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Meet Brigitta Bouwer

Brigitta is a yoga instructor and gym owner living in beautiful Cape Town, SA. After graduating from Stellenbosch University with her Bachelor’s degree in commerce, she began her journey of climbing the proverbial corporate ladder. During a time of great stress and overwhelm, Brigitta found the gift of yoga. Her yoga practice became a space where she could return home to herself, a quiet sanctuary for reflection and contemplation, for connecting with heart-felt intentions and returning to an awakened state of love, gratitude and joy. The body/ mind connection afforded to her through her yoga practice lead to Brigitta completing her 200hr Vinyasa yoga teacher training along with various other wellness based certifications including but not limited to a pre & post natal yoga teacher training, personal nutrition, catalyst facilitation, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), and mindfulness. Brigitta’s style of teaching demonstrates a strong connection to the principals of mindfulness, self-awareness and the power of positive thinking. She is most passionate about empowering her student by awakening them to the present moment and reconnecting them with their innate personal power to choose a life of joy, connected by kindness, gratitude and understanding. A student at heart, Brigitta continues to grow and develop her understanding of the human mind and the power of conscious awareness. She believes that yoga offers us a space to come back to your power, which is always in the present moment. Yoga provides a place to practice consciously choosing where we place our attention, focus and thoughts. A space to disconnect from the incessant thoughts and judgements of yesterday, where we can release the habitual pattern of catastrophizing, and the need to constantly attempt to control the future. What started as a novel

By |September 2nd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Meet Brigitta Bouwer

Meet Wenzile Madonsela-Msimanga

Wenzile Madonsela- Msimanga is a democracy defender, an activist and studying towards her LLB and will pursue a Master’s degree in human Rights Law next. She served as the transformation officer at the Black Lawyers Association in 2015/16 and is currently Company Secretary and Chief Ambassador at the Thuli Madonsela Foundation which seeks to deepen and defend democracy through concerted dialogues, advocacy, research and training. At the young age of 20, she had already dabbled in politics too as the General Secretary and then later social welfare officer of the University of Pretoria branch of the EFF Student Command. During her term, her branch played an important role in the move towards the insourcing of university workers and the implementation of transformation policies during “Afrikaans must fall” campaign. She was also involved in the research required for Advocate T Madonsela’s book “Our time: No more tea makers”. While still pursuing her studies, Wenzile is committed to serving her community and relentlessly seeks social justice. She started a Woman’s Leadership Training programme called The Princess Chronicles. The programme trains young women on self-acceptance, living consciously, acting with integrity, living purposefully, being assertive and critically, successfully adapting to the digital revolution and functioning in a global village. Wenzile is a Co-Founder and Director at Unafundo Pty Ltd, which is a financial service consultancy that supports and develops businesses and entrepreneurs by providing services, skills transfer and an innovative approach to business. Financial and business literacy training is at the heart of Unafundo as it is a key tool for longevity and sustainability of business throughout the continent. Wenzile exhibits admirable work ethic– she has learnt the art of when to lead, to follow or accompany like- minded

By |August 26th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Meet Wenzile Madonsela-Msimanga

Meet Grace Winter, Chief Marketing Officer of FMI

Grace is a young, creative and passionate individual who fell in love with FMI's brand purpose after doing some consulting work for them in 2014. Formerly in the advertising industry, Grace now plays a key role in guiding FMI's brand and digital strategies. What made you join FMI? So my journey with FMI started on a freelance basis, where I was pulled onto the Defined Events new product launch about 2 weeks before launch. There after the relationship continued to grow, I soon began to see how special the company and people were. I am grateful I’m here and that I’m doing something I’m so incredibly passionate about. What achievement are you most proud of and why? There are many projects and initiatives I feel that I’ve been fortunate enough to drive or be a part of during my three odd years at FMI, so my top one would be: a renewed induction process. A full week of induction ensures every single employee becomes a proud FMI brand ambassador. I am proud of the impact this has had to our culture and how its grown our brand internally. What is the biggest lesson you learnt? It’s a cliché but – back myself. Often we know the answers and we just need to have the confidence to back them. Complimenting this lesson, I have also learned to make the most of my more senior, experienced peers – surround yourself with great mentors. Find out more about FMI by clicking on their website or following them on their social media pages: Website Facebook YouTube LinkedIn    

By |June 24th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Meet Grace Winter, Chief Marketing Officer of FMI

Women’s Lifestyle Expo presents 16 Tips to Succeed in Male-Dominated Industries

While the barriers to workplace equality are steadily being worn away, it is still an uphill challenge for many women trying to succeed across the career spectrum. This year’s Women’s Lifestyle Expo (#WLE2018) – brought to you be FMI – is proud to feature a number of high-profile women who have managed to achieve in their respective fields, despite working in traditionally male- dominated industries. “While great strides have been made in creating equal opportunities for South African women in the workplace, there is still so much that needs to be achieved,” said Helen Johns, co-founder of the Women’s Lifestyle Expo. “The only way to increase the pace is for women to support women, particularly those seeking leadership roles. This is at the heart of the Women’s Lifestyle Expo, and we are so proud to welcome these inspired career leaders to the event.” These economic and social trailblazers – many of whom will be sharing their stories at #WLE2018 at Joburg’s Montecasino Piazza from 29 to 30 September – have imparted some of their wisdom to inspire other women seeking career success. Here are 16 Tips to Succeed in Male-Dominated Industries – from women who have proved it can be done. Jean Chawapiwa, founder and MD of Win Win Solutions 4 Africa; and Country Director for WEConnect International in South Africa, is breaking boundaries in the mining sector. Her top 4 tips for career success, are: 1. Understand the politics of the company. You should always have a strategy to break through and get champions and influencers on your side. 2. Be well informed in your sector and share information. It’s beneficial to be seen to be a person who shares information. 3. Remember that

By |September 28th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Women’s Lifestyle Expo presents 16 Tips to Succeed in Male-Dominated Industries

Life-changing speaker line-up confirmed for the 2018 Women’s Lifestyle Expo

In today’s fast-paced world, with women trying to do it all, it’s important to take time out and embrace the gorgeous, dynamic woman within. That’s why the Women’s Lifestyle Expo (#WLE2018) – brought to you by FMI - has organised an all-fun, all-functional, all-fantastic weekend of pampering, dangerously sinful dining, and inspiring talks. Visitors will get access to the empowering insights of the best financial, lifestyle, business and medical and consultants during a series of must-attend workshops. This dynamic networking and trend-sourcing event will be taking place at Joburg’s Montecasino Piazza, from 29 to 30 September 2018.   “Women have perfected the art of multitasking, which is why the Women’s Lifestyle Expo has put together a diverse array of presenters and inspiring feminine experiences to be relished over one weekend,” said Helen Johns, co-founder of the Women’s Lifestyle Expo. “This event is about drawing together some of South Africa’s extraordinary decision-makers and visionaries whose actions and ideas are changing the world. These include entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders who will be talking on a various interesting, edgy and motivational topics. In between the 45-minute workshops, visitors will get to indulge in some retail therapy and well-deserved pampering!”   The general entry ticket price of R250 entitles each visitor to two workshops. These can be booked online in advance, as space is filling up quickly. Just some of the workshop themes on the programme are:   Women as Entrepreneurs Wanting to start your own business? If you consider professions in the mining sector, or overseeing operations across the African continent, as solely roles for men, then Jean Chawapiwa’s talk will make you reconsider everything you thought you knew. Founder and MD of Win Win Solutions 4 Africa;

By |August 23rd, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Life-changing speaker line-up confirmed for the 2018 Women’s Lifestyle Expo