We are P.O.W.E.R - Propagation of Women’s Empowerment Resources - and we are here to help you as a modern woman, to understand the difficulties in achieving gender equality and by working together to identify and overcome those challenges.
Together we find solutions by building networks that bridge regions and cultures, by bringing together leaders who have effectively driven transformation - we share our experiences.
AUGUST IS WOMEN MONTH!
We want to commend all exceptional women who are contributing to a better, brighter future in South Africa. These women of character shows determination and strength against all odds, they can overcome the greatest obstacles, will resolve any problems they face and are resolute to attain a positive outcome. They achieve their goals with sheer will power, adaptability and humanity.
We believe in these women and want to show them our support by choosing a Women of the Month. We are looking for someone with:
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THE EVOLUTION OF THE BUTTERFLY
There’s a video on YouTube that describes society very adequately by likening it to the life cycle of a butterfly.
When watching this video, you will get a better understanding of our mission here at P.O.W.E.R - creating a more sufficient society, letting go of the old, working together towards a beautiful, sustainable future.
Power Conversations with Leaders
Kissmea Charles, CEO and Founder of P.O.W.E.R. (Propagation of Women’s Empowerment Resources) together with her team, hosted another fun and successful evening that brought together leaders and women, that wouldn’t normally otherwise be possible. The intimate “Conversations with Leaders” event took place at the African Pride 15 on Orange in Cape Town. Women were mentored, interacted with and had the opportunity to network with leaders in a comfortable, intimate setting while enjoying a scrumptious 3 course meal.
Our keynote speaker Sihaam Salie-Abrahams, Director at Grant Thornton Accounting, was warmly welcomed as she inspired and encouraged the participants in attendance to live their best lives possible! Yes, she spoke about the glass ceiling that exists in the business world and the fact that women only own a mere 1% of land on the African continent… but she also focused on self- love and self-respect. “When you take the time out to truly get to know yourself; both your strengths and weaknesses, then no one else can dictate who you are and influence what you’re capable of achieving”, she said. She also highlighted the importance of women in positions of power and influence to join forces and work together across all boundaries; especially to empower younger, promising women to succeed in life.
Leaders included Manie Regal, Executive Dir. Finance, Innovation, Operations and Infrastructure for the University of the Western Cape, Martine Solomon, MD at Mzansi Risk Advisors; Adv. Hishaam Mohammed, Regional Head of Justice and Constitutional Development for the Western Cape; Andre Charles, CEO at The Charles Group; Sihaam Salie-Abrahams, Dir. At Grant Thornton Chartered Accountants and our host, Ms. Kissmea Charles. A special thanks to our sponsors, Cape Cobra Leathercraft, HAIR CAIR Distributor, La Luna Events and Essays of Africa. For more information on P.O.W.E.R. feel free to visit www.womenempowerment.org.za
12 WAYS TO INSPIRE ANYONE
Has anyone ever inspired you to change your life in a significant way that made you healthier, happier, or more fulfilled? If so, you understand the difference that positive inspiration can make in a person’s life. Inspiration is powerful, but it isn’t easy. Would you like to return the favor by making a positive difference in the life of your friends, family, or co-workers? If you want to be a positive influence capable of inspiring your loved ones to become better versions of themselves, please consider these 13 ways to inspire people around you.
If you can’t show a person that you truly care about them, will you be able to inspire them? Ofcourse not! Show people you care in your words (Questions are powerful to show interest) and your actions.
2. Be Trustworthy.
If a person you know and love tells you a secret, it stays between you and them. Trust takes years to build and seconds to break, so try to avoid all the gossip and unnecessary drama so you can be a positive influence that people will feel comfortable talking to.
3. Smile & Give sincere compliments.
Small compliments can make someone’s day, regardless of how upset that person is.
Don’t believe me? I challenge you to find someone wearing a frown, tell them how beautiful they look today, and watch a bright smile take over their face as the frown fades away.
4. Stand Your Ground.
It’s easy to let life-stress shake our foundation of inner-strength as human beings, but if you want to inspire people around you, learn to stand your ground through thick and thin.
Stand firm if you want to show the people around you that even the worst of circumstances can be overcome with positive thinking, continuous improvement, and a never-say-die attitude,as you progress more and more people will admire that and follow your lead.
5. Be an attentive listener.
Anyone can hear the words other people say, but not many people can attentively listen and make an effort to comprehend those words in order for them to fully grasp the meaning behind them.
Make eye-contact if someone talks to you about their problems and ask follow-up questions to show them you care about what they are going through and want to understand where they are coming from as well as you can.
6. Deliver constructive criticism.
First of all, constructive criticism should only be delivered if it is asked for. If you criticize someone’s flaws without any input requested, you are going to upset them.
But when you are asked for input, deliver it in the best positive manner possible while indicating what could have been better.
7. Treat everyone equally.
We are all equal human beings regardless of our gender, political views, race, religion, and other factors.
Love and care for people without consideration of these irrelevant factors that have no influence on the quality of a person’s character, treat others how they want to be treated, regardless of their background and by doing so you’ll be providing value to everyone’s lives,something that most people will admire for sure.
8. Brim with confidence.
Keep your head high and eyes forward so you can say, “Hello,” or, “How are you?” to everyone you walk past. Walk in a way that commands confidence from the people around you.
If you are confident you will capture people’s attention and they will listen to you attentively.
9. Share your influences.
What books have made a huge impact on who you are as a person?
What sources of inspiration help guide the most important decisions in your life?
How did you become the happy, healthy, positive person you are today?
Share the influences that shaped who you are so others can also benefit.(We’d also love to see them in the comments section below )
10. Keep your promises.
If you volunteered to help with a cause and you get invited to a movie or concert, you need to keep your word, no matter how much more fun the other thing may be.
It’s easy to ditch our responsibilities when a more tempting/entertaining opportunity presents itself, but this is a sure-fire way to destroy the trust you’ve worked so hard to earn, so you’d have to be wise to keep your word no matter what.
11. Stay true to who you are.
A lot of us have a variety of “selves” that come out depending on our circumstances: home, work, and friends all require a different song-and-dance.
But putting on a different show for every group of people you encounter is super exhausting, and it’s certainly not a good way to inspire people around you.
Would you put your trust in a person who was so uncomfortable in their personality that they felt the need to satisfy the demands of any crowd they were with?
Embrace your true self without apology!
12. Never rub salt on an open wound.
If you win an argument, there is no need to brag about it. Proclaiming, “I told you so,” will make you look arrogant and discourage people from approaching you about the important things (and rightfully so!).
WITHOUT THIS YOU ARE TOAST!
Whether you realise it or not, one indispensable quality affects every relationship in your life.
It determines whether you realise your dreams, both personal and professional. It virtually defines you to others. Without it, true success is impossible. Your ability to demonstrate this quality impacts every relationship, every communication, every future moment of your life. On the other hand, if developed and leveraged, this one thing has the potential to create unparalleled success and prosperity in every dimension of life. Yet, it is the least understood, most neglected, and most underestimated possibility of our time…