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Meet the Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss Awards Judges: Khanyi Dhlomo

A dynamic powerhouse, Ndalo Media founder Khanyi Dhlomo returns to the judge’s chair for the 2018 Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss Awards

The name Khanyi Dhlomo is synonymous with media and business excellence. Dhlomo has reached a level we all aspire to be at, doing so with integrity and making it look effortless in the process. 

Over the course of her career, she has seemingly easily transitioned from TV news anchor, to magazine editor of True Love, to head of Head of South African Tourism and finally creating media company, Ndalo Media: a multi-platform, award-winning entity. Ndalo Media  has numerous divisions which cover print and digital publishing, events and experiences, content marketing, book publishing and more recently television and multimedia under Ndalo Pictures.

As one of the one of the five judges of the 2018 Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss Awards, we sit down with her to find out more what keeps her continually striving for better, and how she pays it forward. 

Having worked in multiple industries throughout your career, what is the core value that you have filtered throughout each working environment and industry thus far?

Be compelling. No matter what you’re doing, or what you’re offering, if you want to stand out and have a viable business you have to create something that is powerfully irresistible. And that’s a function of staying on the pulse of what people are thinking, of following their conversations, and constantly innovating and finding smarter ways to deliver something that’s really exciting.  

What words of advice can you share with the Elle Boss winner?

I think that we should never really stop learning. Once we stop learning we start to disintegrate and we become of less value in whatever environment we’re in.

Even if we are seen to be at the top of our game, we need to be open to what others have to say, we need to ask questions, and we need to do things like dedicating time every day to reading up on new developments in our chosen industries and how others are handling their challenges.  

Business environments are constantly evolving so please compare the current social and professional climate to 15 years ago.

Profit is no longer at the centre of doing business; people are. A great people strategy leads to great profits.  How we do business is becoming an increasingly important question. What impact is our business having on people: the people who create our products; the people who buy our products; the people who still need to be empowered in our communities? It’s no longer about being bigger or faster, it’s really about digging deeper and looking at your business’s intention very closely and making people’s lives better in meaningful way. And if you can solve a problem in a way that people value, you’re bound to be profitable. 

When do you think it is appropriate for a successful South African businesswoman to introduce the term ‘mentor’ to their list of accolades?

One thing that has struck me in reaching out to people in mentorship is how it’s so often the small things that we take for granted that people would love to know about. What I may take for granted is almost rocket science to someone else. So you don’t need to wait until your name is on a door, if you have been successful in any one particular area, it becomes an opportunity to share. And if you’re genuinely and consistently adding value to other people’s lives, don’t be shy about adding your role as mentor to your list of accolades.  

In what other way can women can invest in, and show support, to one another?

We can all mentor more broadly. It’s really just keeping your eyes and ears open. In conversations, for example, you can pick up when someone has a desire for knowledge, and you can use that conversation, right there and then, to provide a snippet of mentorship or support. There are many opportunities to share your knowledge – your local church group, your local school or the local communities that may need a speaker for a fundraising event. If it’s used correctly, social media can also be an excellent platform to provide mentorship and support. 

What is your personal life quote?

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist.

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