Joined 5 years ago from Durban
Valerie Naidoo is a director of 2 companies, one of which extends beyond the borders of Africa. She grew up in a tight race-driven society towards the latter end of the apartheid era and was the first of her generation to leave South Africa to take up global citizenship – She’s lived and worked on 3 different continents.
She’s acquired extensive experience from diverse roles and has acquired skills set that range from being part of a project team at a major Telecoms giant that migrated call centers from the UK across 3 different cities on the subcontinent, to overseeing one of the biggest clients in Europe specializing in Data Analytics to being pivotal in opening doors between the government of Togo and a major consulting firm in the UAE to becoming head of Human Resources Management at an events company to launching a female networking platform and launching a few startups.
In 2014 she returned to South Africa and one of her key aims was to reduce poverty on the African continent by increasing the rate of employment via Training and upskilling to enable youth to enter the BPO industry.
Valerie is obsessed with social acceleration and community engineering. She introduced the foreign ambassadorship program at a non-profit organization in Pretoria in South Africa and went on to set up chapters in India, Dubai, the UK, and Pakistan.
Between 2014 and 2018 Valerie led several initiatives to empower women and improve the community. Valerie unofficially started the Wireless Female Network to Empower women and girls in technology and the digital space to improve their employment opportunities within these futuristic sectors.
In 2020 she added another segment to her non-profit – menstrual health management to fight period poverty. The Wireless female network is now a registered NPO and has been reaching out to schools, and women shelters to provide under-privileged females with a year and 4 month supply of sanitary items and has just launched ‘’Pathways to Dignity’’ - a program aimed at breaking taboos around menstrual health. The program is now being rolled out at schools in Kwazulu Natal in South Africa.
Valerie has also re-asserted her influence over women via podcast and YouTube series. She’s partnered with a production house in Dubai to produce a series called Shedding your skin. #SYS series is a labor of love that unpacks the layers of skin that had to be stripped and peeled back for individuals to step up from ordinary in order to become extraordinary.
She also serves as an empowerment coach to females and a career coach to first-time employees and graduates.
Valerie is a multiple international best-selling author who has co-authored books alongside Theresia Valoczy, Patricia Le Blanc, etc. In 2014 she joined forces with over 60 extraordinary men and women from different parts of the world to write and publish ‘From the ballroom to the boardroom’. She has also contributed to the ‘Library of professional coaches in the US. Valerie often lends her voice to women empowerment campaigns and summits and works tirelessly to advance the socio-economic empowerment of women.
Finally, Valerie has just released another book and it's called #DigitalPink: Women mastering the art of Disruption. The book focuses on the sustainability of women in the tech ecosystem and is available on Amazon.
4 years ago
The last decade has seen more females on the upward rise to management roles across the globe. There are some that are doing exceedingly well and getting ahead positively yet there are others that remain stagnant. Let’s explore a few points that are holding female leaders back:
5 years ago
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