy about natural hair made headlines, Catherine realized her timing was perfect. “Suddenly there is a whole movement of women who want to go natural. My Natural offers the perfect solution because African women deserve the best!” Catherine is also an advocate for equal representation in media.


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