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Prof Elmarie Venter was the keynote speaker during Sanlam’s Women Days in Oudtshoorn and Mossel Bay on 24 and 25 May.  Her topic was, “Strategies on how women can achieve work-life balance”.  

Women play a variety of roles in life – as entrepreneurs, as business owners, as spouses, daughters, mothers and many more.  Women’s unique contributions to their personal and working life are well-documented.  Their communication and people skills, “Web-thinking”, consensus building and having the ability to build and nuture strong relationships, often distinguish them from their male counterparts.  Finding work-life balance is, however, a heavy debated and dividing subject.  

In her talk Prof Venter highlighted several strategies to use for achieving work-life balance.  The best work-life balance is different for each of us because we all have different priorities and different lives. In order to find balance, compromises have to constantly be made, with the scale of balance shifting along with work and life requirements and obligations.  

ABOVE: Prof Venter with Sanlam Advisors from Mosselbay.

ABOVE: Prof Venter with Sanlam Advisors from Oudtshoorn.