One of the things I enjoy is to engage with young women. So, once a quarter, I host a "Girls Lunch with Dr Lulu". We sit, eat, talk, question, laugh, and share experiences about life in general.
Our first Girls Lunch for this year was a blast! I personally left feeling inspired, and I have no doubt that the girls felt the same. Listening to Lethabo talking about the power of design-led thinking and artificial intelligence in resolving complex problems, was a marvel. But I was, silently, also reminded of my age! Then Shamiso emphasised that “the key to success is consistency of purpose” What more can I say. Amanda’s hilarious way of narrating her personal story brought the house to its feet, leaving us crying and laughing at the same time. She certainly drilled in my mind, and I am sure the girls’ too, that there is no excuse for not achieving what you set your mind to. And Faye’s tips on personal branding were a perfect conclusion to what was a truly remarkable day.
I am eternally indebted to the many women who continue to answer my invitation to be guests at our Girls Lunch. You presence is an immeasurable gift to The Girls, and of course to me personally.
17 March 2018|The Blue Crane
Venue review by Pulane Marupelo
The Blue Crane RestaurantIt was a rainy and very gloomy Saturday morning in Gauteng. My first impression of the Blue Crane as we drove in was that of a bush lodge, and I was immediately excited by the experience that awaited us. As we walked in we were greeted and welcomed by one of the staff members. But, I would like to add that they might want to put a bit of effort into that as it sets the tone for the type of service you can expect. She then proceeded to show us to our seats. We were seated in the Waterfront Deck and I was just in awe of the view. It was hard to believe that this venue was in Pretoria. I thought I was on a weekend getaway for a moment. The deck allowed our group to have privacy away from other patrons. The service was not that great. We had to go to the bar to order coffee even though the waiters were standing around. Very often we had to flag to get their attention as they did not check-in. It could be that they were intimidated by the fact that we were having discussions. But certainly, the service was average. We had a Set Menu . I quite liked the Blue Crane salad with strawberry vinaigrette. For mains I had the grilled kingklip caper with lemon butter sauce. It was not the best I’ve had, but it was honestly also not the worst. I had my meal with a glass of sauvignon blanc which was recommended by the waitress, and I enjoyed it. We wrapped up our Girls Lunch at the Boma, and it had stopped raining. The game lodge theme is very consistent throughout the venue. The Blue Crane is very tranquil and serene. I would love to experience the Boma in winter, and I have every intention of going back. I would definitely recommend the Blue Crane to colleagues, family and friends. More so if you do not have time to drive to places like Limpopo for the bush experience but would like a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. The Blue Crane gets a 3/5 from me. The venue and location made up for everything else that’s lacking.
Amanda Dambuza - Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss 2017 / Founder & CEO - UyandiswaI really enjoyed the lunch. It is a big necessity for the young ladies and this was evident on the day. It was well organised with inspiring speakers. I am also impressed by the calibre of young women who get to attend; the selection process is really working well. They have huge potential, all they seem to need is a little more encouragement, inspiration and just listening to people who may have already walked a similar path. It was a privilege to be part of the day. Their stories are inspiring. I absolutely loved it.
Lethabo Motsoaledi - Co-founder and CEO of M&W Design-led Innovation Studio
Something profound always occurs when women come together and give of themselves by sharing their life experiences. This Girls Lunch was no different. The room was a perfect mix of women who all had one goal in mind - to inspire and to be inspired.
The theme of the day was not only on the importance of goal setting and having a powerful vision, but also on how important it is to build a strong personal brand and being relentless is upholding one's personal brand values.
Shamiso Kumbirai – Water Engineer & World Economic Forum Global Shaper - Aurecon
As young African women establishing a strong network of likeminded females is key to navigating both your personal and professional life. Dr Lulu kindly invited me to attend the Girl’s Lunch as a guest speaker to share my experience on goal setting and staying the course to achieving what you set out to accomplish. While it was richly rewarding being able to share my journey and advice, the greatest reward was in my interaction with the phenomenal women in attendance and soaking in the wisdom of the other speakers who shared their story and inspiration with us all. I can’t tell you how energized I felt being in a room full of ambitious women eager to learn how to live their lives to the full. Dr Lulu has blessed us all greatly by starting an initiative like the Girls Lunch. I look forward to the future learnings to come.