Citadel wants to inspire you. Here’s how

August 19, 2014

A few weeks ago I wrote on my personal blog Dear Max about some people who had inspired me – those who had overcome adversity, or were still in tough situations but managed to see light.

There’s a whole other group of people who propel me too – those who are “normal” or “ordinary”, but have done extraordinary things. People who had regular starts in life, but have achieved things beyond just “regular”. These are the people who might inspire me to think differently for example, set a new running goal, try a new work approach, or just have my mind opened a bit.

If you’re needing something like that too, then head to the Inspiration Indaba (and no, I haven’t made that name up). It’s an inaugural event taking place on 2 September at the Inanda Country Club in Joburg. Why’s it called the Inspiration Indaba? Well, quite simply, they want to inspire you with great speakers who will share their home-grown “success” stories.

And by success, they don’t just mean rich. They mean extraordinary. Like speaker Lee Swan, who might love red wine, high heels and chocolate, but who is a sustainability and climate change strategist.  She is also the first African-born woman to have raced to the Magnetic North Pole


Lynette Ntuli, who was raised to be “intelligent, independent, well-exposed, ambitious and hard-working”, applied the lessons from her mother studiously in achieving all she has in record-breaking time. At 24 years old, she became the first black female to head a super-regional shopping centre – as the GM of The Pavilion Shopping Centre.

Be inspired by the words and stories of these awesome women, along with speakers, Andile Khumalo, (founder of MyStartUp), Rob Stokes (founder of Quirk), Sean Riley (founder of Ad Dymamo), Herman Mashaba (founder of Black Like Me), Dr. Adrian Saville (professor of economics and finance at the Gordon Institute of Business Science), Paddy Upton (cricket and executive coach) and Siyabulela Xuza (thought leader and entrepreneur).
The event starts at 12 midday, and tickets cost R1 500 each. Book  here or visit the website for more details. You can also follow on Twitter.

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