ABOUT KZN WOMEN IN BUSINESS
KZN Women in Business is a support structure for women and a forum for fostering relationships, building networks, exchanging business knowledge and, ultimately, helping our members grow their businesses.
KZNWIB brings businesswomen together at monthly breakfast meetings, in a friendly, structured environment, to build business relationships and supportive friendships.
It’s not just about monthly meetings; it’s about creating a successful community of businesswomen to engage and connect with other committed, successful and inspiring women.
Members include established entrepreneurs, corporate executives and small business start-ups from a wide range of business sectors.
Formed in Durban in 1995, KZNWIB is the longest-standing businesswomen’s organization in KZN.
We’re a voluntary association, managed by a committee of volunteers and a part-time administrator.
What’s in it for you?
You get the perfect opportunity to network with like-minded businesswomen, sharing business ideas and experiences. KZNWIB provides a wonderful balance between motivational and business oriented speakers throughout the year. Speakers at the monthly meetings ensure that members can learn new skills and keep up to date with current business practice while developing business alliances and leads to grow their businesses.
KZNWIB promotes the interests of its women, advocates for women in business, and fosters the recognition of women in business.
With a database of 850 women that continues to grow monthly, KZNWIB is an extensive network of businesswomen and executive decision makers in the Durban area and throughout KwaZulu-Natal.
Themba Lethu is our currently elected charity beneficiary of KZNWIB, with formal contributions by the organization, as well as individual contributions of time and expertise by members.
The Chairmanship of KZNWIB changes after no more than three years, though two years is the usual term of office. This regular change of leadership is a particular strength of KZNWIB and has, no doubt, contributed to its longevity and continued freshness and relevance to our members. Over the last 19 years, each chairman has left her own unique mark on KZN Women in Business and infused it with freshness.
2016-2017: MEL GARD
Mel Gard assumed the helm of the organisation in January 2016. Mel came from a strong entrepreneurial and marketing background, and was instrumental in forming the digital communication of KZNWIB. Under her stewardship, the organisation became a registered NPO and made the largest single donation to its elected charity since the organisation's inception.