With Skills Café’s launch of the app edging up closer (June!) we thought it a good idea to introduce you to our MD, Robyn Jackson.
Robyn’s experience as an entrepreneur – founding, and successfully growing her business in the air-conditioning industry over 10 years, resulted in her being a recipient of the International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge Award (IWEC) in 2010. This was hosted through the Chambers of Commerce, amongst others, in Cape Town, Barcelona, New York, India and Australia.
From 2010 to 2013 Robyn traveled to New York, Florida and Spain as a guest of the relevant Chamber of Commerce’s to attend Women in Business conferences.
In 2012 Robyn sold her controlling interest and other interests in air-conditioning distribution companies and with this new found extra time, followed her passion for personal development in the professional sphere and entrepreneur development. Here she managed a portfolio of professional roles as a Non-Executive Director and a Business and Leadership Coach and Mentor. These roles, together with her love of contractual law, corporate governance, creating a culture of ethical business practices, and empowering others, led her down an academic path.
Robyn completed her Executive Masters in Business Administration (EMBA) in business and leadership at the University of Cape Town in 2015 (cum laude). During the same period, she also completed a coaching course through the University of Cape Town, as well as a Facilitating and Executive Profiling Course through The Thinking Environment® and Sirdar (SA) respectively.
Robyn is currently in her second year as a Ph.D. student at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, focusing on organisational leadership and the impact of behavioural self-awareness on adaptability in organisational leaders.
As a member of the Institute of Directors and the Women’s Presidents Association (WPO) Robyn is always striving to find ways to share skill-sets, make business principles more practically understood and contribute to enhancing the economy of our country through sustainability by promoting ethical and values-based leaders.
Grabbing the opportunity to be a part of Skills Café, Robyn loves the idea of bringing people together in order to fulfil a joint purpose. With the unemployment rate sitting at around 26% in South Africa, she believes that by providing an easy to use platform like Skills Café, we can all contribute to bringing that number down.
Watch out for some insights from our MD, Robyn Jackson, as we roll closer to our launch date.