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I’d love to speak at your next event. My story is powerful and compelling, and my message will stay with your audience long after they leave the room. Here are the keynotes I offer; each can be customised to fit your audience:


We are all born with the potential to be extraordinary. Yet few ever realise that potential.

The American mythologist and scholar, Joseph Campbell, described the path to being extraordinary as the “hero’s journey”. In this talk I share how embarking on my own hero’s journey has created the opportunity for me to produce extraordinary results.

This talk will inspire individuals in organisations to rise above their perceived limitations and be extraordinary. The key messages are:

  • Create a compelling vision for your life.
  • Do the things you think you cannot do.
  • Don’t wait to be ready.
  • Set yourself massive goals and work like mad to achieve them.
  • Choose an empowering story to tell about yourself.

“Mediocrity is self-inflicted. Genius is self-bestowed.” – Walter Russell


The South African public health system is falling apart at the seams. There are shortages of personnel, equipment, supplies and essential medication. And in the middle of this dysfunction are medical professionals who are overwhelmed, traumatised and disillusioned.

When I walked away from clinical practice in 2004 I felt that I had lost touch with the dream that got me into medicine in the first place. It was only after I wrote my memoir, Postmortem – The Doctor Who Walked Away, that I was able to make peace with the end of my short-lived medical career.

In the process of interrogating my own journey through medicine I got to see that there is a deep wound in the medical profession. Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals are struggling with the daily realities of their work.

  • How do we rekindle our passion for our work?
  • How do we bring about change in a system that desperately needs it?
  • How do we safe-guard our own well-being so that we can be of service to others?

This talk is aimed primarily at healthcare audiences.

 Here’s what people say about me:

“I cannot tell you how much we appreciated your visit to the Bloemfontein Campus of the University of the Free State and your stunning presentation at the two graduation ceremonies. You are a powerful role model to our students as an accomplished medical professional, businesswoman and mother.” Prof. Jonathan Jansen, Vice-Chancellor, University of the Free State

“Our Grade 12’s were inspired by your story, but equally by you as a human being. You are a role model for our youth, in particular our young girls. You ooze positivity, hope and empathy – three messages that we have worked hard at sharing with our young students this year.” David du Toit, Headmaster, Lebone II College of the Royal Bafokeng

“Thank you for presenting at the SAMSA event. The turnout was unbelievable and the feedback was great!” Farah Jawitz, South African Medical Students Association

“One of my favourite talks from TEDxJohannesburg 2014. Thank you.” Kelo Kubu, TEDxJohannesburg Convener

“Charming, confident, understated, articulate, eloquent, intelligent.” Peter Foster, Director, Foster Wealth Management

“What a masterful, colourful & descriptive storyteller you are. Being a doctor was definitely not your only calling.” Ingrid Martens, award-winning journalist & filmmaker


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