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Katie Van Der Schyff
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13 Oct 2021


All Day



Designing Organisational Cultures for Disruptive and Difficult Times Seminar

In a world that’s changing at an extraordinary pace, it’s crucial for leaders to focus on creating healthy corporate cultures. And the Covid pandemic has only magnified this…

So what can leaders do to create a corporate culture where people can synchronise their purpose with the organisation’s?

Where people are inspired and can thrive? Where the human is placed at the centre?

A culture that supports agility and flexibility? A culture, where everybody feels they’re included and belong?

Join us on 13 October 2021, for a one-day, online seminar on Designing Exceptional Organisational Cultures and find out!

You’ll have a chance to hear from leading international and local authorities on organizational culture. You’ll get the necessary ideas, knowledge and tools to be able to design an exceptional culture within your own organisation.


This virtual seminar will cover important themes, such as:

  • Value based corporate culture and the role of leadership
  • Strengthening corporate culture during disruptive and difficult times
  • The power of purpose
  • Culture renovation
  • Facing up to the reality of corporate politics
  • Conceptualising and measuring corporate culture


  • Executives and CEOs of companies
  • HR executives
  • OD practitioners
  • Change and transformation specialists
  • Learning and development practitioners
  • Consultants


KR Community Member (Talent or L&D Community):  R2 220.00 (20% discount)
Non Member:  Normal fee R2 750.00





Hourly Schedule

13 October 2021

08:50 - 09:00
09:00 - 09:40
Value Based Corporate Culture – The Role of Leadership
Speaker: Dr Preeya Daya, Senior Lecturer at the Allan Gray Centre for Values-Based Leadership, at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town. Academic Director, Achievement Awards Group.
Dr Preeya Daya
09:40 - 10:20
In times of crisis and change, building a strong company culture has never been more important. We need to re-shape what really brings people joy in the work they do every day and how they do it and the environment within which they do it.
Speaker: Selma de Morney, Founder, Humanfire
Selma de Morney
10:20 - 11:00
Strengthening Corporate Culture during disruptive and difficult times
Gita Maharaj, Group Head of Culture Transformation | Absa Group Limited (AGL)
Gita Maharaj
11:00 - 11:20
Morning Tea
11:20 - 12:00
The Power of Purpose – The Ampath Trust Story
Speaker: Dr Jana van Niekerk is the Regional Manager, Human Resources, Skills and Industrial Psychologist, Ampath
Dr Jana van Niekerk
12:00 - 12:40
Facing up to the reality of Office Politics and Power in Corporate Cultures
12:40 - 13:40
13:40 - 14:20
Johnson & Johnson Case: The Culture that is working to improve the wellbeing of the world by 2025
Speaker: Loes Bresseleers, Head of HR, Switzerland, Johnson & Johnson
Loes Bresseleers
14:20 - 15:00
Rebuilding the business for social good – The EOH story
Speaker: Malisha Awunor, Human Resources Director, EOH
Malisha Awunor
15:00 - 15:20
Afternoon tea
15:20 - 16:00
Culture Renovation®: 18 Leadership Actions to Build An Unshakeable Company
Speaker: Kevin Oakes is CEO and co-founder of the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), the leading authority on next practices in human capital
Kevin Oakes
16:00 - 16:40
The Culture Puzzle – Harnessing the focus that drives your organisation’s success
Speaker: Dr Derek Newberry, Leadership and Organizational Transformation Consultant - Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Dr Derek Newberry
Dr Preeya Daya
Dr Preeya Daya
Senior Lecturer at the UCT Allan Gray Centre and Academic Director at the Achievement Awards Group.
Dr Preeya Daya is a research associate of the University of Cape Town’s Allan Gray Centre for Values-Based Leadership and she serves on the Council for the Durban Chamber of Commerce, as Vice-Chair on the Human Resource Forum. Preeya is an Academic Director at the Achievement Awards Group and an Executive Director at the Leadership Dialogue. She has a PhD in Business from UCT, and Master’s degree in Human Resource Management. Her consulting and research relate to organisational behaviour, including diversity and inclusion, employee engagement, leadership and personal mastery. Preeya teaches on executive programmes for the University of KwaZulu Natal and the University of Stellenbosch and she co-convenes a PhD programme in leadership, systems thinking and complexity at the Durban University of Technology.
Selma de Morney
Selma de Morney
Selma de Morney is the founder of Humanfire - a boutique and agile talent management consultancy. Humanfire exists to help organisations unleash human potential by enabling talent and the organisations they work for to thrive together. They do this by reimagining talent, Human Experience (HX) strategies and the tools and technologies to liberate them. They act as a journey partner to help create a connected human-centric workplace with greater relevance for the future. As a journey partner to clients, Selma has been a part of large-scale culture, change and talent management transformation initiatives. Humanfire has the dynamic and intuitive ability to connect teams and collaboration partners for customized solutions. As a forward thinking and innovative business, their drive is to shape and deliver experiences that people will love.
Gita Maharaj
Gita Maharaj
Group Head of Culture Transformation | Absa Group Limited (AGL)
Gita’s career spans over 20 years, working in various roles with accountability for strategy, the full people value chain, leadership and learning, internal communications, project change management, and organisation effectiveness. She was awarded a B.A. magna cum laude from Princeton University (USA) and holds advanced degrees in organisational sociology from New York University (USA). Gita joined Absa in December 2018 as the Group Head of Culture Transformation. Prior to this, she served as Chief Operating Officer at a start-up software company specialising in Artificial Intelligence and Disruptive Fintech, where she was instrumental in developing organisational capability through key people programs, lean-agile implementation, and scalable solutions which resulted in successfully securing Series A funding from the top Southern African venture capital firms.
Dr Jana van Niekerk
Dr Jana van Niekerk
Regional Manager, Human Resources, Skills and Industrial Psychologist
Industrial Psychologist with a Master in Industrial Psychology and PhD in Executive coaching and leadership development. An accomplished Human Resources Manager with 15 years of experience in Human Capital management and proven expertise in policy and procedure, recruiting and hiring practices, talent acquisition, transformation, labour relations and negotiations. Highly motivated and proven ability to successfully multi-task in a dynamic, fast paced environment, while meeting all deadlines.
Loes Bresseleers
Loes Bresseleers
Head of HR, Switzerland, Johnson & Johnson
Senior Human Resources Leader with solid experience in the financial and health care industry and in both developed as emerging markets. Her purpose is to prepare businesses for the day after tomorrow, by radically focusing on people. Sparking magic between people, inspiring them to find their passion and giving them the opportunity to be their best true self. Skilled in Talent Strategy | Change Management | Diversity, Equity & Inclusion | Executive Coaching | Organizational Design | HR Consulting | HR Analytics | Business Acumen. Graduated magna cum laude in Organisational Psychology from University of Leuven, Belgium and Graduated in Middle Management at Vlerick Management School. Certified business and career coach. Prosci certified change manager.
Malisha Awunor
Malisha Awunor
Human Resources Director, EOH
An experienced, self-motivated Human Resource Professional with diverse global experience across multiple commodities. A strong team player driven by pursuing operational excellence and value creation. Excellent influencing capabilities and the ability to build effective Group-wide networks. Well-developed project and change management capabilities.
Kevin Oakes
Kevin Oakes
CEO and co-founder of the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), the leading authority on next practices in human capital
Kevin is also the author of Culture Renovation™, the #1 new release in a dozen Amazon book categories. Drawing on data from one of the largest studies ever conducted on corporate culture, Culture Renovation™ details how high-performance organizations such as Microsoft, T-Mobile, 3M, AbbVie, Mastercard and many more have successfully changed organizational culture. Kevin is currently on the board of Performitiv, and on the advisory boards of Guild Education, EdCast, and Sanctuary. Kevin was previously on the board of directors of KnowledgeAdvisors, a provider of human capital analytics software, which was purchased by Corporate Executive Board in March of 2014. Kevin was also the Chairman of Jambok, a social learning start-up company which was founded at Sun Microsystems and was purchased by SuccessFactors in March 2011. He also served on the boards of Workforce Insight and Koru prior to their sales.
Dr Derek Newberry
Dr Derek Newberry
Leadership and Organizational Transformation Consultant - Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Derek is the co-author of the forthcoming book The Culture Puzzle: Harnessing the Forces That Drive Your Organization’s Success (Berret-Koehler). Experienced organizational development consultant and thought leader specializing in driving cultural change to support large scale transformation and bring new strategies to life. His expertise is in working with senior leaders to develop a vision and prepare their organizations for the future of work. He is also accomplished in executing change strategies and leadership development programs to hardwire new ways of working and energize employees. He also co-authored Committed Teams (Wiley Press), a practical, research-based guide for getting the most out of groups. He has been a columnist for and, and his work has been featured in Fortune, Forbes, Quartz, and leading industry publications. Derek received his PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, where he won a National Science Foundation grant to support his research on organizational barriers to change in the Brazilian energy industry.

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