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Women’s Leadership Conference Cape Town


Location: President Hotel, Bantry Bay, Cape Town

Date: 19 August 2016

Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm

“When Women connect, the World changes” Debby Edelstein

If you’re a women in leadership with ambitions to make an even greater impact, you need to make sure you’re at the most dynamic women’s event of the year. Learn from some of the most inspiring and successful women in the country, clarify your own leadership contribution and connect with a powerful community who accept the challenge that we are the leaders we’ve been waiting for.

Women’s Leadership Conference 19 August 2016, Cape Town

(Just a few) Benefits of attending

1. Create your own leadership goals in the company of peers and mentors who’ve been there too

2. Make connections with leaders and household names you’ve always wanted to meet (our facilitators make it easy for you to do so)

3. Learn leadership lessons from unsung heroes you might never have heard of but will certainly never forgot

4. Learn how to access your own mastermind of women leaders to support you on your leadership journey (or join a WeLead Circle)

Themes to be discussed

Keynote: From “I Lead” to “We Lead”

Keynote: Leading (Living) by example

Keynote: Leadership lessons – the silver lining in the challenges we face

Keynote: Life owes me nothing

Keynote: Negotiating the best deal

Panel Discussion: What we can learn from Entrepreneurs

Speed networking session

Speakers Confirmed thus far


Wendy Ackerman, Director Pick ‘n Pay,  is a Trustee of the Ackerman Family Educational Trust Fund which assists students from all over the country with bursaries for tertiary education, as well as of the Pick ‘n Pay Bursary Fund which assists the children of employees. Recognition for her work includes the All Africa Philanthropist of the Year for 2015 and The WWF South Africa acknowledged her as a Diamond Custodian of Table Mountain.


Marlene Le Roux, CEO, Artscape, goes to great lengths to bring the people to the theatre, and when that proves difficult, takes a fully-fledged production to the rural areas and communities.  She is winner of the Shoprite/Checkers Woman of the year award in 1998 (Art category), Desmond Tutu Legendary Award 2001 and In 2012 received the German Peace Award.  Marlene is mother to two beautiful children Aimee 15 years and Adam 10 years who has severe cerebral palsy. She conceptualized and edited a book on women with disabilities called Look at Me and speaks out for the rights of women, children and the disabled.

Jannie Mouton, CA(SA), is the non-executive Chairman of the PSG Group, Zeder Investments and PSG Private Equity. He is the author and co-author of two books Toe ‘Fire’ hulle my and Celebrating 20 years (PSG). He has won many awards, including Western Cape Businessman of the year (2006), SA Akedemie in Wetenskap & Kuns (2008), All Africa Business Leaders Awards, Entrepreneur of the Year (2012) and EY Lifetime Achievement Award. He is married to Deidré and has two sons and 1 daughter from his previous marriage.


Esmaré Weideman is the Chief Executive Officer of Media24, South Africa’s leading media company, which spans traditional and digital media, distribution, book publishing, ecommerce and job classifieds. She has more than 25 years experience as a journalist, political writer, news editor and editor at some of the country’s most prestigious publications, including ten years as editor-in-chief of Media24’s flagship weekly magazines Huisgenoot, YOU and DRUM. She was appointed CEO in 2011 and is a director of Media24 and Novus Holdings.


Amanda Z Cuba, COO for RE/MAX Southern Africa, graduated BBusSc (Hons) in 2000 and began her career at Accenture in management consulting, where she worked both in SA and in the UK until 2009. She then ventured into her own consultancy in 2011 and was the founding member of Z Capital Group where she is the CEO. In January 2015, Amanda on behalf of ZCAPITAL, concluded the 45% BEE deal with RE/MAX Southern Africa. Amanda serves on various boards, including as non-executive director of Better Life Group.


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.


Dr Aisha Pandor acquired a PhD in Human Genetics and a postgraduate diploma in business administration (both at UCT) before being employed as a management consultant at Accenture South Africa. After 2 years there, she co-founded SweepSouth in June 2014, an on-demand platform for booking domestic cleaners, and was recently awarded first prize at SiMODiSA startup South Africa.


Elizabeth Gould is the Co-Founder & CEO of codeX, which is growing the next generation of African coders. A veteran journalist and executive producer, she has made hundreds of stories, shows and series on technology and innovation for Bloomberg Television in New York. She has also traveled around the continent telling stories of the entrepreneurs, investors, and companies building Africa’s digital future. Elizabeth is intimately involved in the African tech ecosystem, writing on tech in Africa for Quartz, teaching a course for the University of Southern California and serving on the Executive Committee of Silicon Cape.


Dikeledi Mosime, BA Economics and Political Science, MBA, is an entrepreneur and owner of promotional packaging business TIN-PAC.  She is also the founder of Green Coaching Networks, an NPO focusing on coaching and teaching life skills, as well as corporate management skills to graduates who are new to the corporate world.


Nelia Annandale, founder of children’s clothing business, Keedo, is a creative thinker and passionate entrepreneur.  Over the last two decades Nelia has received various prestigious awards, including; National Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year, Top Gender Empowerment Company and Black Business Quarterly Business Woman of the Year.


Nancy Richards is a freelance print and radio journalist, a speaker and media trainer. She writes for a number of publications on a variety of subjects: health, environment, travel, women and lifestyle, as well as the monthly ‘green’ pages for Pick n Pay’s Fresh Living magazine. She presents The Enviro-Show and Literature on SAfm. Nancy has founded Woman Zone, an initiative bringing women of Cape Town together. She has written two books Beautiful Homes and Woman Today: 50 years of South African Women.