2017 – Leadership Conference Namibia
2011 – SIOPSA Conference – agenda – presentation
2011 – HCI Engagement Summit – more
2010 – SIOPSA Conference – more
2010 – Knowledge Resources Employee Engagement – more
2010 – Moss Group Sustainability Seminar – more
2009 – Knowledge Resources Employee Engagement – more
With more than 20 years experience in communications and marketing, Julia set up the management consultancy Julia Seal – engagement strategies late 2009. The business is a Cape Town based management consultancy developing engagement strategies in Africa. Based on the belief in co-creating business success through collaborative relationships with key stakeholders, the business is focused on the development and implementation of integrated employee engagement strategies. This focus establishes employee engagement as a core corporate strategy driven by business leaders as a key driver of growth and success.
Prior to this, Julia was with Brandhouse Beverages, initially as Communications Manager and then heading up the newly created Employee Engagement division. Brandhouse was voted by its employees as South Africa’s Best Company To Work For in 2007 and 2008 (Deloitte). She also worked with shareholders Diageo Plc in London, Diageo South Africa and Heineken International on matters pertaining to best practice in employee engagement strategies – South Africa being one of their key success markets.
Julia has an undergraduate degree in Journalism & Media Studies and Industrial Psychology and an Honours degree in Communications with various marketing, coaching and leadership credentials. She is a practising Integral Coach ©, qualified through the UCT Graduate School of Business’ Centre for Coaching. Julia is part of an international network of employee engagement thought-leaders and practitioners in order to combine international best practice with local expertise.
She has worked with clients in a wide range of industries across southern Africa and globally with the USA, UK and Japan, including Namibia Breweries, Heineken International, DirectAxis, UNICEF, BoE, USAID, Motorola, KPMG, SADC, Malawi Government, Mitsui & Co, Diageo, Parliamentary Monitoring Group and the Zambian Department of Communications.
Julia has also mentored for the Institute of Marketing Management and the Rhodes School of Journalism and Media Studies. She acts as an advisor to venture capital initiatives and SMEs on issues of corporate reputation, focusing on key stakeholder engagement and communication strategies. In addition, Julia speaks regularly at various conferences and functions around employee engagement and co-creation and has contributed to several publications locally and internationally.
Sustainability Strategy: Nicky van Hille – The Moss Group
The Moss Group is a strategy consulting practice, focusing on integrating social, environmental and economic sustainability objectives into core business strategy, operations and culture. We work with real people to solve real problems and to create real wealth, in both the material and the non-material sense.
Our extensive strategy and business management consulting experience, combined with a deep understanding of and passion for sustainability, positions us as unique business partners to our clients. We are able to translate complex sustainability issues and challenges into strategically relevant and practical business terms and then work with our clients to develop and implement the appropriate responses to these challenges.
When working with clients on developing integrated sustainability strategies, The Moss Group focuses on providing its clients with a deep understanding of the complex and dynamic interplay of all the various impacts on and by their business; enabling clients to identify and balance the demands of diverse (and often opposing) stakeholders; adapting and updating our clients’ strategies in light of holistic sustainability thinking; integrating new thinking into our clients’ daily business practices; and measuring and reporting on the success of new strategies and practices within our clients’ businesses.
Clients include Mr Price, Spar, Woolworths, Johnson & Johnson, SAICA.
Working in partnership, Nicky and Julia focus on the link between sustainability strategy and employee engagement, embedding embedding sustainability thinking and strategies in your culture.
Coaching Strategy: Renee Petzer – Dynamic Balance
With more than 20 years experience in Information Technology and Business Information Management, Renee works as a Consultant and Integral Coach. Working for a FTSE100 Multi-National, Renee gained executive experience at a Global and Africa Middle East level. She recently set up a Nigeria-based Consulting and Integral Coaching practice
Renee has extensive experience across industries in the corporate sector, having worked for manufacturing, mining, financial services, FMCG & IT companies. She has developed and implemented complex and interdependent strategies and has a track record in delivering tangible business benefits. The critical success factors have been her ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders, with different priorities, agendas and conflicting views and meld this into a workable cohesive whole. She takes pride in understanding how businesses operate and how to drive business strategy. Her Master’s degree in systemic thinking defines her skill in process re-engineering and design. Her expertise in marketing processes, information and technology and her ability to manage large teams contributed to her success.
Coaching work: Renee was introduced to Integral Coaching and the Centre for Coaching Excellence through British American Tobacco. Her journey as an internal coach started in 2003 with Renee having 30+ internal coachees over a 5 year period. She also co-facilitated coaching workshops run by the Centre for Coaching Excellence at BAT. Over a 3 year period she experienced having her “own” Executive Coach. Working with the coachee and taking a holistic view on the coachee’s business environment, processes, people, information & technology enable her to ensure sustainable change.