She Says CT: Panellist

Our very own Emma will be on the panel of the next “She Says: Cape Town” event, discussing toxic colleagues and building your pack. Get tickets here and see more in the press release below…


26 April 2019

SheSays Cape Town tackles subject of toxic colleagues

EVENT DATE: 23 May 2019

As Madeleine Albright once said, “there is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women.” Despite evidence that men participate in similar or higher rates of indirect aggression than women, the perception exists that women turn into mean girls at work.

Why, if women experience sexism in the workplace, do they resort to ‘queen bee’ behaviour? This is the ‘pink elephant’ in the room which will be discussed at SheSays Cape Town’s 5th event.

In collaboration with the Vega School of Brand Leadership, one of the foremost branding schools in South Africa, and newly formed Cape Town agency, HelloFCB, the event will take place at the Vega campus at 5.30pm on Thursday 23 May.

“As always, we choose topics based on direct feedback from attendees who share their ideas in post-event surveys”, explains chapter director, Anelde Greeff. “The topic of toxic colleagues has been a constant, so we welcome the opportunity to unpack this with a hand-picked panel of women in what promises to be another thought-provoking and entertaining evening.”

For its fifth event panel, SheSays Cape Town has brought together a number of industry heavyweights, such as John Brown’s Group Managing and Executive Director, Lani Carstens, HelloFCB’s MD, Robyn Campbell and Friday Street Club Owner and MD, Emma King. They will be joined by editor-activist Palesa Kgasane (formerly from Between10and5) and 3verse strategic director, Kay Orlandi.

“Most of us will have to deal with toxic colleagues at some point in our careers, whether it’s a queen bee boss, backstabbing teammate or backchatting junior”, explains panellist Emma King. “The best way to deal with these ‘anti-mentors’ is for women to support women and to build your pack.”

The year 2019 is a sparkling showcase for Vega’s 21st year of existence, a testament to their reason for being and most importantly, a celebration of the remarkable people living the Vega brand. “Vega is a brand that supports a culture of learning to find your purpose. Diversity is incredibly important to us, which is why we’ve been following the SheSays Cape Town chapter with interest. It creates a much-needed forum for career issues and sharing ideas that could propel women’s careers. We are delighted to host this topical discussion at Vega”, adds Dr Carla Enslin, National Head of Strategy and New Business Development.

Tickets are free and can be booked on Eventbrite. Join the conversation and keep an eye on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

About SheSays:

SheSays, the world’s largest creative network for women, opened its Cape Town chapter – the first in Africa – in April 2018. It focuses on the engagement, education and advancement of women creatives, and provides them with the thought leadership and connections to fast-track their careers. With a presence in over 40 cities around the world, it is run by a volunteer network of women. It’s different to other organisations in that it affords its chapters complete freedom in how they shape their offerings. Members have a say and everything is free. The Cape Town chapter directors are content strategist, Anelde Greeff and senior freelance copywriter Johannie van As.

Launched in 2007 by Mr President creative partner Laura Jordan Bambach and experience design consultant Alessandra Lariu (selected by Fast Company into the ‘League of extraordinary women” alongside Oprah and Hillary Clinton), SheSays has since pioneered a series of firsts in the women’s’ space: the first female director’s festival in Cannes, the first women-only hackathon, the first to do speed mentoring events – amongst many others. The organisation has also accumulated its share of accolades, including being honoured for its “The Greatest Individual Contribution to New Media” by New Media Age.

Panellists at the event:

Lani Carstens 
Group Managing and Executive Director, John Brown Media

Lani Carstens is the Group Managing and Executive Director of John Brown Media South Africa, creating engaging conversations between brands and their customers. Their client base includes Pick ‘n Pay, Old Mutual, Life Healthcare, Discovery, BMW and MINI.

Her wide-ranging publishing experience spans over 20 years, and including three years in Shanghai, two years as publisher at a content marketing agency, launch publisher of South African Shape and Fit Pregnancy, and as marketing manager for the women’s magazine division of Media24.

In her spare time Lani is a leadership coach and mentor. She’s also currently completing her Master of Philosophy in Management Coaching at Stellenbosch University Business School.

Robyn Campbell 
Managing Director, HelloFCB+

Robyn Campbell is Managing Director of HelloFCB+. She facilitates work that uses a combination of smart strategy and forward-thinking technology,which has resulted in many local and international awards.

Her time at Hellocomputer has been one of exponential growth for the agency, and for herself, working on a range of clients including Pernod Ricard, Beiersdorf and Investec Asset Management.

She’s also a member of the IAB Agency Council, fighting the good fight of uplifting industry standards and education through thought leadership and best practice, all while building a network of participation and trust.

Emma King
 Founder and MD at The Friday Street Club

Emma King has two decades of experience in marketing strategy and communications in several African and European markets. When she started her own company five years ago, she created a place that combines great work, passion and a kick-ass culture all under one roof.

She writes a column on marketing and PR for Marklives, sits on the board of NGO The Underdog Project and is currently also acting as Head of Marketing and Communications at Zeitz MOCAA. She’s allergic to bad grammar and ampersands but likes working her way through piles of novels and travelling the globe.

Kay Orlandi 
Strategic Partner, 3Verse

Kay Orlandi is a strategically focussed business leader with 21 years of experience in advertising. After working at agencies including TBWA/Tequila London, TBWA/Hunt Lascaris, BBDO and Saatchi&Saatchi, she took a leap in 2014 and started her own agency. She’s built relationships and managed successful campaigns for well-known brands in South Africa, across the African continent and in the UK.

Kay has achieved business growth for her clients, revenue growth for her portfolios and creative recognition in the form of creative and efficacy awards.

Palesa Kgasane
 Former editor, Between10and5

Palesa Kgasane is an editor, digital content producer, artist, and activist. She works to fill the media and entertainment industries with work that’s as beautiful as it is impactful.

Now 26, she started her first blog at age 18, which flourished and evolved to become The Mzanzi Moodboard, now an archival creative space for women of colour. Some of her previous roles were at ELLE and ELLE Decoration South Africa and she’s collaborated with brands like DOVE.

She knows the power of her platform and uses it to make space for dialogue – especially in a landscape where young black women are outnumbered. Palesa’s bravely owning her voice focusing on issues of self-image, body positivity, representation and queer rights.