Mike founded Retroviral, which has made more brands ‘go viral, globally’ than any other agency in Africa. He has developed campaigns that have been classified as ‘truly viral’.
Mike was named one of the Mail & Guardian’s top 200 young (under 35) South Africans in 2013 and he is the co-founder of influencer marketing platform webfluential.com as well as retroactive.digital – a disruptive sports storytelling agency.
We have one future. It’s up to us as a collective what we make of it.
At Profmed, we’re focusing on building a future of trust, empathy and care.
2020 was a year that changed everything. It challenged our hopes and vision of the future and left us with uncertainty. But it also taught us that we can endure and grow when we build trust, personal connections and learn to be adaptable.
In this 8-episode vodcast series, we’ll explore how we can take care of today, while simultaneously building a positive vision of the future.
Today’s professionals are evolving – they are leaders, innovators, disrupters and are the face of the Future Professional. The lives of these future professionals and their families have been entrusted to us. We take that seriously. Because when we care about each other and trust in each other, we can achieve anything.
Featuring: Rapelang Rabana, serial entrepreneur and founder of Rekindle Learning.
In the journey of looking inward to make a unique contribution, Rapelang found that the traditional separations we grew up with at school and that still exist in the workplace are unhelpful. Bringing your ‘work self’, your ‘personal self’ or your ‘other self’ that you are at home to the table is challenging. Instead, it’s important that you take an integrated view of yourself and your life that allows you to live more authentically and act in accordance with your truest values and interests. Looking at yourself as one person is a key part of that inward looking journey.
Who is Rapelang Rabana?
Featured on the cover of ForbesAfrica magazine before the age of 30, selected as a FastCompany Maverick, named Entrepreneur for the World by the World Entrepreneurship Forum and selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Rapelang Rabana is an internationally lauded technology entrepreneur.
From her first start-up straight out of university, Yeigo to Chief Digital Officer at South Africa’s largest IT company, Rapelang is now the Founder of Rekindle Learning, which enables people to adapt to the changing world of work, as well as a founding partner at FFWD Innovation, which helps companies innovate faster.
Featuring: Justin Cohen, author of four books and eight audiobooks. He hosts a CNBC Africa TV show in which he interviews some of the world’s top experts on success.
There is no such thing as success without successful relationships. According to the Grant study at Harvard, the longest longitudinal study of all time, the single most important factor in happiness and success is the strength of our relationships. Social skills are the most important skills we can build.
Who is Justin Cohen?
Justin Cohen is a bestselling author, international speaker and transformational coach. He hosted a CNBC Africa TV show in which he interviewed some of the world’s top experts on success. As a leading authority on human potential, with a postgraduate degree in psychology, Justin speaks and trains in the fields of motivation, sales, customer service and leadership. Over the past 20 years he has presented in nearly 30 countries, and in virtually every industry, to an average of 8 000 people annually. Justin is a Certified Speaking Professional and a Southern African Speaker Hall of Fame inductee. Justin was the host and transformational coach of Mnet’s The Single Wives and is a doctoral candidate at Middlesex University in London.
Featuring: Ulrico Grech-Cumbo, entrepreneur, conservationist and immersive filmmaker.
How much do you know about immersive experiences and the nature of the kind of empathy that can be created using these technologies? In this episode, Ulrico unpacks his journey in creating Habitat XR, what life experiences resulted in its creation and how it’s found a business model that hinges on creating measurable impact. We’ll also look at the idea of revolutionising environmental education in a modern world facing an ecological mass extinction event, and in particular how zoos and aquariums need to change.
Who is Ulrico Grech-Cumbo?
Ulrico Grech-Cumbo is an entrepreneur, conservationist and immersive filmmaker. Ulrico has founded and run four companies in the media and experiential space since 2004. Growing up frequenting game reserves at every opportunity and later studying engineering has become an unlikely combination of passions culminating in Habitat XR, a multi award-winning production studio focusing on reconnecting people to nature through immersive storytelling and technology. Ulrico has spoken around the world about the power of empathy and democratising access to nature through cutting-edge technology, including at South by South West, Cannes, TEDx and at the United Nations.
Featuring: Dr Aisha Pandor, an award-winning scientist with a PhD in Human Genetics, a business management graduate, and the co-founder of SweepSouth.
In this episode, Aisha will discuss how she got into entrepreneurship through a non-traditional route and background, and share some SweepSouth Impact statistics and what they have achieved. She will explore her entrepreneurship journey, challenges and learnings, as well as the general landscape and other interesting opportunities and sectors where there is the opportunity for entrepreneurship to make a difference.
Who is Aisha R. Pandor?
Aisha R. Pandor is co-founder and CEO of multi-award winning SweepSouth, Africa’s first online home services platform. Venture-backed, SweepSouth was the first South African start-up to be accepted into the 500 Start-ups accelerator based in Silicon Valley. Aisha completed her PhD in Human Genetics at the University of Cape Town. Following her studies, she worked as a management consultant in the telecoms and mining industries. SweepSouth is an advocate for financial and digital inclusivity, and has connected over 25 000 previously unemployed/underemployed home service providers to work opportunities.
Featuring: Bronwyn Williams, futurist, economist and business trends analyst at Flux Trends.
Creativity loves a tight brief. This means, where there are constraints (be they financial or physical) and problems, there are also great opportunities if we are willing to look for them and put in the effort to pursue them. We will look at the sometimes surprising opportunities emerging out of the chaos and containment of the year.
Who is Bronwyn Williams?
Bronwyn Williams is a Trend Translator and Future Finance Specialist for Flux Trends. Bronwyn has over a decade’s experience in marketing management and trend research, working predominantly with brands in the financial and business-to-business industries.
Since 2011, Bronwyn has collaborated with Flux Trends, on a number of projects, lending her research and writing skills to the Flux trend reports and presentations, including The Fragmented Future of Finance, Virtual Money, So You Want to Hire a Millennial?, Digital Burnout, From Bricks to Clicks and Gen Z: the Real Game Changing Generation; in addition to ghost-writing the book Dion Chang’s The New Urban Tribes of South Africa, published by Pan MacMillan.
Featuring: Nikki Bush, an award-winning speaker and best-selling author who helps individuals and teams to win at life and work.
Our values shift and change as a result of disruption. Where we spend our time, money and energy is an indication of what we value. Our stage of life can shift our values. Disruption impacts on all three of these factors and therefore what we value. This conversation takes a look at the interconnectedness of personal values, organisational values and societal values against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and its attendant disruptions.
Who is Nikki Bush
Human Potential and Parenting Expert, Nikki Bush empowers individuals, families and teams in business and education to win at work, home and life. She has the knack of putting difficult, complex and sensitive topics on the table (ones we often prefer to avoid). Nikki has written four best-selling parenting books, including her latest, Future-proof Your Child for the 2020s and Beyond (Penguin Random House, 2019), and she has fielded over 2 500 media interviews in the past 12 years. You may have seen or heard her on her weekly slots on Radio 702 and SABC3’s Expresso, among many others. Her next book, Future-Proof Yourself: How to Win at Work and Life (Penguin Random House) is due for release in July 2021.
Featuring: Sophie Licht, the founder and CEO of Ispot coaching, an independent business coaching firm.
Is imperfection avoided, tolerated, or embraced in yourself, and your life? Let Wabi-Sabi transform your perspective on failing forward.
The Japanese philosophy of Wabi Sabi prizes imperfection, and the art of celebrating things as they are, rather than being defined by how you perceive things should be. In this inspiring presentation by international art photographer and global coach Sophie Licht, you’ll discover how to embrace a zen philosophy designed to push us passed our pain points, to a place where creativity and resilience can flourish.
Who is Sophie?
Originally from Belgium, Sophie Licht moved to South Africa in 1995 and has lived and worked around the world in Belgium, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Namibia and South Africa. With her rich background and exposure to diverse cultures, Sophie has developed a unique understanding of human behaviour and is strong at connecting with people on a personal level. She received her Personal and Business Coaching accreditation through Creative Consciousness® International (affiliated with ICF) in 2008 and has since made it her mission to help people find clarity, meaning and joy in their environments and interactions, whether in business or on the home front.
Featuring: Richard Mulholland, a renowned international speaker and co-founder of global presentation powerhouses, Missing Link and TalkDrawer.
There are two stories in sales… yours and the one that matters. In this session, global speaker, Richard Mulholland, will share how story can be used as a force for good when it comes to sales, and the common mistakes people make. Expect practical tips that you can take away and apply instantly to your sales toolbox, whether you are presenting online or in-person.
Who is Richard Mulholland
Richard Mulholland kicked off his career as a rock ‘n roll roadie operating lights for bands like Iron Maiden and Def Leppard. At the age of 22 he started Missing Link, a global presentation firm operating out of Johannesburg, South Africa, and later HumanWrit.es, a Cape Town-based social entrepreneurship venture that wants to save the world one notebook at a time. Richard is the author of the best-selling business book, Legacide, and writes monthly columns for Longevity and Stuff magazines – He’s even written for Playboy -how rad!? He was voted one of the Mail and Guardians Top 300 Young South Africans to take to lunch, and as one of Destiny Man’s Top 40 under 40 (Sadly though, he no longer qualifies as under 40… or young). He is a renowned global speaker, and has spoken in many countries, including Canada, Puerto Rico, UK, USA, Germany, and Kenya, as well as providing presentation coaching to many CEOs and TED speakers. When not getting tattooed you’ll find him riding motorbikes… and playing board games. He’s a bit of a geek, really.