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WIFN Newsletter February 2019

Being the Only 


That experience of being the only one in the room is being increasingly recognised and acknowledged by women who find themselves the sole representative of their gender in boardrooms and on committees. 

It is, not doubt, a feeling very familiar to those who have previously been marginalised, be it because of race, gender, culture, religion, social or economic strata ... or a combination of any of those factors.  Of course, our South African history has taught us that we are the poorer for separation and exclusion. 

This is why 'oneness' was the theme of Ebeth van Heerden's opening message at the final 2018 WIFN event in Cape Town - read her outstanding article on Women Onlys: click here

Women In Finance Network was established for just that reason. There is still not equity in the workplace, and we benefit from networking and sharing.

Enjoy our articles and share them.  Make sure you are on our event invitation list (email and indicate if you are in Jhb, Dbn or CT). Become a member and proudly wear the WIFN bee (ask Holly).  Be the person who is inclusive. 

Enjoy the newsletter. Don't miss Gugu Sidaki's account of starting her own wealth business. 

Cape Town WIFN co-founder shares with city's leaders
Esme Davies
, co-founder of WIFN Cape Town, was invited by the City of Cape Town to participate on a panel: Women In Leadership in August last year. 

The 400 delegates represented leadership from various sectors in government and business in Cape Town.

The main speaker was the Chairperson of Businesswomen's Association, the largest businesswomen's organisation in South Africa, Lerato Mgidlana, who spoke on Identifying, acknowledging and rewarding excellence

"The panel comprised a number of amazing women," says Esme. To find out who they were, read more. 
Read More

Suddenly, I'm an entrepreneur!

Gugu Sidaki shares with us her journey to founding her own wealth company, Wealth Creed, and about her passion to help women become financially independent.  
Read More

Get great updates on WIFN Facebook

The WIFN Facebook page is regularly updated with trending articles pertinent to women, especially in the workplace and in financial services, but not exclusively so. 

Sometimes, we just share fun stuff that challenges gender stereotypes. 

Popular posts:  
  • Why do women torpedo their retirement plans?
  • Another fabulous Cape Town event
  • Stop apologising at work - here are alternatives
  • Dr Graeme Codrington speaks at WIFN JHB
  • Women raised by working mothers more likely to succeed
Your WIFN Profile

We love to find out more about our WIFN community. 

If you are a WIFN member, and you have not yet submitted your profile, please send us a brief biography, and a clear and neat photograph.  See our profiled members by
clicking here

Raksha Goai is our most recent addition - welcome, Raksha!

March WIFN event in Johannesburg

Courageous Conversations for Community

The WIFN breakfast (7am-10am) is in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 12 March at La Vie en Rose, Killarney Country Club.

Email to book - don't delay! R350 each, including breakfast. 

What do we need for our SA communities to connect and flourish?

The first step is having those conversations that may make us uncomfortable, but that will challenge us to create caring and growing communities.

We are hosting one of the country’s experts as our guest speaker.

In demand as an international speaker, Nene Molefi has authored a book that captures her passion:
A Journey of Diversity and Inclusion in South Africa.

You will love Nene’s sensitive but honest approach to those issues that we need to talk about. We will laugh at ourselves while still learning what it means to be a community.
Partner with WIFN

As a not-for-profit organisation, WIFN exists only because of the financial support of its partners.  Thank you to Allan Gray and Old Mutual Wealth, who have been partners, and are our partners for 2019, and Chartered Wealth Solutions, that provides people, money and time resource. 

If your company is interested in becoming a WIFN partner, read more by clicking here. 

WIFN panel at FPI Convention

Gugu Sidaki will be featured on a panel at this year's FPI Convention in July. 

The panel will be discussing the particular needs of women clients and how women are well-placed to become financial planners. 

Joining her on the panel will be Sunel Veldtman (CEO, Foundation Family Wealth), Lisa Linfield (Working Women's Wealth founder), Kim Potgieter, (WIFN founder) .

If you are attending the Convention, connect with all or one of our WIFN representatives there. 
Not on our invitation list yet? 

You don't have to be a WIFN member to attend one of our fabulous events in Durban, Cape Town, JHB.  Email to be added. 
WIFN supports the Reaboka Foundation, which aims to empower women in rural areas economically through enterprise development. 

The WIFN bee was created by Reaboka and your membership fee supports the Foundation. 
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