Old Mutual Women’s SummitThe Old Mutual Women’s Summit is a platform created to advance women and their role in society. Since its inception in 2011, the event has been inviting powerful women as guest speakers to share their stories in leadership with pioneering women in Namibia. As Old Mutual, we are proud to be represented by women who make up 58% of our full-time employees as the current generation of leaders at Old Mutual is making sure that we are preparing the next generation to take over leadership.
Adapting to changing circumstances and rising to new challenges is something we at Old Mutual have been doing for 100 years in Namibia and 175 years as a Pan African brand. 2020 was a year in which challenging circumstances brought about new opportunities in the form of an e-Summit.
The 2020 Women’s e-Summit was moderated by Afra Schimming-Chase as she was joined by panellists Taimu Itembu, who works in Public and Government Affairs at ExxonMobil; Karen Powell, a Creativity and Prosperity coach; and Zenzi Awases, a Geologist and founding president of the Women in Mining Association of Namibia (WIMA)
The keynote speaker was renowned global economist and bestselling author, Dr. Dambisa Moyo, who encouraged women to come well-prepared to the party, to be receptive of constructive criticism, to have the temerity to rise above rejection, and to get to know their skillset better than anybody else. “You can transform your life and invest in yourself in such a way that can help not just yourself and your community, but the whole continent, to change the narrative.”
Introduced in 2021, the Old Mutual Women’s Network Fireside Chat is a fun and interactive event that hosts prominent female authors in different fields as we take a deep dive into the lessons they share in different books that they have written. Think of the OWN Fireside Chat as a book club for pioneering individuals who come together twice a year and soak in knowledge of leadership, growth and introspection.
Watch the first fireside chat with Gwen Lister, world renowned journalist and editor, on Lessons in Leadership captured in her book, Comrade Editor