For most people the 14th of February is a day for individuals to express their love for each other by traditionally presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards – known as Valentine’s Day. However, Symphonia would like to express our thanks and appreciation to our community, by way of inviting you to attend our upcoming Women in Leadership breakfast, where 4 phenomenal Women from our Western Cape Community will share their stories about “The role that love has played in the workplace during their career”.

Show love in your workplace by making this your team event for this month!

Our 4 speakers for February are: Sarah-Jane Wilson, Marietjie Venter, Lillian Masebenza and Ann Bakkes. (Breakfast will be served on arrival.  During the course of the morning, every speaker will share their story, followed by questions and discussions after each conversation).

More about our Speakers:

Sarah Jane Wilson. Image supplied by Symphonia

Sarah-Jane Wilson, Director: Operations for Financial Services, TFG

Sarah-Jane is a mother, wife and executive in financial services. She has built her career in Retail, starting in the stores, moving up through the ranks and has worked her way through various disciplines. She is currently the Operations Director for Financial Services in TFG and as part of her career she has implemented challenging programmes in IT, Retail & Financial Services.


Apart for her passion for people and her career, she enjoys gym, dancing and just being a woman. Sarah-Jane will share on Love as a value in the workplace.

Marietjie Venter. Image supplied by Symphonia

Dr. Rev. Marietjie Venter

Marietjie Venter is a non-denominational ordained minister and a well-known speaker, academic (Master degrees in Old Testament and Religious Studies and a doctorate in Religious Studies), marriage officer and principal of the Anjali School of Yoga. With her belief in universal spirituality she offers tailor-made spiritual ceremonies (marriages, christenings and memorials) and she feels that if we know who we are, and if we can respect others for the divine beings they are, then we can grow in love and compassion and life on earth can be magnificent.

“The acorn is not yet the oak tree; however, the potential of an oak tree is seeded within the acorn. Love in its deepest and most profound form is already seeded within each one of us. It is our birth right and is encoded within our blueprint. It needs a certain level of awareness in order to unfold and grow into its full potential so it can become a blessing to everything and everyone. Claim it.”

Lillian Masebenza.  Image supplied by Symphonia

Lillian Masebenza, Founding Director of Mhani Gingi Entrepreneurs Network

Lillian holds a UNISA B.A. Honours Degree in Communications and Marketing.  She also obtained a number of Diplomas and Certificates from various Financial and Educational Institutions, including an Advanced Certificate in Leadership from UCT Graduate School of Business. Lillian has worked both in the private and public sectors. Self-Employed as a Social Entrepreneur, she founded Mhani Gingi (which literally means ‘an Industrious Woman’). For this innovative model, she was awarded an Ashoka Fellowship. She is also a speaker Locally and Globally, where her model is sort after by those who are fighting poverty.  The latest being at The Social Enterprise World Forum, Calgary Canada. She also led a delegation to St. Petersburg in Russia at a conference called “Women Changing the World”.

Her hobbies include reading, hiking, watching cricket, singing and listening to classical music and watching the spectacular Cape Town sunset over the sea at Blouberg Strand!

Lillian’s conversation based on the theme will expand on: Love, Career, Role and Workplace

Ann Bakkes.  Image supplied by Symphonia

Ann Bakkes

Ann is the General Manager of Symphonia, an executive coach, integration specialist and consultant. Ann has varied business experience in retail, health, financial services, mobile and other industries. Her passion for people and their behaviour in the workplace lead her into the leadership development arena.

Twice cancer survivor, mother, wife and life alchemist, Ann specialises in embracing anxiety with a focus on the workplace. Ann will talk to us about her experience and view of love at work.


Event Details:

Date: Friday, 14th February 2014
Time: 08h30 – 12h00 (08h30 registration with 09h00 start)
Venue: Atlantic Imbizo Conference Centre, Clocktower Building, V&A Waterfront
Investment: R350.00 (excl. VAT)


To book your place, please contact Johleen on 021 913 3507 or at

Kerrie- Lee Brand