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“Women need more networking in order to succeed” Uaandja

Honourable Laura Mcleod Katjirua, Governor of the Khomas Region flanked by Charity Mwiya of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (far left), Desere Lundon-Muller, chairperson of the Economist Businesswomen Club, and on the right, Annerie Rademeyer of PricewaterhouseCoopers SA, and Monica Kalondo of Stimulus Investments.

Honourable Laura Mcleod Katjirua, Governor of the Khomas Region flanked by Charity Mwiya of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (far left), Desere Lundon-Muller, chairperson of the Economist Businesswomen Club, and on the right, Annerie Rademeyer of PricewaterhouseCoopers SA, and Monica Kalondo of Stimulus Investments.

The Managing Director of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nangula Uaandja has encouraged the culture of networking as a proven strategy for professional women and entrepreneurs, to develop both their careers and their businesses.
At a conference for business and professional women earlier this month as the Safari Conference Centre, Uaandja was the main speaker, wrapping up the proceedings of the day with her enamoured message to younger women. She pointed out that under-financing is the main reason why many women do not succeed and through her own experience, offered the remedy of networking. Women are more likely to fail than men, even after considerable mentoring, as access to a network eventually translates to insufficient funding.

She said getting financing and sponsorships often depend on references or through mutual contacts. In a similar vein, forming small teams through networking, also contributes to positive canvassing. Uaandja said that a single person is easy to defeat but two or more are much stronger. She said that a person needs many relationships with others with different ideas and different purposes to offer in one’s business life. “List ideas on how the relationships you have can assist in building your business and career “ she said followed by sound advice “Get the best out of your relationships”.
The event was attended by local businesswomen and a substantial number of young women who work for local companies. Among those that attended was Honourable Laura Mcleaod Katjirua, Governor of the Khomas Region who did the official opening as well as Monica Kalondo, Managing Director of Stimulus Private Equity, who gave an overview on economic opportunities and challenges.

 

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