Sustaining a successful career is a full-time job. Most women have to work twice as hard as men to climb the corporate ladder. Now imagine having to balance a career and motherhood, which is equally demanding. This is a reality a number of women are faced with, but how do they do it?
We are joined by inspiring women in the industry who seem to have found a balance between having a viable career and being a mother. Our panel will share some of their lived experiences, career journeys and steps to finding this balance. The speakers include Grace Cross, Sibongile Masombuka, Genevieve Putter, and Mpeo Nkosi as our moderator.
Get to know the speakers:
Grace Cross is a Cape Town-bases material painter who draws symbols about motherhood, home, belief structures, and land; making shifting recipe’s rooted in feminism, history, performative archaeology and African cosmology, to reflect her experiences of cultural transmission. Her painting practice, since the birth of her daughter, focuses on female storytelling, spirituality, and mining symbols of motherhood in her lush and colourfilled canvases.
She graduated with her MFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2016 and holds a BFA from the Michaelis School of Art for which she was awarded the Judy Steiner painting prize in 2010. Her third solo show, Mother is a Drum, was held over last years Women’s Month, at Smith Studio. Cross has participated in numerous group exhibitions and art fairs locally and abroad. She is a grant recipient from University of Illinois at Chicago and National Arts Council, South Africa, and has works in the collections of the Africa First Collection, Spier Arts Trust and the University of Cape Town among others.
Sibongile Masombuka is mother to a 14 year old girl, with over 13 years’ experience in Talent Acquisition and Recruitment within various sectors from Advertising & Marketing, Retail, FMCG, Banking, Logistics to Insurance. Her knowledge and skills have had a natural progression throughout all the various sectors.
She is a self-driven, hard-working individual with strong client centric approach, and is passionate about people.
After achieving her Masters at UCT at the Centre for African Studies with a specialization in Public Culture and Media (2005), Genevieve started her career in the media industry; first in PR and then moving into writing for consumer lifestyle magazines.
After her son was born in March 2016, she took a break from it all as an attempt to find her way through her new identity as a mother. It was an experience that changed her life forever as she suffered from a Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder when her son was 4 months old, being diagnosed with Post Partum Anxiety and Depression.
Aside from medical treatment for this condition which she was told is quite ‘normal’ for new mothers to go through, normalizing something that seemed completely dysfunctional and life-threatening didn’t sit well with her. She then embarked on a journey of research and discovery in the field of perinatal health and support and so the seeds of the New Normal were planted.
Mpeo Nkosi (Moderator)
Mpeo Nkosi is a passionate marketing professional with a deep passion for strategic branding and media. She is the Chief Delivery Officer for VMLY&R South Africa, an advertising agency working with clients such as Hollard, Nandos, Amstel, Colgate and Absa amongst others.
Nkosi holds a wealth of experience across the marketing field, having worked in agency and client capacities over her 17 year career. She has exercised her skills as a marketer in the tobacco, broadcast and healthcare industries, she has cut her teeth in the creative agency space and is a well-rounded creative, with a planning and strategic marketing mind.
She is a proud South African who is extremely passionate about South Africa and its wealth of stories, its place within the global arena and its people. The advancement of women in particular is a passion she endeavours to instil in every space in which she operates. A good book, a good holiday and a riveting sporting match are her downtime loves.
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