Members of AAXO nominated notable women trailblasers in their businesses and in the African MICE industry.
This Women’s Month, the Association of African Exhibition Organisers (AAXO), in collaboration with its esteemed members, proudly celebrates the trailblazing women within the industry that are propelling the sector forward.
Members of AAXO nominated notable women trailblazers in their businesses and the African MICE industry.
The industry consists of four components: meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions.
At the Gallagher Convention Centre, a remarkable group of women exemplify ambition, dedication and empowerment.
Sannikie Makgakga’s inspiring journey from the banqueting department to her current role as beverage and procurement manager showcases her unwavering belief in self-challenge and maintaining a positive attitude as the keys to success.
Meanwhile, Leniese van der Merwe’s impressive career trajectory, from sales consultant to aspiring marketing manager, is fuelled by her strong work ethic, loyalty and passion for empowering women within the organisation.
Moreover, Cornelle Du Preez’s remarkable seventeen-year journey within the company, rising from sales consultant to general manager of sales and coordination, is a testament to her management approach of nurturing her team, sharing knowledge and fostering growth, all while embracing the philosophy of uplifting and supporting her fellow female colleagues.
Together, these women embody the spirit of progress and empowerment at the Gallagher Convention Centre.
Devi Paulsen-Abbott, chairperson of AAXO said in the vibrant tapestry of Africa’s events industry, women play a pivotal role, guiding its resurgence and igniting events and tourism recovery.
“With determination and creativity, these remarkable women are weaving together unforgettable experiences that rejuvenate the sector but also celebrate the rich diversity and cultural treasures of our continent. As they lead with passion and resilience, it is evident that women are the driving force behind Africa’s path to a brighter, more vibrant future for events and tourism.”