Shirley Nhlengethwa

Mrs. Shirley Nhlengethwa

Founder & Chairperson



Shirley Nhlengethwa, a South African philanthropist, is the Founder and Chairperson of Focused Network, a passionate innovator with marketing experience gained through working for giant multi-national corporations across diverse industries. Shirley grew up in Alexandra Township and amongst her qualifications, is a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management from the University of Johannesburg as well as a PDBA from Wits Business School.


Shirley Nhlengethwa is devoted to helping the youth take on a progressive self-discovery journey to unleash their maximum potential. Her charitable endeavours formally began in 2017, by pursuing self-development programs largely targeted at girls and young women.


She has a proven track record of success from positively impacting people’s lives to strategically growing brands while driving profitable growth. She possesses notable leadership and communication skills, in addition to a solid financial acumen garnered from her business background.

“I am committed to the African philosophy of Ubuntu which translated, means humanity, a universal bond that builds communities. I am a firm believer in young people and truly admire how they are able to commit and evolve for the better, while writing their own story. Personal development is a journey of endless possibilities and I am here to lend a helping hand, together with my fellow board members, amazing team of permanent staff and passionate volunteers.”

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