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Businesswomen’s Association Port Elizabeth held its AGM

Mar 11, 2019
Businesswomen’s Association Port Elizabeth held its AGM

The Businesswomen’s Association (BWA) Port Elizabeth continues to be a leading, dynamic organisation for businesswomen in the Nelson Mandela Bay area.

During its Annual General Meeting, which was held on Thursday, BWA PE Chair, Heather Dutton, reflected on the year 2018 as a “busy, extremely rewarding and exciting year”.

Some highlights of the year included welcoming 151 new members joining the BWA in 2018, collecting 87 800 sanitary towels for six underprivileged schools with the Sanitary Sistas Programme, as well as 37 women participating in the Virtual Board Mentorship Programme, who were guided through the process by 71 mentors.

The BWA PE also hosted five Hurdles & Help Sessions by topical speakers for its members; through the Business Women of Tomorrow Programme the organisation had 80 Grade 11 Girls job shadow members; and 100 Grade 12 Learners from 10 different schools participated in the Grade 12 Workshop.

Dutton said the Regional Business Achievers Awards (RBAA) process was also overhauled in 2018.

“A sub-committee was formed which included some of our committee members as well as some of our longstanding judges who went about critting the criteria, overhauling the judging sheets and questioning certain weightings compared to others,” said Dutton.

"It was a mammoth task, but I have no doubt that it will improve the process going forward. I was extremely proud that we got around to doing this – a huge thank you to everyone involved."

Winners of Regional Business Woman of the Year Awards to be announced

Nominations for the new and improved Regional Business Woman of the Year Awards (RBWOYA) closed on 28 February, with a total of 106 nominations received.

Winners will be announced at a gala dinner at the Boardwalk Hotel and Convention Centre on June 20.

“We are also in the process of rolling out a Business Development Programme, which I am very excited about. It’s an internationally acclaimed course which will run over ten 2-hour sessions," added Dutton.

"We’ve got most of the finer details bedded down and just need to secure one more sponsor before launching this programme."

She thanked all the committee members who continue to volunteer of their time to make the BWA PE a success.

Stepping down as Treasurer was Carol Bachelor, who was replaced by Nicola Montgomery. The 2019 leadership for the BWA include Heather Dutton (Chair), Lucia Mtshake (Vice), Renee Whittal, Cassandra Lascelles, Bev Gaia, Candice Parker, Leanne Bennett, Tanya Jackson, Kenau Saddler and Samantha Bowers (Office Manager).

Lucilla Booyzen, Director of the South African Fashion Week, was the guest speaker for the evening, inspiring the members with the ‘business of fashion’ and encouraging them to support local fashion.

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