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COSMOPOLITAN hosted the ultimate women’s career summit on Saturday 4 May at The Venue in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.

#COSMOHustleSummit2019 was attended by 350 eager boss babes, and promised a day packed with celebrity talks and interactive workshops, all dedicated to empowering #careergoals. The hashtag reached more than 10-million people on social media in one day, and trended on Twitter.

The event included a line-up of 10 impressive speakers, offering advice on how to ‘boss-up’ different areas of your life – from finance advice to brand development and networking skills.

Keynote speaker and our April issue cover girl Bonang Matheba answered a live audience Q&A session. Matheba stressed the hard work it takes to get to the top and delivered insights on her dynamic career journey: ‘Success is just completion. In order to be successful, you need to finish what you start,’ she said, adding the need to be ‘very specific with your goals’. The TV presenter and entrepreneur, whose COSMOPOLITAN cover received more than 20-million in reach within 24 hours of its release, joined the stage in a conversation with COSMOPOLITAN editor Holly Meadows.

Expert speakers touched on a number of aspects of career development, including brand-building guidance from Miss Salon London founder and CEO Ego Iwegbu; how to create memorable and effective pitches from the Head of Marketing at Volvo, Charmagne Mavudzi; and advice on leveraging your digital presence into a viable business from Head of Communications and Public Affairs at Google Africa, Mich Atagana.

Media personality and business owner Thando Thabethe shared her road to success and spoke on the power of relationships in business. ‘People do business with people they like… Look around and find people who believe in you and your cause! Be ruthless in the pursuit of your dreams,’ said the former COSMOPOLITAN cover girl.

Finance gurus Mapalo Makhu and Pat Magadla of Old Mutual delivered tips on how Millennial women can gain financial independence through saving and investment, while life coach Phemelo Segoe gave a moving address on how to build confidence from within.

With youth unemployment at 38% in the first quarter of 2018, and the gender pay gap increasing to 27% in South Africa, COSMOPOLITAN is dedicated to creating opportunities for young women to boss-up their career trajectory. ‘COSMOPOLITAN has always stood for empowering young women to be the best versions of themselves, and live their career goals out loud,’ said deputy editor Noxolo Mafu.  ‘The summit is about creating a safe and supportive space for our audience to connect with influential women and feel inspired to reach their girl-boss potential.’

For more career and work advice, join the conversation online by using #COSMOHustleSummit2019.