Helen Nicholson is a ‘Business Networking’ specialist. She has a BCom degree from Wits University where she studied to be an accountant.
After working in the financial industry in South Africa, Helen lived in the Middle East for five years where she developed and sold her own successful business in Dubai before returning home.
She gained international corporate experience in the IT industry, co-ordinating the marketing Middle East operation for Novell.
On her return to South Africa, she consulted and lectured at Wits Business School where she still guest lectures on the MBA program and on various in-company programs.
Helen also lectures at GIBS and the UCT Graduate School of Business.
Helen has a bi-monthly regular column in the Star Newspaper on the power of networking. She is the Director of The Networking Company, specialising in educating people to ‘Grow Your Network, Grow Your Business’. She has recently published the business bestseller, ‘Networking – How to get Your Black Belt in Business Success’.
Helen is a passionate individual who thrives on the meaningful work that she does as a consultant in the area of ‘leadership development’. Her clients include FNB, Standard Bank, Citadel, Investec, Ernst & Young, RMB & Old Mutual.
She is a mentor at Shanduka Black Umbrellas for aspiring African entrepreneurs and she is a founding member of the Professional Speakers Association of South Africa.
About Helen Nicholson:
Helen grew up in Johannesburg. She started reading at church at the age of five and she hasn’t stopped speaking since then. A “bossy” child, she had a happy and independent childhood.
Ten years ago, Helen started her career in professional speaking when she worked at Wits Business School and she got the opportunity to run the first Women in Leadership Program. She was the orchestrator and she realised how much she enjoyed speaking.
Helen enjoys making a difference in people’s lives: “I’ve had people come up to me a long time after my presentation and they’ve spoken about the difference the presentation has made. That makes my day!”
“I feel like an evangelist – I have a fire in my belly that I feel I need to spread the word – especially around Mindfulness”
Helen is never completely satisfied with her work and she pushes herself very hard – “I compete with my previous self relentlessly”.
We asked her why she believes that she has succeeded in a field were so many others have failed:
“I’ve done what I love to do and I network constantly. I love connecting the dots in networks”