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The 2017 Women in Leadership Conference

The inspirational 2017 'Women in Leadership' Conference will take place on 8 August 2017 from 08:00 - 17:00 at The Birchwood Hotel in Johannesburg.

This annual conference, now in its sixth year, addresses the challenges women face today in the corporate world through an examination of the real-life experiences of successful South African women. It is specifically tailored for executives, managers, high-potential leaders and corporate teams, as well as anybody who champions their success!

Why Should You Attend This Conference?

  • It is a valuable source of insights for building organisational and individual longevity and “Resilience”.
  • It offers you an opportunity to network and engage with women leaders in various organisations, who are redefining what constitutes success for women!

By securing your seat, you will:

  • Be inspired by the stories of women who have navigated to the very top of their organisations.
  • Be provided with practical tools and knowledge to enhance your own leadership and management skills, in order to create a competitive and sustainable advantage.
  • Be treated to a fun-filled day of amazing speakers, prize draws and goodie bags, and also receive a certificate for your attendance.

With our fantastic line-up of speakers and scintillating theme — "Resilience" — this year's event is not-to-be-missed! Secure your seats today...

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Ticket Prices

Excl VAT Incl VAT
Individual Bookings August R 1 710.53 R 1 950.00
Group Bookings (8) July / August R 13 333.33 R 15 200.00

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Feedback From Previous Conferences

“A fantastic experience with some very real and relevant issues discussed. SUPERB!!!”
“An excellent, life-changing conference, not just for me but also for the ladies around my table...”
“I enjoyed it and think it is a fantastic, worthwhile initiative.”
“Thoroughly enjoyed the 2 days, learnt a lot of new things!”
“The conference has sharpened and equipped me with tools and shield that I can use in my personal life and in my business.”
“Found it thought provoking and insightful...”
“Super conference both professionally and personally.”
“I am so grateful for the opportunity to attend a leadership conference of this nature. The speaker line-up was outstanding and I walk away with a greater self-awareness and a comprehensive “to do” list.”
“Inspirational and eye opening.”
“A highly informative and interactive conference with great speakers offering an entertaining learning platform.”

This Year's Theme: Resilience

Resilience is defined by the International Standards Organization (ISO) as the “ability to absorb and adapt in a changing environment.” Whether describing the resilience of an individual, an organisation, or a community of any size, this definition provides us guidance. The question then becomes, “Resilience against what?”

Most often discussions about resilience focus on the ability of the individual, organisation, or community to resist being impacted in a negative manner when something “bad” happens. On the positive side, individuals, organisations and communities that can adapt and manage change are considered to be more resilient than those that don’t or can’t adapt and change...

This year's conference will focus on the Leadership Value of Resilience for organisational and individual longevity, and create a platform for Women in Leadership to come together and engage around issues of diversity, gender equality and collaboration in the landscape of South Africa.

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The Complete Conference Speaker Line-Up

The 2017 Women in Leadership Conference will feature a stellar line-up of speakers who will focus on a range of fascinating topics related to the theme of this year's event — "Resilience".

H.R.H. Princess Celenhle Dlamini - Women in Leadership Conference 2017

Keynote Speaker: H.R.H. Princess Celenhle Dlamini

Presenting "Resilience" (View Topic Info)

Princess Celenhle Dlamini is currently the Group Chief Operating Officer at Ubuntu Institute and is responsible for overseeing the effective implementation of group strategy across business units, tactical alignment of solutions to market needs and overall efficiency of client programmes. In her fifteen years of work experience, she has successfully developed, managed and delivered complex international and regional projects in the USA, Canada, France, Black Sea Caspian Sea region and Africa. Through her leadership and ability to develop local and international partnerships, she earned the recognition of the City of Austin in Texas, USA for leading linkages and partnership between South Africa and the USA...

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She is widely recognised for her skills in organisational design and development, business incubation, international linkages, sustainability and diversity management and her sought-after analysis and insights have earned her invitations as a Public Speaker and representations on boards and organisations such as L’Oreal Group (Paris), Black Sea Caspian Sea International Fund (BSCSIF - Turkey), Artscape (South Africa) and the National Delphic Council South Africa (NDCSA) amongst others.

She has consulted to institutions in Telecommunications, Information Technology, Financial Services, Hospitality and Tourism, Arts and Culture, Government and Donor Organisations on value propositions ranging from strategy to venture creation.

Princess Celenhle holds a Masters Degree in Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation from the University of Witwatersrand, (Johannesburg, South Africa), a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Management from Bennet College (North Carolina, USA) and an Abshire-Inamori International Fellowship from the United States Center for Strategic & International Studies (Washington D.C., USA).

Charlene Lackay Women in Leadership Conference 2017

Master of Ceremonies: Charlene Lackay

Charlene Lackay is a media professional and corporate social investment specialist.

She is well-known for presenting the flagship lifestyle program Pasella on SABC 2 from 2002 to 2015. Charlene was also a presenter on kykNET's arts and culture television program, KunsKAFEE from 2000 to 2002.

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As a writer and journalist, Charlene has worked as columnist for various news and lifestyle publications. Her impressive résumé also includes being a past feature writer for the magazines SarieLééf and Baba & Kleuter in South Africa as well as Africa Link magazine (a Swiss publication with a special focus on Africa and African issues). She also worked as a sub-editor, translator and layout artist at Die Burger newspaper from 2001 to 2003.

As a Master of Ceremonies, Charlene has presided over numerous high-profile gala events in South Africa for private corporations and public institutions such as Naspers, Media24, Distell, University of Stellenbosch, Nedbank, ABSA. She also performed at the Huisgenoot Skouspel in 2008.

From 2013 to 2015, Charlene was the Head of External Communications and CSI at Momentum.

Currently, Charlene is a presenter and producer for Brabbeltyd on Radio Sonder Grense (RSG). Charlene is also currently the Group CSI Manager for MMI Holdings and is responsible for the operational management of MMI Foundation as well as strategic oversight of the CSI portfolios of client-facing brands (Momentum, Metropolitan, Guardrisk and Multiply) within the MMI portfolio.

Charlene has a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude), a Postgraduate Diploma in Translation, a Bachelor of Journalism with Honours and a Masters of Philosophy in Journalism from Stellenbosch University. She has also completed the L2 Management Development Programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (University of Pretoria).

Elaine Jacob

Elaine Jacob is the Managing Director of The Leadership Academy South Africa, an organisation aimed at unleashing Leadership Talent on the continent and globally. As an International Business Speaker and John Maxwell Certified Coach, Elaine inspires, enlightens and empowers individuals and organisations to tap into the greatness that lies within them and to “aspire higher”, “shine bright” and “ignite the light”… 

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Elaine has had the privilege of being involved in the international development space for over 20 years, working with organisations such as USAID, DFID, CARE INTERNATIONAL and AUSAID to mention a few. She has been instrumental in the Food Security Programme for rural communities over the continent of Africa to prevent malnutrition and also led a 20 million dollar project which advocated for women and girls’ rights in access to water and sanitation services across Africa.

Elaine holds a Masters Degree in Industrial Psychology and is a true global citizen, frequently travelling to the United States, Ethiopia and China. She is the author of “The Treasure Within” (a book which is aimed at unlocking individual potential) and was also the recipient of 3 South African Entrepreneurial Business Awards in 2014 and 2015.

Elaine describes herself as an eternal optimist, a hoper of far-flung hopes and a dreamer of improbable dreams and believes the only limitations that exist are those which we create in our minds. She is happily married to her husband Tony and has a daughter, Ysabelle.

Janine Joubert Women in Leadership 2017

Dr Janine Joubert

Presenting "No Quitting on Your Dreams" (View Topic Info)

Dr Janine Joubert’s passion is to promote innovative leadership thinking and help people to live their view of an extraordinary life. Janine has a profound understanding of how to foster an innovation culture within an organisation. She uses these business principles to practically guide women to build the discipline to transform and restore their lives.

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Janine is an award-winning risk management expert and an independent lead consultant. She is a former corporate executive responsible for managing business risks across local and international operations, with more than 20 years' experience within the ICT industry. She consults and leads workshops across Africa.

Janine is a professional keynote speaker at national and international conferences and has enjoyed her role as a guest lecturer at several universities in South Africa. She has published several international research papers which have won her international acclaim. She has been acknowledged and honoured with numerous awards for her contribution to the risk management industry including winning the Institute of Risk Management (IRMSA) Risk Manager of the Year award. She holds several post-graduate degrees with distinction, as well as a PhD in Information Systems, specialising in innovations.

Janine believes that living a prosperous life involves looking after your physical and spiritual health. In her spare time, she has finally started writing the book that has been tugging at her heartstrings for many, many years.

Susan Quist

Susan Quist

Presenting "Career Journeys and Support Structures" (View Topic Info)

Susan Quist currently serves as the Corporate Services Group leader for the Cummins Africa Middle East Area Business Organisation (“ABO”). In this role, Susan is responsible for Legal, CBS, Ethics & Compliance, Government Relations, IT, B-BBEE Business Transformation, Distribution Business System transformation, and Global Integrated Services, which covers Security, Real Estate, and Facilities. 

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Prior to her current role, Susan led the Legal & Corporate Affairs function as Director & Corporate Counsel for Cummins Africa.  In that role, Susan provided day-to-day legal and business counsel to the ABO and oversaw the Ethics & Compliance and Government Relations functions of the ABO.

Before joining Cummins, Susan worked for Habitat for Humanity International Inc. where she served as Assistant General Counsel and provided day-to-day legal and business counsel on a wide range of complex and multi-discipline matters including compliance and risk management to Habitat’s Africa-Middle East (AME) area office.  In that role, she worked directly with AME’s Area Vice President and Habitat’s senior leadership team to provide legal counsel and support in all aspects of HFHI’s operations in the AME region and globally.  She served as manager of their enterprise risk management (“ERM”) initiative, overseeing and managing the implementation of the Organisation’s ERM framework in the AME region.  Before moving to Habitat’s AME area office, Susan worked in Habitat’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia where she handled their U.S. field operations.  Prior to joining Habitat, Susan worked for Nelson Mullins, LLP, a leading law firm in the Southeastern region of the U.S.  She worked in various areas of the law and managed and litigated several cases.

Susan is passionate about diversity and service to the community.  While in private practice, she provided several hundred hours of pro bono legal service to indigent clients.  She argued before the South Carolina Court of Appeals and secured a reversal of a lower court’s order terminating her indigent client’s parental rights.  Susan served on the board of directors of a number of charities including Crisis Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated providing food, shelter, and hope to the homeless in Charleston, South Carolina.  Susan also served as a member of the Executive Board of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and the board of directors of House of Restoration Africa (HORA).  GABWA is a non-profit organization that galvanizes the power of Black women attorneys to empower women and children.  HORA is a charity which provides social and educational support programs to underprivileged children and families in Atlanta and Ghana.  Susan currently serves as the sponsor of the AME ABO’s women’s affinity group and plays an active role in driving gender diversity initiatives across the organization.

Susan is a middle child with two brothers.  Her mother and older brother live in Ghana and her younger brother lives in Washington D.C.

Feroza Mansoor

Dr Feroza Mansoor

Presenting "Resilience, Recalibrate and Respond" (View Topic Info)

Dr Feroza Mansoor is a medical doctor and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Health. She is the Director of her own company called "Life In Your Hands" which has the philosophy that links directly to her passion for growth, development and transformation. Her company focuses on Training and Development, Executive Coaching, Motivational Speaking, Transformation Workshops and Leadership Development with a focus on Authentic Leadership from the Heart...

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Feroza believes in being a change facilitator to empower individuals to transform themselves from the inside-out and to unlock the potential for “Authentic Leadership from the Heart” in others.

She initiated and pioneered the first Trade Union HIV Project in 1997 and gained extensive Executive Management and Project Management experience over a decade in the industry as a National Project Director. She managed to steer the National Project (with multiple sub-projects) to success in the most politically and socially challenging environments with extremely limited resources. The project continues to date as the Union’s “Worker Health Programme” with Pepfar funding. Feroza has first-hand experience of the challenges that women in leadership and women executives experience and how to overcome them, as well as staff coaching and mentoring. Since 2008 she has worked as an independent consultant on various projects including National Department of Health Projects.

Feroza has a passion for the growth and development of individuals and believes that knowledge is power. Her approach to life focuses on self-empowerment and she believes in walking the walk and talking the talk. Her personal journey has led her from a place of being a victim of abuse to a survivor of abuse and now a “thriver” of life. Biodanza has played a critical role in her healing and transformation and she now works as a Biodanza Facilitator, sharing this dance healing methodology as a tool for transformation.

Biodanza is an integrated system based on the Biocentric Principle, which puts life first and which puts life at the centre. It uses music and movement and allows for self-expression. She has been facilitating classes since 2014 and currently facilitates weekly classes in Pretoria. She also does corporate conferences and teamwork activities.

Feroza is trained as an Executive Coach using brain-based coaching techniques to help people transform their thinking, modify their behaviour and transform their lives. She is also trained in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Time Line Therapy and Family Mediation. She has extensive experience with workshop development and facilitation and does group and team coaching.

Feroza also believes in Holistic Healing of individuals and has a wealth of knowledge and experience with the mind–body–soul link to health and wellness. She believes in proactive health not reactive health and believes in empowering individuals. She ascribes to the philosophy that a healer is a facilitator for the person seeking healing and that the power to heal themselves lies in their own hands. She is passionate about growth and development and is consistently learning new skills all the time to enhance her offering to her clients.

Her philosophy is based on the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change you want to see in the world” and she chooses to live her life daily through “conscious choice”.

Yvonne Mfolo

Yvonne Mfolo

Presenting "Keep It REAL Towards Resilience!" (View Topic Info)

Yvonne Mfolo is the Executive Head of Public Affairs at Kumba Iron Ore - Anglo American. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from North-West University (NWU) and an Advanced Certificate in Journalism...

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Yvonne joined Kumba Iron Ore in August 2011 from the Anglo American Thermal Coal Business Unit where she held the position of Head of Public Affairs. Prior to this, she was the Chief Director of Communication at the then Department of Minerals and Energy where she spent 9 years and was the spokesperson for the Minister.

Gilan Gork - Women in Leadership Conference 2017

Gilan Gork

Known as the Master of Influence, Gilan Gork is a corporate speaker and entertainer hired by companies all over the world for his professional shows and expert keynote talks. Although he demonstrates an uncanny ability to read people's thoughts, he has never claimed to possess any psychic or supernatural powers. Rather, he has the ability to use skills of influence, persuasion and reading people. Many of these skills can be learnt to increase your effectiveness and achieve your goals faster...

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Through his 18 years' experience, Gilan imparts valuable and potent skills in being able to both read and influence people. This assists his corporate clients to become more influential with clients, colleagues and even competitors.

Not just teaching, Gilan is also often hired to engage audiences by demonstrating the power of the mind and the power of influence through his show called The Mentalist Experience.

Gilan has studied influence in considerable detail with many experts, including behavioural psychologists. He is also the author of the best-selling book Persuasion Games (available for purchase along with your tickets when you make your conference booking – learn more here).

Gilan has been featured extensively in the media and has even been commissioned to write specialist articles for publications, due to his unique and expert skills in understanding influence and persuasion from both a practical and scientific perspective.

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