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Having served in many roles in the Government, Retail and Banking  Industries, Venessa has extensive knowledge and experience in Human Resource Management, Credit, Collections, Call Centres, Operations and Communication.


Venessa is also passionate about leadership development, conscious consumerism, multiculturism and positive disruptions in business. She believes in inspiring leaders to look beyond their current circumstances and give their best in all that they set out to do and to achieve the purpose for which they were destined for. When leaders achieve greatness by stepping into their own magnificence they

invariably lead with significance and allow others to do  the same.


Venessa has motivated and inspired staff at Standard Bank, Pick ‘n Pay, The Shell Group and JD Group. Venessa had the opportunity to present on an international stage in Toronto, Canada and Washington, USA, representing South Africa & the Wholesale & Retail Seta. Venessa has also served as the Programme Director for the W&RSeta ILDP and RMDP Graduations. She is passionate about customer experience and in March 2016 was a key note speaker at the Customer Experience World Conference through Focus Group, UK. Venessa is also currently an Associate of the Professional Speakers Association of South Africa (PSASA). She has served as a coach and mentor to many candidates that have gone on to achieve greatness and excel in life using their key strengths. She was a co-presenter on a community based radio station, sharing the platform with Thabo Shole Mashao. Venessa is also very involved in the community in assisting the Children’s Home which cares for abandoned, orphaned, children with HIV/AIDS and children that have been used for Human Trafficking. In the last year Venessa has volunteer as a coach and mentor SMME in SA.


Other accolades include:


ILDP 2014 Top Performer Award (Henley Business School & W&RSETA)

ILDP 2014 – Best Editor Award for the publication on the economy in Africa in 2020. (Henley Business School and 7th Edition)

ILDP 2014 – Received the Award for the Overall Best Project – SMME Retailers in SA - (Henley Business School & W&RSETA)



Cynthia has a BA and an MBA from Wits Business School.