Isabel Dos Santos is an African businessperson with vast experience in the management of enterprises. She is ranked among the most influential and wealthiest woman in Africa who pursued a career in Electrical Engineering and worked in several companies in Europe in management positions. Isabel is passionate about entrepreneurship and spent a considerable amount of time looking for opportunities to launch her enterprises.
Isabel’s professional background
Isabel dos Santos joined her father in Angola and got appointed as project manager for Urban 2000. Her skills and competence enabled her to advance in that position while honing her entrepreneurial skills. She was passionate about starting her enterprises, which prompted her to start a business in the hospitality sector called Miami Beach Club and restaurants in Luanda Angola.
Her business flourished well as a result of many tourists who flocked during holidays to enjoy the cool breeze at the beach and entertainment areas. Isabel was then appointed the chairperson of an energy corporation in Angola; a position which enabled her to advance her skills as she diversified her interests in the business.
Isabel Dos Santo’s Investments and philanthropic activities
Isabel has invested in various industries and fields in her country and other countries such as Portugal. She has holding companies in areas such as telecommunications, media, energy, and mining. Isabel Dos Santos has partnered with many foreign companies in the establishment of the fastest mobile operator in Angola. Her telecommunications company called Unitel has made several steps in enhancing communications and technological advancements in Angola and improve the lives of Angolans.
Isabel believes in corporate social responsibility and is also recognized philanthropy. Her companies invest in scholarships to help bright students from poor backgrounds. Her philanthropic activities focus more on the areas of education and health. She has distributed mosquito nets to many organization to aid in the fight against malaria.
Motivation speaking and inspirations
Isabel Dos Santos is a motivational speaker. She has spoken in many conferences and inspired entrepreneurs to encourage them to undertake their work with the belief that they will succeed. Isabel has shared on the importance of technological advancements in the growth of Africa. She has stated that Africa needs to invest in quality education to bridge the gaps be-tween the continent and the rest of the world.
Isabel also encourages women to take their role in Science and Technology. She states that women must do away with cultural stereotypes that they cannot do well in Sciences and Mathematics. Isabel Dos Santos points out that women must take their positions to bridge the gap in research and scientific positions with their male counterparts.
If he was given a chance to go back in time and advise his younger self, Guilherme Paulus says he’d tell young Paulus always to be attentive to what others have to say especially the elders. In a recent interview, the Brazilian mogul let the world have a peek at his personal life. For instance, he revealed that he is a believer in God and as such, the first thing that he always does when he wakes up thanks him and then later writes down his schedule. He attributes his productivity in a day to this practice.
Guilherme Paulus also revealed that diversifying his portfolio has been the main secret ingredient to his success. By establishing in various markets, he has been able to grow his business massively, and today, CVC is now one of the largest tour operators in Latin America, while his chain of hotels known as GJP hotels and resorts is among the most popular in Brazil. He, however, goes on to prove that in every success story there are ups and downs and his is no exception by revealing that he once failed as an entrepreneur by not explaining what CVC was in France and also hiring Brazilians as staff in a country that speaks French thereby creating a language barrier, causing losses.
Even though he is the chairman and CEO of CVC today, Guilherme gives credit where its due by revealing that the idea to start CVC wasn’t his but that of his previous partner, Carlos. They began as a single store situated at a cinema’s exit, a factor that helped them grow their business as there was enough flow of people. Even though he was later left to manage the firm on his own, Guilherme Paulus has helped steer it to success through his unique leadership style. To improve his productivity as an entrepreneur, Guilherme Paulus visits different branches of GJP where he interacts with the staff and also clients thereby establishing relationships and at the same time learning from them what he can do to make his business better.
Guilherme Paulus recommends anyone seeking success in business to read a book known as the Greatest Salesman in the world. He goes on to add that Google has helped him become more productive and lastly, he dreams of making Golf a more popular sport in the country.
Ryan Emmons isn’t what most people would associate the bottled water industry with. He is a fairly young man who decided to create his company right out of college. He didn’t have much in terms of capital or experience. However, it isn’t hard to understand how he was able to succeed in the bottled water industry. Customers are hungry for something better in their bottled water and he is giving it to them.
That level of success is exactly what separates this brand from others out there. Emmons has certainly made a name for himself simply due to the ability to create a bottled water company, without much in capital, that manages to grow at such a rapid rate. Customers like what he is giving them so far.
What Customers Want In Water
Bottled water customers are a poorly understood demographic. So many people misunderstand what the bottled water crowd is about. Some companies believe you can simply label tap water “natural” and expect customers to flock to it. Companies that have tried this haven’t seen too much success in recent years, but Waiakea Water is an exception.
Ryan Emmons isn’t giving them something he himself would never drink. He derives the water he uses for his brand from Hawaii’s natural geysers. This water doesn’t just provide clean water. It provides nutrients that are essential to a healthy body in abundance.
The Future Of Waiakea
Ryan Emmons has made himself into a smashing success, but it doesn’t seem as if Waiakea water is headed in a bad direction anytime soon. The company is now expanding into philanthropy and is currently pursuing efforts to provide clean water for those in developing countries.
Emmons hasn’t just created another brand with his bottled water. He has made a movement that defies what so many in corporate America value most. People want to know that the brands they buy are giving back to the world and making the world a better place. That is exactly what Emmons is doing with his. Waiakea Water.