TRWLA host year-end graduation ceremony

KOKETSO NGWENYA AND MASESI TSOTETSI

On 19 October the TuksRes Women in Leadership Academy (TRWLA) hosted their annual year-end graduation ceremony at TuksMonate.

The academy was founded in 2014 by Cyan Brown, a final year medicine student. TRWLA aims to empower women by enriching their lives at university. Leadership skills are often obtained through workshops, motivational talks and community service programs. The event was held to acknowledge young women who participated in the program. Keynote speakers included CEO of Sigma Capital and Harvard University graduate, Phuti Mahanyele as well as world-renowned media personality, Tumi Makgabo.

According to Mahanyele, most people avoid their true dreams and tend to live by building the dreams of others instead of their own. She also mentioned that women have a purpose. In spite of women being less represented in senior management positions, she reiterated that women are in fact “more ambitious than men at entry level”. Mahanyele was listed as one of Forbes’ 20 youngest power women in Africa.

Various awards were given to management and facilitators as well as the ladies who had completed the programme successfully. Awards included the Fearless Feminist award, Most Promising Leader, and the ‘Tumi Makgabo’ awards amongst others. The ‘Thuli Madonsela’ award, given to the individual who had contributed most to the community service portfolio for the year, went to Khanyisile Mathenjwa.

Paige Winfield was appointed as the TRWLA director for 2018, and Kayleen Smith as the Team Manager. One of the largest TRWLA community service projects this year included the frequent visits to Vukani Mawethu High School in Mamelodi where motivational talks were given to the girls of the school.

TRWLA offers outreach programs that promote education about various topics such as the female body, hygiene, and protection against gender-based violence. Women are encouraged to challenge the status quo and grab opportunities with both hands.

TuksRes encourages both first and second year females in residences to join the academy and learn to become future leaders in society.

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