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Leading Ladies: Vumile Msweli

A serious go-getter, Vumile Msweli works hard and plays hard. It's easy to see how her determination and commitment has led her on a successful career path in the world of corporate finance and business development. Vumile's charming character can certainly capture an audience.

Vumile Msweli hails from Durban, KwaZulu Natal. Her extensive list of tertiary education achievements include a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting Sciences from the University of Pretoria and an Honours Degree in Financial Planning from the University of Johannesburg. She also holds various postgraduate courses from GIBBS, GIMPA, Harvard and New York University. Vumile also holds an MBA from the University of London and is currently studying towards her Doctorate in Applied Leadership and Coaching at Switzerland's University for Graduate Studies in Management.

She has previously worked for reputable financial institutions such as Investec, Barclays, Nedbank and First National Bank. She is currently the Executive Client Services Partner for Africa and the Middle East at Vodafone where she overseas Service Strategy and Operations for Corporate Clients globally.

Vumile Msweli is also an Executive Life Coach specialising in financial coaching. As a public speaker, Certified Financial Planner and Entrepreneur, she is definitely one to watch! In addition to this she is also a Non-Executive Board Member of the South African Association for Youth Clubs as well as a Board Member of the Cocomo Trustee's Board.

Vumile Msweli recently spoke at the Gordon Institute of Business (GIBBS).

Vumile Msweli at the Gordon Institute of Business Science.

More recently, she was selected by the Mail & Guardian 2016 as one of 200 most Influential Young South Africans under the age of 35. She has been featured in publications such as True Love, Destiny and Bona magazines as well as The Thinker. Vumile has also featured on SAFM and Ukhozi FM.

As a renowned speaker, Vumile has spoken at various leadership conferences and workshops such as the Black Management Forum (BMF); Own Your Crown Annual Women's Conference; Vodacom Female Mentorship Circles; South African Association of Youth Clubs (SAAYC) Annual Leadership Conference; and Queendom Annual Women's Conference.

Vumile shows humility and reminds us that she is just like us and is also susceptible to failure from time to time. However, she certainly does not let this stop her! Rather, she quickly realises the lesson sin any step backs in her life and uses them to overcome and supersede even her own expectations.

“I think the greatest challenge for me having failed my honours in accounting was to accept failure and know that things don’t always go according to plan. Overcoming that ego-crushing failure and dusting myself off, learning to gracefully let go of a dream that was clearly not meant for me was not an easy feat. I am grateful for it in retrospect, but at the time it was quite a challenge.”

This incredibly versatile woman is also an avid traveller and has visited over 40 countries. She is also a passionate philanthropist, volunteering as an English teacher in Soweto and serves as a Non-Executive Board member at Diabetes South Africa.

Vumile believes firmly in making time to maintain strong relationships with her family and friends. She epitomises the saying 'you have to know where you come from in order to know where you are going'... And she sure is going places!

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About Hayley Reichert

Passionate South African in London with a 'glass half full' approach to life.