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Words of Wisdom from 6th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference
We asked the speakers of the 6th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference – from both the Johannesburg and Cape Town line-ups – to share some of their favourite leadership tips. Here’s a taste…
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5 minutes with… Sam Wilson
By Kim Shaw
Sam Wilson
is the irreverent and funny editor-in-chief of the Women24, Parent24 and Food24 portals who describes herself as a “feminist, anarchist, binge drinker and renegade parent”.
Who do you regard as your all-time female role model/leader?

Ursula K Le Guin. She is a feminist, anarchist, Taoist sci-fi fantasy writer, critic and poet… and when I met her writing in university, I just fell in love with the way she sought to balance the multi-pathed journey of being a woman with integrity, intelligence and constant curiosity.
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WIN! a bushveld getaway
Win a two-night stay at the beautiful Likweti Lodge & Sanctuary in Mpumalanga by emailing your name and contact details, as well as the answer to the following question, to lizzy@quallife.co.za. Entries must reach us by 10 June 2011.
One lucky winner will receive a two-night stay for two people sharing on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis in one of the executive rooms, including an exciting game drive on one of the days. (Terms and conditions apply.) Question: In which province is Likweti Lodge & Sanctuary situated?
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Reality is Broken by Jane McGonigal
Reviewed by Debby Edelstein

‘Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World’ is the somewhat extravagant promise of this book by world-renowned game designer Jane McGonigal.

But because my motivation for reading it was more personal than professional, I persisted  (besides, I’m a bit of a sucker for anything that promises how we can ‘change the world’).
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We Lead Cape Town will have women in stitches
If you’re attending ‘We Are The Leaders We’ve Been Waiting For’ in Cape Town on 27 May, be prepared to knit a few rows while you hone your leadership skills. Inspired by Melanie Minnaar’s #TDB campaign, we want to produce as many squares as possible to create a #welead blanket. Ambitious maybe, but we’ll be assisted by veteran knitters @PamSykes (who will also be hosting a digital storytelling workshop) and @samwilson1 (on our wired women panel).
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I’m thinking these can be clickthroughs?
Welcome to the first issue of The Women’s Leadership Journal!
Every year, the women who attend the ‘We are the Leaders We’ve Been Waiting For’ conference tell us that a year’s too long to wait.
And although there’s nothing to match the benefit of learning together over food and conversation, we’re hoping that this journal will provide a little sustenance in the months between.
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Reality is Broken by Jane McGonigal

Reviewed by Debby Edelstein

‘Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World’ is the somewhat extravagant promise of this book by world-renowned game designer Jane McGonigal. But because my motivation for reading it was more personal than professional, I persisted (besides, I’m a bit of a sucker for anything that promises how we can ‘change the world’).

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