Event Details

Let us celebrate the goddess within you and learn how to unleash the diamond within while simultaneously navigating toxic leadership in some instances.

Women leaders working in toxic environments often face a double challenge, on one side, they may need to manage a hostile environment effectively, whilst on the other hand, they must maintain level-headedness when leading their own teams.

This symposium and panel discussion, led by some of the top women leaders in their fields, addresses what women leaders can do to identify and navigate the rough waters of toxic work environments, whilst taking personal responsibility for their impact as leaders and mentoring potential young leaders during their own professional journey.


1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Registration and Lunch
Finger lunch and soft drinks.
1:45 PM - 1:50 PM
Vice President of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce RSA.
1:50 PM - 2:30 PM
Address and discussion on "Navigating toxic leadership whilst unleashing the diamond within"
Senior lecturer GBI (Global Business Institute) and Supervisor for the MBA dissertations and Research Projects at UNISA SBL.
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Cava (Spanish Champagne) and desserts will be served.


  • Manuela (Manola) Sanchez Aragu (General Manager at Spanish Chamber of Commerce in South Africa (NPO))

    Manuela (Manola) Sanchez Aragu

    General Manager at Spanish Chamber of Commerce in South Africa (NPO)


    Managing Director of the Global Business Institute of Management & Leadership (GBIML) (Pty) Ltd, a strategic management consultancy that specializes in management and leadership strategic interventions. Previously she was the MD of IIBM and IBL as well as the Head of WorleyParsons RSA Learning & Development and Talent Management office. On the leadership consulting side she still managed and consulted for IBL Institute of a Business Leadership. Previously she held the post Director of Education and Learning at LinkLearn. She is a graduate of the University of South Africa (UNISA). She is versed in strategic marketing, acquired from working in the marketing field in South Africa for more than 25 years.

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  • Poppy Matshaya (Director for Southern Africa of IE Business School (Instituto Empresa))

    Poppy Matshaya

    Director for Southern Africa of IE Business School (Instituto Empresa)


    An experienced marketing and communications professional with over 15 years’ experience in marketing and communication with an Africa wide focus. She is currently Business Development Director covering the Southern, Central and East Africa region for IE University, and is responsible for the overall commercial strategy, institutional relations, and brand-building initiatives in the region. Poppy holds an International MBA from IE Business School, graduating May 2015.

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  • Aurora Carbonel de Barnola (Head of Consular Section at Embassy of Spain in Pretoria)

    Aurora Carbonel de Barnola

    Head of Consular Section at Embassy of Spain in Pretoria


    Spanish diplomat, lawyer and currently counselor at the Spanish Embassy in Pretoria. Former Head of Consular Section at the Embassy of Spain in Managua and Director of the Spanish Cultural Center in Nicaragua. Former Chief of Service of the Public Diplomacy division at the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Graduated and master’s degree from ESADE Business and Law School University and master’s degree at CTLS Georgetown Law.

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  • Tshepo Ncube (Head Global Corporates at Absa)

    Tshepo Ncube

    Head Global Corporates at Absa


    Over 20 years experience in the Financial sectors with experience in the Services, Hospitality, Diversified, Manufacturing, Retail Power Utility and Public Sectors. She has led teams in the different roles she has held and has delivered successful results through driving organisational alignment in turnarounds as well as accelerated growth situations.

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  • Dr. Fabiola Quesada (CEO of Wild Spirit Foundation)

    Dr. Fabiola Quesada

    CEO of Wild Spirit Foundation


    Veterinarian, entrepreneur and committed scientist in the field of wildlife conservation. After many years leading Wild Spirit, an international wildlife veterinary medicine training program in South Africa, Dr Quesada decided to take a further step forward for conservation by setting up Wild Spirit Fund, a non-profit organisation born in Africa led by an international network of wildlife professionals and veterinarians.

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  • Rashmee Ragaven (Director of Department of Trade, Industry and Competition)

    Rashmee Ragaven

    Director of Department of Trade, Industry and Competition


    Responsible for advanced manufacturing in Invest SA, division of the DTI focused on attracting investments into South Africa.

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  • Zizikazi Vikilahle (Director - Outsourced Accounting Services of Mazars)

    Zizikazi Vikilahle

    Director - Outsourced Accounting Services of Mazars


    She completed her articles at Mazars and remained in the auditing profession after completion. During this time, she specialised in the audits of larger private groups where group coordination is of the utmost importance and where she was responsible for the delivery of the external audit service.

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(Poster) Navigating toxic leadership whilst unleashing the diamond within.pdfdownload


SCC Members
Standard Price R 395
Non members
Standard Price R 650


Mazars House

Glenhove Road 54
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

If you have any questions please contact Jokin Bilbao

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