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WPO South Africa Shines at the WPO Entrepreneurial Excellence Forum #2024EEF

Updated: May 22


The Broadmoor Colorado Springs
#2024EEF - The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs

This year's WPO Entrepreneurial Excellence Forum (EEF), held at the picturesque Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, marked a significant gathering of women entrepreneurs leading multi-million-dollar businesses from around the globe. Renowned for its comprehensive agenda designed to foster growth and innovation, the EEF 2024 provided an unparalleled platform for connection, learning, and inspiration.


The Broadmoor Colorado Springs
#2024EEF - The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs

The Broadmoor Colorado Springs
#2024EEF - The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs

The Broadmoor Colorado Springs
#2024EEF - The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs


The #2024EEF kicked off with a grand Opening Ceremony that set an invigorating tone for the entire forum. Camille Burns, CEO of WPO, took centre stage to warmly welcome the distinguished attendees. Addressing the room, Camille emphasised the significance of the gathering, spotlighting the collective strength and potential of women entrepreneurs worldwide. Her speech not only inspired but also aligned all participants with the forum’s theme of innovation, growth, and leadership. The ceremony was a fitting prelude to the days of learning and networking that followed, perfectly encapsulating the spirit of entrepreneurial excellence that the WPO champions.


Camille Burns - CEO of Women Presidents Organziation
WPO CEO, Camille Burns opening the #2024EEF

WPO Entrepreneurial Excellence Forum 2024 conference setup
#2024EEF - The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs

WPO Entrepreneurial Excellence Forum 2024 conference setup
#2024EEF - The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs

Leadership from South Africa

Leading the South African delegation, Anni Wilhelmi, Head of WPO South Africa, along with Judy Sunasky, the esteemed Chair of the Johannesburg 2 and 3 chapters, brought their rich experience and leadership to the forum. Their participation underscores the dynamic role South African leaders play within the global network of women entrepreneurs.


Delegates from WPO South Africa
WPO South African delegates at #2024EEF Justine Schafer, Judy Sunasky, Mandy Tinkler, Anni Wilhelmi, Nicolette Jacobs and Fortunate Mdanda

Board Representation

Adding to the prestige of South Africa's presence were Nicolette Jacobs from PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Fortunate Mdanda from Smith Capital Equipment, who both serve on the WPO Board of Directors. Their contributions during the forum were pivotal in steering discussions that resonate with the needs and aspirations of women entrepreneurs worldwide, further solidifying South Africa’s influential role within the organisation.


WPO Board of Directors from South Africa - Fortunate Mdanda and Nicolette Jacobs
WPO Board Members from South Africa - Fortunate Mdanda (Smith Capital Equipment) Nicolette Jacobs (PricewaterhouseCoopers)

WPO Board member from South Africa Nicolette Jacobs
WPO Board Member from South Africa - Nicolette Jacobs (PricewaterhouseCoopers)

Showcasing South African Talent

The forum also spotlighted the innovative spirit of South Africa through the pop-up exhibitors in the EEF's exhibitors hall. Mandy Tinkler (Cape Town Chapter 1) of Habits Fashion, Justine Schafer (Cape Town Chapter 1) of Cape Cobra Leathercraft, and Nomagugu Manci (Johannesburg Chapter 3) of Mantle by NSM represented the rich diversity and entrepreneurial spirit of South Africa. Each showcased their unique products and services, drawing attention to the high quality and distinctiveness of South African entrepreneurship.


Nomagugu Manci
Nomagugu Manci of Mantle by NSM (Johannesburg Chapter 3)

Mandy Tinkler
Mandy Tinkler of Habits (Cape Town Chapter 1)

Justine Schafer
Justine Schafer of Cape Cobra Leathercraft (Cape Town Chapter 1)

Flow Communications X Mad Studio, LLC

South Africa's Flow Communications teamed up with Mad Studio, LLC based in Denver, CO to enhance attendee experience at this year's Entrepreneurial Excellence Forum by offering free brand health checks at their stand in the exhibitors hall. The Flow Communications team from South Africa provided live social media coverage and captured all the dynamic moments of #EEF2024 through video streams. They also had an onsite photo-booth to update delegate LinkedIn profile pictures.


A Convergence of Thought Leaders

Keynote addresses by thought leaders like Jim Collins, Sylvie di Giusto, Rana el Kaliouby, and April Rinne provided fresh perspectives and stimulated innovative thinking among attendees. These insights complemented the everyday workshops and activities like Jazzercise and Strong For Life, which were designed to enrich the physical and mental wellbeing of the attendees.


#2024EEF Keynote Speaker: Jim Collins

#2024EEF Keynote Speaker: Jim Collins

#2024EEF Keynote Speaker: Sylvie di Giusto

#2024EEF Keynote Speaker: Sylvie di Giusto

Recognition and Growth

A highlight of the EEF was the announcement of the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies, celebrating the achievements of women leaders who are making significant impacts in various industries. This recognition not only honours individual accomplishments but also encourages a culture of excellence and ambition among all members.


Premier Sponsorship

The forum was notably supported by Prudential, this year’s premier sponsor, whose involvement played a crucial role in the execution of this high-caliber event. Their commitment to supporting women in business was evident throughout the three-day forum, enhancing the experience for all attendees.


The WPO Entrepreneurial Excellence Forum 2024 was more than just an event; it was a beacon of inspiration, a workshop of ideas, and a celebration of women's entrepreneurship. The South African contingent, led by luminaries like Anni Wilhelmi and Judy Sunasky, and magnified by the presence of our members from 6 African Chapters, Board Members and exhibitors, highlighted the robust nature of South African business acumen, making a definitive mark on the global stage. As the WPO continues to inspire and foster entrepreneurial success, the contributions and insights from these forums will undoubtedly propel the members towards greater heights of innovation and leadership.

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