Kate is an accomplished business woman with a number of academic qualifications which includes a Masters in Law. She began her career in legal but quickly moved into the financial services industry and insurance in particular. Kate has gone from strength to strength starting as a Candidate Attorney with Deneys Reitz.
She became a Legal Advisor with Old Mutual in 2003 and moved on to Momentum as a Business Development Manager for Momentum in 2005. Her career grew markedly in Momentum as she established herself first as a Regional Manager and then moved on to General Manager (Executive Management). In 2010, she took the courageous step of becoming a Franchise Director at Discovery – essentially running her own business under the Discovery umbrella. Professionally she has been recognized as emerging leader and businesswoman. In 2012 she was selected the Top 200 South Africans by the Mail and Guardian. She was also selected as one of the 20 on the Power-list for the Woman and Home for 2012. She won the Rising Star award for the Finance Category. In 2011 she won Top Woman in Business and Top Woman Executive for South Africa.
Kate has been selected as a spoke-person and chair of the African Women’s International Conference. She has been awarded CEO’s SA’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government for Insurance. She has also been selected as “FNA”s Women who are making a difference. Throughout her career she has sought to establish a consistent and growing personal brand.
Kate has written numerous articles for magazines such as Oprah, Personal Finance, CEO, M-Magazine, Momentarily, Cosmo, Woman and Home, Entrepreneur, etc. She has just completed her first book titled I Inc.: Be the CEO of Your Brand.
In her book, I Inc.: Be the CEO of Your Brand, Kate explores the lessons she has learnt in her career. Her advice and practical examples provide useful insights into the world of personal branding and will set her readers on the road to leveraging their personal and professional strengths for career success.
Please tell us a little more about yourself and your journey so far.
In my personal capacity, I love reading, going to gym and travelling. I am a workaholic though. I am presently on ChaiFM for a weekly slot on Personal Branding. It has been such an incredible journey thus far both personally and professionally.
You are busy with so many interesting projects. Please tell us a little more about that.
About a year ago, I launched the Discover Yourself programme for Woman which focuses on spiritual physical and financial wellness for woman. I am presently working on a TV show which will be an extension of my book.
What is it that you are passionate about?
Woman empowerment and the development of leadership within this country.
Who or What has been the biggest influence in your life and why?
My family and mentors as they have created and tried to create as many opportunities for me.
What is your personal “motto”?
Leave a legacy that you can be proud off and have a commitment to excellence.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Sometimes slow down and enjoy the moment.
Tell us a little more about your book, “I Inc.: Be the CEO of Your Brand”. What was the inspiration behind it?
Throughout my professional career I have known that I would write a book. I decided to write this book on branding because I have been intrigued by the question of why some individuals are more successful than others both personally and professionally. For me success is not measured by material gain. It is a measure of how one can be the “best” at whatever you do by ensuring a commitment to excellence and leaving a legacy that you can one day be proud of.
My thinking has been influenced by author and motivational speaker, Robin Sharma who in one of his many books titled “The Leader who had no Title,” explores this very basic principle on being the best at whatever it is you do irrespective of your title. After extensive research into the most successful and unsuccessful people in the world and reflections from my personal corporate experience, I have realised that there are certain common traits amongst the successful individuals. I Inc.: Be the CEO of Your Brand certainly explores the dimensions of developing and maintaining a successful brand both personally and professionally. I have always asked myself the question “Why should only the likes of the Beckhams, Justin Bieber, Hugh Grant and other famous people have a personal brand and not “me?”.
What are the top 3 things women in business need to be aware of when branding their business?
- Learn to be comfortable marketing yourself: Selling yourself with confidence, without arrogance is a key part of your personal brand-building strategy. You don’t want to be the world’s best kept secret….
- Strive to portray yourself in the best possible way at all times:One of my favorite quotes is by Coco Chanel, who said “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”
- Identify your strengths: The things you’re good at and the things you’re passionate about.
Your favourite daily affirmation?
Be grateful for everything!
Your favourite quote:
One of my favorite quotes is by Coco Chanel, who said “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”
Which book are you reading now?
“How to have a beautiful mind” by Edward de Bono.
Which book can you read over and over again?
One piece of (general) advice that you’d like to share…
Hard work always pays off and NOTHING is impossible.
Is there anything that Xtraordinary Women can do to help you on your journey?
I would love to share and help woman within your network.