On Friday, our Executive Director, Gugu Ndebele, participated in an exciting panel on “The Do-Gooders: Going Above & Beyond” at the Forbes Women Africa Leading Women Summit 2019. The event was headlined by supermodel Naomi Campbell and hosted women leaders across industries.
The fourth edition of this annual event was focused on igniting ideas and inspiring attendees through a candid exchange of ideas, talks and panel sessions around the theme: “The New Wealth Creators”.
In her panel, alongside philanthropist Saloni Wahi, Gugu shared her views on philanthropy. Gugu shared insights on how OWLAG approaches philanthropy differently and ensures that this is not something that’s only done once or twice a year but is an everyday part of the lives of OWLAG girls.
During the panel, Gugu explained the importance of reading and the emphasis that is put on this at OWLAG. As an ambassador for the “Read to Lead” initiative, Gugu gets books donated to Primary Schools across South Africa and helps them build reading corners so that students can develop an interest in reading. Reading has the great ability to open up worlds for young people and allow them to have the ambition to become “new wealth creators”.
"Wealth is about intellectual capital, enabling an environment for education and knowledge because that creates a platform for learning" - Gugu Ndebele speaking at the Forbes Women Africa Leading Women Summit 2019.