Audrey Mothupi is currently the Chief Executive Officer of SystemicLogic Group. A global research, innovation and digital technology firm with a demonstrable track record across Africa proffering shovel ready solutions to clients in various sectors. 
I am a
proud mother of two girls, a daughter to the most amazing parents, a sister and
a friend, and I wake up everyday excited about creating jobs and solving
complex problems.
Excellence – There is nothing too big, too
small or impossible. I have my mother to thank for always reminding us that ‘if
you are not going to do something right the first time don’t bother’. This
defined my past, current and constant pursuit for excellence in everything I
do. The joy that comes from seeing the results makes it all worthwhile.
Humility – Firstly, there is no better way
than approaching everything with humility. What I know for sure is that
everything I am today is because of all the amazing people I met along the way
who made time to teach / coach / challenge and even critic what I did, and for
that I will always pay it forward.
– Dare to dream!!
I love life
but more important is being passionate about what you do that drives your
vision and sets a sense of purpose in a seamless manner. Without passion for
what I do and who I am, I would not have tapped into my creative self or boldly
took on challenges that seemed impossible.
My young self would have argued that there is not
one person that can influence ones life and would have cited a love for
philosophy and name the likes of Plato / Socrates / Aristotle and Simone de
Beauvoir, and that period defines a time where my hunger and curiosity to
understand the world was nurtured through philosophy. My older self has come to
realise with pride that in fact my mother has had the greatest influence. Her
inner strength / resilience and the lesson of unconditional love, which she has
passed onto me, has made me walk through most of life’s lessons with a strength
and determination that made it possible. As far as I can remember, my mother
made it possible for me to feel confident enough to do and be whoever I wanted
to be.
Mandela –
He taught us
all what it means to be human and more important for me the lessons he left
behind challenge me daily to be a better person – that humility / forgiveness /
resilience / conviction / ability to see good in others / the challenge to lead
from the back but also lead from the front 
– in short life, love and courage.
Angelou –
She taught me
how to believe in myself and find time to celebrate / be thankful and embrace
the beauty in others, myself and life. The moments I find myself living life to
the fullest, I often smile in the healing words of Maya Angelou.
grandfather, David Kalolero –
He dared to educate nine daughters when everyone
told him he was wasting his time, and against tradition and cultural
expectations he left a legacy that has built many more educated / determined /
confident and courageous young women. Today, his daughters, grand daughters and
great granddaughter are all making a difference in whatever field of study they
chose to pursue.
I am
happily and proudly building Africa’s homegrown women-owned digital innovation
and advisory firm that will grow across the continent. The vision is rolling
out and in the next five years, it is Africa’s finest young women that will
ensure we build what can be the next Deloitte’s / Accenture – Only proudly
I have
amazing women in my life who keep me sane and grounded, and remind me to live,
love and laugh  – a true blessing and a
source of much needed strength.
The struggle for gender equality and empowerment of
women continues to be a challenge. While progress has been made and we now
focus on economic empowerment and cite changes made in both public, private and civil society roles pertaining to women, we
cannot forget that we still have girls that don’t have access to education, we
still have girls that live in fear of being sold off as young brides and we
still have girls that are physically and sexually abused daily.
The challenge for all of us is to NOT give up but
give back where we can. Each of us can make a difference.
In my daily work environment, I am passionately
building a strong woman owned digital innovation execution based service
company, and the change starts with me as the Group CEO and majority
shareholder. I wake up everyday creating employment opportunities for young
ambitious entrepreneurial young ladies and my heart swells with pride as I
watch the young women take their rightful place in this traditionally male
dominated industry.
Outside work I have chosen to support and champion
the cause towards the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/Aids as
well as support Orphans and vulnerable children as the Chairperson for Orange
Babies South Africa.
Everyday I am inspired by the many young ladies I
mentor and have come to appreciate how much I learn from them. As a result, I
no longer call myself a mentor, instead I am blessed to be in the company of
many young women who allow me to share my experiences as they too teach me very
useful lessons in life.
 Spending time with my daughters / girl friends  / cooking / entertaining and travelling
–   I.C.E.
It is mandatory for African women to be celebrated /
inspired and empowered. More importantly, they should be reminded to also
embrace with pride who they are, find their voice inside, speak up to change
others lives, and stand up to be counted as well.
As we find blessings in our own lives as African
women we owe it to our mothers / grandmothers and daughter to pay those
blessings forward.
I would
love to champion a program that champions financial awareness / financial
literacy as well as fosters the power of ensuring our girls and women strive
towards being financially independent. Education is key and critical but
financial wellness for women in the continent will trigger and facilitate
change across all aspects of life.
Dare to dream – you have the power to change
someone’s life and together we can continue to uplift our beautiful continent.