Hav­ing thrived in their own re­spec­tive ar­eas of busi­ness and ex­per­tise, we’re proud to in­tro­duce our 2018 Veuve Clic­quot ELLE Boss judg­ing panel

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meet the 2018 Veuve Clic­quot ELLE Boss judges

Anod to te­na­cious busi­ness­woman Madame Clic­quot, the high­lyan­tic­i­pated an­nual Veuve Clic­quot ELLE Boss Award seeks to hon­our dy­namic women who are trail­blaz­ers in the cor­po­rate and en­tre­pre­neur­ial world. We share words of wis­dom from the women tasked with find­ing our next win­ner:

Maria Lam­bros is the CEO of lux­ury cos­metic brand dis­trib­u­tor Pres­tige Cos­met­ics Group. Her suc­cess stems from over 20 years in the re­tail space ‘I be­lieve that, from an in­tegrity per­spec­tive, we women have to hold our­selves to a higher stan­dard in or­der to build cred­i­bil­ity and be taken se­ri­ously. I’m for­tu­nate to work in a very fe­male-dom­i­nated in­dus­try, which by its na­ture em­pow­ers and takes women se­ri­ously. We em­ploy a lot of tal­ented, in­de­pen­dent and smart women who speak their minds and make a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to our busi­ness.’

Yolanda Miya is the MD of Fi­nanc­ing & So­lu­tions Group Deutsche Bank SA and a pow­er­house in bank­ing, ad­vo­cat­ing for fe­male rep­re­sen­ta­tion on var­i­ous ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tees and fo­rums within the bank While the world has evolved some­what in the way it views fe­male lead­er­ship and the value propo­si­tion it brings, there’s still an ex­treme short­age of fe­male rep­re­sen­ta­tion in se­nior roles across most in­dus­tries in cor­po­rates glob­ally. The gap lies in how to change this, rather than why we should change it. My ex­pe­ri­ence over the years has been that a work­ing en­vi­ron­ment which is prej­u­diced against women isn’t nec­es­sar­ily a re­sult of de­lib­er­ately act­ing “against” the needs of the mi­nor­ity, but rather a re­flec­tion of the be­hav­iour of the ma­jor­ity. There­fore, there’s a need to firstly see the is­sues for what they are and, se­condly, cre­ate aware­ness of the things we be­lieve aren’t aligned with our progress in or­gan­i­sa­tions. Then we need to ed­u­cate and lastly, to­gether with our male coun­ter­parts, own the re­spon­si­bil­ity for chang­ing the nar­ra­tive.’

Maira Kout­soudakis is the CEO of the LIFE Group of Com­pa­nies and the pi­o­neer be­hind Life In­te­ri­ors, Ar­chi­tec­ture & Strate­gic De­sign ‘In an age of in­stant grat­i­fi­ca­tion, to have a real, long­stand­ing ca­reer, one needs to build deep foun­da­tions and put in many years of study. When you look at the tra­jec­tory of your en­tire ca­reer, Mal­colm Glad­well’s “10 000 hours” of work are well spent in mas­ter­ing your craft and ex­pe­ri­ence speaks for it­self in the phys­i­cal ev­i­dence of your achieve­ments. That’s why I be­lieve that hard work trumps ta­lent ev­ery time and that ta­lent es­sen­tially be­comes a by-prod­uct of hard work and hon­ing your craft.’

Khanyi Dhlomo is the founder and CEO of Ndalo Me­dia and Ndalo Pic­tures. She’s a se­rial in­flu­en­tial en­tre­pre­neur and busi­ness leader who’s pas­sion­ate about women’s em­pow­er­ment ‘One thing that’s struck me in reach­ing out to peo­ple in men­tor­ship is how it’s of­ten the small things 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’s on a door: if you’ve 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.’

Carol Bouwer is a UNICEF SA Spe­cial Ad­vo­cate and the CEO of Carol Bouwer Pro­duc­tions. She’s one of the most suc­cess­ful busi­ness­women in South Africa ‘It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that our fail­ures are of­ten the very foun­da­tion we need to re­turn with a solid and un­break­able busi­ness. Fail­ure forces you to an­a­lyse where things haven’t gone as you wished and that trans­lates to crit­i­cal en­gage­ment, which cre­ates re­silience and an as­tute at­ti­tude you may have lacked pre­vi­ously when you felt invincible in busi­ness. The “come­back” is of­ten sweeter than any suc­cess at­tained be­fore. Fail! Learn! Grow smarter!’

“I be­lieve that hard work trumps ta­lent ev­ery time and that ta­lent es­sen­tially be­comes a by-prod­uct of hard work and hon­ing your craft”

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