The South African Underwriting Managers Association (SAUMA) pulled out all the stops to celebrate Women’s Month in style at its third annual Ladies Lunch, sponsored by Fulcrum and PG Glass.
The magical and enchanted Summer Place in Sandton was the inviting venue for the celebration, which took place on Friday, 24 August.
The theme was all white with a touch of denim, and wow, the ladies dressed to a T! On arrival they were welcomed with a choice of sparkling wine or cherry Shirley Temple mocktail, and they also received complimentary cosmetics from Gosh South Africa.
They were then sent on their way to the garden to mingle and spoil themselves at the pop-up market, where summer dresses, bags and beauty products on sale. PG Glass treated the ladies to a head-and-shoulder massage, giving them a moment to unwind.
Over 350 female insurance professionals gathered for the luncheon and once seated they were welcomed by Natasja Blok, of SAUMA. Stating that this was the third annual event, she expressed how it had grown, with demand [for tickets] being overwhelming since it launched in 2016. She also commented that although this was the third time it had been the intention to “celebrate the start of spring”, it had once again ended up being in the “second-last week of winter”.
The guest speaker – singer, songwriter and entertainer Nataniël – was an absolute delight to watch. He had the crowd in stitches, as he shared talks about the Kaalkop Philosophy, some of his very personal life stories and experiences with the women in his life.
It started with a handwritten list his grandmother had given him as a child, which, according to him, could be interpreted in two ways. While the 10 things on the list were more statements than actual thoughts, i.e. “others do it too”, he explained that this could either be taken as an “everything in the world has been done already”, or in a more positive way: “If someone else can do it, so can I!”
He encouraged the ladies to “be you” because, well, “why would you want to be anyone else?” – leaving them inspired.
Apart from the delectable food, there was also a wide range of exciting prizes sponsored by industry peers. Lucky guests walked away with spa treatments, dinner vouchers and the main prize for the day: a Nespresso coffee machine, courtesy of PG Glass.
While not everyone in attendance could win big prizes, SAUMA ensured that each lady had something to go home with: delicate handmade crackers (that included a little surprise), as well as a set of floral disposable placemats.
As a further take-home treat, and to cap off the “break from the office”, Lombard Partnerships treated the ladies to a delectable sweetie table hosted by CN&CO.
Says Fulcrum’s head of Brand, Clodagh da Paixao: “We’re proud to be supporting SAUMA and its spring ladies’ day for the third year in a row. These events allow us the opportunity to come together out of the office, strike up some memorable conversations and build important business relationships.”