Knowledge Resources Logo

Women in Work SEMINAR

Inspiring women to achieve their true potential


2 August 2017
KR offices, Bryanston, Johannesburg

It’s taken a long time but things are getting better for women. In health and education most countries on the continent have closed the gap between the sexes. In politics the gap is wide but there are some beacons of hope. However, the most egregious gap between men and women is still in the world of work – particularly in the area of leadership.

This year, KR’s Women in Work Seminar promotes the rise of female leadership across the continent in order to create a world where women fully participate in the shaping of all aspects of our future. The conference offers a cogent roadmap for women in the corporate world, academia, government, media and entertainment as well as entrepreneurship to unlock their power, redefine success and re-author their lives.

Through an immersive one-day experience of networking in addition to outstanding keynotes as well as engaging roundtable and panel discussions, attendees can expect to develop their authentic leadership skills, ignite their confidence and draw from the wisdom of the collective experiences of their peers.

This is an opportunity to surround yourself with like-minded driven and motivated individuals you will not want to miss. You’ll get to participate in activities that are useful for connecting, creating, learning and sharing.

Get ready to rise up and express your creativity, authenticity, voice and power to effect the changes you want in your world of work!


  • Do you want to know how the women you admire became leaders?
  • Have you wondered how you can become more effective in your world of work?
  • Have you felt overwhelmed with multiple responsibilities and battled to get it all done?
  • Have you struggled setting goals because you were unsure of what you should be accomplishing or afraid to fail or succeed?
  • Do you ever feel the value you bring is questioned or undervalued?
  • Would you like to be a better communicator: listen and be heard when you speak?
  • Do you want to build your personal and professional brand?

If the answer is yes…then look no further. This conference is for you!


Developing women is an investment for your company. When companies invest in the development of their staff, employees feel a deeper connection to the company. Companies that increase the skillsets of their employees are able to create greater value for their clients.
Delegates will receive:
  • Tools for developing professional reputation, a specialised skillset relevant to their line of work and your organisation as well as develop business contacts
  • Techniques to build rapport with influencers
  • Strategies to manage pressures that come with the world of work and balancing personal life
  • Pointers on how to transform personal performance and be empowered to perform above current expectations
  • Tips for avoiding hidden obstacles, seizing opportunities, becoming a leader and overcoming obstacles to leadership

This conference is designed for women by professional women with speakers handpicked to specifically address women’s career challenges. Women in leadership know that one of the most important things they can do is to help other women along in their careers. Many women have identified mentors and role models as the key to their success.

If you look at the impressive line-up of speakers, their credentials, positions and backgrounds, you know delegates will walk away with something of value!


All women from South Africa and beyond who are committed to professional, personal and leadership development, who want to transform their lives, who want to learn something new, be surrounded by positive energy and meet phenomenal ladies! Whether you are a CEO, manager, bank teller, entrepreneur, educator, coach or administrative assistant this is the event for YOU!

For more information about the Seminar, please contact Busie Mjimba on or +27 11 706 6009.




Registration and Morning refreshments


Welcome and introduction by chairperson

Champagne breakfast - Story telling session


Keynote: Find your way, find your passion

Carla da Silva, Director, Air Mauritius


Thrive: Lessons from a celebrity on building your personal brand for business

Sophie Ndaba, Actress & Business woman


Financial fitness: The smart money woman – A girl’s journey to financial freedom

Arese Ugwu, Founder, Smart Money


Embracing anxiety

An Bakkes, Author, Master Coach, Facilitator & Agile Coach


Champagne is served. Leg stretch, massage break and book show - pick a book you like (with compliments of KR publishing)

Khadija Patel,
Editor-in-Chief, Mail & Guardian
Monalisa Sibongile Zwambila, CEO, Riverbed


Interactive roundtable & panel discussions: Explore, Engage, Empower

10:45 – 11:30

Maximising your career in the Uber economy

11:30- 12:15

Women entrepreneurs: What’s keeping you awake at night? - Roundtable discussions

  • Raising capital: Establishing a game plan for funding that aligns with your vision for your business
    Fulu Ramulhifo, Founder, C4U Group
  • Life on your terms: Marketing your-self and your business
    ri Milner, CEO, Beyond the dress
  • Unstoppable confidence: proficiency and strategies for networking and negotiating
    Zipho Sikhakhane, Speaker, Writer, Business Advisor
  • Mastering entrepreneurial resilience, agility and commitment 
    Dr Jopie De Beer, Managing Director, JvR Africa Group

12:15- 13:00

Panel discussion: Not enough skirts in the boardroom - breaking the glass ceiling

  • Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, CEO, Jackhammer
  • Sindi Mabaso-Koyana, Executive Chair, Advance Capital
  • Professor Nicola Kleyn, Dean, Gordon Institute of Business Science
  • Pilisiwe Twala-Tau, CEO & Board member, Soweto TV

13:00 - 14:00 Light finger lunch

14:00 – 14:45

Closing keynote: Mastering the courage to Innovate - unlocking the skills for fresh thinking

Janine Hill, Founder & CEO, Vuma Reputation Management


Mentorship matchmaking


Afternoon high tea, networking and pamper sessions
Enjoy a variety of teas from the continent, network and enjoy one or two pamper sessions with a colleague or friend in attendance.


Guests depart at leisure


SOPHIE NDABA Actress & Business Woman
Sophie Ndaba a seasoned, stylish and certainly one of the most successful actresses of our time was born in Soweto. She has taken her popularity with the viewers of Generations and has established herself as an actress, a role model and an emerging creative business woman of good standing amongst South Africans. As undoubtedly one of the most loved and successful actresses of our time and a great entrepreneur, she has become a force to be reckoned with.

After coming back to South Africa from Zimbabwe where she completed High school Sophie had made a decision to take her life to another level and was determined to make it a resounding success, which is when she became a photographic model and later moved on to Acting.

She has acted in a few television series such as: Class of 92, supporting roles in Thlaranthlope and Yizo Yizo 1, and Going up. This was complemented by her cameo appearances in Egoli 1992 and later Soul City.

1993 marked the dawn of her main break when she landed the role of Queen Sebobe Moroka on Generations – the number one soapie in South Africa. Sophie affirms that she has grown in the Soapie for over 21years.

Her talent for entertaining is not limited to acting she is also a motivational speaker and also serves as an MC/Program director for various functions over her years in the entertainment and business industry… ACSA, STANDARD BANK, CLIENTELLE LIFE, OLD MUTUAL MARKETING TEAM, OLD MUTUAL ROAD SHOWS, RADDISSON BLU HOTEL, NESTLE, CLOVER INKOMAZI, ROBERTSONS SPICES, REVLON , CELLC, EDGARDS to name a few… not forgetting Motivating young people in various Primary and High Schools including Churches around the country and Arica.

Sophie has also sat on various panels as a Judge over the years including Miss Soweto, Cairo international Film Festival-international short films in Egypt Cairo, International Wedding Congress Mauritius as well as Miss South Africa 2015 and 2016 etc.

Sophie’s reach extends outside the world of television and she served a leadership role and community Roles for many organizations and Brands over the years. Sophie feels strongly in giving back to the community. She has embarked on a meaningfully supportive role to a number of charities over the years. These include Abraham Kriel Children’s Home, Mndeni Children’s Home, and has now partnered up with Cell C to raise funds for The Stop hunger campaign. She is also a Mentor for the Cell C take a girl child to work. All Sophie’s Charitable involvement in the past years inspired the launch of The “Sophie Foundation of Hope” and its Focus is raising funds to ensure Orphanages are HOME for the Orphans as she grew up in Orphanage and Foster Homes herself and also focusing on empowering Women and Children. The Sophie Foundation of hope has partnered with various organizations like ACSA Gold Reef city, Wimpy, Ster Kinekor etc to change the lives of the less fortunate by donating computers, wheelchairs, blankets, school shoes and uniforms, stationery and groceries.

Sophie has recently been the face of Cook for life and She is the face, Ambassador for the biggest mobile network Cell C for their Supercharge Campaigns. She is currently the South African Ambassador for Destination Wedding Planners Congress where she represents SA as the best planner around the world. Sophie is now moving into the producing arena in the industry and will soon be producing her own Films, Reality and TV Drama and Soaps.

ZIPHO SIKHAKHANE Speaker, Writer and Business Advisor
Zipho is an international speaker, writer, and business advisor. She has been a motivational speaker for 15 years and has presented to audiences across four continents, including a TEDx Talk delivered in the USA on Africa’s business potential. She is also a weekly Business Columnist for the Sunday Times and is the first black South African to complete an MBA at the prestigious Stanford University in the USA. She delivers inspiring talks and poetry on topics related to Africa’s potential, leadership, entrepreneurship, youth and women empowerment.

Zipho’s professional background includes developing strategies for large public and private sector clients as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co (the leading management consulting firm globally). She also held project management and change management positions for industry leading retailers – Edcon in South Africa (the biggest clothing retailer in Sub-Saharan Africa) and Inditex in Spain (the parent company of Zara and biggest fashion retailer globally). In 10 years, she has travelled to 30 countries and worked in 10 of them. Currently she is an Executive at Circle Food Group. She also provides advisory, training and investment support to small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Her academic background includes a Business Science Honors Degree from the University of Cape Town (obtained with first class and distinctions) and an MBA from Stanford University, United States (the top ranked MBA programme globally) - both were completed on full scholarship. She also completed a study trip to Russia, a study exchange to China and a leadership course in the Czech Republic. She matriculated among the top in her province, with six distinctions.

Zipho’s personal background includes being born and raised in a township in KwaZulu Natal in a single parent household. Through hard work and determination, she overcame many challenges faced by individuals growing up in disadvantaged communities. She led numerous entrepreneurial projects in the township in order to provide the family with additional income – this is how her passion for growing businesses was born.

She is published as a contributing author in Singapore in a book on inspirational women’s perspectives. She has also been featured on various media and newspapers.

SINDI MABASO-KOYANA Chairperson, African Women Chartered Accountants Investment Holding Company
Sindi is currently the Chairperson of The African Women Chartered Accountants Investment Holding Company. She is the outgoing Chairperson of Advanced Capital and of the Advanced Group of Companies. Sindi is a Chartered Accountant by profession with experience in the public and private sector. Her illustrious career includes being Managing Director of Viamax Logistics, Group CFO of Transnet, Executive Partner at Ernst & Young. She has served on a number of boards including Transnet, SAA, South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, MTN, SANRAL, Altron Group, Broadband SA and Armscor. Her current board positions include Adcorp Holdings LTD, MTN Zakhele LTD and Toyota SA. She is the Founder Member and Former President of African Women Chartered Accountants(AWCA). She now chairs the Advisory Board of AWCA. Sindi is a renowned leader and champion in growth and development of young women. Sindi has been named one of the Top 20 Most Powerful Women in South Africa and was a Finalist for the Business Woman Award of South Africa in 2004. Sindi was, in 2013 nominated by The CEO Magazine’s Most Influential Women in Business and Public Sector. She was the Chairperson of the Task team of The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants which launched the paper on Meaningful Reporting on Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) and is now the Chairperson of the Chartered Accountancy Sector Charter. Included in her illustrious career is the recent appointment by FIFA in Zurich as the Deputy Chairperson of the Audit & Compliance Committee as part of the Governance Reform process. Sindi is a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (African Chapter).
CARLA DA SILVA Director, Air Mauritius

Carla is an experienced Executive with over 21 years general management experience, 12 years in senior leadership roles managing Profit and Loss, having conducted business in Southern African countries, Mauritius, Europe, Australia, India and China. Having achieved double-digit revenue growth; Carla is an inspirational, motivational leader with exceptional people skills and the ability to motivate and enthuse people she manages whilst delivering on strategy and key targets.

Carla is currently responsible for Air Mauritius Southern Africa & Latin American region – managing P & L for the region-commercial, sales, marketing, strategy, pricing, E-commerce, finance, operations & human resources.

Her current board appointments include:

Director of Air Mauritius Pty Ltd; Chairman of the Board of Airline Representatives, Non-Executive Director of Aviation Coordination Services; Director of Reach for A Dream Foundation ,
PROFESSOR NICOLA KLEYN Dean, Gordon Institute of Business Science
Nicola has held the position of Dean of the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) since April 2015. In addition to her executive management responsibilities at GIBS, she is an active researcher and teacher.

She is the President of SABSA (South African Business School Association) and a member of the Central European Management Association’s (CEEMAN) board. Prior to joining GIBS in 2000, Nicola headed up the Learning and Development function at Investec Bank. Nicola holds a B Com (Hons), MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a DBA from the University of Pretoria.

DEBBIE GOODMAN-BHYAT CEO, Jack Hammer BA LLB; Entrepreneurial Growth Forum (London Business School); ACC (Associate Coaching Course)
Debbie is the founder and CEO of Jack Hammer, rated one of South Africa's top 3 executive search firms.

Jack Hammer consults to some of the region’s top blue chip corporates, global multinationals, and private enterprises, with a focus on executive and board level appointments throughout Africa.

Debbie appears regularly on television and radio, and as a keynote speaker at conferences. She has recently published her first book, “IntheFlow – Taking Mindfulness to Work”. She is a founding member of the Cape Town Chapter of EO, a global entrepreneurship organization of 12 000 members – she currently serves on EO’s Global Leadership Development Committee.

KHADIJA PATEL Editor-in-Chief, Mail & Guardian
Khadija Patel is the editor-in-chief of the Mail & Guardian and co-founder of the The Daily Vox. Khadija pushes words on street corners and was recently recognised as one of 25 individuals who are reshaping influence and engagement in the media.

She has been published internationally by Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Quartz and The Daily Maverick, among others, and is currently completing her first book. Since 2015, Khadija has been a research associate with WISER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Witwatersrand) and previously published a community magazine that was distributed internationally. She is also a respected commentator on television and radio, both locally and internationally.

AN BAKKES Author, Master Coach, Facilitator & Agile Coach
An is a pilgrim of life that spends her time engaging with her passions. These passions include life and business coaching, interactive workshops, facilitation and conversations that shape people, organisations and the world. She holds an MPhil (Management Coaching), BCom (Sports Management) and is a Certified Agile professional (ICAgile).

An’s corporate journey includes executive and senior management roles as well as managing mergers and acquisitions. An brings versatility and insight that stretches across disciplines, knowledge domains and different industries. An does what she calls “Portfolio Living”. These portfolio’s include: Life and Business Coaching, Coaching Entrepreneurial enterprises, Agile coaching and team transformation, facilitation and training.

LORI MILNER CEO, Beyond the Dress

LORI MILNER is the engaging facilitator, thought leader and mentor known for her insightful approach to being a modern corporate woman. Her brainchild, the successful initiative Beyond the Dress, is the embodiment of her passion to empower women. Beyond the Dress has worked with South Africa’s leading corporates and empowered hundreds of women with valuable insight on how to bridge the gap between work and personal life. Clients include Siemens, Massmart, RMB Private Bank, Life Healthcare Group and Unilever.

Lori has co-authored Own Your Space: The Toolkit for the Working Woman in conjunction with Nadia Bilchik, CNN Editorial Producer. Own Your Space provides practical tools and insights gleaned from workshops held around the world and from interviews with some of South Africa’s most accomplished women to provide you with tried-and-tested techniques, tips and advice to help you boost your career, enhance your confidence and truly own your space on every level. Own Your Space is the ultimate ‘toolkit’ to unleash your true power. It’s for the woman who wants to take her career to new heights and who is ready to fulfil her true potential.
Lori lives in Birdhaven, JHB with her husband and 2 children.
ARESE UGWU, the author of the bestselling and ground-breaking The Smart Money Woman

Arese Ugwu is the author of the bestselling and ground-breaking The Smart Money Woman, the financial-chick-lit novel that has taken Africa by storm. She is helping young Africans discover their power to build their future and make smarter money decisions through Smart Money Africa, a personal finance platform for the African millennial, engaging young Africans on the importance of financial literacy and the impact it has on helping them get money, keep money, and grow money.

Using the best of traditional and new media, Arese’s work appears in newspapers, on television, websites, social media, online videos, and through her book—all to reach her audience with accessible content that explains and navigates Africa’s unique financial landscape, delivering practical knowledge.

Her work in ensuring financial literacy for Africa’s youth has not gone unnoticed. In 2015 she was a finalist for Access Bank’s W Awards for Young Professional of the Year; in 2016, she won Rémy Martin’s Pacesetter award and was nominated for The Future Awards Africa Prize for Education.

She serves on several boards including House of Tara, and the Nigeria Higher Education Foundation as a non-executive director, and is also an associate member of WIMBIZ, serving on its planning committee since 2015.Arese also holds an MSc in Economic Development from University College London (UCL) and a BSc in Business and Management from Aston Business School, Birmingham. She is also an alumna of the of the Lagos Business School, INSEAD Abu Dhabi, and The London School of Business executive education programs.

JOPIE DE BEER, CEO, JvR Psychometrics (Pty) Ltd
Jopie de Beer is one of the founders and currently the CEO of the JvR Africa Group of Companies. Established in 1994, the business entities in the JvR Africa Group have grown to include exceptional client solutions with regard to talent assessment and development. With a focus on the constructive use of assessment data and metrics, excellent client service, technology and innovation, the companies have built a recognised and respected brand for highly professional and trustworthy people solutions in Africa. Jopie is a psychologist with many years of experience. She relies on an excellent team of professionals who share her passion, drive and vision for every person to be given the opportunity to develop to their full potential.
AN BAKKES Author, Master Coach, Facilitator & Agile Coach
An is a pilgrim of life that spends her time engaging with her passions. These passions include life and business coaching, interactive workshops, facilitation and conversations that shape people, organisations and the world. She holds an MPhil (Management Coaching), BCom (Sports Management) and is a Certified Agile professional (ICAgile).

An’s corporate journey includes executive and senior management roles as well as managing mergers and acquisitions. An brings versatility and insight that stretches across disciplines, knowledge domains and different industries. An does what she calls “Portfolio Living”. These portfolio’s include: Life and Business Coaching, Coaching Entrepreneurial enterprises, Agile coaching and team transformation, facilitation and training.

MPHO MASEKO, Chief Marketing Officer, Wunderman
Mpho Maseko is currently the Chief Marketing Officer for Wunderman and has more than 10 years’ experience in the Integrated Marketing Communications field with experience in both the public and private sectors having worked for the following organisations: Gauteng Provincial legislature, SABC and Sentech. In 2014 she was appointed committee member for the Advertising and Media Association of South Africa (AMASA) a committee that she still currently serves on. She is responsible for the Communication and hosting of monthly thought leadership forums for media professionals who are members of AMASA. Mpho has recently been appointed to serve as Head of the Brand Council of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), she is also member of the inaugural Marketing Awards Council. Mpho holds a BA degree in International Relations as well as a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management with Wits Business School and has also undergone a Leadership Development Programme with the Gordon Institute for Business Science.
FULUFHELO RAMULHIFO, Managing Director, C4U Group
Rooted and established as a Social Entrepreneur, Transformational Leader, Creator, Hope Activator and Change Agent, Fulufhelo Ramulifho (also known as Fulu) is the founder and Acting Director of C4U Group (Pty)Ltd – a training institution set at empowering various communities with critical thinking skills, innovation, soft skills and personal management skills. A learner at heart, before C4U Group (Pty)Ltd, Fulufhelo Ramulifho served as a Management Consultant for Renoir Consulting (South Africa), where she was responsible for change management projects across various industries, with direct involvement in Transport & Logistics, Manufacturing, Banking, Media and Mining Transport.
VANESSA GIBB, People Operations Manager, NATIVE VML
Vanessa has experience in Human Resources generalist roles as well as specialised Organisational Development roles, but started her career in marketing. The relationship between an organisation and its people and how to improve that, is Vanessa’s specific area of interest. She is currently charged with finding, placing, engaging and growing top creative and technical talent for Native VML.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Would you like the opportunity to market your company’s products and services to delegates at this seminar?

For information on sponsorships and exhibitions please contact Barbara Spence


02 August 2017 - Women in Work Seminar
R3 250.00 excl. VAT

Please note:

  • Payment must be received prior to attendance
  • Registration fees include refreshments, lunch, parking and conference material
SETA grants and accreditation requirements
Many of our delegates enquire about the accreditation of our events. There is a misconception that organisations qualify for SETA grants only for accredited programmes. This is not correct. The payment of SETA grants is regulated by the Government Gazette, no. 9867, Vol. 570, 3 December 2012, no. 35940. These Regulations clearly state that the SETAs “must allocate a mandatory grant to a levy paying employer” that has submitted a WSP and ATR by the regulated date, has provided all the information required in the regulated template, and is up to date with skills levy payments. Furthermore, the template in the Regulations (Section C: Skills Development) allows employers to include ALL planned training in the report; not only accredited programmes.
Knowledge Resources is a Level 3 Contributor BBBEE company



Please note that you will automatically be registered and invoiced for this event.



Please download the registration form and return by:


+2711 706 1127
Attention: Conference Department


Knowledge Resources, Conference Registration, P O Box 3954, Randburg, 2115, South Africa

            Download form


Please call a conference customer care consultant on +2711 706 6009

Online Registration Form

* Required

Two-day Conference
Day One of Conference
Day Two of Conference
Pre-conference Workshop 1
Pre-conference Workshop 2

Captcha Image




  • Register for 3 people and the 4th person attends free of charge!
  • Special discount for registered NPO’s, small businesses (30 or less employees) & full-time lecturers at universities – contact us for more information!


For more information and to book your seat contact Busie Mjimba on +2711 706 6009


To book your seat contact Magdeline Matlatse on +2711 706 6009

 #WW2017KR - Follow the conference build up and proceedings on TWITTER
Engage with us! @KnowledgeRes




Our Team Corporate Governance

Contact Us