Millicent Maroga is the Corporate Affairs Director at HEINEKEN, South Africa. She drives Heineken South Africa’s sustainability programme, Brewing A Better World. She is responsible for Heineken South Africa’s relationship with stakeholders and to also drive Heineken’s internal communication and employee engagement initiatives.
She has previously worked for the South African Breweries Limited (SAB) for nine years as a Corporate Affairs Manager and a Public Policy Project Manager. She is an alumnus of the Brightest Young Minds and the Golden Key International Society. She is an activist within the youth development sector serving on the Board of the South African Association on Youth Clubs and Volunteering as a facilitator for the Gordon Institute of Business (GIBS) Sprit of the Youth Programme and previously served as a Commissioner on the Gauteng Youth Commission on Youth Development.
Millicent Maroga has a successful career spanning over 15 years. She started her career in the NGO sector as a junior researcher, focusing on the criminal justice sector. She left the sector to study for her Master’s degree full time in Globalization and Development. She interviewed with South African Breweries (SAB) and Unilever, but she joined South African Breweries (SAB). She worked for SAB in various roles, the last of which was as the Corporate Affairs Manager. She joined Heineken SA for the role of the Corporate Affairs Director. In 2015, she fulfilled her role as Head of Old Mutual Foundation, South African HQ.
As she climbs the corporate ladder, Millicent Maroga believes that it’s not always about extending the ladder but doing the best in whichever position you are in. She is focused on upskilling herself further to do well in her current role and build expertise in other areas related to my role. In an interview with Bizcommunity, Millicent Maroga said, “There is still a need to have a more female representative at managerial level and in the boardroom. During the celebration of the women’s month, Millicent Maroga advised all women, She said, “Your voice, skills and contributions matter. You are not there to make up the numbers, you have a valuable contribution to make so don’t be afraid to speak up, make your voice heard, be opinionated and confident. Let your work speak for itself”.
Millicent counsel for women who aspire to climb greater heights in their career goes thus;
- Invest in yourself–education remains key–be it in the corporate or entrepreneurial paths,
- empower yourself with a mentor,
- harness your relationship-building skills,
- stay away from corporate politics–they will deter you from your vision.
Millicent Maroga is a woman who inspires other career women of African descent to spread their wings and impact their space. Maroga is motivated by the surrounding opportunities which drive her for success and her inner desire to do her best in everything she does.
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