It is always incredible to see young people stepping up to improve themselves so that they can improve their communities. One such event, The Project Leadership Lab, headed by Engineers Without Borders South Africa (EWB-SA), worked with local university chapters across the country to set our chapter project teams on a higher level. The events were geared at teaching skills that were essential to creating successful projects and therefore boosting their impact on communities.
The last Project Leadership Lab took place, one Saturday morning on the 23rd of July, at the University of Pretoria with Engineers Without Borders University of Pretoria (EWB-UP). EWB-UP set up an incredible event to host project teams from EWB-UP and Engineers Without Borders Tshwane University of Technology (EWB-TUT), our latest addition to the EWB-SA family. 36 project members listened to talks about the importance of personal branding by Elaine Porter from WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff; how to integrate business model canvas thinking and strategic planning into project work by Koketso Rampyapedi, from whY Generation Management Consulting; and, the application of human-centred design thinking in stakeholder management by Yetunde Dada from EWB-SA.
Sonwabile Sigenu, the Chairperson of EWB-UP, gave us some feedback about what the project team members learnt on the day: “The event was a huge success in that it challenged each of us to continue our personal growth as young leaders and professionals. I got to value the power of a personal brand and how it can be incorporated into many things beyond yourself, like in developing the core purpose of a business or an NGO. We also learnt that human-centred design solutions should not even be debatable in this day. This event made it clear that such solutions are key to sustainability.”
The Project Leadership Lab fell in line with our mandate of empowering engineers so that they can empower their communities. We’ll be continuing with chapter engagements in future.
Written by Yetunde Dada