GWII rounds off the year celebrating #Superwomen

Gauteng Women in Insurance welcomed members to its ‘Everyday Superhero’ themed year-end function with main sponsor Marsh, co-sponsors Aon, One Sure and Old Mutual Insure, and complimentary sponsors Associated Loss Adjusters, CIA, Constantia Insurance, Discovery Insure, HIC Underwriting Managers, Miway and Sintelum.

The strength of a woman

Superheroines (female superheroes) are well known for wearing striking costumes of bright colours, leather gloves and boots with prominent symbols on their chests, as well as capes and masks of all kinds.

Whether they play superheroines or villains, the message conveys a sense of strength and empowerment. According to Dr. Jaime Kulaga, the characteristics of a superwoman are that:

  1. A SuperWoman is authentic with herself.
  2. A SuperWoman has identified her top life roles and focuses on giving 100% to her top roles.
  3. A SuperWoman understands that she can do anything she wants, but she can’t do everything.
  4. A SuperWoman accepts the fact that she can’t change the past, but that she is control of her future.
  5. A SuperWoman acknowledges that she is not “lucky,” she has earned her status.
  6. A SuperWoman has identified and embraces her story.
  7. A SuperWoman tells her story in a manner that reflects strength and resilience.
  8. A SuperWoman is not Type A or Type B, she is Type S.

Boom… boom… Pow!

Hosted at the Randpark Golf Club, on 8 November, the theme of the event was centred around celebrating high achieving, high-performing, on-the-go women who take care of everyone, and everything, because they are superheroes.

Feeling empowered with their kick ass outfits, the ladies came in their best superwomen outfit of choice, based on the physical resemblance of their chosen superhero/superheroine character.

As the ladies walked in, they were greeted by the sounds of powerful rhythms and harmonies of the marimba (South African xylophone). To get the party started, on arrival guests were treated to mojitos and starters.

The venue was decked out in superhero themed centrepieces, paper garlands and boasted a photo booth, sponsored by MiWay, for photo sessions. This got everyone smiling to snap away and capture the fun!

As the speeches began, Nicky Eveleigh having served as a Chairperson for the past two years, in which she steps down at the end of 2018, briefly looked back to where it all began and what the future may hold. Nicky then announced Rianet Whitehead as the new President of the GWII, with Kerry Van Niekerk as Deputy President and Michelle Dee Coetzee as Vice President.

The interns of the GWII Buddy Programme were then recognised and the mentors thanked for empowering and mentoring the interns. This was then followed by an inspiring mini presentation of the interns’ experience and how the buddy programme and mentors have changed their lives and empowered them as young females in the industry.

Once the formalities for the evening came to an end, in pulsating fun, Drum Cafe rallied up the ladies for an interactive high energy drumming session. Embracing diversity and handing out fun percussive instruments, in an all-out celebration of self-expression, it was unique in that women are performers in their own right. Members were brought to their feet…. Boom… boom… Pow!

Indeed, it was a night to remember... a night to also remind you that “in a world of ordinary mortals, you are a wonder woman.” Queen Hippolyte (Wonder Woman’s Mum).

A charitable cause

As customary, members were asked to bring along a R100 cash donation for the nominated charity, Magical Moments. A non-profit organisation uplifting the lives of children in need by exposing them to world beyond their own so that they know that another world exists.

We would like to thank each one of you for your donation.

Lucky draws

A few lucky ladies walked away with prizes donated by sponsors. We would like to thank the sponsors who contributed to the prizes.

  • Allianz - sponsored a R500 Amani Spa voucher
  • Centriq - sponsored three prizes: Crabtree & Evelyn products to the value of R1500, one Pandora Necklace to the value of R1800 and one Le Creuset limited edition white pot to the value of R2600
  • Crawford & Company - sponsored a Silver Tree-Of-Life pendant and a Gemelli voucher to the value of R 1500
  • ELB Engineering - sponsored three fine art paintings valued at R1500 each
  • Envirosure - sponsored three pairs of sandals from Sandals and Me to the value of R350 each
  • Genassist – sponsored one Renaissance Spa Voucher which is a create your own package for 2 hours from Michelangelo Towers
  • MUA Insurance - sponsored two pairs of Swarovski earrings
  • O’Keeffe & Swartz – sponsored two bottles of Moet valued at R600 each
  • Paton Personnel - sponsored two Sorbet Vouchers to the value of R300 each
  • SATIB – sponsored a Randpark Country Club spa voucher and a Randpark Country Club dinner for two voucher
  • Tracker – sponsored a SunTree charger for devices

Thank you

GWII would like to thank main sponsor Marsh, co-sponsors Aon, One Sure and Old Mutual Insure, and complimentary sponsors Associated Loss Adjusters, CIA, Constantia Insurance, Discovery Insure, HIC Underwriting Managers, Miway and Sintelum for their sponsorship and support for this event. Without them this would not have been possible.

And lastly, to all GWII members thank you for attending this event. Until our next event, we wish you have a wonderful and safe festive season, and a blessed 2019.

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