Katia Kyriakou

Katia Kyriakou confirmed as a speaker at Women in Business Seminar 2019

Katia Kyriakou has been confirmed as a speaker at the upcoming Women in Business Seminar 2019 taking place 26 April 2019, at Al Fresco in Honeydew Johannesburg from 9 am – 2pm.

Women in Business Seminar is a learning and sharing platform for female entrepreneurs and women in business who are looking to form networks and source new business.

This years theme is New Business Development. Where topics such as: How to source new clients, how to retain clients and how to win back lost clientswill be discussed by our panel of speakers.

“We are incredibly honoured to have Katia speak at our upcoming event, and believe that our delegates will learn considerably from her experience in sales and as a women in business,” says Karabo Keepile, Managing Director of Women in Business Seminar.

Currently the CEO of P. Serassis Sales & Distribution, a family business with humble beginnings and one that operates in a male dominated space, Katia joined the tiny family business 18 years ago, after working for 17 years with the Kelly Personnel Group.

“My career in that corporate environment was wonderful and I fondly remember my days there. I applied for the position of Branch Manager of their specialist accounting division in 1984, where the vacancy was advertised under the “businessmen” column in the Star newspaper. Yes, I insisted on being interviewed and was eventually employed in the one-man branch. Within three years we had a total staff of 20 and had won numerous branch awards in the group. My career took me to Marketing Manager, GM, MD of our specialist divisions, Group Marketing Director and when I left, I was Group Corporate Accounts Director,” says Katia.

Her prior employment was with Dun & Bradstreet a top 100 company in the States, where Katia was a Sales person and won Top Salesperson award in her first year of employment. Before that, her first job was assistant accountant at Metro C&C after completing her BComm degree at Wits and having her daughters.

“Our current business, with God’s Grace, the wonderful staff we employ and my family, are my most significant and valuable achievement to date in the business environment. We have four shareholders – a trust set up for the education and development of previously disadvantaged girls, my mother (who with my dad were the founding members) my daughter and myself. The business is owned by WOMEN! We have grown from the boot of a borrowed car to a professional warehouse, employ 80 people, have 12 trucks, about 3500 products and a name synonymous with honesty, integrity, moral values and unsurpassed service for all our customers.”

Tickets are currently on sale for Women in Business Seminar 2019. To purchase tickets email karabok@wibs.org.za or call 067 096 6008.