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Unbecoming: The Art of Becoming
Barbara is on a mission to heal the world through her inspirational and life changing talks. She passionately believes in everyone's ability to learn, grow and prosper in the face of adversity by using her formula of: <ul> <li>STOP making excuses</li> <li>DROP all that's toxic</li> <li>RUN towards life, healing, freedom, and grace</li> </ul> She is an inspirational speaker, author and psychologist, who is passionate about making bold choices, holistic wellbeing, and inspiring audiences to bravely rise above life challenges and boldly stepping into and embracing their purposes. She gives inspirational talks and masterclasses that impart actionable tools that help audiences find emotional contentment and stability which translate into high performance in all other areas of their lives. She has spoken on Tupopyeni, Good Morning Namibia, Namibia Women's Summit 2017, Miss Namibia Women Empowerment, Avani Hotel wellness, NUST secretaries day, PSAN The Authentic Stage Conference, Foreversun Inspirations, and WILD Inspiring the Next Generation of Women Leaders. She has been featured in the Namibian, the Republikein, the Confidante newspapers and the Sister magazine. She was voted one of the Namibian Women who impacted 2017, and was an Economist Businesswoman of the year 2015 business owner category finalist. Her book, Pain, Heartache & Forgiveness is about her journey through both physical and emotional pain, how she did not crumble and allow her circumstances to destroy nor define her. The book is a celebration of life, gives hope and testifies to the amazing power of forgiveness. Program Information <strong>Rising Above Your Circumstances</strong> <ul> <li>Format: 1.5 day workshopThis program is perfect for:Teams desiring to overcome adversity</li> <li>Groups seeking tools to rise above their circumstances</li> </ul> The audience will leave with: <ul> <li>Practical tools to face various life calamities</li> <li>Applicable solutions to their circumstances</li> <li>A booklet with take away nuggets for inspiration and hope</li> <li>The power of faith during temptations and adversities</li> <li>Finding self purpose in the face of abusive relationships</li> <li>Speaking up and seeking help</li> <li>Identity in the face of severe medical conditions</li> <li>Finding a deeper connection with fellow survivors</li> <li>What the ultimate definition of beauty is</li> <li>Emotional bankruptcy as a stimulant for creativity</li> <li>Helping others find their feet </li> </ul> "I have conducted this masterclass around Windhoek, Namibia and it's always an inspiration to the attendants to strive for personal development and emotional growth. (One attendant called it a soulful session). In this masterclass I share my personal story and how tenacity has ushered me into overcoming." <strong>Crisis Management in the Workplace</strong> Format: 2 hour breakout This program is perfect for: <ul> <li>Teams requiring help managing crisis</li> <li>The audience will leave with:Finding better and long lasting solutions to the crisis</li> <li>Ideation, that is germination of alternative solutions such as brainstorming</li> <li>Selection of the most suitable solution that will promote healthy and good rapport in the workplace</li> <li>When the top three stages have been carefully and successfully conducted, it will now be time for the implementation and modification if need be. </li> </ul> "The various teams in the organisation will be encouraged to revisit their objectives and goals for performing tasks. I will also help them explore whether they have adequate resources to meet these goals. I will inspire the teams to work interdependently, to complement each other, have a clear team identity, and know how they fit with other teams in the organisation."
Unbecoming: The Art of Becoming
Thabo Ndlela is an exceptional business executive with more than 18 years of practical experience in…
Thabo Ndlela is an exceptional business executive with more than 18 years of practical experience in Information Technology Management, Digital Transformation and Supply Chain Management. He has an impeccable track record as a Chief Information Officer in Manufacturing, Hospitality, Banking and Media Industries. He provides strategic advisory to company boards on IT Strategy, IT Governance, Enterprise Architecture and Transformation Projects. Thabo Ndlela is an industry thought leader, research contributor and frequent speaker at conferences such as Gartner, SAPICS, Manufacturing Indaba, Oil and Gas Africa, ITWeb Events, Marcus Evans and Brainstorm CIO Forums. Thabo has spoken on the following topics: Technology Disruption: Disrupting traditional markets through technology, enhancing customer interaction and creating new business value. Digital Innovation: Innovation of new business models, business channels and creating new supply chains using digital marketing, digital sales and digital innovation Business Transformation; the implementation of enterprise resource planning, enterprise asset management and enterprise service management systems to transform a global business Mobile and Social Media; the use of mobile technology and social media to differentiate customer facing solutions, innovate with customers and enhance customer experience. IT Governance for Boards: Adoption of King IVby Boards to oversee the IT responsibility, ensure sustainability with company objectives; and align IT investments in with business strategy. Supply Chain Management: Optimizing demand management, advanced supply chain, inventory optimization and production scheduling Thabo Ndlela relates the latest trends of digital technology in layman analogies from his diverse and rich life experiences, from growing up in a rural farming village to be named the 2015 Visionary CIO Finalist. Thabo has summited Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa; completed the Trans Baviaan, the 247km toughest single stage mountain bike race in the world; and water rafted the Zambezi river, the fourth-longest river in Africa. View full list of Speakers Q-Z Thabo Ndlela has ticked many bucket list items, including bungee jumping the 110m Victoria Falls, playing golf at the St Andrews Old Course and attended theAbhu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix. In 2008 Thabo Ndlela initiated the Make a Difference (MAD) housing project that fundraised and built more than 298 houses for the poor. He has participated in 5 of the Change A Life cycling tours in Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mauritius and South Africa that have fundraised more than R30 Million for anticrime charities. Thabo often speaks at conferences to raise money for various charities. Thabo is the Chairman of Westcon Southern Africa, Non-Executive Director of the IFS Africa Board and Independent Trustee for the Cisco Foundation. Thabo holds a BSc Electrical Engineering Degree, Masters in Information Technology and is pursuing a PhD in Commerce. He belongs to the South African Engineering Council, South African Institute of Electrical Engineers and Institute of Directors. Talk Specifications: Length of presentation: 60 minute breakfast / lunch or conference / seminar slot / panel discussion. Thabo is able to do a shortened version for before/ after dinner occasions.
Transformation through Business
Wenzile Madonsela Msimanga is a Social Entrepreneur, Mental Health activist and Democracy Defender. She is passionately dedicated to closing the gaps that social injustice creates in South Africa and Globally. She dynamically advocates for and is involved in sustainable programs that are geared towards empowering people specifically through enterprise development and mental wellnes advocacy. Having overcome many battles in her life, Wenzile Madonsela is a passionate advocate for mental health, emotional wellness and the quest to live a meaningful life. Using her platform as a public speaker, Wenzile raises awareness regarding the accessibility of mental health, as well as the importance of emotional intelligence and wellness. Her own journey with mental health has taught her an invaluable lesson about perseverance, strength and vulnerability, and she aims to use her journey to educate others about the importance of compassion and meaning. Her goal is to help unlock your intrinsic motivation, and forget about extrinsic factors that influence our sense of belonging and self-worth. Teach clients how to self-actualise, harness their inner power over their emotions and ultimately reach a point of self-validation – where they find inner acceptance. “We rarely focus on our emotions, and how they work”, says Wenzile. And this is what drives her – to help clients understand how to be in harmony with their emotions and to increase their EQ, or emotional intelligence. She is an internationally accredited emotional intelligence life coach. As transformation agent, Wenzile helps her clients with the following: <ul> <li>Self-reflection</li> <li>Decision making</li> <li>Future planning</li> <li>Creating life changes</li> <li>Emotional Intelligence</li> <li>Wellness and balance</li> </ul>
Transformation through Business
Max du Preez
Max du Preez is a veteran journalist and television personality with a strong reputation for his independent…
Max du Preez is a veteran journalist and television personality with a strong reputation for his independent thinking, understanding of the political and social dynamics of South Africa and abilities to communicate complex issues simply and clearly. He was born in the Free State in 1951 and educated at Stellenbosch University. His career in journalism includes serving as the political correspondent of the Financial Mail, Sunday Times and Business Day. In 1988 he was the founder and editor of the first anti-apartheid Afrikaans newspaper Vrye Weekblad which became famous for its fearless reporting and exposés of the apartheid government’s death squads. He joined the SABC in 1994 and pioneered and presented such programmes as the Special Report on the Truth Commission and Special Assignment. He was dismissed by the SABC in 1999 “for disrespecting SABC management”, a charge he could not deny. Max now works as a syndicated columnist, a documentary film maker, a political analyst and popular public speaker. He has written nine highly acclaimed books on South African history and politics. The updated and revised edition of his memoir, Pale Native – Memories of a Renegade Reporter, as well as its Afrikaans equivalent, Dwars – Mymeringe van ‘n Gebleikte Afrikaan, have just been published. Among his other published books are Of Warriors, Lovers and Prophets, Of Tricksters, Tyrants and Turncoats, Oranje Blanje Blues, Essence of a Land, The World According to Julius Malema (with Mandy Rossouw) and Oor Krygers, Korrelkoppe en Konkelaars. He has just been commissioned by Penguin Books (UK) to write The Rough Guide to Nelson Mandela He is a Fellow in Applied Leadership Values at the University of Fort Hare and an honorary research associate at the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town. Among his many awards are the Pringle Award from the South African Society of Journalists, the Louis M Lyons Award from the Nieman Fellows at Harvard University, the Excellence in Journalism Award from the Southern African Foreign Correspondents Association and an honorary degree from the University of Cape Town. Max du Preez was the 2006 Yale Globalist International Journalist of the Year and the 2008 recipient of the prestigious Nat Nakasa Award for integrity and courage in journalism from the SA National Editors Forum.
Tech Entrepreneur. Thought Leader. Speaker.
Rapelang Rabana who was featured on the cover of Forbes Africa magazine before the age of 30, selected as a Fast Company Maverick, named Entrepreneur for the World by the World Entrepreneurship Forum and selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum 2017 – Rapelang is an internationally lauded technology entrepreneur. Rapelang is the Founder and Chair of Rekindle Learning, a dynamic learning tech company that provides smart learning applications that improve learning outcomes for businesses and educational institutions. Rekindle Learning was profiled in the McKinsey Lions go Digital report as a striking innovation in mobile learning. She is also a Partner at private equity firm, Nisela Capital. From her first startup, straight out of university, Yeigo, to Chief Digital Officer at one of South Africa’s largest IT companies, Rapelang has amassed over 13 years’ experience building tech. Amongst other roles, Rapelang also serves as a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Entrepreneurship, as well as on the Boards of Standard Chartered Bank Botswana Education Trust and Imagine Worldwide. Rapelang regularly speaks at local and international platforms and has shared a stage with the likes of President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell. She obtained B. Business Science (Computer Science Honours) from the University of Cape Town, giving her a technical and business background. She has since believed that there had to be better, simpler more effective ways to do things – and there is: technology <em><strong>SPEAKING TOPICS</strong></em> <strong>HOW IMMERSIVE DIGITAL LEARNING EXPERIENCES COULD CHANGE THE FACE OF EDUCATION</strong> Subtitle: Leveraging AI and VR technology to skill at scale Synopsis: We desperately need a shared language that speaks precisely to the skills and capabilities we need to develop in young people to thrive in a world of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Charles Darwin hints at what we need to thrive in the future – it is not the strongest species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the most responsive to change’. Darwin speaks to ‘responsiveness’ being the decisive survival trait. Should we not then define intelligence, in terms other than IQ or EQ, and rather our ability to respond to change, to react to the tasks of work and life, to demonstrate the agility we seek in businesses today? By unpacking the underlying dimensions of the skills and capabilities that make up responsiveness, we could begin to define an architecture of capabilities that could be specific enough to be measured and with enough insight to know how to develop those capabilities in people. Developing people for responsiveness will not be achieved by stuffing information into our brains, but requires deeper, mind-shifting, psychological transformation that can only be gained from immersive learning experiences. Virtual reality (VR) and artificial (AI) intelligence present us with an opportunity to create a scalable platform for artificially created experiences that can be consumed by millions. INSIDE INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP – MY PERSONAL JOURNEY Subtitle: Realizing your potential through greater awareness Synopsis: Self-awareness is the meta-skills of the 21st century. The research shows that when we see ourselves clearly, we are more confident, more creative, we make sounder decisions, build stronger relationships, and communicate more effectively. And we’re more-effective leaders with more- satisfied employees and more-profitable companies. Rapelang unpacks her journey of entrepreneurship and how an organic journey to greater self-awareness has been quintessential to her success. Rapelang Rabana looks specifically at how greater awareness is the genesis of much celebrated business ideals – the capacity to be more innovation, the ability to take risk, and the capacity to create value from our unique, differentiated perspective of the world. <strong>TURNING INNOVATION INTO PROFIT</strong> Subtitle: Creating sustainable value for all Synopsis: The age of sustainably achieving profits by making money out of others is fast disappearing into the distance. It is no longer sufficient to score singular wins. The new economy demands that innovation and new solutions create shared value, where you make money, by making money with your customers – for your customers. This world order requires entrepreneurs, salespeople, business leaders to lift their horizons to see right through the value chain – to establish a line of sight to an outcome that leaves everyone significantly better off. Creating value for all, entails applying a form of innovation that is inspired by experiential wisdom – experience of the context and problem; raising awareness beyond one’s immediate end-goal to see the whole chain of needs for all players; and step-wise iterative progress that integrates data and feedback gained from each step forward. Rapelang Rabana brings her experience as a technology entrepreneur as well as global examples to drive key lessons for creating sustainable value for all. HOW I FAILED AS A CORPORATE Subtitle: Flipping the narrative of entrepreneurial failure to look at failure in corporates Synopsis: When it comes to startups, the popular narrative is that some 80% of new companies fail within three years of launch. This statistic is used to paint the picture of great risk and low chances of success in entrepreneurship. Rapelang Rabana flips this script and looks at her failure as a corporate as opposed to her 13-year career as a successful entrepreneur. Bringing a candid perspective on her experience of entering a corporate for the first time in her mid 30’s and working with other blue chip corporates, Rapelang Rabana looks at critical issues such as, the ways of work, skills, incentives, culture, and how these factors impact how startups and corporates approach business strategy, innovation and digital transformation. Is failure in corporates really that much less, than it is in startups? How can companies capture and retain more entrepreneurial energy? <strong>MAKING BUSINESS SENSE OF DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION</strong> Subtitle: Understanding the business of digital technologies Synopsis: Digital transformation is not about digital technologies and cool tech for technology’s sake. It’s about understanding the priority business challenges, which when solved using digital and exponential technologies, will materially improve business performance. These business challenges can broadly fall into 4 quadrants: generating new revenue streams or value-added services; driving cost efficiencies and improving margins; creating more compelling customer proposition; and transforming internal ways of work and the culture of a company. The digital transformation journey beings by zeroing in on the highest priority challenges. Rapelang Rabana – Digital Leadership customizes the journey of digital transformation for each sector makes it relevant to everyday business challenges. THE AFRICAN ADVANTAGE: HOW AFRICAN TECHNOLOGY WILL BE CONSUMED BY THE WORLD Subtitle: Leveraging experiential wisdom to notice opportunities Synopsis: These are many issues that blur Africa’s potential. But it is precisely the quantity and depth of these challenges that enable African entrepreneurs to appreciate problems and inefficiencies in a way that’s not possible when the challenges are not so serious. Leveraging the power of emerging exponential and digital technologies, African entrepreneurs are now living through an unusual time, in which the capacity of technology to solve problems is starting to match the scale of these market challenges. Many of the challenges we see in Africa were solved long ago in countries with much higher gross national incomes (GNI) before the advent of digital technology. Typically, they were solved using analogue solutions, and even if things weren’t perfect, they worked well enough for everyone to forget the flaws. Ironically, this has the effect of making inefficiencies less visible, and therefore provides less of an incentive for the creation of innovative digital solutions. This is what gives African entrepreneurs an advantage.
Tech Entrepreneur. Thought Leader. Speaker.
Advocate Thuli Madonsela
Professor Thulisile “Thuli” Madonsela is the Law Trust Chair in Social Justice and Law Professor at the University of Stellenbosch, where she conducts and coordinates social justice research and she teaches constitutional and administrative law. She is also the founder of the Thuma Foundation, an independent democracy leadership and literacy social enterprise. An Advocate of the High Court of South Africa, Prof Thuli Madonsela has been a lifelong activist on social justice, constitutionalism, human rights, good governance and the rule of law. Named one of TIME100’s most influential people in the world, in 2014 and Forbes Africa Person of the Year 2016, Prof Thuli Madonsela is one of the drafters of South Africa’s Constitution and co-architect of several laws that have sought to anchor South Africa’s democracy. Among laws she helped draft, are the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act, the Employment Equity Act and the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act. She recently completed a 7 year term as South Africa’s Public Protector, a quasi-judicial administrative oversight body responsible for investigating and redressing maladministration, corruption, executive ethic violations and related improprieties in state affairs. Before she became the Public Protector, Prof Madonsela served in various leadership capacities in civil society and government, including, Full-Time Commissioner in the South African Law Reform Commission. Prof. Thuli Madonsela is a co-architect and Founding Chairperson of the African Ombudsman Research Centre. She is also co-founder and one of the inaugural leaders of the South African Women Lawyers Association (SAWLA). She has a global reputation for integrity and fearlessness in enforcing accountability and justice in the exercise of public power and use of public resources. She also has a history of highlighting the importance of social justice and general inclusive enjoyment of the fruits of democracy in the pursuit of peace. Her work has received national and global recognition, including several Lifetime Achievement Awards, among them an award by the Premier of Gauteng in 2018. She has five honorary doctor of law degrees, from Wits University, Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town, University of Fort Hare and Rhodes University, with two approved honorary doctorates awaiting a date of conferment. Peer recognition includes the South African Law Society’s Truth and Justice Award, The General Council of the Bar’s The Sydney and Felicia Kentridge Award, Botswana Lawyers Association Honorary Membership of the Botswana Bar and the Commonwealth Lawyers Association’s Truth and Justice Award. Prof Thuli Madonsela is a Paul Harris Fellow, recipient of Transparency International’s Integrity Award, the German Africa Prize and Africa Anticorruption Crusader Award, among her innumerable accolades. A Tallberg Global Leader, among others, she spent a year at Harvard in 2017 as an Advanced Leadership Fellow.
Liezel van der Westhuizen - MC
MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Cape Town, Western Cape
With more than a decade of experience, not only in South Africa but also across the globe – in Africa, Asia and Europe – Liezel van der Westhuizen is no stranger to the role of master of ceremonies (emcee or MC), conference moderator and programme director. Liezel’s clients have ranged from high-flying financial institutions to tourism boards and sporting brands meaning that, after a decade in public speaking, she has become sought-after for her ability to move efficiently between sectors and to unite diverse audiences. Last year, Liezel really spread her wings in the master of ceremonies, or emceeing, role – accepting a major gig in China’s capital city. Of this challenging four-day conference, she enthused: “Landing a corporate gig of this calibre in a world-class business hub like Hong Kong was a dream come true and I look forward to building on these kinds of opportunities even more in the future.” The opportunity followed on from international MC and keynote speaker gigs she had already taken on with aplomb in Bali, Indonesia, the Seychelles and the United Kindom; there is no stopping the adventurous spirit of this talented global emcee. Over the past 10 years, Liezel has hosted events across South Africa and represented brands from across the African continent, thereby honing her public speaking professionalism to encompass the full calibre of high-end corporate functions, gala dinners, award shows and the conferences of major global and local brands as a master of ceremonies. Notably, she has clocked up an extensive list of firsts and attempts to break glass ceilings for women, which can be viewed here. Top among these include being the first female announcer worldwide to be on the start and finish lines of an Ironman Triathlon (2012); and the first female announcer to be on the start and finish lines of the Comrades Marathon (2012). She was also the second woman in the world to ever present Idols (2009). Her infectious energy, sharp wit and unique sense of style have lead to consistent rave reviews fo her master of ceremonies skills from clients, with Bianca Church from Century City Property Owner’s Association describing her as “professional, articulate and inspiring” and Sean of the Rainbow Team revealing that she took their event “to a new level”. Liezel makes a point of giving back in any area in which she is passionate, and emceeing has certainly not been one to escape her attention. She has made use of her skills to train youth in the art of public speaking through the Toastmasters Outreach Programme, an organisation of which she is a member; and has also run courses on public speaking to empower school leavers through Abraham Kriel Children’s Home and Khumba Resources. To find out more about her unique take on the master of ceremonies / MC role, click here. As a Toastmaster’s Society member, the bronze and silver awards she has won are testament to her hard work and skill, and make her sought-after not only in the emcee role, but also for events where motivational speeches and keynote addresses are required. Liezel’s engaging approach really brings each of her focus areas to life, with notable topics over the years being “Beating the Workplace Bully’, ‘Empowering Women’ and ‘Finding your inner strength’. Earlier on this year, Liezel was booked again in the international eventing arena for a three-day conference in Venice, regional capital of Veneto, famed for its canals, Gothic architecture and Carnival celebrations. A favourite of travellers the world over, this North-Eastern Italian region stretches from the Dolomite Mountains to the Adriatic Sea and lends itself to wonderful sightseeing in and around a business trip. As a Personal Branding expert, Liezel has her hands full training and mentoring entrepreneurs from all over the world, which her sporting achievements – such the recent challenge of a tandem cycle across the Himalayas with a visually impaired cyclist – add significant clout to. With a passion for education, Liezel’s degrees in Human Resources Management (Bcom) and Communications (Hons & Mcom) have been instrumental in laying the foundation for a truly fulfilling and diverse career. In combination, her education, experience and personal touch make her your go-to person for any event. Year-end function? Wedding? 50th birthday? To book Liezel as host for your special event or conference, do not hesitate to get in touch.
MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Liezel van der Westhuizen
Global Speaker | MC | Brand Coach
Already a household name after an impressive stint on MNET Idols in 2008, Liezel van der Westhuizen is currently taking both the South African entertainment, and personal branding scenes, by storm - most conveniently as a <strong>Virtual Speaker</strong> too, whom you can book right now! She is a: <ul> <li>Skilful presenter with a lauded vocal dexterity, evident in her work as a voice-over artist. With over a decade of acting and meritorious presenting experience within film and television, the success of her body of work with top local and international production companies, is beyond reproach.</li> <li>Renowned international emcee and keynote speaker, who has been intrinsically tied to the success of hundreds of events around the world, through her aptitude in captivating any audience, and across industries.</li> </ul> The relaxed smile, smooth and professional working manner, and her impeccable style, has made her one of the most sought-after presenters and emcees in the country - the digital space included. Liezel kicked off her public speaking and Emcee career over a decade ago and has, to date, hosted more than 500 events across South Africa and internationally. She has won bronze and silver awards as a member of the Toastmaster’s Society, and is often invited to give motivational talks, covering topics such as: “Beat the Bully”, “Empowering Women”, “Finding Your Inner Strength” and “Personal Brand Personified”. Coupled with a drive for success, an enthusiastic willingness to pass on knowledge, and an incredible work ethic, it is no wonder the sky is not even the limit for this unique talent. <strong>If the brand fits…</strong> Liezel was once cattily nicknamed 'The Giraffe' by designer Craig Jacobs, within his Sunday Times society column in 2009. She, and her statuesque sister Monique, stole the spotlight in killer heels that had them towering over other attendees, at a Radisson Blu fashion event. Although the moniker was not meant entirely flatteringly at the time, this entrepreneurs ingenuity went on to incorporate the label into everything she does, including the eponymously titled <a href="https://www.thegiraffebrand.com/"><strong>The Giraffe Brand Academy</strong></a>, which she launched soon after. This initiative, which keeps to Liezel's unending personal drive to offer value to those around her, began as a means of assisting business folk all over the world, in building a powerful and authentic personal brand. The truth of Liezel's diligent and tech savvy work, is evident in: <ul> <li>The successful rise of hundreds of businesses around the world,</li> <li>The development of more visible entrepreneurs and thought-leaders online, and</li> <li>A wealth of opportunities seized and fulfilled.</li> </ul> The dynamic perspective Liezel chose to take, as opposed to wallowing in the flighty words of others, is a powerful testament to her experience in the personal branding niche. This is someone who can clearly assist organisations and individuals, alike, to turn negative publicity into something wonderfully positive. She wont even let something like Covid-19s socioeconomic effects stop you, and your plans for towering above the rest, since Liezel has now added <strong>Virtual Speaker</strong> to her repertoire. <strong>Powerhouse presenter</strong> As only the second woman in the world to present reality television singing competition <em>Idols</em>, Liezel became a familiar face on the popular competitive music show during Seasons Five and Six, as well as during her time as a presenter on SABC3’s daily breakfast show <em>Expresso</em>. Liezel has presented TV shows for channels SABC3, SuperSport, SABC Sport, MNET, DSTV and SABC 2, and lists her career highlights as <em>Idols</em>, <em>Expresso</em>, <em>The Lunchbox</em> and <em>Soundcheck</em>. She continues to impress with her daily fitness feature on KFM radio, and maintaining a beloved <em>Fitness Fridays</em> segment on CapeTalk (a radio station that is broadcast in Cape Town). For those seeking more streamlined fitness information daily, Liezel has become the trusted <strong>Virtual Gig Guide</strong> for the hottest daily workouts she seeks out (or tries by recommendation) and shortlists, on her social media platforms - this seasoned Speaker also cultivating a digital presence resonating to more than 100 000 people. With so much going for her, it’s hard to believe it has been just a few years since Liezel was “discovered” by Jacaranda FM, after the programme manager heard her working as a Makro announcer, following her TUKSFM apprenticeship. <strong>Global village</strong> <em>“I began my radio life at TuksFM and was well and truly hooked on the joys of being able to use media to connect with people,”</em> Liezel explains. While working for this varsity radio station, she received a job offer from <strong>EMI Music</strong> South Africa to become their international Public Relations manager – a development that saw her being introduced to, and working with, an array of global music stars. An 18-month stint as an SABC3 continuity presenter, and presenter of the lunchtime show <em>Lunchbox,</em> led to even greater prospects for the towering talent; with the television singing competition <em>Idols</em> confirming her rise to the top. In 2010, Liezel launched <em>SoundCheck Live</em> on MNET, before starting her work on<em> Expresso</em>, and also found time to make her spirited on-screen debut in the films '<em>The Race-ist'</em> and '<em>Hollywood in my Huis</em>'. <strong>Beauty and brains</strong> With her professional style and ease in conversation, it will come as no surprise that Liezel has a spree of degrees in Communication Management from the University of Pretoria and, since 2000, has been a member of Toastmaster’s International. She holds a BCom degree in Human Resources and Industrial Psychology, and both a BCom Honours and an MCom in Communication Management - making her one of the most qualified<strong> Virtual Speakers</strong> you can book right now. <strong>Grabbing life with both hands</strong> Liezel manages to find time to work as a voiceover artist, and has an impressive portfolio of television and radio voiceover work to showcase, that underpins her other exploits. It all comes back to a drive within her, that was ultimately inspired by her grandmother’s fight against Cancer. “<em>My gran being diagnosed with Cancer was a big life-changer. I even shaved off my long hair, and went bald for a year in support of her. I now keep my hair short in memory of her and as a reminder that life is short. Before my gran passed away, she told me to grab every opportunity in life and [to] enjoy every moment.”</em> <strong>Fitness feats for charity</strong> Liezel's commitment to bettering the lives of people, extends so far beyond her world, that she was even called on to tandem cycle with a visually-impaired triathlete, across the Himalayans. She raised funds for <strong>Operation Smile</strong> and <strong>OneSight</strong>, proceeded to break records, all while challenging her body and mind to the limits; And her sports and fitness endeavours, can always be linked to her enthusiasm for the world, and her giving nature. In 2012 and 2013, Liezel partnered with Canoeing SA’s high-performance coach, Greg van Heerden, to finish the toughest canoe marathon in the world – the Unlimited Dusi Canoe Marathon. She keeps a healthy fitness regime, training six times a week on the road (running and cycling) and in the pool, and was selected to take part in Nestle’s Triathlon team that went on to complete the gruelling Full <strong>Ironman Triathlon</strong> in 2010 (this involves a 3.8km swim, a 180km cycle and a 42.2km run). The ocean – and its preservation – hold a special place in Liezel’s heart. She loves to swim, stand-up paddle board and surfski and is, impressively, a certified Nitrox Enriched Air scuba diver. Liezel recently gained her skipper’s license, after practising during a sailing fitcation in the Seychelles archipelago, which saw her entering and winning – on her return – the Mercedes Benz Ladies Race at the Royal Cape Yacht Club. She was a Top 8 finalist in the 2007 Shape/Sanex Cover girl competition, was voted number 56 in the FHM Hot 100 Sexiest Women in the World competition – and again in 2009 – and received a nomination in the Heat Hot 100 competition in both years. <strong>The sport-schooling solution</strong> Stylish and professional, Liezel made number four on designer Simon Rademon’s Best-Dressed Women’s list in SA in 2008, and was also nominated for an Olay SA Iconic Woman award that year too. She is passionate about the environment, is an ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Glass Recycling South Africa, and gives back in a big way. <em>“I am involved with a charity in Cape Town called Velokaya – it’s a not-for-profit organisation based in Khayelithsha that employs a range of holistic, education-based cycling programmes. I believe sport and schooling go hand in hand. I am passionate about South Africa and educating our learners.”</em> Emphasising her creativity and skill with the digital world, Liezel is the first person in the country to have <strong>ridden a bicycle powered entirely by social media</strong> (a custom-fitted techno wonder bike) for the dedicated purpose of raising funds for Khayelitsha’s Velokhaya Life cycling academy. With the help of public “likes” and Pick n Pay, she was able to donate 20 bicycles to the academy – an organisation which, just like Liezel, believes sport is able to give our youth the skills they need for a happy and successful future. This humble, energetic and deep-thinking personality will undoubtedly continue to grab each opportunity that life presents, while changing lives and bringing joy on her daily journey. Over and above her multiple groundbreaking achievements, it is Liezel’s radiant personality and uncompromising determination to impact lives, which truly draws in audiences. A talented<strong> public speaker</strong>, Liezel remains passionate about helping people to reach their full potential. Her calling, therefore, involves travelling around South Africa – and safely flying internationally– so as to deliver motivational talks and keynote addresses on topics that her audiences describe as valuable and up to the minute. <em>A few of her most popular talks are listed, and elaborated on, below:</em> <strong>Employers – don’t be scared of your employees’ personal brand;</strong> In this keynote address, Liezel says astute managers will encourage staff as they set about developing their own personal brands, knowing these can serve to create a win-win for both the company they’re running and their most valued employees. <strong>Key takeaways:</strong> <ul> <li>employees with strong personal brands will create interest and draw customers</li> <li>there is a way in which an employees personal brand, and the permanent job they are doing, can co-exist; that the two can be highly beneficial to each other</li> <li>trust is essential, so embracing those tough conversations is vital.</li> </ul> <strong>Future-proof yourself with your personal brand;</strong> The pace of change we are party to right now, is unparalleled and mind-boggling. Artificial Intelligence is already being used to evaluate the suitability of candidates before and after they are interviewed, and is able to trawl the internet with a fine toothcomb, which helps the recruitment “bots” to narrow down to a shortlist, the most viable applicants for any given job or contract. <strong>Key takeaways:</strong> <ul> <li>create a CV that is comprehensive, clear and professional</li> <li>capitalise on the reach of your Facebook Business Page</li> <li>add reviews and network as much as you can on LinkedIn</li> <li>update bios and photos across all your profiles</li> <li>post articles and blogs that position you as a leader in your niche; or invest in the services of a skilled copywriter to help you</li> <li>self-promotion is key when it comes to your personal brand in cyberspace</li> </ul> <strong>Every pedal stroke counts;</strong> <em>“This ride [was] about more than ourselves,”</em> says Liezel.<em> “Cindy and I wanted to find a way to make a real difference, so it was a natural decision to support these two incredible charities that essentially give people their smiles and help others to see them,”</em> she enthuses. <strong>Key takeaways:</strong> <ul> <li>how these two athletes faced innumerable challenges – including strong winds, rain, sleet, sub-zero temperatures and every imaginable technical problem – but never gave in</li> <li>how such tenacity and endurance in sport, is testament to incredible character-building and wisdom, which Liezel now puts into use in her personal brand coaching.</li> </ul> <strong>Beat the bully;</strong> Taking a stance on bullying in the workplace, Liezel shares tips in this keynote address on how to spot the office tyrant from a mile away; and how to avoid becoming the target of their meanness. In essence, she helps victims find their voice again, to get the recognition they deserve. <strong>Key takeaways:</strong> <ul> <li>recognise the school or office bully</li> <li>unleash your confidence and beat the bully</li> <li>get the recognition you deserve</li> <li>create an anti-bullying corporate culture.</li> </ul> <strong>Empower the nation, empower our women; and Find your inner strength.</strong> <em>“The glass ceiling imposed by the traditional workplace is not the only thing that holds women back. Often we hold ourselves back. An inferiority complex, family commitments and a fear of failure can be at the root of this self-inflicted stagnation.”</em> <strong>Key takeaways:</strong> <ul> <li>globally and locally, women are still in the minority in leadership positions</li> <li>while many challenges still face women in the workplace and society today, we still set out to change the world</li> <li>we need to speak out about gender-based violence and educational discrepancies</li> <li>we can work our way out of external and internal prejudices</li> <li>companies with more female senior managers have better financial performance</li> </ul>
Global Speaker | MC | Brand Coach
Gerald Mwandiambira CFP® is the Managing Partner of Sugar Creek Wealth (SCW). SCW help our clients pursue…
Gerald Mwandiambira CFP® is the Managing Partner of Sugar Creek Wealth (SCW). SCW help our clients pursue their wealth management goals through careful advice, astute investment management and access to the capabilities and network of Global Solutions Providers. We work closely with individuals, families and select foundations and endowments to develop wealth and investment management strategies. We then identify investment opportunities to help them reach their objectives. We complement these services with robust execution capabilities and attentive client service. Gerald is a CFP Professional and a Director of The Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa (FPI), he is postgraduate Financial Planning Law graduate and Economics graduate. Gerald is the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa, Media Award recipient 2014 and 2015 for his work in promoting Financial Planning in the media. Gerald Mwandiambira CFP® is also the Acting CEO and Chief Strategist for the South African Savings Institute (SASI). The South African Savings Institute (SASI) is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to developing a robust culture of saving in South Africa. Gerald has represented various financial institutions in Zimbabwe, The UK, South Africa and other African markets. He has experience in Banking, Stockbroking, Health Insurance, Investment Products and Long and Short term Insurance. He also has experience as a Financial Analyst and Strategic Planning. He is also a specialist in technical analysis of all Financial Markets and has extensive sales and marketing experience dealing with High Net Worth, Institutional clients and the broader mass markets. Gerald is active in the media and supports financial literacy by contributing as a freelance financial journalist and providing expert commentary to various print publications as well as on television and radio on various channels. Through his financial planning practice, book, articles, weekly radio programs, weekly YouTube videos, emails, live workshops and speaking engagements, Gerald teaches financial planning strategies that can help take your financial life, and your life in general, to a whole new level. Gerald believes that becoming financially educated is an important first step toward achieving financial success. He has a passion for educating individuals on financial topics and speaking for various groups and organizations and is known for his funny, intelligent, clear and engaging presentation style. Gerald has a passion to create real inter-generational wealth and enabling all to achieve their full financial potential. <em>Signature Presentations</em> <strong>African Wealth</strong> Understand how Africans view and perceive Money. This is fundamental to how you can tap into the African youth market, which will be the largest emerging middle class globally in the next 10 years. Why is Africa not behaving like Europe and Asia when it comes to Money. What are the cultural nuances to consider? Can Africans plan ahead financially? How do Africans view death, inheritance and inter-generational wealth? Who will be the next African Billionaires or which companies are likely to understand the African wealth model? A humourous, fun and serious look at Africa and wealth in Africa. <strong>Own Money as it is just a tool</strong> Want to learn how to manage your money more efficiently—and use it to create the life of your dreams? Then this workshop — in which Gerald Mwandiambira – Economic Speaker will teach you basic financial strategies in a compassionate, non-judgmental environment — is for you. What you’ll learn: How to easily and effectively budget your money every month. How to save more of the money you do make—without feeling restricted or deprived. How to build a cash cushion, pay off your debts and improve your credit score. The basics of investing and retirement accounts (do’s and don’ts, the magic of compounding interest, how to build wealth over time and more). <strong>The Pillars of successful investment</strong> Are you scared about investing your hard-earned cash into things like stocks, bonds and real estate? After this class, you won’t be. This workshop will shine a light on basic understanding of investment strategies and show you how to invest strategically to meet your long-term financial goals. What you’ll learn: The magic of compounding interest. The risks and returns of basic investment options like stocks, bonds and real estate. Investing do’s and don’ts — and how to stay invested for the long haul. The No. 1 way to become a successful investor and build wealth over time <strong>How to Grow Your Financial Planning Business Using Social Media</strong> Are you ready to finally embrace social media and use it to gain new clients, increase your annual business revenue and land media appearances? Financial advisors may understand how important social media is to grow their businesses — but most still lack the skill sets necessary to use it effectively and produce measurable results. Attend this breakout session and learn how to: Target your ideal clients on social media and provide value” experience for them. Leverage Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram to consistently gain new leads. Nurture your social media leads to actually convert them into new, paying clients. Streamline your social media marketing efforts so they don’t control your schedule.
Siyethemba Seakamela is a lover of life, people and travel…you will be hooked not only to her contagious…
Siyethemba Seakamela is a lover of life, people and travel…you will be hooked not only to her contagious laugh but her bubbly, quirky and bold personality. Born and bred in Kwa-Zulu Natal she is a daughter, sister, friend and confidant. In her spare time she loves to MC, Present and host on various platforms. She is a Speaker, certified Life Coach and Entrepreneur. She is dedicated to serve people through encouraging, equipping and assisting them to pursuit the best version of themselves. Her own struggle to find her footing in life has given her a passion to inspire others to find their identity, purpose and destiny. Siyethemba, means we hope or we trust, and she lives to be just that, a beacon of hope and truth bearer!!! <strong>My Story</strong> I know the frustrations, pressures and dissatisfaction that comes with being stuck, confused, unfulfilled and lacking direction in life, yet knowing that there is more to life one has to offer. Having stepped into a career industry that doesn’t complement my personality, passion, creativity and heart. I constantly found myself unfulfilled, depressed and crying in between lunch breaks. Sunday evenings were the worst, as they would come with so much anxiety. I would constantly wonder why I am here on earth, and what I have to offer. The despair went so deep that I questioned my existence, would anyone miss my presence here on earth? Yet deep down there was a sense of hope of there being more for me to offer. The journey of becoming unstuck meant that I would need to transform the way I think, the things I believed about myself as well as the outlook I had on life. The transformation of my life saw me start my business, pursue my passion and take the plunge of braving the mic. It is here that I refused to live a mediocre life. I chose to pursue my passion, dreams and purpose. <strong>Identity | Purpose | Destiny</strong> I believe that every single human being is born with greatness hidden inside of them. With a purpose, a call, that reason for breathing! Ours is to search for, discover and uncover that purpose in order for all that lies locked up within us to be exposed and consumed. Once equipped with the right transformational tools, guidance and insight I believe everyone has the potential to live out a rich fulfilled life. Allow me to help unlock all the hidden treasure inside you.
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