18 June 2021
The times we find ourselves in have allowed people to find different and creative ways to do daily things. We now have online birthday parties, and fully virtual roadshows, so why would the Roots and Wings Mix n’ Mingle be any different? This year saw our mentors and mentees join Linda Coetzee and Associates, current president Tshepiso Chocho, vice president Thabo Twalo and council member Jabulile Mtimkulu meet online for the programme’s annual networking social event. The event allows for a more laid-back setting where the pairs get to mingle, share ideas and interesting stories and spend time with other mentors and mentees they’re not assigned to.
After a welcome by Linda and Jenna, Jabulile shared a few words of encouragement to the pairs for having come this far in their journey and commended the growth that the mentees were displaying; while expressing appreciation for the valuable time and experience the mentors were sharing. This time around the mentees were asked to pick and bring (to the online event) a quote that means something to them and share it with the group on the day. As mentees randomly read out their quotes and shared the stories behind each one, the virtual room bloomed with everyone connecting and finding themselves relating to one another. Some of the mentees took it to another level by creating their quotes. The virtual event was unlike anything we could have anticipated; short and sweet, it left everyone feeling inspired, comforted, and ready to take on not just the rest of the programme, but their careers as well.
Article was written by Jabulile Mtimkulu
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