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future of work Johannesburg

Come and learn how to work is changing.

Every day I meet people who introduce themselves as "I used to be", people who are stuck in their career, struggling to see whats next. 

It's easier to take the comfortable route, to stick in your current routine, but comfortable won't bring about change, its simply settling. 

Most often, the only things that are missing are courage and curiosity (and a little kick up the bum to get on with it).

Both can be gained by listening to other Fiercely Brave individuals telling their stories, and Connection. Real life human connection.

Reducing that isolation you feel when you are no longer working with others, using your skills towards something meaningful.

Future of Work breakfasts are for expats and locals who totally get what it feels like to be lost in their career, wondering what their next step should be. Whether to return to work, start a side hustle, or simply how to create a career that brings back their sparkle.

It’s a mini eco system of support and inspiration for how you can look at your career differently. To stay up to date with how technology is changing the way we work, the jobs we are doing, and providing us the opportunity to take control of our own professional development.

We’re talking stylish venues. Relaxed connecting. Power Hours of local knowledge sharing from experts.




Confidence upping.

Monthly meetups, and a whole lot more.

Come join us at our next Future of Work breakfast.



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We have an amazing panel of South African freelancers, corporate executives, CEOs and founders, all who have chosen to ditch the 9 -5pm to create their own global career path. 

If you have been thinking about making big changes to your work life, now is a good time to learn how others have made the jump.

This event is free to attend, but we are operating on a strictly ticketed basis. You need to register your seat by clicking below. Tickets are distributed on a first come first served basis.

Previous Panelists

Laurice Taitz - Publisher and Editor of Johannesburg in your Pocket.

Laurice Taitz - Johannesburg in your Pocket

Laurice Taitz - Johannesburg in your Pocket

Laurice Taitz is the Publisher and Editor of Johannesburg in Your Pocket City Guide. While others may differ on this point, she thinks she has a healthy obsession with Johannesburg and has spent much time – as a former newspaper journalist, editor, blogger and writer – trying to make sense of this city for herself and others.

She took a leap from full-time employment at the Sunday Times to freelance work and then started her company In Your Pocket City Guides in 2014, an experience she describes as sometimes being as unpredictable as Joburg’s weather.

Connect with Laurice on Twitter here, and LinkedIN here.

Deshun Desyel - Mountaineer and High Performance Coach.

Deshun Deysel, Mountaineer and Business Coach

Deshun Deysel, Mountaineer and Business Coach

Deshun Deysel is one of South Africa’s leading female mountaineers. In her 15 year career as a high altitude mountaineer, she has been on 14 major expeditions to five continents.

In 1996 she made history by being part of the first group of South Africans to plant the new democratic flag on the top of Mt. Everest. This was the first time the new South Africa flag was planted on top of the world. She has climbed some of the world's highest mountains in 14 expeditions over 5 continents in 15 years.

Known as a high altitude mountaineer, her career started out as a teacher. She has since developed into one of South Africa's leading motivational speakers during the past 20 years. Deshun is the founder and director of Deshun Deysel & Associates, a business that focuses on encouraging and equipping leadership in a context of change and diversity.

Deshun is Laureus Sports Ambassador since 2010.

Connect with Deshun on LinkedIn or her website: http://www.peakperformancetoolkit.biz/

Taire Avbovbo - the founder & CEO of men's fashion brand, Odrin.

Taire Avbovbo first followed the trusted path – pursuing a degree in engineering and then working as a corporate consultant at McKinsey. More recently he has pursued his passion for Africa’s potential as a global powerhouse through his burgeoning brand, Odrin. Taire is Nigerian born, studied in America, before moving to South Africa to set up his business whilst on a spousal visa ;)

Connect with Taire on LinkedIn or Odrin website here: https://www.odrin.com

Expat partner

Cystaline Randazzo

I’m a professional photographer and filmmaker with more than a dozen years of experience working in documentary, nonprofit, and portrait photography. In 2010, I lived through an earthquake and it changed the way I looked at media, development, and disaster response. I primarily work with nonprofits, B corps, and social enterprises to find and share their stories through media. My goal is to craft emotional visual stories for specific audiences to create positive change in the world while giving dignity to those who open their lives to my lens. I love creating stories that deserve to be told and living a life of adventure with my husband and our furry Zambian cat. I am currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa and taking work worldwide.

You can follow more of my work at NGOStorytelling.com, a site created to inspire and inform humanitarian storytellers around the world.

Connect with Cystaline over on her website: www.crystalinerandazzo.com and on LinkedIn

Alan Golden - Agile Business Owner

Alan has been involved in the South African marketing and advertising environment for 25 years. In 1999 Alan founded Quartermaster which has grown into a dynamic and respected communications company. Alan is currently CEO of the group which incorporates Red Quarter - Brand Design, Africa Analytics - SEO & PPC and Quartermaster Event Management.

Alan shares his strategy for why he decided to close their offices and move to co office work space giving his staff the flexibility to work from anywhere.

Expat partner

Connect with Alan on LinkedIn or his website: http://www.quartermaster.co.za/

Caroline Hopkins is head of Women’s Empowerment and Leadership Development Initiatives for Optimal.
She is an accomplished international trainer, facilitator and professional coach with over 25 years of experience specialising in transformational personal and professional growth.

Moving to Joburg from the US for 2 years, Caroline understand how tough it is to pivot your career and identity. 9 years later they are still here and is happy to call Joburg home.

Connect with Caroline on LinkedIn here.

Join our next Future of Work Breakfast

12th September at 7:30am at Perch CoOffice Work Space.