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|Do It Your Way
by Dudu Msomi, CEO, Busara Leadership Partners
Gender Matters “It’s not a women’s issue – it’s a business issue”
by Colleen Larsen, CEO: Business Engage
Multiply Your Wealth
by Karabo Ramookho, National Distribution Marketing Manager, Old Mutual Personal Financial Advice
A Road Less Travelled
by Nawaal Motlekar, CEO: Kwenta Media
by Christa Bonnet, CEO: The Difference Makers
CEO, Busara Leadership Partners
Dudu Msomi is the Founder and CEO of Busara Leadership Partners whose passion is to assist clients to be effective in their role by thinking in an integrated way about leadership, governance and strategy and thus to develop effective strategies for the organisations that they lead and manage. Msomi is a Strategist, Leadership expert and Strategic Thinking & Strategy Development Coach. Dudu Msomi writes and speaks on leadership, diversity, women in leadership, corporate governance, boards and entrepreneurship amongst other topics. Dudu Msomi was awarded the 2013 Laureate Award by the University of Pretoria as a GIBS Alumnus to honour her outstanding contribution to the field of leadership development, strategy and governance. Dudu Msomi was selected by the US Consulate in South Africa to be part of the mentoring programme with FORTUNE/US State Department Global Women Leaders from 25 April – 21 May 2010. Dudu Msomi was selected in 2015 as a mentee on the Cherie Blair Foundation.
Dudu Msomi holds board directorships on the Financial Services Board (FSB), the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) and National Housing Finance Corporation (NHFC). Msomi Chairs the Finance & Investment Committee of the ARC and is a member of the Licensing, Litigation and Audit Committees of the FSB. She is a Trustee on the Humulani Trust (Invicta Holdings).
Msomi has a B.A. Hons. (University of Natal, Dbn); Postgraduate Diploma in Advertising and Marketing (AAA School of Advertising); Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Governance (RAU); Programme for Management Development (GIBS) and a Masters in Business Administration (GIBS).
Topic:Gender Matters:It’s not a women’s issue – it’s a business issue
Colleen is CE of Business Engage Association NPC, a South African based organisation at the forefront of strategic thinking on gender mainstreaming in the private sector.
As a speaker and an author on the subject, Colleen is one of the leading voices for the sustainable advancement of women in the corporate and entrepreneurial space in South Africa today using the business case as a basis for transformation.
She was the first chairperson of the South African Women Entrepreneurs Network Ltd., an initiative of the Department of Trade & Industry.
- Founder of the Gender Mainstreaming Awards (www.genderawards.co.za).
- President of the 30% Club Southern Africa, a global organisation of chairmen and other senior business leaders publicly committed to achieving 30% women on boards together with the associated pipeline within a default period of five years.
- A member of the Global Board Ready Women Initiative.
- has represented BUSA at Nedlac in negotiating the Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill
- was a representative on the steering committee for International Labour Organisation Programme on Gender.
- is one of only eleven ILO cadre in South Africa accredited as an expert in women entrepreneurship development
- is accredited by the ILO to carry out internationally researched gender reviews.
- previously headed 85 Broads Southern Africa – a multi-cultural, multi-generational international network of over 28 000 trailblazing, visionary women
- was a founding member of New Faces New Voices – a group established by Mrs Graça Machel to uplift women in the financial services industry & facilitate access to finance for women.
Colleen is a prolific networker, organiser and visionary.
Nawaal Nolwazi Mdluli
Topic: A Road Less Travelled
Nawaal Nolwazi Mdluli is an entrepreneur and mother, and the CEO of Kwenta Group (Pty) Ltd. She is a dynamic black businesswoman and astute advocate for responsible parenting and African women economic emancipation. A force to be reckoned with, Nawaal’s ability to mobilise and manage a dynamic organisation using a winning business model that is underpinned by fresh ideas and creativity, are key to her continued success.
Topic: Living Consciously
Christa’s life philosophy is simple: to Empower, to Inspire and to Make a Difference. She fulfils a variety of roles including that of mother, business owner and consultant, author, coach, mentor, and PhD Student in Spiritual Intelligence and Spiritual Capital (SQ) in business. Christa is a specialist in Enterprise and Supplier Development in South Africa and focus on Social and Economic Innovation in terms of targeted procurement and localization strategies, methodologies, capacity building and implementation. She is also the Chief Executive Officer and founder of The Difference Makers, a non-profit-organization, which focuses on women and youth empowerment with entrepreneurs in South Africa.
Christa has surrendered to her calling to serve and to make a difference. She has embraced her life purpose as an awakener to raise consciousness in the business world. Christa has aligned everything she does with the focus on POWER OF WE to connect fellow Difference Makers that manifest in her life. She has embraced who she is, her spiritual gifts and her powerful connection to the Creator. Christa is passionate about her calling to make a difference in Africa and to empowerment women in business. She has aligned her mind, heart and hands with this purpose.
Topic: Multiply Your Wealth
Karabo is the National Distribution Marketing Manager for Old Mutual Personal Financial Advice. Karabo has over 5 years of Marketing experience in the Financial Services Sector as well as Sales and sales Support management experience.
Her passion lies in enabling others to find their own passion in life. A passionate speaker on issues of personal finance & leadership for women, Karabo is also a singer, a published writer and a passionate cook with a National Diploma in Food Service Management from the University of Johannesburg.
Karabo was one of the top 24 finalists of the popular South African Idols Competition in 2005. She has written an article on women and business in Africa for the SAA in-flight magazine, and also had her first short story published in 2010. She is mother of 3 and a proud wife of one, and a student.
The Michelangelo Hotel, 135 West Street, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton. Tel: 011 282 7000
Directions from OR Tambo International Airport
From OR Tambo International Airport, take the R24 towards Johannesburg. At the Gillooly's Interchange, take the N3 to Pretoria / Bryanston (Eastern Bypass). Take the Marlboro turn off and turn left. Continue to the end of Marlboro Drive until you reach a T-junction.
Turn left into Katherine Drive. Drive under the bridge. Travel through about 2 traffic intersections and turn right into West Street. Turn left into the Michelangelo Hotel entrance.
Directions from Pretoria
From Pretoria, take the M1 towards Johannesburg. Pass the turn offs towards Germiston / Durban (N3) and Roodepoort / Bloemfontein (N1). Take the Grayston Drive off ramp and turn right. Drive over the M1 S Highway. Continue over the bridge until you reach Rivonia Road.
Turn left into Rivonia Road and pass the Village Walk Shopping Centre. Pass Sandton Cargo Motors and turn right into West Street. Continue and turn left into the Michelangelo Hotel entrance.