Sadé is an accredited Life Coach and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner. As a registered practitioner member of the Coaching and Mentoring Institute of South Africa (COMENSA), her main areas of expertise include awakening global leadership, sustainable personal development, and maintaining peak performance levels in high-pressured environments. She holds a postgraduate degree in clinical psychology, as well as a Masters degree in Neuro-linguistic programming specializing in Awakening Global Leadership.
Prior to founding her life coaching practice, Dynamic Life Design in 2013, Sadé worked for six years in corporate. She has held various leadership positions at social enterprises such as Cheesekids for Humanity, DreamGirls International Outreach & Mentoring Program, and Life Line Crisis Centre. She also acts as an Ambassador for global youth organization- One Young World.
Sadé’s passion for self-development serves to help drive positive, sustainable, and long-term change to the lives of those she comes into contact with. She is the co-founder of Rise Africa Rise, an emerging social business with the vision to contribute to African prosperity by providing entrepreneurial solutions to socio-economic challenges. It aims to do this by harnessing the creativity, talents, knowledge and collective leadership of its people to reinvent the meaning of possible through implementing groundbreaking and sustainable business models. Rise Africa Rise aims to tackle some of the most daunting challenges of our time, in a uniquely innovative and sustainable way.
MUNPlanet: Sadé, you mentioned that one of the biggest impacts on your professional development happened when you met Professor Mohamed Yunus at One Young World Summit as the OYW Councilor. Tell us about that experience; how exactly did you feel and what made you go for social business? What is the role of OYW Summit in fostering leadership capabilities for young people?
Sadé Savings: Meeting Prof. Mohamed Yunus was a game-changer for me. When he introduced this concept of social business, he showed me that there was a completely sustainable way of affecting long-term positive social change.I fell in love with this immediately.I have been involved in many NGO’s and one common thread was always the sustainability of the NGO. What is most appealing to me about social business is that it seems to be the perfect middle ground to addressing socio-economic challenges that we face in the world today. It has a business model that runs like a private business, but the aim of the business is (similar to that of an NGO), to do social good. The principles of social business really resonated with me, and I was totally inspired to return to South Africa and build my own social business focused on driving sustainable change on the African continent.
With regards to the role of OYW in fostering leadership capabilities for young people, I think that OYW provides the perfect platform on which young leaders can leverage new networks, new learning’s, and new opportunities to collaborate on a global scale and to address some of the most pressing issues we currently face. I have learnt that the word is flat, and through OYW I have gained many enriching relationships and collaborations with some of the most phenomenal young minds in the world today. This opportunity to learn from each other, and to lead each other, is where I see OYW playing a crucial role.
MUNPlanet: In what ways should UN agencies connect more with social business to meet the post-2015 MDG?
Sadé Savings: It is my understanding that sustainable development is at the heart of the post-2015 MDG agenda. UN agencies and social business should explore ways of collaborating to expand the current reach and impact of the many projects that currently exist to address issues at the heart of sustainable development. It is equally important for UN agencies to consult with social business stakeholders and involve them in conversations of development cooperation for the post-2015 development agenda.
MUNPlanet: What are your impressions of our OYW Caucus, EXIT Festival and Serbia now that the memories sank down a bit? How did it feel to talk at OYW Caucus about Entrepreneurship as the first panelist?
Sadé Savings: I have so many beautiful memories of the OYW Caucus in Serbia. If I had to sum it up- I loved engaging with fellow OYW Ambassadors and future OYW Delegates from around the world on some of the most pertinent topics facing the youth of today. It was fantastic to experience the rich culture of Novi Sad and to attend Europe’s biggest music festival- EXIT at night. Most memorably for me, was that I formed such great friendships with people who were complete strangers before we met in Serbia, but who all share a deep, burning desire to change the world.
Thank you very much; it was such a great honour to be one of the panelists in the discussion on Entrepreneurship as a Cure to Unemployment. I found it most fascinating to hear about the other panelists’ experiences in their own countries, but also interesting to see that though we are far apart in terms of geography, the issues of youth unemployment are widespread and increasingly prevalent across the world. I left feeling hopeful, that if this room full of young leaders can be so passionate as to travel around the world to meet and discuss these issues, then we can all work together and share the solutions we come up with.
MUNPlanet: How was it to host OYW in your city- Johannesburg? Your organization Rise Africa Rise had the opportunity to present itself in front of young people from 190 countries. How did you create awareness during OYW Summit about your projects?
Sadé Savings: Having the OYW Summit here in Johannesburg last year was an amazing experience. I was so proud to be part of the host city and of course to have the opportunity to showcase our social business Rise Africa Rise to many OYW Delegates and Councilors from around the world. At Rise Africa Rise, we have been truly blessed by the support of OYW as an organization, but also by all of the support from OYW delegates around the world. If you have a look at our Facebook page, or website, you will see the many pictures of Rise Africa Rise supporters wearing our shirts across the globe. THANK YOU, everyone for this support!!
MUNPlanet: You completed your education in psychology and Neurolinguistic Programing and you started your coaching practice. What are some of the books and websites you recommend for all ambitious Millennials and MUNPlanet readers who want to make a difference and stay in accordance with their dreams and purpose?
Sadé Savings: I will keep my answer here brief, because honestly there have been very few other external influences as great as this book for my own self-development and leadership growth. The book is called Leadership from the Inside Out. Becoming a leader for life. By Kevin Cashman.
MUNPlanet: How do you feel that MUNPlanet can benefit the community in South Africa and other countries? What are the inspiring stories from South Africa right now? I guess Madiba’s spirit is in every young person as we witnessed the fantastic array of innovators inMail and Guardian's elections of 200 Young South Africans.
Sadé Savings: I think MUNPlanet plays a key role in information dissemination for the kinds of people who want to change the world, who want to make a difference, and who are not afraid to actually go out and do something to push boundaries, make a noise, and get involved. MUNPlanet is a great platform for people who want to practice Active Citizenry, not just speak about it.
South Africa is full of many inspiring stores- you need to come visit us here to discover the richness of the diversity, the amazing courage of our people, and the beauty of our land that inspires us every day.
Images: private archive andRise Africa Rise