August 24, 2021

Going beyond mentorship. Webinars that mobilise our talents for good.

LegalWise is embarking on a journey to drive and encourage transformation and equality by offering a #BeyondMentorship programme which will target final year students.

 The programme aims to equip the students with skills to overcome challenges, build skills for future goals and milestones, increase their knowledge and give them an opportunity to network.

 The programme will be more than a mentorship programme; it will create a pipeline and a closer relationship with the Universities and other Higher Educational Institutions to attract the best and brightest talent, effectively becoming an incubator for young talent to drive the business forward. Graduate mentorship is proven to boost self-confidence, thus increasing employment placements and promotions. It will be led by Nozuko Mzamo, a social edu-preneur with a passion for youth development. Ms Mzamo specializes in youth skills development, including tech management solutions, corporate social investment, socio-economic development strategies, and bursary and graduate strategy development. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Pretoria, is an alumnus of the Gordon Institute of Business Science's Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Program. She is also an alumnus of the U.S. Department of State's Professional Economic Empowerment Fellows Programme. Nozuko recently launched a student and graduate support app, Global Student Support Platform, which is geared to close the gap for the youth and put them on a trajectory for success.

The objectives of the #BeyondMentorship programme are:

>     Empowering final year students,

>     Providing a professional network,

>     Celebrating their achievements,

>     Changing business and personal perceptions,

>     Promoting self-advocacy,

>     Goal setting and accountability, and to

>     Provide a platform to increase confidence through improving skills and developing leadership competencies.

 An online panel discussion kicked off the programme, focusing on addressing inclusion and transformation through mentorship and coaching and the current and future skills required to succeed. The webinar took place on Thursday, 6 August 2021. Four inspirational leaders headlined it, our own CEO, Siva Gengan, University of Cape Town, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mamogkethi Phakeng, Director of WOZA Women in Law, Rehana Khan Parker, and Founding Director of UKIYO Group and skills development specialist, Nozuko Mzamo.

The webinar was a resounding success and well-received, with 826 registrations and 218 attendees. Attendees described the session as "powerful", "amazing energy", and "It is just so beautiful and inspiring to see women coming together and delving into the deep roots of the challenges we are currently facing as women in different professions!".

Mamokgethi is founder of the Adopt-a-learner Foundation, a non-profit organisation that started in 2004 and provides financial and educational support to students from township and rural areas to acquire higher education qualifications.

Rehana is committed to the advancement of women, creates awareness of gender and diversity imbalances and provide education to women to enable them to take their seat at a table.

Siva is passionate about access to justice having made several submissions on the Legal Practice Act during her tenure as Company Legal Counsel which were accepted into law, the success of which she attributes in part to adapting proven business principles to the practice of law.

LegalWise is embarking on a journey to drive and Nozuko is the founder and director of UKIYO Group, an edu-tech social impact solutions company as well as the founder of Educubed Foundation, an NPC that aims to support learners and students with social and life skills as well as career development.