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The Legacy Project
Lucy Bloom is an award-winning leader and speaker. She’s a change maker, exceptional communicator and…
Lucy Bloom is an award-winning leader and speaker. She’s a change maker, exceptional communicator and business fixer with the best mohawk in the business. Lucy led an advertising agency for 20 years before she became the CEO of a brand new women’s health organisation, funding a network of hospitals in Ethiopia. She then went on to transform a Cambodian children’s charity as its first CEO. She is the creator of the world’s first childbirth education program for men run in local pubs all over Australia and she’s the first and only Aussie named in the world top 30 #socialceos. Lucy’s top-selling memoir, Get the Girls Out, was published by HarperCollins in 2019 to rave reviews. You will find her challenging and entertaining in equal measure, with humor tied into a powerful business message. Lucy Bloom is a rule breaker, idea maker and momentum creator. Lucy Bloom is the first and only Australian to be listed in the world’s top 30 #socialceos She was a founding director and CEO of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia), going from volunteer to CEO in 8 years. Her knack for social media brought a niche charity in Australia a monthly post reach of more than 20M. Her social media clients report instant results. Even Facebook HQ has called on her expertise Lucy Bloom is a branding expert, accomplished photographer and art director She is a recipient of a Kindness Award from the Wake Up Project Lucy is the winner of the 2015 Women’s Agenda Emerging Leader in the not-for-profit Sector Award She was a finalist in the Agenda Setter category of the 2016 Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards Lucy has been nominated many times and named a finalist twice in the Telstra Business Woman of the Year Awards She is the Winner of a Weekly Award for Best Talk at the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2019. Lucy Bloom is the creator of the world’s first childbirth education program for men, which is run in pubs all over Australia. She is the author of the best selling book which accompanies the program, Cheers to Childbirth She is often called on to provide comment in mainstream media on a wide range of subjects such as gender equality, social media, leadership and international aid. She’s a member of Women on Boards and Professional Speakers Australia, Lucy is on the executive committee of Coogee Chamber of Commerce and one day will run for Mayor of Randwick Lucy Bloom travels from Sydney, Australia Lucy is an energetic conference speaker whose style is fast-paced and fun, and whose presentations are chock-full of take-home learnings to apply to work and life contexts. Her speaker areas of expertise include themes which apply broad business issues, leadership, high-performance teams, entrepreneurialism and intrapreneurialsm, communication, innovation, social media success and career inspiration for events where delegates are ready to change themselves and the world. Lucy Bloom speaks from experience and from the heart, is a member of the Professional Speakers Association and has been a conference speaker for more than 15 years. From the minute Lucy spoke, the whole audience was captivated. Her ability to incorporate humour and compassion into a clear business message is unlike no other. Lucy Bloom is a highly recommended speaker. Tim Carroll, National Partnership Manager, ANZ Bank LUCY’S EXPERT TOPICS INCLUDE <ul> <li>Doing business differently</li> <li>Trust</li> <li>Failure</li> <li>Courage</li> <li>Maverick thinking</li> <li>Resilience and transformation</li> <li>Connection and engagement</li> </ul> LUCY PRESENTS MASTERCLASSES ON <ul> <li>How to innovate with maverick thinking</li> <li>How to use words to persuade</li> <li>How to lead fast-paced micro-team</li> <li>Nailing social media with heart Sto</li> <li>Storytelling</li> <li>Leadership skills for every team member</li> <li>How to write funny</li> </ul> <strong>Keynote Topics</strong> <strong>MAVERICK THINKING</strong> Discover how to identify the elements of a maverick idea, have the courage to develop them, gain momentum behind them and launch them into the world – or present them to your boss. Learn how to create, distil and pursue maverick ideas with clarity and focus in a fast-changing, ever-moving digital age. <strong>THE TRUST TRIFECTA</strong> Trust is hard-earned and easily lost yet it underpins so much of our commercial and personal success. Understand the neuroscience of giving and receiving trust and learn how to develop and hold the trust of your customers and colleagues with the lessons learned in this valuable presentation. <strong>DOING BUSINESS DIFFERENTLY</strong> Lucy will take you on a roller coaster ride of fascinating experiences and business learnings from a 25-year career as a master communicator, world changer and trailblazer. Discover how to do business differently, why fun should be a factor in your strategic plan, why kindness and optimism feed your bottom line and how ordinary people do the extraordinary. <strong>EMBRACING CHANGE</strong> Behind the mohawk is a sharp business woman who has developed the tools for personal resilience and adaptability: from a motorcycle accident which almost claimed her life to the epic challenges of the start up world and the NFP boardroom. Lucy will show you how to inspire optimism and create value in the face of adversity and change. <strong>EVERYDAY COURAGE</strong> Most of us will never jump from a plane into a war zone or face a firing squad and neither has Lucy! But she has learned how the most courageous people face fear and push through. Lucy illustrates how courage is not only the realm of front-line soldiers. It is acts of everyday heroism that make the world go round.
INVITING YOU INTO THE SHOES OF OTHERS
Cape Town, Western Cape
But in 2010, following an unorthodox project for an advertising client, Michael began telling stories. In 2011 Michael then stumbled upon the untold story of the 1937 Springbok rugby team: a group of men who lived in a fascinating time and whose legacy holds far more gravitas than which can be retained in a set of chalk lines. This story proved to be a success and he has told the story to audiences around the country to overwhelmingly positive reviews. By 2015, Michael had developed and told a number of original, non-fiction stories all of which drew inspiration from South Africa’s unique history. An interest which, having qualified as an accountant, Michael had then studied through UNISA. With these foundations laid, Michael Charton – Conference Speaker made the decision to embark on his most ambitious project to date. To write and tell a story which, while remaining true to the art of storytelling, manages to unearth the key dynamics of South African history in a manner which appeals to the heart. This story would prove to be a monumental challenge, which saw Michael Charton – Conference Dinner Speaker resign his role as a financial director and ply 18 months of his life researching and developing. The result was acclaimed story, MY FATHER’S COAT. A story which has found considerable acclaim and set Michael up to expand his project into a company called INHERIT SOUTH AFRICA, which aims, through a number of projects, to make South African history more accessible to both our people and visitors. PRESENTATIONS: <strong>MY FATHER’S COAT – Five Men and the Great Story of South Africa</strong> MY FATHER’S COAT is the realisation of Michael Charton’s decade-long ambition to make the incredible story, that is South African history, more accessible to our people. To open the hearts of South Africans to our past, so that we may use our remarkable story no longer as a tool to inspire hatred and fear and division, but rather as a source of unity and healing. Accordingly, Michael’s idea was to condense the epic narrative of South Africa into a bite-size story which is both compelling and balanced. A project which would prove to be a colossal, time-consuming challenge, but one which has ultimately given rise to a very unique product, providing order and meaning to a notoriously complex subject. But importantly, this is no history lecture. Instead, this is just a story. A human story, told by climbing into the boots of five prominent and directly interlinked protagonists spanning 200 turbulent years: Mzilikazi, Kruger, Rhodes, Smuts and Mandela. So, while historians actively try to eliminate the biases so prevalent in our story; Michael embraces them. And as Michael Charton – Conference Speaker introduces you to each of his five characters, he allows them to lure you under their spell by subtly endorsing their beliefs and biases. But, with the introduction of each subsequent character, new insights are carefully leaked into the narrative, undermining previous biases and providing a new depth of understanding; until a layered and more balanced view of our complex past is gradually revealed. Further, and because the lives of these characters overlapped, Michael Charton – Conference Dinner Speaker finds unique opportunities to tell the same pivotal moments in the story through more than one set of eyes; so providing a powerful reminder of our heavy biases as well as the absurdity of some of our historic attitudes. Those attitudes ultimately responsible for South Africa’s catastrophic 20th century. This was a project Michael believed in so strongly that he gave up his life as a chartered accountant in order to pursue it. This passion shines through in his delivery. Indeed, this is a unique life experience: An opportunity to reflect on our unique past and to celebrate the fascinating peoples with whom we all share this complex country. Never before has our past been explored in this manner. <strong>THE FIRST WORLD CHAMPIONS – The Untold Story of the Legendary 1937 Springboks</strong> Michael stumbled upon the quite remarkable story of the 1937 Springboks in an old Cape Town bookstore. And being both a rugby fan and a passionate historian, he was amazed that he had never heard about this story before. Inspired, Michael Charton – Conference Speaker proceeded to scour the photo albums and scrapbooks of these old Springboks over the next 18 months. A process which opened his eyes to a set of amazing anecdotes: their remarkable relationship with the Maori people; the Springbok’s last Zulu “Haka,” a young Jewish star who would later make his way into Hitler’s bunker; and the antics of a famous gentleman-thug: Boy Louw. Stories offering a rare glimpse into the beauty of the human spirit. Then, following a strange sequence of events, his obscure passion for this tour evolved into a talk, which Michael has subsequently delivered for select audiences around the country, to consistently outstanding feedback. The story weaves together a few of the key characters of this tour. It unlocks the context behind the special old rivalry between the All Blacks and the Springboks; it celebrates rugby’s amateur era together with its associated gentlemanly conduct; and it re-introduces to the world a group of men who sacrificed in both peace and war. This is a story where sportsmanship and value systems leap at you through its characters, reminding one, through an emotional sense of nostalgia, what is truly important in life and legacy.
INVITING YOU INTO THE SHOES OF OTHERS
Ntsikelelo Mzibomvu (Author, Inspirational Speaker, and Trainer)
Author, Host, Speaker, Trainer, Entrepreneur Author of personal development book “Reimagining Myself – A…
Author, Host, Speaker, Trainer, Entrepreneur Author of personal development book “Reimagining Myself – A journey of personal transformation and entrepreneurial thinking” and Trainer for the Reimagining Myself Master Class. And the author of the art coffee table book ”The Path to Great Joy - A collaborative journey through the art and life of visual artist Njabulo Greatjoy Ndlovu” His passion for people development is expressed through his workshops, speaking engagements, coaching, and seminars where he equips young people, business owners/entrepreneurs, and organizations with key tools and strategies they need to deliver long-term personal and professional results. Through his books, speaking events, personal and entrepreneurial development workshops, Ntsikelelo has extended his product and service offering to corporate institutions, small to medium business owners, public institutions, government departments, and non-profit organizations. He is also the host of Conversations over Coffee and Art and CoCaPodcast – a dialogue platform fuelled by the love and appreciation for art; its capacity for impactful social commentary; and the desire to drive change through conversation – over coffee. As a coffee lover and a writer of an art coffee table book, he felt it would appropriate to bring these elements together, so that we may do what we normally do over coffee meetings and hang-outs, but on a bigger scale and with a common purpose.
The Quick Shift Deva
Kate has shared her enLIGHTening ideas with over 45,000 people and her obsession with productivity, leveraging and de-cluttering translates. South Africa’s foremost clutter expert, sought after international speaker, professional lifestyle coach, mastermind facilitator for other writers, runs retreats in idyllic locations and is the author of 2 books. Kate is hell-bent on inspiring an energetic transition to LIVE LIGHT, LIVE LARGE by transforming South Africa and the world one shelf, one life, one home, one heart and one business at a time. Kate is considered a down-to-earth coach, advisor and mentor who is always seeking a better version of life. With a huge appetite for change, love, travel, food, authenticity, wine, coffee and a raucous laugh - she is always up for an adventure somewhere new. She is at home dressed to the nines at the opera or ballet playing city gal ...as she is in walking shoes traversing the boggy moors soul-searching. She is a pretty good salsa dancer and can whip up a meal. She somehow pulled off being an executive chef in a villa (one summer in Provence as a self-proclaimed non-chef). She owned a Harley-Davidson once upon another life, is always searching for heart-shaped rocks on remote beaches, and still misses her beloved cat, Stripey, who has a new forever home. She helps you question your life, your choices and how you spend your time, but is equally someone you can sip a flute of champagne with somewhere idyllic while flirting with life. Mostly she thinks out of the box and just isn't afraid to take up space in the world. She will not let you shrink back from challenges, but she may help you question if it is even the right challenge to be tackling? A bit of real authentic common sense. Her books are now internationally published through appearing in the award winning movie “The Secrets of the Keys”, alongside the world’s self development leaders. She has taken her message to the next level with THE MINIMALIST MANIFESTO and living location free for 2016. Clients include the YPO/WPO, Nike, Massmart, Sage VIP Payroll, Investec, Air Mauritius, Dove, HP, Tsogo Sun, EY and Dermalogica. Kate inspires audiences by drawing on her vast experience and colourful life – combining a degree in Industrial Psychology, post graduate Industrial Relations, Master life coaching, practitioner of NLP and EFT along with owning her first family business in the wellness industry at age 25, a professional aromatherapist and reflexologist, as an executive chef in Provence, managing the sexy Fashion TV at Silverstar and owning a Harley Davidson at 40. She was recently handpicked to appear as an expert in the transformational film “The Secrets of the Keys” (USA) and is the brand ambassador for DERMALOGICA, Essential Earth and Velamiyora Photography. She truly lives her life according to the principles of being courageous, authentic and honest and is one of the main reasons clients are drawn to working with her. Kate Emmerson – Quick Shift Deva believes in the possibility that anyone can shift his or her life when pairing deep intention with a logical step-by-step guide. She wrote her first book, CLEAR YOUR CLUTTER to leverage her time and influence after realizing there are only so many homes she can personally go into to physically declutter. She has since helped thousands of clients all over the world let go of emotional, body and physical clutter and disorder. It is her mission to inspire people to LIVE LIGHT, LIVE LARGE. Her second book, DITCH YOUR GLITCH was written to support people on the next leg of the journey by following her process of STEP IN, STEP UP and STEP OUT. She also shares her own journey of how she let life get the better of her several times, battling bulimia, financial loss and depression and shares this in a story titled “WHEN THE RABBITS STOMP”. With courage and determination Kate reminds you to take charge of your life, and that anyone can get their life back on track, no matter how many “rabbits are stomping”.
The Quick Shift Deva
Nambitha Mpumlwana - Speaker
Nambitha Mpumlwana wears many hats – businesswoman, humanitarian, philanthropist, charity patron and many…
Nambitha Mpumlwana wears many hats – businesswoman, humanitarian, philanthropist, charity patron and many more. She is an inspirational, dynamic woman whose talent has touched many people. Apart from her stardom and entrepreneurship, Nambitha is an inspirational, dynamic, deeply spiritual and down-to-earth individual. Nambitha’s TV career Award-winning Yizo-Yizo I & II; Interrogation Room I & II; Justice for All I & II; Saints, Sinners & Settlers; 7 de Laan; Ashes-to-Ashes; The Lab I & II; Mozart – Music of the Violin. Nambitha’s awards SAFTAS (2007) – Golden Horn – Best Actress Drama Series. Nambitha’s film career: Safe House (2012), Invictus (2009), Tsotsi (2005), Red Dust (2004), Beyond Borders (2003), The Diamond Hunters (2001). International appearances with: Denzel Washington (Safe House), Morgan Freeman (Invictus), Hillary Swank (Red Dust), Angelina Jolie (Beyond Borders), Michael Easton (Diamond Hunters). Nambitha’s theatre career: Nambitha has led roles in several theatre plays such as The Dead Wait, Black Age, Whale, In Search of Dragon’s Mountain, Beauty and the Beast of Oracle, Apart, The Power of Harriett. Nambitha’s voice overs: Nambitha’s sought-after versatile voice has been heard in product ads of brands under the Unilever family (Pampers), TV programs (Studio 53) and national campaigns (SA Tourism). Nambitha as a programme director: Nambitha is a professional corporate programme director; serious where necessary and candid; always well informed. Her on-stage presence has been known to be spell-binding and thoroughly engaging to audiences consisting of high profile multi-nationals. She has proudly represented major companies as their MC including product launches, conferences, exhibitions, year-end functions, awards evenings. Some of these events include the Jazz for Cancer Concert, The Department of Agriculture’s Female Farmer of the Year Awards, The Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries’ Female Entrepreneur Awards, POPCRU National Congress, the National Jet Community Awards. Nambitha as a motivational speaker: Nambitha shares her inspiring experiences with women and students of all ages, in all walks of life. Not only has she touched the hearts of many young people, but, she has also given the broader South African community a sense of pride and achievement in the Arts. Her extensive training and experience in facilitating and workshopping issues such as multi-culturist and racism, have given her an insight into the workings of the human mind. Nambitha speaks on topics such as Alumni as Mentors, The I Matter, I Am Woman and No Apologies Here – Celebrating Diversity. She also runs a workshop called Dressing for Success. Nambitha is a facilitator, speaker, interviewer, panellist, coach and mentor to several women, students and poets. Her love for the arts and her pride in in African heritage could play a major role in ensuring that our African culture and heritage is preserved for generations to come. Nambitha’s television career Nambitha has presented on SABC 3, environmental programme 50/50 (SABC 2), Money (SABC) and Practical Parenting (SABC 3). Nambitha, the entrepreneur Nambitha runs a voice training institution, NAPAC which specializes in African voices from all over the continent which offers professional voice over casting services for commercial, industrial, interactive, multi-media and animation.
Professor Megandhren Govender (a.k.a Dr G)
Professor Megandhren Govender (aka Dr G) has over two decades of experience in teaching undergraduate and…
Professor Megandhren Govender (aka Dr G) has over two decades of experience in teaching undergraduate and graduate students at University. Over the years he has seen thousands of students graduate from his classes to take up strategic positions as engineers across the world. Through his Physics Support Classes, he has seen learners from all walks of life succeed in accomplishing their dreams ranging from artists, medical doctors, entrepreneurs, astrophysicists, to mention just a few. He has been a coach and mentor to many youngsters, educators, parents and graduates. Dr G has supervised several postgraduate students in research areas covering Chiropractic, Homoeopathy, Mathematics and Astrophysics. Science Shows bring Science and Mathematics back to Life Dr G’s unique science road shows have put something really special back into the teaching and learning of Science, mathematics and technology. With his shows “Riddles in my Soup Mug”, “The Flying Circus of Science”, “That Sense-able Show” and “Who moved my Frisbee”, Dr G has brought a brand new perspective into the teaching Universe. With brilliant demonstrations, witty humour, cool dance moves and tons of motivation, these shows have been watched by tens of thousands of learners across South Africa. Teacher Training Dr G has been working closely with educators through schools, DOE, UKZN and DUT. His unique approach to teaching has been used in many classrooms around South Africa. The hands-on approach to teaching has reinvigorated and inspired both educators and learners. ‘Show and Tell’ has been taken to a whole new level with learners demonstrating more interesting phenomena in the classroom. Teachers are also finding innovative teaching methods with the use of multimedia, YouTube videos, etc. Taking Science to the Masses From live demonstrations at uShaka Marine World, social gatherings (including birthday parties, Women’s Day events, Community Fairs) through to the use of social media such as YouTube and Facebook, Dr G is reaching thousands of people on a daily basis. The internet has enabled him to connect with people abroad from far afield as Oman, USA, UK, Australia, Far East and India. Dr G’s efforts at spreading the FUN of SCIENCE has been internationalised and is now entering a Golden Age of teaching, learning and sharing of knowledge. Corporate Links and CSI Dr G has worked with several large corporates to change the way people think not just in terms of science and mathematics but life in general. Community development and outreach are at the core of our mission to changing people’s mind sets especially when it comes to motivation, vision and inspiration. Community engagement through corporate sponsors brings together people of all ages and backgrounds. Such a spectrum of knowledge and experience is most likely to pay dividends within the community. We are also involved in staff development irrespective of the industry. We have worked with a range of companies ranging from the chemical industry, manufacturing industry, research and development as well as academic institutions. Our approach to teaching, motivating and inspiring people is such that our focus is to engineer a new generation of original thinkers. A single original thought can and has changed the course of civilisation many times over. WHO IS Professor Megandhren Govender (a.k.a Dr G)? Professor Megandhren Govender holds a PhD in theoretical physics and is based in the Department of Mathematics, Steve Biko Campus, Durban University of Technology. Prof. Govender started off his academic career as an undergraduate student at the University of Natal, enrolling for a Bachelor of Science Degree with Physics and Applied Maths majors (1990 – 1992). He then completed his Honours in Physics (cum laude) (1993) under the mentorship of various distinguished academics including Prof. A. D. M. Walker (space physics), Prof. M. Scourfield (classical mechanics), Prof. A R W Hughes (space physics), Prof. T. B. Doyle (statistical physics), Prof. P G L Leach (differential equations), Prof. D Bedford (quantum physics and relativity), Prof. M Michaelis (optics), Prof. M Hellberg (plasma physics) and Dr P Krumm (quantum physics). He then completed his Master degree in relativistic astrophysics under the supervision of Prof. S D Maharaj. His research focussed on the gravitational collapse of radiating stars and extended irreversible thermodynamics. His collaboration with Prof. R. Maartens (SKA/ SARChI Professor in Astronomy & Astrophysics) and Prof. Maharaj (Research Chair in Gravitating Systems) produced two fundamental research papers which paved the way in the application of relaxational effects during dissipative collapse. Prof. Govender was awarded the Bronze Medal for the Advancement of Science and the Henry Dyer award for his Masters dissertation. He completed his PhD in relativistic astrophysics in 1999 in which he focussed on the role of shear, anisotropy and heat dissipation on the end-states of gravitational collapse. With over sixty research papers in top-tiered research journals, Prof. Govender’s research interests are wide and varied and include exact solutions of the Einstein-Maxwell equations, braneworld stars, black holes, strange stars, quasars, pulsars, neutron stars, inhomogeneous cosmologies and extended irreversible thermodynamics. Over the years he has supervised many masters and doctoral students in relativistic astrophysics, homoeopathy and chiropractic. He has a strong collaborative network of researchers from across the globe including India, United Kingdom, Spain, Brazil, Oman and Japan. Prof. Govender started off his lecturing career at the former Technikon Natal campus as a lecturer in Physics. He quickly moved up the ranks to associate professor and Head of Physics before joining the School of Mathematics, UKZN in 2003. He mathematics and applied mathematics to undergraduate engineers at UKZN, becoming a favourite amongst students. His unique teaching skills and insights earned him the name “Dr G” and is well-known for the famous line: “This Problem is now Solved!” His easy-going attitude and insightful approach to mathematical modelling of physical phenomena attracted many postgraduate students with diverse backgrounds including a chemist. Prof. Govender has been a reviewer for many prestigious research journals including Physical Review D, General Relativity and Gravitation, International Journal of Modern Physics D and European Physical Journal C. Prof. Govender has taken physics to the masses in a unique and exciting way. His shows “Riddles in you soup mug,” “the Flying Circus of Science” and the “Science of Fun” have been watched by tens of thousands of learners and educators across KZN. He has also taken the theatre world by storm with his shows “So You Thought Einstein was a Genius” and “So You Thought Einstein was a Genius Too!” which at the Natal Playhouse and IZulu Theatre in Durban. Dr G has enthralled and mesmerized audiences with his spell-binding and riveting live performance that combines Physics, Mathematics, Technology, Engineering, dance and humour. He has attracted various media recognitions while popularising science which include appearances on ECR, Eastern Mosaic and most recently, SABC’s MELA. Prof. Govender is actively involved in changing the way teachers teach and learners learn, particularly at schools. He has done work for the Department of education via various intervention programmes. He has been invited to several teacher workshops and teaching and learning conferences to show case his unique approach to teaching various subjects. The use of demonstrations and the connection between theory and application in everyday life makes his approach to teaching and fascinating. Dr G is well respected amongst educators in various disciplines. He is a much sought-after motivational speaker and life coach having worked with large corporates such as FNB, the Ceramic Industry, Toyota, eThekwini, Sofanis, to name just a few. Prof. Govender has been inspiring a whole new generation of learners, graduates and postgraduate students through his unique presentations and insightful lessons. His approach to teaching is second to none and has earned him huge respect amongst teachers, students and academics. Professor Megandhren Govender is married to Dr Neetu Govender, a chiropractor in private practice. They have two children, Kyla and Lev who share their quirky and interesting views on reality and life in general. Megandhren loves music, fashion and dance. His work and life has been greatly influenced by Michael Jackson, Anthony Robbins, REM and Madonna. His current interests include the search for extra-terrestrials and life beyond the death. <strong>KEYNOTE TALK</strong> Will the Real Einstein please stand up? How does a kid from a shanty town living in a tin and wrought iron house with no running water or electricity grow up to become a leading astrophysicist with over 60 international research papers on Einstein’s gravity, black holes and collapsing stars? He is one of South Africa’s most recognized astrophysicists having changed the mindset and attitudes of tens of thousands of school learners, educators and the general public through his spring-loaded shows and effervescent personality. How does one define GENIUS? Most people will equate Einstein with genius. Does having the ability to solve complex mathematical problems or excelling academically earn one the status of genius? What about our talented artists, musicians, poets, craftsman, teachers and entrepreneurs? We walk among amazing people with unbounded talent, vision and perception. The ability to think outside the box and to discard commonsense drives creativity and progress. Having the ability to say “YES” even if you are thinking “NO” is a major advantage in taking a leap of faith. We all have at the very least one special talent, be it carving a spoon out of a fallen tree branch or coming up with the next best thing after Facebook yet many never realise it. CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK AND YOU WILL CHANGE THE WORLD! Can you walk through an A5 page? Most people will say no. I will show you how this is possible. How many nails can you balance on the head of a single six-inch nail without using glue, magnets or holding them together? The pessimists amongst us will say none. The blinkered thinkers will say one. I say any number. I will open your mind to infinite possibilities through the power of speech, brilliantly constructed demonstrations and experiments. By changing the way you observe the physical universe, whetting your curiosity and by appealing to your latent youth we will unleash the GENIUS within YOU! From dunking marshmallows into liquid nitrogen (temperature of -1960C), launching methanol rockets, levitating objects, baking bread using ice-cream through to creating fire vortices using a dustbin and a turntable, the audience will be elevated to another level of thinking. The experience through audience participation, visuals, motion, humour, music and dance will leave everyone wanting more. This is a life-changing, mind-blowing and jaw-dropping experience.
Alex van den Heever
Kruger National Park
Alex van den Heever has for the last 20 years, with Renias worked together conducting specialised safaris, training animal trackers and presenting their inspirational presentation, The Power of Relationships. Their work has taken them throughout Africa, including Brazil, Peru, North America, UK and Australia. Their journey together has taken them from tracking leopards at Londolozi to following grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park and presenting internationally. Alex and Renias have been the subjects of several TV news documentaries, most notably, CNN International and now available through Speakers Inc These two men have broken through the barriers of their backgrounds and formed a bond which has changed both their lives forever. This is a relationship which is seen by many as a model in a democratic South Africa. Made possible by the Rupert Family Foundations, Alex and Renias’ are founder members of the Tracker Academy. Presentation Details Presentation highlights: four true stories Renias saves Alex from Leopard attack Alex visits Renias’s village, Dixie Renias travels to England – his first trip from the bush The poacher You will gain the following from the presentation: <ul> <li>How to build trust in difficult circumstances</li> <li>How to create an environment conducive to mutual understanding</li> <li>How to get to know your colleague from another culture</li> <li>How strong culture creates big benefits</li> <li>How to leverage the power of language</li> <li>How to realise the power of diversity in the workplace</li> </ul> Alex spent his formative years growing up on a cattle farm in the Western Cape, South Africa. After completing his studies in Marketing and Business Management, he joined the world-renowned Londolozi game reserve in 1995, as a game ranger. At Londolozi, Alex van den Heever worked as the environmental manager, presented for the marketing team and conducted specialised safaris. Alex’s greatest fascination is traditional skills of animal tracking. He has dedicated much of his life to learning the ancient skill, eventually qualifying as one of a handful of tracker assessors in 2004 – the youngest ever to achieve this feat. During the last decade, Alex’s commitment to tracking has afforded him the opportunity to track jaguars in the Amazon jungle, bears in California, grizzlies and wolves in Montana and the famous black-mane lions of the Kalahari. All of these adventures are experienced with his long-time friend and mentor, Renias Mhlongo. Alex van den Heever is the founder of Nhlayisa Power Supply, a company which develops fortified foods for rural markets and bulk feeding. His dream to establish a tracking school started when he was paired with Renias Mhlongo as his tracker at Londolozi. In 2010, Alex van den Heever with encouragement and support of Mrs Gaynor Rupert founded the Tracker Academy – the first school of its kind in Africa. Tracker Academy stands as a training division of SA College for Tourism which operates under the auspices of the Peace Parks Foundation. In addition to his conservation work, Alex has worked as a facilitator for Vulindlela Transformational Services conducting diversity training. Here he led courses aimed at facilitating a better understanding between black and white people working in corporate South Africa. <strong>Relationships & Team Work in the Workplace</strong> With humour, sensitivity and humility, Alex and Renias demolish the walls that isolate each one of us. They tell their story of a path to profound mutual understanding. Their story is a tale of contrasts: white and black; man, and boy; apartheid and unity; third world and first world. Alex uses the real-life story of his life as a game ranger at Londolozi Private Game Reserve and his relationship with tracker Renias Mhlongo to convey transformational wisdom and insights. Alex van den Heever will demonstrate how to break down cultural barriers utterly in the work place and foster generosity of spirit among people. It is not a methodology they offer but rather an ability to inspire the audience and open their minds to their potential as individuals and as a team.
Rusty Labuschagne - Freedom Warrior
Rusty Labuschagne is a unique premier speaker on the professional circuit. One is immediately struck by his sincerity and humility as he delivers a dramatic account of his transformational experience. Rusty has been through a trauma few have experienced. In 2003, the successful Zimbabwean businessman, who ran a safari outfit, flew his own aircraft, and had a fishing resort on Lake Kariba, was framed by a poacher, the police, and the courts, and wrongfully convicted of drowning a poacher. He talks and writes about being subjected to conditions most people would find unbearable, having to draw on his inner resources and strengths to endure the unimaginable. In the process, he developed not only a life-saving resilience but also empathy and a keen desire to help his fellow inmates. His faith in God, positive mental attitude, leadership qualities, and lessons in forgiveness, gratitude, and humility bring a personal, transformative, and authentic message of hope and freedom. In his book and to audiences, Rusty's message is that everyone is faced with challenges, but it is who you are and the depth of your determination that will get you through life's darkest moments. He shows how one can harness one's inner strength and let go of what one cannot control. His talks have a broad audience appeal, from leadership lessons for CEOs and managers to inspiration and staff members' motivation. They will all feel an impact. VICTORY OVER INJUSTICE Against police evidence, without a body and on presumptions, Rusty was convicted of drowning a fish poacher during Mugabe's rule. He served 10 years in Zimbabwe's prisons, including the notorious Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison, where he suffered through the Zim dollar crash, with food shortages, no running water, and people dying around him daily. He speaks eloquently about being subjected to conditions most people would find unendurable, having to dig deep within himself to find solutions to an unbearable situation. His resilience, ability to face adversity, and pure grit are an unparalleled inspiration. KEYNOTES: <strong>Beating Chains</strong> <ul> <li>Resilience Learned: Bounce back with experience and grit. You have it in you!</li> <li>Inspiring Others: Are you making a difference? Find your purpose.</li> <li>Unanswered Prayers: Being prepared for where you are going.</li> </ul> HE SHARES THE LIFE LESSONS HE LEARNED ABOUT FORGIVENESS, GRATITUDE AND FINDING TRUE FREEDOM.
Rory Steyn was appointed to the Presidential Protection Unit in 1996. Rory was team leader of President…
Rory Steyn was appointed to the Presidential Protection Unit in 1996. Rory was team leader of President Nelson Mandela’s personal security detail and handled the protection of the former President both nationally and internationally. Prior to this, Rory had a long and accomplished history in the South African Police Service, where he specialised as an investigator, an intelligence field worker and section head of the Johannesburg VIP Protection and Bomb Disposal units. With well over 30 years of hands-on experience in policing and private security. Rory has also served on the Security Directorate of the ICC Cricket World Cups 2003 and 2007, chaired the Security Directorate for the ICC World Twenty20 and managed sports team protection to SA since India’s first post-apartheid cricket tour of South Africa in 1991, the 1995 IRB Rugby World Cup and the 1996 CAF African Cup of Nations. NSA was appointed as the safety and security consultants to the inaugural and highly successful Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008 and in 2009 when due to security related issues, the tournament was relocated to South Africa. NSA will continue to provide these services for future IPL competitions in India. Rory is proud to have worked on the 2010 FIFA World Cup on home soil where he coordinated and managed all NSA operations in support of FIFA’s commercial partners. Rory is an excellent Motivational Speaker for your conference events Looking at Nelson Mandela’s presidency from the view of his chief bodyguard, Rory Steyn, this tribute contains behind-the-scenes information and anecdotes. It also describes how Rory Steyn – Motivational Bodyguard, a traditional white South African, came to the realization that he would risk his life for Mandela.
Sara-Jayne King is a mixed-race South African/British journalist and radio presenter whose career has taken…
Sara-Jayne King is a mixed-race South African/British journalist and radio presenter whose career has taken her across the globe in search of remarkable stories and fascinating characters. Her career began as a junior journalist in local radio in London and since then has included roles in the Middle East and Africa, most recently as a senior editor for news channel eNCA and presenter for Primedia’s talk radio station Cape Talk. Born Karoline King in 1980 in Johannesburg South Africa, Sara-Jayne (as she will later be called by her adoptive parents) is the result of an affair, illegal under apartheid’s Immorality Act, between a white British woman and a black South African man. Her story reveals the shocking lie created to cover up the forbidden relationship and the hurried overseas adoption of the illegitimate baby, born during one of history’s most inhumane and destructive regimes. Killing Karoline follows the journey of the baby girl who is raised in a leafy, middle-class corner of the South of England by a white couple. Plagued by questions surrounding her own identity and unable to ‘fit in’ Sara-Jayne begins to turn on herself. She eventually returns to South Africa, after 26 years, to face her demons. There she is forced to face issues of identity, race, rejection and belonging beyond that which she could ever have imagined. She must also face her birth family, who in turn must confront what happens when the baby you kill off at a mere six weeks old returns from the dead. Sarah-Jayne is passionate about issues relating to identity, race, adoption, mental health and addiction and addresses all of those factors in her talks.
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