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Is your significant other your business partner too? Is your sister cooking your books? Does your spouse wish you would get a real job and stop this entrepreneurial nonsense?

As part of the City Press and Gordon Institute of Business Science (Gibs) Winning Women series, we are hosting our second dialogue next Thursday. It’s titled Turning Conflict into Cooperation: How to Work Meaningfully with your Partner.

Though under the banner of Winning Women, the men who support South Africa’s entrepreneurial women are encouraged to attend and offer their unique perspectives too.

Paula Fray, who has worked in the media industry for more than three decades, will facilitate a panel of experts. On the panel are Wendy Luhabe, an entrepreneur, author and thought leader; John French,

a communication strategist and communication skills coach; and Busi Selesho, an entrepreneur who has recently completed the 10 000 Women Certificate Programme.

The participants will focus on communication between genders and how to effectively diffuse

tension in the workplace to increase productivity. They will also look at how to deal with conflict in husband and wife teams from the perspective of both men and women.

The discussion will be held at the Gibs campus: 26 Melville Road, Illovo, from 5.30pm until 7.30pm.

» Book your place by depositing R100 into the Gibs account. Email the proof of payment to dialogue@gibs.co.za

Account name: The Gordon Institute of Business Science

Bank: Standard Bank

Account number: 421018011

Branch code: 019205

Reference: (your name and surname) and WW Dialogue

Paula Fray

Paula Fray has worked in the media industry for almost three decades. The former regional director for Inter Press Service (IPS) Africa, Fray is the MD of frayintermedia, a pan African training organisation focused on training reporters, media leaders and development communicators.

She has trained journalists throughout Africa. An award-winning journalist who rose to become the first female editor of the Saturday Star newspaper, Fray was also executive news editor of the The Star newspaper in Johannesburg.

She has more than 25 years’ experience in the print media as a reporter, news editor and editor at Independent Newspapers. During that time, she was the winner of several awards and fellowships including the Checkers/Shoprite Investigative Journalism Award and the prestigious Nieman Fellowship. She is an accredited MICT-Seta moderator and assessor. She is a trustee of Media Monitoring Africa and BrandSA.

Wendy Luhabe

Wendy Luhabe has extensive board experience in corporate strategy, marketing, corporate governance and human capital development in both the private and public sectors. She is most known for her pioneering social enterprises, one in developing effective human resources strategies for companies to improve productivity and performance and two for the economic participation of women, through a Portfolio Investment Company and a Venture Capital Equity Fund for women.

She is an author, an accomplished public speaker, thought leader and is deeply passionate about leadership, mentorship and women’s development.

She is currently an advisor to The Big Break Legacy, an initiative to make South Africa an Entrepreneurial nation. She is also on the Supervisory board of the IMD business school in Lausanne, Switzerland. She is a recipient of three honorary doctorates and a member of the International Council of Business Women Leaders initiated by Hilary Clinton, on the economic empowerment of women.

John French

John French is one of South Africa’s most respected communication strategists and communication skills coaches. Having amassed 20 years of across-the-board experience in the communication industry, French has created some of the brightest performers in every profession and industry and has helped improve the bottom line of organisations he has partnered with.

With a background in law, public relations and speech and drama, John has the knowledge and experience to look at communication both holistically and strategically.

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