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WeLead WOMEN’S DAY Conference


Date: Tuesday 8 August 2017

Venue: Hyatt Regency, Rosebank, Johannesburg

Cost: Book and pay May/June – R2750 per person ex vat
Book and pay Jul/Aug – R3600 per person ex vat (call us for group and NGO bookings)

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

A power-packed morning of leadership insights for women (and the great men who support them)

Featuring some of the highlights and most popular themes which emerged from our 12th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference in March this year, this annual breakfast forum will highlight some of the best and most current ideas for stepping up to the platform with the leadership style that suits you best.

Join us if you want to:

1. Reward your team, your best clients (and yourself) for the great work you do

2. Reflect on what you’re doing well already and replenish your tool kit with what you could do better

3. Expand your leadership network with the most inspiring and supportive women leaders around – the WeLead network

4. Join the women leaders who are responding to the call to become “the Leaders we’ve been Waiting For”.

“Was on an absolute high after the conference! Feeling motivated and determined and by just being there and receiving this information built confidence in my abilities and capabilities” Susan Theodoridis (Human Resources, FuturePack)



Natasha Davies, Group Executive Human Capital and Transformation at Denel SOC, 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. Her management and operations responsibilities encompass overseeing multiple components of complex organisations that include the full range of human capital responsibilities. Natasha is married and has a 12 year old son.


Ipeleng Mkhari is the founder and CEO of Motseng Investment Holdings, a diversified investment holdings group with investments spanning asset management, property management, infrastructure investing, logistics and industrial manufacturing. A pioneering entrepreneur, she 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. She has won numerous awards, including Pioneer Woman of the Year by Forbes Woman Africa in 2015. She is married with 3 daughters.


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. She spends her time identifying new leadership talent, coaching and mentoring new voices in women’s leadership and showing women leaders and entrepreneurs how to “be themselves but louder”. Debby’s latest project is the WeLead Circle Project – an innovative methodology for developing women leaders through peer coaching networks


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.


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


Banele Lukhele is a freelance educator, writer and composer. She self-published her first novella in 2010, called My Name is Grace. She then went on to complete a Bachelor of Music at the University of Witwatersrand majoring in composition and research. In her honours year, 2014, Banele worked as the program assistant for the South Africa Washington International Program. Parallel to this Banele has been involved in private education as well as volunteering. Banele is volunteering at two NPOs and has been appointed as the SA program co-ordinator of a teacher exchange program run by the World Affairs Council DC, an American organisation.


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.

Best emerging women speaker competition

We know that conference line-ups and conversations around the country need more feminine voices. And it’s not only household names who deserve a place behind the podium. So this year we’re introducing a brand new slot for the best emerging woman speaker. This is your invitation to share your story on the WeLead platform. If you’d like to enter the competition for the privilege of speaking at the QualityLifeCo/WeLead Women’s Day event 2016 and one free place on our next Coaching for Speakers programme, email Lizzy for the entry requirements. Deadline is June 30.