Sharmla Chetty is the President of Global Markets for Duke Corporate Education. An innovative non-conformist with the strong commercial drive to see opportunities where others see challenges, her passion includes working in the areas of corporate social responsibility, board leadership and contributing to the development of female leaders.
In her current role, Sharmla leads market growth strategies for Duke CE globally and for each of the company’s regional offices in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Her expertise includes a strong focus on driving strategy through leadership development by working at the intersection between strategy, culture and people, understanding the capabilities needed to transform businesses and successfully navigating complex stakeholder environments. Sharmla leads client relationship management, advisory work and leadership solutions to build strategic capacity and capabilities for clients. In doing so, she helps prepare leaders to face new challenges, solve business issues, and shape a better future for their organisations. Key to her success is her ability to build resilient business disciplines and networks with leaders in industry, key political stakeholders, community leaders, academic institutions and consulting partners, enlisting her local team to be part of the process.
She obtained her MBA from Henley Management Business School in the UK and a Masters in Management and Executive Coaching from Wits Business School. Sharmla studied at Johannesburg University and holds a qualification in Human Resources Development.
13:20 – 13:50 Improving the employee onboarding experience
Shelley van der Westhuizen Corporate Financial Wellbeing & Engagement Head, Alexander Forbes
My role at Alexander Forbes is to help design, develop and implement solutions and ways of engaging that make a difference to the outcomes that employees and employers get from their employee benefit programmes. What’s important is giving people access to information, help and solutions when they’re making key decisions in their lives. Often people don’t realise how important a decision moment is or they make the wrong decision because they’re feeling rushed and unguided. Sometimes inertia sets in and decision-making moments pass us by and we do nothing. Providers also sometimes make it easy to make a poor choice and difficult to make a good choice because of a lack of attention to client experience. These are the sorts of things we’re working on and a better employee onboarding experience is part of this. My role in onboarding specifically has been in ideation and some involvement in design but mostly in sharing our research findings and development response with clients and within Alexander Forbes. Doing things differently can be intimidating. Because of this a great solution can fail through poor adoption, so this is where my focus has been.
13:50 – 14:10 Improvisational mindfulness for leaders: team attunement DR PETRO JANSE VAN VUUREN, Playing Mantis TSHEGO KHUTSOANE, Wits
14:10 – 15:00 Re-branding from the inside out. Employees delivering the value of the brand LERATO SEMENYA, talentCRU VINOLIA SINGH, Adcorp Group URSULA FEAR, Adcorp Holdings
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