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Qualitylife Company

Proudly invites you to


“When Women connect, the World changes” – Debby Edelstein

The WeLead Conference gives you the opportunity to engage with some of Africa’s most exciting Women Leaders AND to explore your own leadership potential.

For the last 12 years, we’ve seen talented women relish the opportunity to take responsibility for their own leadership journey in an environment that encourages connection, inspires confidence and gives access to support networks.   It is also an honour to celebrate the women (and men) leaders who are paving the way for the future, our role models throughout society.




Date: Tuesday 8 August 2017

Venue: Hyatt Regency, Rosebank, Johannesburg

Cost: R3600 per person ex vat (call us for group and NGO bookings)

Time: 8:00 am for 8:30 am until 4:00pm


  • Create your own leadership goals in the company of peers and mentors who’ve been there too
  • Make connections with leaders and household names you’ve always wanted to meet (our facilitators make it easy for you to do so)
  • Learn leadership lessons from unsung heroes you might never have heard of but will certainly never forgot
  • Learn how to access your own mastermind of women leaders to support you on your leadership journey (or join WeLead Circle)



Jo-Ann de Wet, BCom in Business Economics & Industrial Psychology, started her career in McDonald’s as a Trainee Manager in 1995. Today, Jo-Ann is the Chief Operations and Supply Chain Officer, responsible for overseeing restaurant support. As a member of both the McDonald’s Global and APMEA Women’s Leadership Network, which aims to support the development and advancement of women, Jo-Ann is instrumental in the establishment of local chapters throughout the world. In 2016, she was awarded the prestigious McDonald’s Global Women’s Leadership Network Award.


Natasha Davies is the Group Executive Human Capital and Transformation at Denel SOC and is responsible for ensuring that HR strategies are aligned to business objectives. She started her career as a Professional Nurse and thereafter completed an Honours degree in Education and Administration and a Master’s Degree in Commerce from the University of Johannesburg. During her employment tenure she has held top strategic level positions in both the public and private sectors.


Ipeleng Mkhari founder and CEO of Motseng Investment Holdings and a pioneering entrepreneur, established the first black woman owned CCTV business and subsequently founded Motseng Investment Holdings in 1998. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science, has completed The Executive Development Programme at Wits Business School and is an Archbishop Tutu Fellow. Ipeleng serves on various boards of unlisted and listed businesses, public sector agencies and nonprofit organisations. She has won numerous awards, including Pioneer Woman of the Year by Forbes Woman Africa in 2015. She is married with 3 daughters.


Portia Derby, Aurecon’s Senior Regional Director for Gauteng, BSc Geology & Economics, BSc (Honours) in Economics, MBA, is currently a director of Ubu Investment Holdings, where she has a number of fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities and is responsible for advising on strategy, business development and investment. Prior to joining Ubu, Portia was the DG in the Department of Public Enterprises and a strategy and corporate governance consultant at Transnet. She also served as an advisor to the then Minister of Energy & Mineral Resources and was actively involved in the drafting of the Mining Charter.


Debby Edelstein is co-founder and CEO of QualityLife Company – the alternative school for business she launched in 2000. An entrepreneur, speaker, mentor and thought leader on women’s leadership and new leadership trends, Debby has championed women’s development and gender mainstreaming in South Africa for 20 years and has become one of the country’s most respected voices when it comes to women in leadership. Her latest project is the WeLead Circle Project – an innovative methodology for developing women leaders through peer coaching networks.


Professor E.L. Van Harte was inaugurated as the Chair of the first permanent Defence Force Service Commission of the Department of Defence, RSA in 2013. She has a Bachelor’s in Social Work (UWC), two degrees in Communication (UNISA) and a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology from Columbia University, New York. In 2002 she was appointed as Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor and Rector of Stellenbosch University to advance transformation at the institution. She was the first woman and Black person to be appointed as Dean of Students at Stellenbosch University. In 2006 she was appointed as the first Black and female Dean at the Military Academy.

Dr Danella Eliasov, Specialist Psychiatrist and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) champion


Grace Harding, CEO Ocean Basket, has a background in HR, marketing, people engagement and strategy. Since joining Ocean Basket in 2012, the group has grown from 147 stores in 7 countries to a franchise consisting of 203 stores in 16 countries, with expansion plans firmly in place for a further 76 stores. Grace understands the need for executives to align their employees to their vision, brand and business goals. Today she sees Ocean Basket as the perfect environment for her to fulfill her own dreams: It’s a down to earth, tenacious and very real brand – a true David in the world of Goliaths.


Nosipho Siwisa-Damasane, was most recently the CEO Richards Bay Coal Terminal, a world-class global facility responsible for the export of coal for all the coal mining companies in SA. She was appointed in July 2012 as the first woman CEO. Nosipho has a B.Com Accounting from the University of Transkei and completed articles with Ernst and Young in East London. She is currently studying for an MBA in Sustainability at Rhodes. Amongst many industry awards, Nosipho was IPM’s CEO of the Year in 2014, in 2015, she was announced as the winner of National Business Woman of the Year in the Corporate Category.


Emelda Pillay is a seasoned coach, NLP Practitioner and facilitator, who plays a strategic driver and execution role as a Business Manager in Group Finance at MMI. She coaches and mentors leaders and professionals, across a diverse spectrum in the business environment. She has an absolute passion for the development of young talent. With over 15 years’ experience as strategic partner and Head of Human Capital functions she has influenced strategy and partnered with other HR professionals in crafting culture, managing transitions and ensuring the overall health of the organisation.


Vangile Makwakwa is the bestselling author of Heart, Mind & Money: Using Emotional Intelligence for Financial Success. Her book explores how emotions impact the way we save, spend and invest money and was selected as part of the Exclusive Books HomeBru selection. She’s also the founder of wealthy-money.com, a company that helps Millennials create wealth holistically. Vangile is a digital nomad and has a Business Science Finance Degree from UCT and an MBA from the Simmons School of Management in Boston, MA.


Ndabaningi “Zubz” Mabuye has earned his title as one of SA’s most respected Emcees through his critically acclaimed music. Zubz’s insight into the realities of people has helped colour his storytelling abilities. More than a musician, Zubz also holds a B.Com degree in Information Systems and Economics and has been actively involved in content creation and presentation online for over ten years. He has also been actively engaging young people and their creativity through hip-hop workshops that focus on writing skills, storytelling and the art of performance.



Date: Tuesday 8 August 2017

Venue: Hyatt Regency, Rosebank, Johannesburg

Cost: R3600 per person ex vat (call us for group and NGO bookings)

Time: 8:00 am for 8:30 am until 4:00pm