Starting with a networking session on the rooftop that offers Insta-worthy views of Devil’s Peak on one end and the Cape harbour on the other, this was an overwhelming mix of the city’s female creative inspirationals and those looking for inspiration.
At 6:30pm on the dot we moved down into the sheltered auditorium and only then was it clear how many fierce females were in attendance – with a smattering of men, too.
It stands out as a women volunteer network focused on the engagement, education and advancement of female creatives, and is based on three principles:
Co-founder Alessandra Lariu emphasised the importance of conversations that will lead to actions, as SheSays is not about moaning but about doing, learning from each other and helping each other.
It’s the ultimate networking get-together, offering inspiration and mentorship. Whether you’re a freelancer, recently redundant, on sabbatical or a starry-eyed newbie, this is the movement for you. Here’s why…
Attendees tweeted their favourite pearls of wisdom as follows:
Lindsay added that there’s further tie-in with the belief that life-long learning is a non-negotiable – we need to keep up-to-date as technology changes the way we work and the way we live.
85% of the jobs that will be important in 2030 don’t yet exist. There’s no better proof of the need to constantly upskill yourself.
Next it was time for the panel discussion. Moderated by Dr Dorrian Aiken, we heard from the five females on the panel for the night, all boasting such impressive CVs that there was applause and audible "wow"s from the audience:
All had different insights to share but one thing in common – a passion for digital and for developing and empowering females in all aspects of their lives. There’s no denying that women are often their own and other women’s harshest critics. It’s time to step away from that judgemental mindset and look to better ourselves by bettering others.
Attended the first ever #SheSaysCT event this evening hosted at the @RedAndYellowEd (!!!) ~ an event for women by women speaking about navigating the future of careers in the creative & digital space! So apt. Amazing forum. pic.twitter.com/ivm3LSk0XN— eden_myrrh (@Eden_myrrh) April 19, 2018