Voices: Female Business Networking Club

I recently found out about VOICES when I was invited to the launch of the POP IN SHOP, a collaboration between VOICES and Jo Carlin in Cape Town. They have launched a unique and beautiful collaborative space in the heart of De Waterkant, next to Origin Coffee Roasting.

VOICES was founded around a philosophy of providing a platform for professional women working and networking their way to greatness. The network aims to provide opportunities that bring women together in a safe space to think, work, debate, discuss and socialize. It performs the function of empowering female club members with the strength of camaraderie, value exchange, skills sharing and inspiration along with awesome benefits in a sophisticated co-working space in the heart of Cape Town.

This striking 200+ sqm gorgeous design space has been the home for Jo Carlin design for over 5 years and is well known as the only stop for stunning contemporary furniture which can be tailor made to particular customer requirements as well as the quirky Jo Carlin character female fashion.

Shelley Humphreys, the founder of VOICES last year May was searching for a new creative space (aside from the TAJ) for the club members to utilize and work, which evokes a creative energy and inspiration for new ideas and motivation which is often sorely lacking in many co-working spaces currently offered.

The new collaboration working space offers a comfortable and beautiful lounge environment, with Jo Carlin’s striking furniture designs and art pieces on the walls creating a warm, comfortable environment with high ceilings exuding space to think, breathe and create.

For me, this space has provided the perfect mobile office with reliable wifi. Within my daily activities, I find myself driving between home, work, meetings and clients quite often, which disrupts my day in not being able to have a base in town as our offices are in Woodstock. This convenient location allows me to work in a comfortable and creative environment with access to networking opportunities. I am able to conduct meetings with clients and media in a gorgeous space which is easily accessible for everyone. Lets not forget to mention the after work bubbles on a daily basis keeps me there way beyond my bedtime!

Voices club womens network

So what activites will the Club offer and why should you join? The Club offers an environment or group collective, where women can actually meet and network ‘in person’ rather than ‘online’, where, it seems, most networking forums are hosted nowadays. I believe it’s important to form relationships ‘in the flesh’ so to speak, rather than virtually via an online chat session. The Club will host a variety of activities that will motivate and encourage the members to come together in the same space, ranging from Kick Start Power Lunches, Social Sisters (Friday night get togethers) and on Wednesdays a ‘Safe City Night Run’. ‘Super Speakers’ from around the Globe will be invited once a month to share with us their knowledge and experiences (this event is open to non-members, men included), and the female ex-pat Supper Club will form one of the functions to aid in creating friendships and connections with female foreigners living in Cape Town.

All of their membership plans are month-to-month so you’re never locked in, however a 3 Month minimum start membership is required)

What does it cost?

VOICES CONNECT @ R150 per month – JOINING FEE – R250
This membership is for those women in business who are only keen to be invited and to attend events hosted by the Club. This membership does not provide you with access to the co-working/collaboration spaces. It does however provide you with the following:
• Access to the Power Female community;
• Personal login to the VOICES website which provides access to the Member Directory for direct engagement;
• Monthly Newsletter which provides members with the opportunity to promote their business;
• Strategic Alliances: Facilitated by the Founder, dedicated to helping you make the right connections;
• Online Support: Member directory given after each event for trusted referrals, feedback, ideas, and support;
• Monthly Events: Complimentary invitations to monthly networking events to meet new contacts and make connections;
• Complimentary issue of FAST COMPANY Magazine (monthly)

VOICES CO-WORK @ R500 per month – JOINING FEE – R795 (which is what I have and includes the working space at the TAJ hotel):
• Working Space & Business Lounge available 7 days a week 08h30 to 18h00 offering Premium Business Amenities.
• Personal login to the VOICES website which provides access to the Member Directory for direct engagement;
• Monthly Newsletter which provides members with the opportunity to promote their business;
• Strategic Alliances: Facilitated by the Founder, dedicated to helping you make the right connections;
• Business Tools: Secure high speed Wi-Fi, printing/scanning/faxing are all available at the TAJ (day-to-day printing, not bulk);
• Online Support: Member directory given after each event for trusted referrals, feedback, ideas, and support;
• Flat Screen TV reporting the latest business news around the clock;
• Members can sign in 2 additional guests for meetings free of charge;
• Monthly Events: Networking events in the month to meet new contacts and make connections;
• Discounted Meeting Rooms: Members receive a 10 % discount on meeting and conference rooms;
• Members receive special rates (10% discount) on all Spa Treatments Monday to Friday 08h00 to 16h00;
• Members receive Corporate Rate on TAJ rooms when booked with VOICES member code;
• Members receive a wide range of special discounts, perks and exclusive invites around Cape Town and Johannesburg;
• Members receive, on request, offers on lifestyle products, food, restaurants and wine;
• National Female Club partners available when travelling; Johannesburg Club to open 2016 with Hyatt Regency, Rosebank
• Public Relations and Communications advice for all new start-ups
• Complimentary issue of FAST COMPANY Magazine (monthly)
• Access to a range of business tools, which includes private sessions with their wealth management and business insurance partners. These have been especially designed for a female business leader.

Find out more by visiting their website: www.voicesclub.com or
Facebook: Facebook.com/VoicesFemaleClub
Twitter: @PowerFemales
Instagram: voicesclub

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