In today’s edition of Womenomics, we have Zimasa Qolohle-Mabuse, a young, charismatic professional currently operating within the Financial Services industry.
Currently residing in Johannesburg, Zimasa is the Founding Editor of The Corporate Canvas, a contemporary magazine for young professionals. Their passion lies in elevating the everyday life of the young corporate player; and providing incomparable content that ensures women and men are motivated to succeed in their chosen career path.
Previously focused on women alone, they have grown to realize that it is time we asked a pivotal question: What are men doing to assist women in pursuit of closing the gender gap?
A pivotal question indeed, one which sparks many debates amongst men and women of our country; yet still remains unresolved.
Here’s an inside look at how this vibrant entrepreneur runs this world!
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a devout career girl, history-nerd and day-dreamer. I am also a pain-staking perfectionist and don’t believe in doing anything in half measures. I knew from the age of 12 that I would run my own publication one day (to be honest, I thought I’d be the Editor of Time Magazine by age 23 – jokes on me!) – I love creating and curating content, exchanging knowledge and meeting new people. I love my country deeply and want to see it succeed. I also have a fierce and intense love for my family and loved ones. And I believe in Karma over everything else.
What are some of your main passions and why are they important to you?
I would say that my first passion is writing and creating content; my second passion is helping my loved ones succeed in their chosen area or career, and my third is uplifting the people of my country in any way possible. Writing is an innate passion that has been present since I can remember.
Tell us more about The Corporate Canvas. When was it founded, and what was the inspiration behind it?
The year was 2014 and I was 23 years old finding myself in one of the country’s top Graduate Programmes, earning relatively well for my age, yet miserable. I was not finding my feet in the corporate world; was suffering in silence as a result of being victimised by my boss at the time, and wasn’t really sure how to spend my hard-earned money. I felt terribly alone. Finding solace in blogs, I noticed that most of the blogs I was reading didn’t really give me advice on how to deal in a toxic work environment, how to use my money wisely nor how to forge a clear career path – so I figured I would start a blog of my own that would address the issues I was dealing with. The product became The Corporate Canvas, a career and lifestyle publication for young professionals.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Over the years, The Corporate Canvas has grown to become but one aspect of my company, Canvas Media Pty Ltd. I currently have a full time job while running Canvas Media which can get pretty tough – I am in the process of putting myself in the position where I only focus on Canvas Media full time but in the meantime, my days are as follows:
06.30 – post on The Corporate Canvas’s IG account
07.00 – pack my husband and I’s lunch/make breakfast (2 boiled eggs)
07.30 – shower/get dressed
08.00 – drive to work
08.30/08.45 – dedicate my day to my employer
16.30/17.00 – attend business meetings/work on my Canvas Media work/gym
19.00 – arrive home and prepare dinner or spend time with my husband
20.00 – more TCC work!
22.30/23.00 – bed time!
What are some of the challenges you face in your current role as a Compliance Officer, more specifically as a female in this role?
To be quite honest, the role is rather welcoming of females, in fact most of the executives in the department are female! The hurdles come in when it comes to forging a career path – the structures in Compliance are largely flat and outside of being up for salary review on an annual basis, the growth is rather limited which can make one feel lost as to where to take their next ‘career move” or what level of seniority to reach.
You have a rather demanding 9 to 5 job, and manage a very successful career magazine, The Corporate Canvas. Share with us how you find and maintain the balance between the various roles you fulfil.
This will sound contrived, but I say it with the most authenticity – when something is your passion, you will ALWAYS find the time to do it. The love you have for your passion will steer you and keep you going on those days when you are down, despondent or tired and something inside you always motivates you to carry on. Finding the balance between my job and my magazine is far from easy – I practically live on caffeine and I am always in a state of fatigue, but I love my magazine, I believe in its purpose and I will do anything to see it grow.
What are your greatest accomplishments to date?
As a result of my magazine, I have had the privilege of receiving a number of awards and accolades, such as being listed in Destiny Magazine’s Top 40 Game Changers Under 40 list; being awarded the McKinsey & Company Next Generation Women Leaders Award in 2016. However, no accomplishment is as great as waking up every day and seeing my dreams come true: watching my IG account grow daily; seeing more likes on the FB page; receiving an email from a reader who follows TCC and knowing that all the work I do is not in vain.
Where to from here for The Corporate Canvas?
It’s a major secret (LOL)! But I am working on something which I believe will truly cement my place in the publication arena and take our content to the next level. Canvas Media & The Corporate Canvas will continue to host great events for like-minded individuals; provide impeccable online services and provide incomparable content that is relatable to the young, ambitious and aspiring executives and business owner.
What was the best financial advice you’ve ever received?
My Dad always taught me to have multiple streams of income. In working a full time job while having a company that hosts events, provides professional services and acquires advertising – I believe I am well on my way towards acquiring numerous income streams (I read somewhere that the average millionaire has a minimum of 7 income streams).
What is your favourite quote and why?
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive, and bring itself to believe, it can achieve” – Earl Nightingale
Name a book you’re currently reading / name a book that made the most impact on you.
I have been on a major reading conquest this year and have managed to finish about 4 books to date. I am currently reading “Barking Up the Wrong Tree” by Travis Barker, which discusses the surprising science behind why everything we’ve been taught about obtaining and achieving success is incorrect.
A book that had the most impact on me was Winnie Mandela’s “491 days” which I read back in 2013. Her journey, her struggle and her sacrificial nature truly changed the way I see myself, my country and the role I believe I am responsible for playing in this world.
A. Favourite holiday destination
Locally, Ballito and the Midlands by far – I LOVE KZN and I don’t get tired of Ballito. Continentally, it’s definitely Zimbabwe, and internationally it’s definitely the USA.
I dream of going to Senegal, Morocco and Prague
B. One fun fact about you.
Not sure how “fun” it is but I love watching movies based on true events, then spending the evening Googling the said events till I almost know them off by heart! LOL! I am a total history nerd.
C. Are you part of any social communities in your city?
At present, no.
Zimasa is nothing sort of amazing, and I’m certain that she will succeed in her future endeavours. She’s definitely a woman to watch.
Zimasa is reachable on the following platforms:
Website: The Corporate Canvas
Instagram: The Corporate Canvas