Inspirational tale of 3rd South African female to summit Mount Everest

17 years ago Lee den Hond started an events company with only R391. She worked hard to get it off the ground and to date it has hosted some of the biggest events both nationally and internationally, doing a total of 127 events in one year.

In 2014 the Businesswomen’s Association voted Lee den Hond the winner in the Entrepreneur category of their Businesswoman of the Year awards. She says receiving this award was a very special moment in her life and it meant the world to her.

Her journey began when she came back from New York and had an opportunity to start her own company. She says she met incredible people who were willing support and mentor her.

Because she was helped and supported in her journey, she is also giving back by awarding others an opportunity to learn the ropes in the industry.

I believe in life when you have nothing, you've got nothing to lose

Lee den Hond, entrepreneur and inspirational speaker

In May 2013, Lee den Hond became only the 3rd South African woman to summit Mount Everest. She was the only woman among 30 men. She says the journey helped her to develop 'brothers' around the world.

Our vision was 'one team one dream'. We were all on the mountain for different reasons and we were all going to the top of the world for different reasons.

Lee den Hond, entrepreneur and inspirational speaker

We had fantastic peoples dynamics, everybody took care of one another and we successfully reached that goal together

Lee den Hond, entrepreneur and inspirational speaker

Lee den Hond is speaking tomorrow evening at the One and Only Hotel at 6pm followed by a three course dinner at Reubens restaurant – all included in price of R310.

Listen to the full conversation below:


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