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WeLead Breakfast Forum: JHB Celebrates WOMEN’S DAY



Date: Friday 5 August 2016

Venue: Hyatt Regency, Rosebank, Johannesburg

Cost: R995 ex vat

Time: 7:00 am for 7:15 am until 11 am

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 10th 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)

The sessions

1. Story-tellers, nurturers, conscience-stirrers, activists, managers & nation-builders. Director of the National Arts Festival Ismail Mahomed will reflect on some of the South African women theatre-makers with whom he’s worked; and how they’ve inspired and informed his life.

2. Leadership and Influence: Businesswoman of the year 2015 Nosipho Siwisa-Damasane shares how she uses her positional power to make a difference.

3. From “I Lead” to “We Lead”: The power behind the new collaborative, feminine leadership model with QualityLife Company founder and women’s leadership champion Debby Edelstein

4. Mothers and Mentors: A panel discussion to celebrate the mothers and mentors who shape lives and create leaders – often without fanfare, always with love

5. Steve Barnett is The Silent Conductor. He uses an orchestra as a metaphor for organisations, demonstrating leadership, communication, cooperation and team effectiveness. All without saying a word!

6. Diviner of the Road: Best Emerging Speaker: Zoya Mabuto looks at how we often turn to others for solutions to our problems. She uses the example of the African method of consulting sangomas to unpack this interesting subject. She asserts that the only way to take charge of our lives is by stepping out of our comfort zones and taking responsibility, at all times.



Ismail Mahomed, Director of the National Arts Festival since 2008, has contributed significantly to the Festival’s annual growth in terms of funding, content and audience development. He was awarded the Paul Harris Award by the Grahamstown chapter of Rotary International and the Standard Bank Standing Ovation Award for his visionary growth and transformation of the Festival’s artistic programme by The National Arts Festiva.l He takes up the position of CEO of the Market Theatre Foundation on 1 Aug 2016.


Nosipho Siwisa-Damasane, recipient of The National Business Woman of the Year Award in the Corporate Category for 2015, is the CEO for the Richards Bay Coal Terminal, a world class global facility responsible for the export of coal for all the coal mining companies in South Africa. She was appointed to this position 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. She is passionate about logistics, talent management and the development of women in port operations and engineering.


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


Best Emerging Speaker Zoya Mabuto is the 2015/16 Toastmasters International Public Speaking Champion for Southern Africa. A Professional Speaker, Public Speaking and Communications Consultant, ZoyaSpeaks uses her voice to ‘tell stories of hope’ and drive home positive messages about the role of women in the development of the African Renaissance. A graduate of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI), she speaks on Leadership and Governance.


Teryl Schroenn, CEO of Accsys, has spent her entire career in the IT field, starting as a programmer at NCR, moving into Business Analysis and then sales and marketing. She was selected as the Corporate winner of the BWA’s Gauteng Regional Business Woman of the Year in 2006. She is committed to mentoring other women and is actively involved in three external mentorship programs. Accsys has won a number of awards under her leadership.


Grathel Motau CA(SA), Mphil, CEO Mmoni Advisory Services where she advises on policy development and implementation. Prior to that, she was an audit partner at KPMG where she served as lead engagement partner for several key clients. She has also served on several boards as chair of audit and risk committees. She is a commissioner of the International Trade Administration Commission of SA, a council member and finance committee chair of the University of the Western Cape and non-executive director of the International Women’s Forum of SA. An avid runner, she has successfully completed 6 Comrades marathons, New York and Berlin Marathons as well as numerous local and ultra-marathons.


Beverley Cooke CA(SA), started her accounting career in the late 1970’s and was the first woman manager and later the first woman partner in the Johannesburg office of KPMG where she spent a rewarding 40 year career. She became an Audit Partner in 1989 and was also involved in Learning & Development, establishing a Leisure & Tourism Consulting Group, and ultimately as the CFO of the firm. Beverley’s passion is animals and she has trained German Shepherd Dogs to compete in the sports of Schutzhund. Future plans include finding a niche to give back to her community. She is currently on a year’s sabbatical.


Kate Turkington is one of South Africa’s best-known broadcasters, travellers and travel writers. She was the first woman to be inducted into the MTN Radio Hall of Fame, and has also received the Lifetime Achievement Award 1st for Women Insurance Women in The Media Awards 2010. She has enjoyed many wonderful experiences, including waltzing at dawn with a Chinese dance instructor in a Beijing square, falling over Emperor penguins in Antarctica, lunching with a rajah in Rajasthan, dining with the Comrades in Cuba, confronted Afar warriors armed with Kalashnikovs in Ethiopia’s Rift Valley, and heard the stars sing in the Kalahari


Tara Turkington founded Flow Communications, a company specialising in social media, content writing and editing, graphic design, web and app development, e-marketing, public relations and media training, in 2005 in a single bedroom of her home. Since then Flow has grown into one of SA’s largest communications companies with more than 150 clients that include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Standard Bank, Hollard, Gauteng Tourism, Nelson Mandela Foundation and Sasol. Flow also has a number of international clients and has completed work in more than 30 countries. In the early part of her career, Tara was a journalist and university lecturer.


Steve Barnett has been the ‘Motivational Non-Speaker’ on the international Professional Speakers Circuit for the past 17 years. He has been conducting and animating audiences in over 50 countries on 6 continents with hundreds of thousands of performers in venues from concert halls like the Royal Albert Hall in London to bush lodge venues in Mpumalanga, sharing the podium with the likes of Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton. And he loves it!


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.

Would you like a mentor or would you like to mentor?

If you dream of a mentor to help you get to the next stage of your leadership journey, or if you know that it’s time for you to pass on some of your hard-earned wisdom and experience, the “Meet Your Mentor Project” is just for you. When you register for this event, you’ll have the option of filling out a few short questions and we’ll do the matching based on your skills, industry and requirements. You’ll meet your mentor/mentee at the event!

If you’d like to BE a mentor, click here. If you’d like to be MENTORED, please click here.

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.