Robyn Carter, IIWC President and Western Cape Branch Manager at Lombard Broker Partners, speaks with Brent Munnik from COVER about the core pillars of the IIWC, which are education, networking, and charities, and how they translate to value for members and communities through initiatives like the RISE program and multiple charities.
Robyn, along with her team, are on a mission to broaden the reach of the Institute with a clear focus on creating opportunities for members, partners, and charities by expanding existing platforms in 2023 and beyond.
The IIWC’s tagline, engage, enable, and empower, represents every aspect of the business that intertwines to achieve membership satisfaction and societal contributions. The institute engages through events that create networking opportunities, such as the golf day, castle experience, and nibble and network sessions.
The IIWC empowers its members by providing an educational platform and opportunity for them to earn the required CPD hours. The RISE program is designed to empower young professionals and bridge the gap of expertise between them and the more senior individuals in the industry. The IIWC enables charities by channelling its efforts with a specific focus per charity, which enables them to provide for the organizations. Percy Bartley Home, Saartjie Baartman Home for Abused Women & Children, Food Forward SA, The Message SA, Mdzananda Animal Clinic are the Charities supported by the IIWC.
All three pillars are linked, and they feed off each other, creating a sense of community and ecosystem that the IIWC aims to achieve. The IIWC calendar for 2023 is filled with a mix of educational and networking events, and the gala dinner stands out as an opportunity for the industry players to celebrate successes for the year. It is also an opportunity for the council to say thank you and to give back to members and partners for their support throughout the year. In addition to the party, it is also an opportunity to highlight what the IIWC has achieved for the year, especially related to their charities and the milestones they have reached with them.
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Robyn aims to expand the IIWC’s reach not only from a membership aspect but also through more collaborative engagements with other local institutes. By creating a constructive collaboration between institutes, members and partners will receive more exposure, more networking opportunities, and charities will receive more support and opportunities to benefit from. The IIWC’s core focus for the current year is to create opportunities for members, partners, and charities. This focus is like previous years but with an added focus on expanding existing platforms that already work well.
The IIWC aims to provide its members with value by putting them at the forefront of everything they do, as reflected in their tagline of engage, enable, and empower.