Marie Claire’s first ever Power Summit took place on Wednesday the 18th of July, progressed by Audi and in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to mark the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. The day was a testament to the power of highlighting and foregrounding women’s expertise, narratives, and knowledge. Redi Tlhabi hosted the day, and each and every speaker and panel brought a different challenge or inspiration to the mix. Here is the story of the day in pictures – thank you to everyone who joined us and made the day come alive, and to our partners for making it possible.

Go backstage with the WBeauty team, where our VIP speakers were prepped with hair and makeup.


On stage: if you weren’t there, it’s hard to convey the collective power of the speakers and panels on the day. Here’s a glimpse of the highlights:

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    MC Redi Tlhabi welcoming AMP CEO Jane Raphaely to the stage to give her introduction.

Our speakers, audience members, and guests connected and networked at the reception after the close of the formal programme. 


The Power Summit was hosted at the Lyric Theatre in Gold Reef City, Johannesburg.

  • Front-row seats: Power Summit attendees taking in the talks
    Front-row seats: Power Summit attendees taking in the talks