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WeLead WOMEN’S DAY Breakfast forum


Date: Thursday 16 August 2018

Venue: Hyatt Regency, Rosebank, Johannesburg

Cost: R1497 per person ex vat (call us for group and NGO bookings)

Time: 7am – 8am registration and breakfast

8am – 10:30am Presentations

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)


Dr Judy Dlamini, Founder and Chairman of Mbekani Group & Author of Equal but Different, has had a rich career starting with medicine, followed by owning and running businesses in various sectors. She has a medical degree, an MBA, a diploma in occupational health and a Doctorate in Business Leadership. Her thesis investigated the intersection of race, gender and social class and its impact on women leaders’ career progression. Judy worked spent 17 years in the medical field before deciding to build her business career. After spending two years at HSBC, she began to develop her entrepreneurial interests. In 1996, she founded Mbekani Group, a company which houses operational and investment companies, including the luxury multi-brand chain of stores, Luminance and Jimmy Choo. She has extensive experience in serving on numerous boards and is a recipient of various awards.

Nosipho Siwise-Damasane is Chair and CEO of NS Enterprises, and chair of Richards Bay Coal Terminal. A rural girl from Peddie, Nosipho has won many awards including BWA Businesswoman of the Year and has been inducted into the Global Women Leaders Hall of Fame in 2017. She is also a woman of many firsts in a male dominated industry including CEO at Richards Bay Coal Terminal and Senior Vice President in Supply Chain for SASOL globally. She is highly experienced with more than 22 years’ executive management and operations experience. She is the founder of NS Enterprises, a 100% black woman owned private company specializing in Change Leadership and Transformation Management for corporate and government. She is passionate about the development and empowerment of women and the youth.


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

Banele Lukhele is a freelance educator and writer, who promotes access with an emphasis on child and women development. Banele completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Witwatersrand majoring in composition and research. In her honours year she worked as the program assistant for the South Africa Washington International Program, a student leadership development programme. Parallel to this, she has been involved in private education as well as volunteering. In 2012 she began to explore alternative teaching methods, including teaching through play and cultural exchange. Banele currently provides educational solutions in public-, private- and home-schooling spaces. Over and above this she volunteers as a teacher with Love and Grow Mentorship – an organisation that is run by women.


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.