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Diversity and Inclusion Seminar 2019


One Day Seminar
13 November 2019
Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton | Johannesburg

There is no doubt that in this multidimensional and complex society, focusing on maximising the value of a diverse workforce has almost become a business imperative. There are enormous benefits diversity can bring to organisations and research has pointed out that organisations with a diverse leadership perform better financially, are more creative and are better at fostering strong business relationships.

However, while South African organisations extensively focused on hiring for diversity, there’s one part of the equation that we do not often put emphasis on – which is fostering an inclusive culture.

This year’s Diversity and Inclusion conference will thus provide a unique sharing platform to address how to make a real difference at work to create a truly diverse and inclusive culture in the workplace. Join fellow practitioners championing Diversity and Inclusion to make connections, explore best practice and take action in your own organisation.


  • Find out how your D&I strategy can align to support both business and culture
  • Identify strategies for moving your organisation along the Diversity & Inclusion maturity framework
  • Identify areas where leadership needs to change in order to become more inclusive
  • Examine new ways to apply analytics to increase D&I effectiveness
  • Learn how to create a culture of respect that mitigates against harassment and bullying
  • Discover ways to recognise unconscious bias within yourself, others, and the organisation
  • Learn how Age diversity, Gender Diversity, Diversity of Abilities, Ethnic diversity and Social Diversity will benefit your business

Who Should Attend

  • HR Directors and Managers
  • Transformation Directors, Managers and Consultants
  • EE Managers
  • Head of Change Management and Managers
  • OD Directors and Managers


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


13 NOVEMBER 2019


Registration Meet and greet conference attendees, presenters and Knowledge Resources registration staff


Welcome and introduction by chairperson


Creating a truly inclusive culture: how to enable inclusive leadership, culture change and internal buy-in

Dominic Gaobepe, Director and Diversity & Inclusion Specialist, Cohesion Collective


Let’s talk about race: Investec Case Study

Dr Henk Struwig, Head: OD, Investec

10:00–10:30 Morning tea



Case Study: How to be deliberate about Diversity

Mashumi Tutu,
Head: Learning and Development, Santam


How Neuroscience can inform and improve your D&I practice to drive smarter teams

Ingra Du Buisson - Narsai,
Founder and Organisational Psychologist, NeuroCapital

12:00–13:00 Lunch | Feed your soul. Network and connect with like-minded professionals

13:00 – 13:45

Creating an inclusive culture in relation to gender identity and intersex

Jabu Pereira, Executive Director, Iranti-org


Ready or not: here come the Centennials

Jessi Tomkinson, GM: Talent Division, Student Village

14:45–15:00 Afternoon | Tea Break

15:00 – 16:00

Delivering on Transformation, Diversity and Inclusion in corporate South Africa

Nene Molefi, CEO, Mandate Molefi

Participate in the second part of the session for an engaging conversation with the panel. You will have the chance to share your most pressing questions and biggest challenges when it comes to making culture change happen within your own organisation. 

All speakers of the day

16:00 Wrap up and close of seminar


Dominic Gaobepe, Director and Diversity & Inclusion Specialist, Cohesion Collective
Dominic Gaobepe is a dynamic speaker, trainer & entrepreneur. As a co-founder of Cohesion Collective he works with local and multinational companies to contribute towards social cohesion and nation building by enabling them to build the skillset & mindset of equality, diversity & inclusive leadership. He holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from Rhodes University. After graduating he worked within the Human Resources field for Unilever SA & South African Breweries, adding value and building expertise in the areas of leadership development, high performing teams & organisational transformation.
Dr. Henk W. Struwig, Head Organisational Development, Investec
Dr Struwig helps organisations develop the capabilities they need to respond to challenges in the market place, solve complex problems and organise themselves to stay competitive over time. He is an expert in human relations and organisational culture, with 15 years of consulting experience in the financial services industry, locally and internationally. He consulted to major financial institutions including Absa and Barclays and is presently employed by Investec Ltd as the head of the organisation development team. Henk holds a doctorate in organisational consulting psychology and is registered with the professional board of psychology.
Mashumi Tutu, Head: Learning and Development, Santam
Mashumi is a talent management specialist, an internal consultant and the go-to person with a passion for understanding the links between leadership, organisational culture and sustainable business performance. He is a consummate professional with 18 years combined experience in designing integrated leadership and talent development strategies for multinational organisations, with a focus on turning strategic intent into action. He also brings knowledge and expertise in executing learning and development, organisational development and change management initiatives. His strengths include strategic thinking with a big picture view, logical and analytical, a learner and an achiever. What motivates him is a desire to deepen his understanding of organisational behaviour, leadership and the key drivers for sustainable business performance. He is driven by the yearning to contribute to something much bigger than himself, creating meaning and purpose in his work, and living a legacy.
Amanda Barnes, Organisation Effectiveness Specialist, Santam
Amanda Barnes is an Organisation Effectiveness Specialist with expertise in diversity and inclusion, culture change, employee engagement and leadership development gained from working across the private, public and development sectors. She is driven by a desire to build fair, just and inclusive organisations where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. Understanding organisations as complex systems, she’s drawn to work where she can influence change at a systemic level. Amanda’s strong facilitation skills enable her to help individuals and groups to become unstuck and help them to work towards sustainable change. She has a keen interest in changing mindsets in order to bring about behavioural change. One of the greatest learning experiences of her career has been to work in the disability sector. She has, with great success, been able to take that knowledge and experience about integrating persons with disabilities into the workplace, into her current role.
Jessi Tomkinson, MD and Business Development Director, HumanKind Group
A youth specialist, public speaker and general lover of life. Jessi Tomkinson, the Managing Director of HumanKindGroup, has over 10 years of experience in talent acquisition, development and youth empowerment for South Africa's best loved brands. The culmination of long-standing partnerships with SA's leading employers, and many years spent listening to their needs and suggestions has made Jessi a specialist in design, implementation and management of talent processes and principles. Her expertise has placed her at the forefront of workshops and speaking opportunities with these same brands, sharing valuable insights to attracting the younger talent that businesses need to succeed. Student Village is South Africa's niche graduate talent hub where Jessi continues to work as a bridge between brands and graduates, helping them gain a better understanding of their Afrillennial workforce.
Ingra du Buisson – Narsai, Director, NeuroCapital
Ingra is a Registered Organisational Psychologist in private practice. She is the co-founder and Director of NeuroCapital Consulting. which consults to some of South Africa’s leading and most admired companies. Ingra has 16 years of executive level experience in corporate South Africa, including as Group HR Director for Famous Brands Limited, Human Resources Executive (Aegis Insurance/RMBH Group), and HR Director (Usko/Bytes Technology). Academically, she holds a MComm (Organisational Psychology) degree, a BComm Hons (Strategic Management) degree, and a MSc degree in Neuroscience-based Leadership. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D., focusing on the behavioral markers of neuroscience-based leadership. Ingra is a founding member of the International Neuro Practitioners Guild, and a frequent best practice “Sharer” at conferences, business schools and in the media. Her unique contribution is being a catalyst for change, using integrative organisational neuroscience.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

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


Diversity and Inclusion Seminar 13 November 2019 R4 100.00 excl. VAT

Please note:

  • Payment must be received prior to attendance
  • Registration fees include refreshments, lunch, parking and seminar 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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