The Veuve Clicquot Elle Boss Awards focus on women who excel in business, either as an entrepreneur or within the corporate world. Our successful 2017 finalists certainly know the meaning of hard work and determination - and they understand how to ask for guidance when they need it. Here, they pass on their knowledge to us, as they share the best advice they've ever received - and what inspires them to keep going.
Amanda Dambuza, 2017 Veuve Clicquot Elle Boss Award Winner
"I really get such great satisfaction from making a difference in someone else’s life. I feel like through this work I am truly living out my purpose. This was my destiny. I am a mentor; an employer and a catalyst to help other businesses grow. It is also great to make a real difference in our client’s lives and take the strain off of them. Seeing joy on people’s faces because of what I did for them is the biggest source of inspiration and makes me want to do it over and over again. This is why I do what I do. I cannot get enough of that feeling..."
I had a mentor who helped me put myself first. I am one of those people who had to be taught how to do this. He told me “you cannot give what you do not have”. It was the best advice I have ever received in my life. It took a while to register, along with books to read, to help me grasp the concept. Once I made the connection with that statement; I was never the same again. I am so grateful to him for that.
Nomode White, Finalist
"I am a product of my grandmother who was a domestic worker and I believe the values I subscribe to were imbued in me as a result of the great teachings and lessons from her. This has contributed to the leader I became and still aspire to be. For my daughter, and many young girls out there, I not only want to lead by example, I also want to encourage perseverance, listening to one’s inner voice that you are capable and good enough in spite of the pitfalls and barriers we face as women that may seem real along the way."
Oprah Winfrey once said “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.”
"I believe as leaders it is our utmost responsibility to encourage young people to pursue their passions; we need to develop our young people through coaching and mentoring. I personally want to help keep young girls interested in school and inspire them to pursue careers in technology and engineering. Ultimately, I would like to see a lot more women and young, intelligent African professionals taking up senior roles in the Technology industry. In five years’ time, I don’t want to see them struggling with the same issues that I had to deal with at the beginning of my career, and this inspires me to wake up each day and be the best version of myself."