Event | Elle Boss 2016 Dinner with Veuve Clicquot


A couple of weeks ago I attended the ELLE Boss Awards dinner in partnership with Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award and a really important lesson I learnt very early on in my career was reiterated and worded beautifully by one of the speakers:

“Networking is about the ability to create value based relationships.”

What are the ELLE Boss Awards?

Created to empower, support and encourage female creativity and leadership, but also highlight entrepreneurial spirit in South African businesswomen, the ELLE Boss Awards is sponsored by Veuve Clicquot. Founded by Madame Clicquot, who established herself as one of the first leading female figures in the world of business, Veuve Clicquot is a product of an outstanding entrepreneurial woman. Taking over her late husband’s business at 27 years of age, Madame Clicquot’s enterprising spirit, creativity, courage, determination and success, was unheard of at a time when women couldn’t even open a bank account.

As we sipped on glasses of bubbly and enjoyed a delicious 2 course meal, the evening allowed us to engage, re-connect, network and be inspired by one another. Hearing some incredibly successful women sharing that “on the journey to success self-doubt is part of that journey,” gave me comfort, because sometimes we feel alone and don’t share these war stories.

The Winner

The overall ELLE Boss winner Linda Mabhena-Olagunju, is the founder and managing director DLO Energy Resources a fully black female owned investment and advisory company operating within the energy sector in Africa. Starting out her career in law, Linda left the world of law to start DLO Energy Resources. When she started out she lost quite a bit, including friends, but she persevered and focused on her priority, which is to create a means under which Africans can have access to power and energy through renewable energy sources.

Her story of ups and downs, is why you should always stop to, even within your moments of failure, acknowledge to yourself that “you are a culmination of all your successes.” Learn from your mistakes and downfalls, but pat yourself on the back for the success you have had.

Photographs courtesy of Madison Avenue PR (Photographer: Dominic Barnardt) and www.elle.co.za


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