GWII… what a year it has been!

2021 has been a bumpy ride, but that did not stop Gauteng Women in Insurance (GWII).

Just to name a few, GWII hosted its first virtual Gardening Edition Mix & Mingle where guest speaker Claire Reid, Founder and CEO of Reel Gardening, shared some tips on the ins and outs of gardening.

We then hosted our first networking event of the year, on 8 March, where guest speaker Leeann Naidoo, of Concordia said, showed the ladies the ins and outs of vision boarding, which is a useful tool to reflect on where we are, to where we want to be.

The first Leaderwalk of 2021 themed “Adaptive Intelligence and The Future of Work” saw guest speaker Buhle Dlamini, a global speaker, an award-winning entrepreneur and author of six books, show leaders and teams how to create the most productive and effective organisational cultures.

On the topic of ‘Defamation and social media: a liability insurance perspective’, GWII hosted a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) session on 25 March, where guest speaker Daniel Kidd, Director at Everinghams Attorneys, discussed a few case studies involving defamation in complex commercial and insurance disputes and professional indemnity litigation and general liability cases.

More virtual events

GWII hosted its popular online lockdown quiz night. With family and friends in tow, teams (consisting of friends and family members quarantined in one house or spread over the world) were in for laughter… with the fun quirky quiz session.

With the practical toolkit of mindfulness practices, GWII also brought 90-minute Mindful Resilience Masterclasses in a 4-part series: Mindful Resilience - 20 May, The Power of Sleep - 26 August, Mindful Movement - 14 October and Mindful Nutrition - 18 November. The sessions were aimed at helping the ladies perform at their peak so that they are agile and adaptive to face new opportunities and challenges in the new normal.

On the topic of disruptors in business, GWII hosted a CPD session where guest speaker Karen Naidoo, Managing Director of Mutual & Federal Risk Finance (MFRF), discussed disruptors in business and agile insurance for the future.

Speaking of agility for the future, GWII hosted a Leaderwalk themed “Unstucking for Post Pandemic Success”- where guest speaker Zipho Sikhakhane, advised delegates on how she became an unstuck leader, since March 2020, and provided insightful guidelines on saying yes and being committed to “Unstuck Leadership” as a practice.

Down for a little friendly competition, or just in it to win it, game show manics (teams of family and friends) experienced the thrill of a live game show in the comfort of their own homes when GWII hosted an online live game show.

In celebration of Women’s Day and all the many hats women wear, GWII, in collaboration with the Insurance Institute of Gauteng (IIG), hosted a Women’s Day webinar, on 5 August, themed Uykho Konke ‘You Are Everything’. With a starry line up of speakers including Tumi Morake, Rapelang Rabana and Zolani Mahola the night was nothing short of fabulous.

GWII then rounded off the year with more CPD sessions, Leaderwalks and online events, followed by the annual golf day at the magnificent Steyn City Golf Club in Midrand and the year end function.

What to expect in 2022

What a year it has been!

“GWII is proceeding to plan the 2022 calendar, knowing that there are still uncertainties around potential restrictions related to the pandemic. One of the key objectives of the GWII is to provide a platform for our members to network, which is why we have adopted a hybrid model to the 2022 calendar. GWII have catered for both in-person and virtual events allowing us the flexibility to readily adapt to a full virtual capability if required.  Our in-person events will follow all required protocols to ensure the safety of our members. We have an exciting line up of events that will cater for the development and enhancement of women in our industry and look forward to seeing an increase in our membership and participation in our events through this hybrid model,” said incoming GWII President, Catherine Naidoo.

We have been very fortunate to attract some major sponsorship this year and we have also received stunning gifts for the goodie bags and for raffle prizes. Thank you once again to all those who helped out in any way.

GWII membership

We are pleased to inform you that the membership fee for 2022 remains unchanged at R385. Your membership fee for 2022 is due on 1 January 2022.

Should you wish to pay your membership fee of R385, please do so. Our account details are as follows:

  • Account Name: G W I I Group NPC
  • Banker: FNB
  • Account No:  62436595691
  • Account Type: Current Account
  • Branch Name: Client Resolution Centre
  • Branch Code: 260231

Please use your name AND your cell number as a reference.

If your company is willing to pay for your membership, please contact admin@gwii.co.za for an invoice to be made out to your company.

We will need:

  • Company name;
  • PO Box address; and
  • VAT no if there is one.

On a final note, we wish you have a wonderful and safe festive season, and a blessed 2022.