Equip and Elevate podcast is a place for women to cultivate the courage to own their purpose, own their journeys and own their success. The show is hosted by Ayanda Vana and in each episode she will be bringing you conversation with some dynamic and bold women. The goal is that through these inspired conversations, you will gain a new perspective and tools to thrive in your personal journeys, businesses and careers. Most importantly, to live a life of purpose and passion. The Podcast will cater for all women from young female leaders, entrepreneurs, professionals and creatives. The topics will range from navigating our personal journeys, building our careers as well as living a life of purpose and passion.If you are ready to learn and grow, hit that follow button and get ready for the conversations.
Liz Letsoalo (Founder of Masodi Organics) on building and scaling a beauty brand
Today I will be talking to Liz Letsoalo is an entrepreneur and Speaker who is on a journey to public service as well as the founder of Masodi Organics. She will be sharing her journey on building and scaling Masodi Organics. She will be discussing raising funding for your business, building the dream team and more. She will also be sharing her career journey and some key values that have shaped her life.
Masodi Organics prioritises kindness to your body and to the planet by focusing on what she calls ‘thoughtful beauty’. As the founder of a beauty brand, she considers herself to be primarily in the business of transforming beauty and its standards to achieve more equitable, realistic and thoughtful standards that empower and uplift beauty in all its forms. Liz Letsoalo’s also has experience in strategy and operations from three multinational companies.
Kabelo Mohale (Co-owner of Live Loved) on launching her wellness business during the pandemic
Today we will be talking to Kabelo Mohale co-owner of Lived Loved and founder of BE’LOVED. Kabelo will be sharing her journey of launching her wellness business, Live Loved, during the pandemic. She also discusses some biblical business strategies and principles she has learnt in the process of setting up her business.
Live Loved is a wellness store which allows customers to fill and refill their favourite whole foods and pantry goods without being wasteful and avoiding unnecessary packaging. The mission is to add meaningful value by improving people’s health and well-being, and inspiring the awareness of the need to safeguard the planet for the future generations to come. Kabelo is also the founder of BE’LOVED is an inspired movement of arising women, who chose to ignite lives to restore identity; refreshing of souls and awakening to purpose.
Zizi Moloko (Investment Professional & Content Creator) on taking control of your personal finances
Today, we will be talking to Zizipho Moloko a social-media content creator and investment professional with four years of experience in Asset Management, Corporate Finance and Private Equity. Zizi will be sharing sharing insight and tips on taking control of your personal finances. She will be touching on points around financial habits that keep people broke, effective ways of saving, budgeting and more financial tips!
Zizi mainly creates Financial Education and Lifestyle content that is aimed particularly at women between the ages of 18 and 35. She holds a BCom in Economics & Statistics from UCT as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Finance from the Stellenbosch University Business School. She is passionate about Financial Inclusion and ensuring that everyday South Africans, particularly black South Africans have a fair and equitable chance at economic participation and building financial stability & security for themselves and their families.
Zimasa Mabuse (Financial Regulation Specialist & award-winning blogger) on balancing a side hustle while working a 9-5
Today we will be talking to Zimasa Mabuse, a financial regulation specialist and an award-winning writer and blogger. She will be sharing some insight and tips on balancing a side hustle while working a 9-5. Zimasa will also be taking us through her career journey and sharing some key values that have shaped her life.
Zimasa started her career at one of the big Banks in 2013 then she launched her online magazine, The Corporate Canvas - a platform geared at exchanging knowledge on climbing the corporate ladder for young professionals. Her most notable achievements include winning the McKinsey & Company Next Generation Women Leaders award, and being listed in True Love magazine as a “Mbokodo to watch” in 2018.
Vumile Msweli (Acclaimed Career Coach) from feeling stuck to accelerating in your career
Are you tired of feeling stuck in your career? Are you not progressing in your career? This is the episode for you! In today's episode we will be talking to Vumile Msweli about feeling stuck to accelerating in your career. She will be sharing some insight and tips on how to accelerate in your career!
Vumi is founder of Hesed Consulting, a Pan-African coaching firm with presence in Botswana; South Africa; Rwanda; Nigeria and the United States of America. She is the voice behind the world of work with Vumi careers feature on Botswana’s Duma FM as well as South Africa’s Kaya FM. She has been featured on international media outlets including CNBC Africa, Business Day (Nigeria), and ENCA (Ghana).
She holds an Accounting Sciences degree, Honours in Financial Planning, postgraduate from New York University, a MBA from the University of London and is currently studying her Doctorate in Switzerland.
Her business accolades include being named Mail and. Guardians Top 200 young South Africans, CEO Magazine’s Pan-African Business Woman, Avance Media Top 100 South Africans twice and Brand South Africa’s “Play Your Part” Ambassador.
Nompendulo Mkatshwa (Member of Parliament) on her journey in Student Activism and Politics as well as her hopes for South Africa
Today we will be talking to Nompendulo Mkatshwa the Youngest woman on the benches of the African National Congress in the National Assembly of the South African Parliament and an aspirant specialist in education. She will be taking us through her upbringing and sharing some key values that have shaped her life. She will also be discussing her journey in her student activism and politics as well as her hopes for South Africa.
She the is former President, Wits SRC and one of the leaders of the Wits Fees Must Fall in 2015/2016. As the Whip to the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Technology in the National Assembly of the South African Parliament
She sits on the Board of Trustees of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation. The Founder of Yenza Foundation which focuses on youth, women, the environment, knowledge and the African continent. A regular newspaper columnist on Polity.Org.Za. To sum her up she is an activist!
Thank you Ayanda for this podcast. This is the content I am looking for as I push to being more intentional about self development and improvement.
This podcast has come into my life by divine intervention! It is speaking to everything I have been thinking about and/or battling. The women you have had as guests are so inspirational and have given me the insight that I’ve been looking for. Thank you!
The session with Vumile was an incredible eye-opener! There are so many gems shared & the questions presented to her kept me engaged throughout. This is definitely a platform I didn’t know I needed. Thank you!