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​United across distance: Online Women's Conference

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The JBS invites you to a Women’s Community Connection Conference, for the woman who desires to connect, collaborate and celebrate other women

This conference is an opportunity for women to transcend the global Covid-19 inspired Social Distancing as well as the call to “Stay Home,” and come together in community of support. Many people have been taking strain through lockdown, and more so women who are having to continue regular work (now migrated to an online platform), manage household chores and hold the responsibility of home schooling. Many women like you are having to be ”on” all the time, are stretched beyond limits and are exhausted.

This conference webinar is an opportunity for you as women to reach out to one another, and allow to hold and be held within this space of community and support.

This conference will focus on the following themes:

  • My relationship with myself
  • My relationship with my family and community
  • My relationship with World and Work

Impactful speakers will share personal stories and wisdom about their professional and personal struggles and successes trough this period, and inspire you to explore various processes for navigating your own path.

You will also have opportunity to examine your own journey through a dynamic writing process that will have you appreciating and celebrating your grit and tenacity.

This conference is a conscious way of transitioning through this major change the world is going through, offering more, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually connected possibilities for creating the world we would like our children to inherit, where love, care and compassion are meaningful concepts. 


Guest Speakers:

Makgati Mokwena, Dr.jpgDr Makgati Mokwena – Host and Moderator

My leadership development work largely (but not exclusively) centres on personal development, and references the self within the context of a larger team/community/system. 

I am also a registered Arts Therapist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa, work as a therapist and coach, have performed professionally on stage, have held ceremony and delivered the opening addresses at various conferences including the International Goddess Conference in Glastonbury, and have designed and facilitated various leadership development programmes. I hold two international yoga teacher training certifications from India, am involved in a soon to be released document-series that charts my life path as a pilgrim, which is to be flighted on local Television.



  • D. Litt.et Phil (Psychology)
  • Master's degree in Dance Movement
  • Therapy (with a minor in Counselling Psychology),
  • Honours Degree in Psychology
  • Honours Degree in Drama
  • Bachelor of Arts

Patricia Pillay.jpgPatricia Pillay – CEO BASA

As CEO of the Beer Association of South Africa, Patricia's key role is to represent the Craft Brewers as well as the big brewing companies. SAB, AbInBev,Heineken  in the alcohol industry. Her vast legal, advocacy, regulatory experience having served as the Executive, for Legal, Regulatory & Sustainability at the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa for the past 10 years has adequately prepared her for this role, which requires close collaboration and partnerships with government, industry bodies and regulatory agencies in order to represent the interests of the beer industry. 

She is also an attorney of the high court of South Africa and a certified part-time commissioner of the CCMA. 

Patricia is passionate about empowering woman for the betterment of our society and in her spare time she works with the Home of Hope for girls, who provide support to girls rescued from Human Trafficking. Patricia is also currently completing her MBA with Henley Business School.


Tanya van Lill.jpgTanya van Lill | CEO SAVCA

 Tanya joined the Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA) in March 2017 as CEO, after a rewarding 10-year career at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). There, she fulfilled the roles of Director of Academic Programmes, and learning and development specialist, focusing on management and leadership development across a wide range of sectors. During her tenure, she served on the board of the Executive MBA Council (EMBAC), an international academic association that represents the executive MBA industry.

 She holds a BCom Informatics and Honours in Business Management degree from UNISA as well as a post-graduate diploma and MBA from GIBS. Her thesis was dedicated to the methodology behind developing a global mindset.  As a strategic and creative thinker, Tanya's interests lie in both human and organisational development, with the aim of shaping the ongoing growth and success of Southern Africa's private equity and venture capital sector.  

Tanya is also a South African Powerlifter as well as a motor and fitness enthusiast.


Phiona Martin.jpgPhiona Martin | Industrial Psychologist | Career Coach | Thought Leader

Phiona  is an Industrial Psychologist, Career Coach, Talent Management Professional and Thought Leadership enthusiast. She has worked with graduates across Africa developing programs that facilitated workplace transitions. Her corporate and consulting work experience has included developing leadership programs and spearheading talent management initiatives.

Phiona  provides regular expert opinions on Career Development through various media platforms, including her own career advice website.  She has been featured on radio (Power FM, Talk Radio 702, Capricorn FM, Kaya FM), television (eNCA, The Morning Show, Newzroom Africa, Kyknet) and has given expert commentary for a number of publications (True Love Magazine, Move! Magazine, CHRO, Drum Magazine, 1Life Insurance Blog, Fast Company). Phiona is passionate about helping people transition to gainful employment, enhance employability and navigate various career intersections.

  • MA Industrial Psychology – University of South Africa
  • BA Honours, Industrial Psychology - Rhodes University
  • Registered Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa


Webinar details:

  • Date:         3 September 2020

  • Time:          09:00 - 11:00 SAST
  • Venue:       Online conferencing.  The conference link will be sent upon registration.
  • Fee:           No charge


Enquiries:

  • execed@jbs.ac.za


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