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Creating Purpose-driven Organisations Seminar

Exceptional workplaces


Seminar 17 October 2018

Retaining your top talent is key to the growth (and success) of your organisation. And yet, it’s never been harder to keep employees truly engaged and loyal. Today talent retention is about more than just remuneration packages, growth opportunities or flexible working. Key players in your industry want to work for exceptional workplaces. And in order to be an exceptional workplace, you need to tap into the core values of your employees. Today’s most sought-after companies are purpose-driven organisations, with strong values that their employees truly buy-into.

By attending the Creating Exceptional Workplaces Conference you will:

  • Learn how purpose can impact your bottom line
  • Improve your operations by making your vision central to your organisation’s values
  • Get insights on how to transform your company into a purposeful organisation
  • Connect with your customers through purposeful interventions
  • Build trust and credibility by creating a purposeful and meaningful workplace
  • Discover how to build a purpose driven organisation from companies like Unilever, Woolworths, The Nelson Mandela Foundation, Symphonia for SA, Habitat for Humanity and more!
  • Be inspired to work for a purpose!


This conference is designed exclusively for change leaders, practitioners, and executives responsible for transformation and direction setting. Expected titles include directors, heads of departments and managers of:
  • Organisational development
  • HR Executives
  • Senior HR Managers
  • Employee Engagement Specialists
  • Talent Managers
  • CEOs
  • Managing Directors
  • CSR Managers
  • OD Practitioners
  • Learning and Development Practitioners

For more information about the Conference, please contact Siphiwe Mashoene on or +27 11 706 6009.


17 OCTOBER 2018

07:30–08:15 Registration | Meet and greet conference attendees, presenters and Knowledge Resources Registration Staff

Welcome & introduction by chairperson


Creating a purpose-driven workforce – the Unilever inspiration

Mechell Chetty, Vice President HR: Africa, Unilever


Living the legacy of Madiba to inspire your workforce and create meaning

Limpho Monyamane, Chief Financial Officer, Nelson Mandela Foundation

10:00–10:30 Morning Break | Enjoy coffee/tea and snacks and connect with leaders from across the industry


Enhancing employee purpose through community partnerships


How values can drive direction, guide behaviour and create purpose

Tshamani Mathebula, HOD: Talent Management Learning & Development, PPS               

12:30–13:30 Lunch | Engage in meaningful, learning conversations while enjoying a delicious meal


The anatomy of a purposeful business – the IQbusiness case study

Heather Harington, Human Capital Executive, IQbusiness


The role of leaders and managers in creating purpose – Panel discussion


  • Heather Harington, Human Capital Executive, IQbusiness
  • Gary Jackson, Founder, The Jackson’s Real Food Market
  • Limpho Monyamane, Chief Financial Officer, Nelson Mandela Foundation


Afternoon tea break


Leading with Purpose: Making a meaningful vision central to the organisation’s values and operations – the Symphonia story

Dr Louise van Rhyn, CEO and Founder, Symphonia for South Africa

16:00 Close of Conference


Dr Louise van Rhyn, CEO and Founder, Symphonia for South Africa
Dr Louise van Rhyn is a social entrepreneur. She believes the worlds' huge intractable problems can be solved through cross-sector collaboration and a solid understanding of complex social change. Her approach to change is shaped by more than 30 years of working as an Organisational Change and Leadership Development practitioner. She holds a Doctorate in Complex Social Change and has founded a few entrepreneurial organisations. In 2008 she returned home to South Africa (after living in Europe) and started a social enterprise with a purpose to mobilise active citizenship around the significant social issues facing the country. In 2010 she launched Partners for Possibility, an innovative national building and leadership development process for business and school leaders. Business leaders develop their capacity to lead in a complex and unfamiliar environment by becoming a co-learning and co-action partner to a school principal. The focus of their partnership is to lead positive change in an under-resourced school. So far more than 1,700 leaders across South Africa have benefited from the programme and they’ve won many national and international awards for their innovative approach to enable business leaders to make a significant contribution in education while developing their leadership skills. Leaders report that they learn more about leadership from working with a school in an under-resourced community than attending a course at a business school.
Heather Harington, Human Capital Executive, IQbusiness
Heather is the Human Capital Executive at IQbusiness, responsible for the human capital and recruitment teams in the organisation. She has over 22 years of experience as an HR generalist, and has successfully lead HR functions in listed and high growth companies, with a focus on multi-location operations. Heather has worked for and steered HR organisations both in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. She has substantial experience with operational turnarounds and the building of successful human capital teams, and has worked in IT, retail, and consulting industries. Her passion is people and mentoring individuals to grow to reach their full potential. Heather holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Wits University and Postgrad Diploma in Labour Law. She is also a professional member of IPM, recognised as an IPMEP.
Mechell Chetty, Vice President HR: Africa, Unilever
Mechell Chetty, Vice President: Human Resources Africa, has been with Unilever for over 18 years. Mechell leads talent and organisation activities across Unilever businesses spanning over 40 countries in Africa. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa as well as a post graduate in Business Management from Wits Business School. During her tenure, Mechell has been an instrumental HR Business Partner across Africa, the Middle-East, South Africa and Turkey. She has supported both the Factory and Corporate portfolio in Customer Sales, Supply Chain and Finance. Her HR experience includes comprehensive disciplines such as Learning, Leadership Development, Organisational Effectiveness, Culture transformation and business partnering. She is also recognised as a global leadership development facilitator. She was appointed VP: Human Resources Africa in 2017 and sits on the Africa Leadership Team. Mechell is passionate about developing African talent and Youth Employability. Mechell is married with two sons. She has a zest for life and believes that nothing is impossible to achieve as long as you enjoy it!

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 Keel Heubner+27 (21) 556 7663 or


Seminar | 17 October 2018 
R4 100.00  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.
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  • 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!


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