GARBERS-KIRSTEN: Marshalling with gentle persuasion
The reigning Namibia Business Woman of the Year Henriette Garbers-Kirsten is more than just a woman in business.
She embodies more than the values of a woman in business.
Garbers-Kirsten is the owner of Kirsten & Co Inc, a law firm that has carved a success path from humble beginnings to its current blossoming stage.
The soft spoken legal practitioner, who exudes an aura of confidence and passion for her job, narrated how she had wanted to become a dentist and after enrolling at the University of Pretoria, abandoned the idea after seeing medical students perform an autopsy. That sight of a dead body forced her to settle for a law degree programme instead.
Commenting on how she felt being the reigning Business Woman of the Year she said, “It was a huge surprise, I was not even dressed for that event and I didn’t have a speech. I was still in court,” she reminisced.
Her success track started in 1997 after leaving the public prosecutor post she had with the Ministry of Justice to join Kirsten & Co Inc and get a taste of working in private practice. It was a coincidence to work for a Firm called Kirsten considering her husband’s surname is Kirsten. She recalled how she worked hard during the first year and meeting all the set targets.
After a year her employer decided to immigrate to New Zealand and she bought the company which had only one client on its books.
Today, Garbers-Kirsten legal practitioners boasts of numerous clients that, combined with hard work, professionalism and honesty, has propelled the firm to the highest echelons of success.
At its inception, Kirsten & Co. Inc. had three employees and Garbers-Kirsten doubled up as legal practitioner and messenger during the early days of the firm.
“Our motto is ’going the extra mile for your client’,” She says.
At the moment, the firm has a staff compliment of 12, eleven women and one male who is the messenger. Four of the staffers are lawyers.
That the company is predominantly female is a coincidence and Garbers-Kirsten pointed out that a male receptionist who joined the company left after a short time because he could not cope with the work load.
The road to success has not been an easy one, Garbers-Kirsten emphasizes. The first years had the usual teething problems and for her, it was physically strenuous as she was pregnant with her first chi...
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