Celebrating South Africa’s finest

“Excellence deserves formal recognition,” says Mrs Charlotte du Plessis, Founder and CEO of the Woman of Stature Foundation and the Woman of Stature Awards.

The finalists in the 16 categories of the Woman of Stature Awards 2022 were announced on Sunday 14th November. This year, the awards include CEO of the Year, which is the only category open to both men and women. The awards give the participants an opportunity to evaluate their business’ strengths and opportunities. They also provide great exposure and access to other influential people in a variety of industries. For many women, the awards are a long-awaited opportunity to boost their business.

One hundred and twelve finalists will be contesting for the prestigious title of Woman of Stature 2022, which has gained global recognition over the past eight years since its inception. On Saturday, 12 March 2022, the Woman of Stature Foundation will be hosting their 7th Gala Recognition Awards since their inception in 2013 at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, Johannesburg.

A glamorous and notable event, Woman of Stature Awards celebrates the most inspiring and impactful women in South Africa across multiple industry sectors including education, media, and agriculture.
Part of winning the award includes extensive public relations exposure comprising radio and television interviews as well as articles in noteworthy publications. The finalists receive great brand exposure for themselves and their businesses leading up to the main event. Many of the past award winners remarked on the continued support by the Foundation and opportunities they receive throughout their year of reign. They made a particular mention of the Woman of Stature Foundation CEO, Charlotte du Plessis, who, during this uncertain time of the COVID-19 pandemic, ensures to approach each winner regularly to check in and to help the women navigate the business and personal challenges of the pandemic.

The benefit of winning the award is far-reaching for all categories. Many receive opportunities that they never expected. Venencia Mhonde, the 2020 Youth Ambassador and a social media influencer was invited to participate on a country-wide tour sponsored by Ford Ranger. Together, they drove about 1500 km from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg, stopping at different locations in remote parts of the country to donate COVID relief items such as face shields, soaps, and tubs for washing hands at schools and hospitals. For Mhonde, being associated with such a brand that promotes women was one of the best parts about winning the award.

One of the other notable benefits of winning the Woman of Stature award is the boost in confidence. After winning the award, many award winners had a renewed sense of self-worth, which they state, enabled them to show up in a positive way at work, benefiting their employers, their staff, and clients. The responsibility of becoming a role model made these remarkable women even more determined to make a difference and to keep shining their light in the world. “We are all role models whether we influence 5, 50 or 500 people. Whether you acknowledge it or not, you are influencing people daily,” Shona Selley, a recipient of the Woman in Education 2020 award, emphasized.

One of the most remarkable things about these award-winning entrepreneurs is that none of them expected to win the award. All of them felt honoured and humbled by the nomination alone. Surrounded by capable women from their own industry and from all other industries in the country, they were all convinced that someone else was more deserving. This is testament to the culture of the Woman of Stature network that attracts women of integrity who collaborate and empower each other .

To find out more about the Woman of Stature Foundation, and to book your tickets for the Gala Awards Event, you can contact the Foundation at awards@womanofstature.co.za

More information from awards@womanofstature.co.za or call Charlotte du Plessis at 082 553 0061.
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