Helping women become the best version of themselves is Zondi’s purpose in life.
“Speak up – your voice is valuable,” says Nhlakanipho Zondi, the founder of Inspired by Love. This is a brand that celebrates the power of love and believes in its magnificent ability to bring out the best in every person and relationship.
Zondi definitely uses her voice and has been able to make a name for herself in the business world. The Inspired by Love network mainly provides an opportunity for young professionals to be group mentored by some of the most impactful industry leaders in the country. Zondi mentors young women to use their voices and speak up for themselves.
Initially, Zondi founded the brand as Inspired Weddings. However, she decided to rebrand it because she didn’t want to only focus on weddings. Along with her business partner Gladys Semeya, Zondi wanted to focus on love holistically and everything that is inspired by it.
Together, Zondi and Semenya create blog and YouTube content, and host workshops all with the aim to help women become the best version of themselves. Along with founding Inspired by Love, Zondi is also a product marketing manager at SYSPRO, with more than seven years’ experience in the software industry. With a strong marketing background, Zondi has managed to translate all the training and experience she has into a successful business.
Zondi is particularly passionate about mentoring young women to find their voices. One of the reasons is something she experienced while growing up. “I am naturally still a shy person and wish it is something I had learned to overcome at a younger age,” says Zondi. She wishes she had been told to speak up and believe that her voice was valuable.
Even though Zondi has inspired so many young women, she still expresses surprise when people agree to get involved with the network. She says that, when the network’s Johannesburg mentor, Mapule Mzimba, responded to their group mentorship request with a simple, “yes, I’ll do it”, she was surprised. “It blew my mind as it is often a negotiation process with mentors of her calibre for them to buy into our vision and commit to participating.”