Helen Nicholson - CEO (Chief Excitement Officer)
Helen Nicholson has been called “The Networking Queen” by many of her clients. Helen began her career as an accountant after studying at Wits University and has since evolved into a passionate entrepreneur. She is the director of The Networking Company, specialising in teaching people to Master the art of networking. She has recently published the business best seller: “Networking- How to get your black belt in business success”
Helen lived in the Middle East for five years where she developed and sold her own successful business in Dubai before returning to South Africa. She also gained international corporate experience in the IT industry, co-ordinating the marketing Middle East operation for Novell.
On her return to SA, Helen consulted and lectured at Wits Business School. Helen has a bi-monthly regular column in the Star Newspaper on the power of Networking.
Helen is a passionate South African and thrives on the meaningful work she does as a consultant in the area of leadership development. Her clients include FNB, Standard Bank, Citadel, Investec, Ernst & Young, RMB & Old Mutual. Helen is a mentor at Shanduka Black Umbrellas for aspiring black entrepreneurs and is a founding member of the Professional Speakers Association of South Africa. She is a single mother of identical twin girls, and is an avid reader and runner.
Helen completed the New York Marathon in 2011 and said it was one of her life highlights.
Precious Hleza - The Go To Person
Precious grew up in Nelspruit and moved to Gauteng 7 years ago to expand her career.
She is an Office Manager, for the Networking Company responsible for making sure that all our delegates and clients get exceptional service. Prior to that, she has held positions in Sales and Marketing in both B to B and B to C environments. Precious holds a diploma in Business Management and is currently studying towards a BBA in Marketing with the IMM. She is single and is an avid runner and traveller.
Precious completed the Sowetan Marathon in 2015 and looks forward to many more running challenges.
Baden Dowie - Ultimate Connector
Baden is a trained educator and has taught design technology, product design and basic engineering concepts for 8 years to high school students in Johannesburg, South Korea and Malaysia. Encouraging students to engage with the design process to investigate, plan, create, innovate and evaluate their personal engagement through hands-on practical methods.
Using his valuable skills learnt as an educator, Baden now acts as Chief Opportunity Spotter for the Networking Company working alongside the best in business helping them strengthen their personal brands by elevating their perceptions and appreciation of their place in the world.
He also enjoys a healthy active lifestyle, having participated in various sporting activities throughout his school career and adult life. Namely athletics, rugby, touch rugby, surfing, hiking and ultimate frisbee and his favourite accomplishment was completing two consecutive olympic distances at the Port Dickson International Triathlon in Malaysia, 2013 and 2014.
Baden is married and has two children.