The convention was opened by Vice-Chancellor, Tjama Tjivikua, who emphasised that Secretaries hold indispensable roles in any company and should be respected and honoured.
Various guest speakers delivered motivational talks and all addressed the importance of maintaining a positive attitude and professionalism in the workplace. Anne Thandeka Gerbhardt, President of the Namibian Women Summit, and a business woman in the real estate sector, encouraged the participants to become movers and shakers in society and continuously better themselves personally and professionally.
The field is largely dominated by women, but Silas Amutenya, the Secretary of the Department of Architecture and Spatial Planning, challenges the perception that this is not a career path suitable for men. Amutenya, who has been with the Department since 2011 and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree at the Harold Pupkewitz Graduate Business School, says: “There is a gradual paradigm shift taking place in terms of gender roles in the workplace, and this is one of them. I thoroughly enjoy what I do.”
Sonja Samuels, the Executive Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor, described the event as a resounding success and said she looks forward to the tangible changes that will come about as a result of the convention.