So you want to enter a new career field but don’t know where to start. Or you aren’t sure what to study to get the job you want. Maybe you just need someone to bounce ideas off, someone to guide you and give you the advice you need to get ahead and better your skills. That’s what a mentor is for! And that’s what COSMO is offering YOU.
You could win a mentorship with one of 10 amazing career women. Read below, let us know who your dream mentor would be, fill in the form and you could win a year-long internship with one of our 10 #GirlBoss stars!
‘When we unleash the power and potential of women, we create new possibilities, not just in individuals, but in families, communities and nations’ – Y. Obenewa Amponsah
What is a Mentor?
‘A mentor is someone who has the skills and experience to be able to guide you critically,’ says Shivani Gopal, founder of The Remarkable Woman. ‘It’s someone who is more experienced than you are, someone who holds a much more senior role, not necessarily in the same industry or company as you, but certainly someone who can critically advise you and actually challenge your actions.’
Meet COSMO’s 10 Mentors – Who Will You Apply to Be Yours?
1 Y. Obenewa Amponsah
Executive director of the Harvard University Center for African Studies (CAS), Africa Office
Amponsah provides strategic leadership for CAS, developing programmes and collaborative initiatives across the continent. Before CAS, Amponsah was CEO of the Steve Biko Foundation.
‘There have always been women in my life who took the time to listen, advise, correct and—above all—encourage me to believe in myself and my talents.’
2 Holly Meadows
Editor of COSMOPOLITAN SA
Meadows became COSMO’s editor in July 2017. Her career has included interning at Vogue, working in Mumbai’s Bollywood industry and teaching English in the Himalayas, as well as over a decade in publishing.
‘I believe in the power of sisterhood, women supporting women and the important role that having a strong leadership figure in a young woman’s life plays in shaping her future.’
3 Farah Fortune
Publicist and director of African Star Communications
Award-winning Fortune founded African Star Communications (ASC) in 2008 with just R1000 in her pocket, a laptop and a cellphone.
ASC has since exploded into three divisions handling celebrity and corporate public relations, and event management with clients including AKA, Cassper Nyovest and Terry Pheto.
4 Arlene Mulder
Co-founder of WeThinkCode_
After seven years as an investment banker, Mulder left finance to start WeThinkCode_ and pursue her dream of starting a tech business that aims to democratise and revolutionise education to deliver the world’s top tech talent.
‘Sometimes all we need is someone to believe in us and encourage us to be bold enough to pursue our dreams.’
5 Bonnie Mbuli
Mbuli has lit up our screens on everything from Backstage and Rhythm City to films such as Drum, Catch a Fire and Invictus. Mbuli has established herself as one of our most eminent actresses and currently co-presents Afternoon Express.
‘We don’t make it on hard work alone. Our success is an accumulation of the encouragement, support and knowledge we draw from others.’
6 Swaady Martin
Entrepreneur, writer and founder of Yswara, Akrafo and Shift Within
Martin is a serial entrepreneur with over 17 years’ experience in business management, brand building and new business model development. Her career has included senior management positions at corporates like General Electric, and she holds an MBA from The London School of Economics.
‘I am myself a mentee and have hugely benefitted from mentor-mentee relationships. I believe that we create “magic” with others.’
7 Happy Ralinala
Businesswoman and president of the Business Women’s Association of South Africa
Ralinala’s roles have included being the managing executive of Private & Wealth Banking Segments for Barclays Africa Group, as well as seven years in senior positions at FNB. Currently, Ralinala serves on the board of Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA), Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa (BWASA) and Africa Advisory Board of the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS).
‘I have more than 20 years’ experience in financial services and have dedicated my time to mentoring colleagues and female entrepreneurs. When you empower women, we raise the quality for everyone.’
8 Afua Osei
Co-founder of She Leads Africa
Osei has been all over the world, from working for Michelle Obama in the White House to getting her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. After a time at McKinsey & Company with colleague Yasmin Belo-Osagie, the two founded She Leads Africa (SLA), a media company aimed at empowering, connecting and celebrating a new generation of smart, ambitious African women.
‘[Mentors] can give perspective, help you see problems through a different lens and, hopefully, help you find success faster.’
9 Bronwyn Nielsen
CEO of Nielsen Media and Associates and chair of the Graca Machel Trust Women in Media Network; former editor-in-chief of CNBC Africa, former executive director of Africa Business News
Award-winning Nielsen is one of our country’s most experience broadcasters, with 20 years’ experience on programmes like Carte Blanche under her belt.
‘Mentorship is a secret weapon in the journey of success. My career motto is: always make sure you’re on a learning curve and never make the same mistake twice.’
10 Mechell Chetty
Human resources vice president, Unilever Africa
Chetty joined Unilever 20 years ago, and has experience spanning everything from supply chain and finance to her current role in HR.
‘I specialise in building leadership and capability – unlocking potential in young talent that will lead the future of Africa. I believe that every person, irrespective of age or experience, needs up to five mentors: a senior person in your organisation, a peer, a friend, a family member and someone younger or more junior that you.’
Apply NOW here
Terms and conditions apply. Comp closes end of May 2018. Special terms include: Those who make the shortlist will be contacted by a member of the COSMO team for the next steps. All winners will be contacted directly. You must be a woman aged 18–35, a South African resident and able to engage with your mentor monthly for a year, from July 2018. You must be willing to put in the time and complete the tasks set out for you by your mentor for the duration of the mentorship.
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