GWII and IIG celebrate YOU-(U)niqueness

The bohemian city chic is full of mystery and full of wonder, humble enough to know she is not better than anybody and wise enough to know that she is different from the rest! For she is unique, like no one that has ever been before or will come after. No one can speak with her voice, smile her smile, or shine her light… for there is something unique in each person.

With the theme ‘Celebrating YOU-(U)niqueness’, Gauteng Women in Insurance (GWII), in collaboration with the Insurance Institute of Gauteng (IIG), hosted an event for Women’s Day, celebrating the fact that all of us are unique in our own way.

The order of the day

With Emerald Risk Transfer, BAIR Recruitment, Constantia Insurance and SHA Risk Specialists as the main sponsors, Innosys, PG Glass, Tracker, Santam and Sasria as co-sponsors, and Guy Carpenter and iTOO as partner sponsors, the event, held at the Milk Bar, located at the Sandton Sports Club, boasted the perfect ambience for a Women’s Day celebration.

Focusing on free and flowy fabrics in vivid red, vibrant orange, and eye-catching turquoise, dressing up in Bohemian City Chic, with beautiful flowers and colors was the order of the day! It was fun, it was bright, it was bohemian.

While the ladies indulged in welcome drinks and canapes, sponsored by Emerald Risk Transfer, surprise bath salt gifts, proudly sponsored by Constantia Insurance, waited at their seats, as well as fantastically fresh Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, sponsored by Tracker.

MC and Deputy President of the IIG, Darryl Grater, welcomed guests in attendance and thanked the ladies for joining us, with a reminder of what we were celebrating. "Here we are celebrating you. What you have and everything you juggle. Women are the backbone of society. They are the source of empathy that many men lack. We must acknowledge that we are in a better place than we were 20 or 30 years ago. We need to dream and dare to do. We need to direct the conversation of change. I cannot imagine celebrating the women in our industry in any other way than hosting this day with GWII," said Grater.

Keynote speaker for the day, proudly sponsored by Innosys, Melinda Bam, former Miss South Africa, TV presenter and social influencer shared her thoughts around celebrating uniqueness.

Celebrating uniqueness

Bam said, “working in a corporate environment poses a disconnect in the confidence that we ought to have versus the way we try to be up against male counterparts. Who am I? What do I do? What have I been through? We often think this is the sum of who we are. But it is more about why you are who you are. This is where we get confidence. If we aim for perfection, we disregard the fact that confidence even comes from our flaws. Our expectation versus reality is that we think need to be perfect to everyone in society when that is not the case. Our perception of confidence and beauty is distorted. Everything becomes distorted when we look to the outside instead of within.”

“There are so many things that define us today. Appearance, social media, clothes, affirmation, etc. We think that these are the things that make us confident, but regardless of these things, if you don't feel confident without these things you never will feel confident. Your mentality defines you. You don't become what you want, you become what you believe. What is it that you believe about yourself? Your thoughts about yourself define who you become. Whether you think you can, or you can't, either way you are right. Self-image, positivity, determination, our perception of success and velocity of success is driven by our mentality. I AM - these are two powerful words. For what you put after them shapes your reality,” added Bam.

“There are five rules to follow. The first rule is that you have to know yourself through and through to have confidence of who are. All the intricacies, strengths and weaknesses, your personality etc. Acknowledge your past, visualize your future, know your passions, your goals and what makes you different. Two, cultivate a healthy attitude. Accept yourself and believe in yourself. Cultivate an authentic character, self-love and compassion, meaningful work, focus and rest, creativity and a resilient spirit and courage. Get rid of what people think:  perfectionism, self-doubt, comparison and fear. Three, choose your critics. Drown out the noise and things that are unattainable. Resist the part of you that is working hard to engineer staying small. Four, challenge yourself. Move out of your comfort zone. Nothing happens there. Disconnect yourself with being okay, always. You can choose courage, or you can choose comfort, but you cannot choose both. And lastly, live life with intention. Do something you are supposed to do,” said Bam.

After Bam’s inspiring talk, the ladies were treated to beautiful looking glasses of gin, sponsored by Itoo. The bohemian BAIR Recruitment Photobooth then posed the perfect opportunity for memories to be made, with unique photos to remember the day.

With access to gorgeous harvest tables, a surprise fun art activity, entries to all the lucky draws and access to all the sponsor activations, the day was nothing less than amazing!

GWII and IIG members took part in a fun paint activity. The brushes and paint on tables represented the opportunities that life provides to us each day. The ladies got the opportunity to paint their own canvas, create art pieces and have some fun.

A charitable cause

All the ticket booking entrance fee funds raised will be donated to Ikholwa Children's Home. Ikholwa was originally born out of a vision by one of the director’s, the need for hope to be offered to babies and children affected or infected by HIV was heavy on his heart. This was during the time when the pandemic was at its peak. The focus has since shifted according to the needs of the communities, and the homes now offer love and safety to for all babies and children in need. We would like to thank each one of you. The cash collected will go a long way in serving the needs of the vulnerable.

Lucky draws 

There were so many lucky draws that the ladies all felt very hopeful about a good chance to win. Thank you to all our lucky draw prize sponsors, you have made many hearts happy. Lucky draw prize sponsors were Allianz, Bryte Insurance, Camargue Underwriting Managers, Constantia Insurance, Chubb, Digicall, Genasys Technologies, GWII, Hollard Oojah, Hollard, Old Mutual Insure, Paton Personnel, PG Glass, Santam, SHA Specialist Underwriters, Standard Bank Insurance and Western National.

Thank you

GWII would like to thank the main sponsors Emerald Risk Transfer, BAIR Recruitment, Constantia Insurance and SHA Risk Specialists, as well as co-sponsors Innosys, PG Glass, Tracker, Santam and Sasria, and contributing sponsors Guy Carpenter and iTOO, for their sponsorship and support for this event. Without them this would not have been possible.

And lastly, to all GWII members… remember, no one can speak with your voice, smile your smile, or shine your light… for there is something unique in each person. Continue to find inspiration in each of your success stories.

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