OUR TEAM

My journey of empowering leaders was inspired by being exposed to some amazing leaders spanning over 30 years. It was through this experience that I realised my purpose of “creatively facilitating leaders’ unique contribution to the world”. I spent 12 years in a leadership role of Director of Student Life and three years as Director of Marketing & Development at Cape Theological Seminary. I completed my studies with a master’s in cross-cultural studies with a focus on leadership. At the same time I worked to equip myself as an accredited business and executive coach.

I am excited about my role at TowerStone because of this dynamic team’s belief that it is possible for people to be fulfilled in the workplace. I’ve learnt that one of the most powerful ways to make a change in the world is through leaders who are passionate about their own brand and who are committed to empower others to do the same.

Alestaire

I started off my career as a social worker with the firm belief that we (people) can be better and do better. After years of focusing on problem related issues I attended night-school and studied human resources. I believe that the growth and development of people gives meaning to our existence. I was attracted to Towerstone’s Brand Ambassador framework that facilitates a better way to lead and be led thus confirming my belief, “if we know better, we do better”. That’s what I care about and that’s why I’m here.

Annemarie

From being voted as the naughtiest kid most likely to fail at school, I found success in the information and technology sector as a young sales and marketing executive, culminating in an executive sales and strategy role for a large information technology company based in Germany. On my return to South Africa, my passion to inspire leadership led to the creation of TowerStone. I am continually amazed by how much we have achieved in such a short time, but it is also humbling to realise how far we have to go, considering we are such a young organisation.

My role in TowerStone includes business development, executive coaching, and strategic consulting. My core purpose is to encourage all those I come into contact with to see the world through a different set of lenses to realise potential. Many of us are held back by our past conditioning, blocking growth and development that keeps us in false comfort zones. What is so desperately needed from leaders and human beings is to remove the lenses that trap us, so that we can realise the full splendour of who we are and what we can achieve. To consciously lead, to be a model example, and to let go of the old to inspire the new, is one of the toughest aspects of a personal life journey. I am driven by the need to inspire others. Simply put, “courage to serve above self”.

brian-eagar

After many years in academia, and with a Master’s degree in Biotechnology, I started my career as a research scientist. I soon discovered an affinity for writing and editing and made a drastic career change to copy editing and proofreading.

As copy editor, I am part of a dynamic content team. Without compromise, we strive to provide course content that is on par with TowerStone’s high level of excellence. I have gained valuable insights into behavioural psychology and the necessity to address it in the professional working environment. I believe that people are multi-dimensional and that good leadership lies in identifying and tapping into strengths, and eliminating weaknesses to enhance company and personal success. This is the environment that I am privileged enough to work in every day.

My motto is “Open minds open doors”. Explore alternative paradigms with passion and fortitude!

christelle

As someone who always wanted to understand people better, it was not a hard decision to make to enroll for a degree in Psychology. I completed my Honours degree and did an internship as psychometrist at the Department of Manpower (as it was called in the 80’s). I worked as a business consultant for large corporations and in my own business which led me to pursue a master’s degree in business administration.

All of this came together for me when I joined Towerstone – a group of warm and caring professionals who are passionate about their work. I believe that our work on brand ambassadorship not only benefits leaders in the workplace but as citizens of the universe. I also believe it is what you scatter and not what you gather that shows the kind of life you live.

Cornell

My journey as a facilitator started when I obtained my degree in Psychology. After a number of years of working in the field, I changed direction slightly by going into the Human Resources and Organisation field. I facilitated around the concepts of management and leadership within the retail market in Africa. In my professional and personal life I like to follow the disciplines of: observing what works, figuring out why it works and then building on proven foundations. My focus at TowerStone is that of the Project Manager and the facilitation of our learning programmes throughout South Africa, Africa and Mauritius. The part of my job that gives me great fulfilment is providing clients with feedback in my role as an accredited HBDI (Hermann Brain Dominance Instrument) and Barrett’s practitioner.

The Marilyn Monroe quote – “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring” encourages me to live my life to the full everyday!

Doreen

My dream was to become a teacher and that was exactly what I did. I started my career by jumping straight into tertiary training within private institutions. I had the privilege of being exposed to a multitude of subject fields, varying from 3D animation and photography, to fork lift training and business analysis. A passion for education led me to complete my B.Ed Hons. in Educational Management and specialise in ICT in Education. I relished every step of my journey. I have learned so much through the years and am excited to learn more from TowerStone every day. My focus at TowerStone is the continuous improvement, organisation and maintenance of effective process flows within the Leadership Academy.

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”- Prof Stephen Hawking

georgenia

Having worked mainly in customer service and administrative positions, I have gained extensive experience dealing with clients both telephonically and face to face. I started working while pursuing my National Diploma in human resource management and look forward to completing and obtaining my B. Comm. degree in the same field.

I believe that no matter what role you may find yourself in, each has one thing in common: the need for effective communication which is something I am passionate about. I enjoy being part of a team and going the extra mile making sure my deadlines are met. Throughout my career, I have learnt how to adapt to different surroundings and diverse personalities while still maintaining the same level of enthusiasm and professionalism.

I feel privileged to be working with such a dynamic team, and excited about the opportunity to grow with the company.

geraldine

I have had a number of years experience in an administrative role within the motor trade. Using the skills learnt, I joined TowerStone as an office administrator as part of a dynamic team. While working with a team who believe in growing individuals to their full potential, I now manage the Supervisor Development Programme, support our facilitators and assist with the operational aspects. My role forms an integral part of helping to sustain the success of the back office team, through my involvement in the day to day running of the office.

My purpose in life is to be a good leader to others through living a values driven life. What I love about the TowerStone family is that I can be myself and am allowed the space I need to grow as an individual. Outside the office I enjoy spending time with my family and being outdoors.

Ilse

I started my journey of becoming a brand and communications strategist as a Matie, studying for a bachelor’s degree in commerce and a master’s in business administration specialising in marketing. I spent twenty years in leadership positions at great advertising agencies: Ogilvy, Y&R, TBWA, Saatchi & Saatchi. I was privileged to work with inspiring clients and their brands, e.g. Volkswagen, Unilever, Proctor and Gamble. It’s good to learn from the best.

One of the lessons I learnt was that strategy supersedes tactics, so I ran my own specialist brand and communications strategy enterprise for 10 years. Another lesson I learnt was that without employees who are brand ambassadors a brand will never be great. At TowerStone we build great brands by inspiring brand ambassadors. I also learnt that learning is a never-ending, exciting journey, so I am a voracious reader and an aspirant writer.

Johnny

I grew up in an impoverished township and witnessed firsthand the negative effects of poverty and unemployment. I made the decision to use these experiences to motivate myself to do everything in my power to work towards improving my standard of living for myself and that of my family. I dedicated myself to my studies and after matriculating, I enrolled for a course in Retail Business Management.

As someone with a very strong will for financial independence I started working part-time while pursuing my National Diploma. It is with the work ethic that I gained from previous experiences that I can now execute my responsibilities and tasks with diligence, professionalism and enthusiasm.

My purpose for joining TowerStone is that I want to experience working with a dynamic team. I believe this exposure will expand my knowledge in different sectors of the business environment and will grow me as an individual.

Kim

I have acquired various skills in organising, planning, operational and administrative functions during my professional career. Diverse experiences in life have taught me to adapt quickly to new environments and different management styles.

I use these skills on a daily basis to support to Brian Eagar, our CEO and Gary Dobkins, co-founder of TowerStone. I enjoy being part of such a dynamic team and my goal is to be a professional with a winning attitude.

I believe that being a woman in today’s society is a huge responsibility and requires acting in a way that inspires other young women. I have realised that my identity is not about where I come from, but where I am heading. What inspires me daily is the verse in Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Kristen

Although I have worked in several sectors including retail, financial and non-profit, the positions I have held have always had an element of writing to them. Having been an avid reader since a young age, language and communications have always been aspects which I have been interested in. Now, at TowerStone, I am able to put my writing and editing skills into practice full-time to help ensure that all of our material is of only the highest standard. Being somewhat of a perfectionist certainly helps with this!

I strongly believe in the TowerStone offerings and that we can make a big difference in the lives of many through our programmes which are formulated to inspire. I am excited to be part of the wonderful TowerStone team and look forward to being involved with the HeartStart programme in making a difference in the lives of our youth.

lynn

After completing my degree in Office Management & Technology I started working with Johnny Johnson, who is the TowerStone brand and communication strategist. I assist the development of brand and communications strategies and their activation. My purpose in the team is to ensure there is order, coordination and communication. I’m passionate about using technology to facilitate my work. I also help inform strategic planning through desk research and the analysis of primary research. I am responsible for preparing persuasive presentations. I love spending time and having fun with family and friends. I also enjoy nature.

Magda

If leadership is the ability to influence in the absence of authority, then my leadership journey began while motivating workers on our family farm. My journey continued through varsity as I taught CSIR scientists to speak Xhosa, and secured MSc research funding from Sasol & AECI.

My journey turned into a career as I led multi-disciplinary teams on a range of projects. An MBA in 2002 provided the framework for my further growth.

Looking back, my proudest achievements have involved translating common sense into common practice, and this is now my focus at TowerStone – working with clients to cut out the clutter and focus on streamlining delivery.

The goal is always to ensure that the operating model and practice provide a platform for growth – attracting, retaining and empowering those who seek to add value to the customer – the brand ambassadors.

Malcolm

Prior to founding TowerStone with Brian and Gary, I have had many years of experience working in the Information Technology environment where I fulfilled a sales role and managing teams.

I thrive on working in a high performance environment.

I am responsible for managing the operational aspects of TowerStone. One thing I have learnt over time, is that an aligned culture and behaviour are important components to the sustainable success of any organisation.

I am passionate about children and believe that children should be shaped and nurtured from an early age in order to help them reach their full potential. TowerStone HeartStart Foundation aspires to achieving this.

I am motivated by a belief that choice, not chance determines human destiny.

Mandy

Being part of a dynamic team of motivated people who have clear goals and aspirations has really affirmed my belief that I am on the right bus. I can contribute to making a real difference in people’s lives. This is closely aligned to my life purpose, namely;

“To use my determination, empathy and skills to address others needs and exceed their expectations.” I facilitate fulltime and am actively involved in business development. I previously managed my own business and hosted national live television shows for many years where I had the opportunity to work with many diverse and interesting people. This allowed me to travel extensively and gain valuable insight into diverse cultural backgrounds of people. TowerStone has been the perfect “fit” in helping me to achieve my purpose with meaning and intent.

Marcel

As a result of living in places like Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Queenstown and now Cape Town I have learnt to deal with many diverse cultures. I started my career at the Credit Bureau before moving on to banking, quantity surveying and then the corporate industry. I use the experience I have gained in the various industries to assist with TowerStone projects and provide support to the North Regional Head, Reward Ngcobo.

When I joined TowerStone I was immediately inspired by the passion and dedication displayed by my colleagues to empower and bring out the best in everyone. I’ve learnt that everyone in life has a story to tell and the will to succeed. Although not everyone’s definition of success is necessarily the same, we all still have it within us to achieve it.

I always tell my children “if one wants to succeed as badly as a drowning person wants to breathe then you will succeed”.

Megan

I started off my career as a graphic designer in the printing industry where I became a production leader and a cost estimator.

My role at TowerStone is that of creative designer which includes assisting with the development of brand strategies by providing creative input with an emphasis on brand architecture, brand expression and designing and activating new as well as evolved brand identities.

Being part of the dynamic TowerStone team is a privilege. TowerStone empowers leaders to find fulfilment in the work place. What I love about TowerStone is that before it empowers leaders to find fulfilment in the work place, it empowers its team first, which makes it a growing organisation with an inspired, confident and engaged team.

mulisa

I joined TowerStone as a mentee and am also the youngest member of the TowerStone family. Our pupose at TowerStone is to empower and further develop people.

I am currently studying, enrolled at UNISA in Business Management (Bcom) with a degree in Industrial Psychology. One of the opportunities I enjoy most at TowerStone is to facilitate our HeartStart Social skills programme to disadvantaged children. This is what I am passionate about, being able to give back by sharing knowledge and engaging with others, thus uplifting them. I believe in what we do and believe that TowerStone will not change the world, but it will ignite that spark that will change the world.

Peace

Ihave always known that I wanted to be in a space where I can help individuals grow and develop their potential. Growing up the obvious choice for me was to become a teacher. However, having studied Marketing and Business management I started my career in sales. I was fortunate to work within a non-profit organisation, managing projects with a variety of clients in different industries. It was during this time in my career, that I found facilitation of intervention programmes to be a great tool in making a difference in people as they journey through life. I spent 8 years delivering skills development programmes, managing community projects and facilitating intervention programmes in the workplace.

I find fulfillment working at Towerstone knowing that what we do makes a difference in helping individuals find fulfillment in their workplace. My passion is people; playing a part in a person’s journey of growth is the joy I derive from the work we do.

Reward

As a full-time working professional who is also studying part-time, and having worked in the education industry for three years, I realise how valuable it is to educate yourself.

Through my experience in the industry, my passion for honouring learning has grown immensely. Impacting lives through education in such a positive way is extremely rewarding.

I have come to realise how passionate the team at TowerStone is about what they do, how important it is to live the values and the brand of the organisation. It is truly inspiring. I believe that one can only really succeed once you have found your true passion.

A quote I found to be motivating comes from Tony Hsieh who said, “Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion”.

robin_lee

Before finding myself in the brand and communications game I completed a BA degree in Philosophy and Sociology and went on to do a post-graduate diploma in enterprise management – a rewarding marriage of abstract thinking and practical skill. I am a passionate outdoorsman, and it was as a sponsored whitewater kayaker that I came to appreciate what it means to be a brand ambassador.

Working at TowerStone is fulfilling for me because it is a company that embraces both stability and creativity. It allows me both the privilege of learning from experts in the field, and the excitement of being encouraged to innovate.

Working in branding is the professional expression of my personal interest in people: how they think, what they respond to and what makes them happy.

Scott

My career started in the customer service industry where I gained over seven years’ experience working in different sectors, gaining valuable knowledge and skills. It became clear over time that I had a passion for service. I strive to provide the kind of service that surpasses expectations, whilst fostering enthusiasm in those whom I come into contact with. Making a difference, albeit small, is something that gives me purpose and brings me joy.

I am a self-motivated management graduate and also hold a qualification in internet marketing.

I believe that TowerStone embodies its values and it is wonderful to have joined such a vibrant team. I act as a support to two business leaders and I look forward to this exciting journey with TowerStone, one where I aim to make a meaningful and valuable contribution daily.

shanet

The journey that led me to coaching and facilitation began with my role in the academic world as Director of Student Affairs and lecturer where developing and implementing mentoring systems was a key area of interest. The impact of these relationships on student potential and performance led me to pursue my coaching education. What struck me most was the shift in thinking and practice between offering my perspectives and advice versus asking theirs. What became very clear to me was that people hold the answers to their own challenges and through the practice of offering, I was not fully engaging with people in a sustainable way.

With a master’s degree in the human sciences from Stellenbosch University, a diploma in practitioner coaching from The Coaching Centre, and 14 years’ experience in education and leadership development, I am dedicated in my journey with individuals and organisations toward transformational and transactional excellence.

The objective of my development service is to enable individual and organisational clients to identify business and/or personal goals, develop strategies and action plans intended to achieve such goals, and to focus on Emotional Intelligence qualities essential for personal and professional transformation. Through a strong values based approach, I dedicate my career ambitions in service of developing potential and enhancing performance.

TowerStone is a place that provides a home for my values, education and experience as an executive coach, facilitator and content developer.

sue

From carefully hitting the keys on my aunt’s typewriter when I was young, to the fluster of writing, editing and proofreading that make up my current reality – the written word has always been my passion.

I started out on the wobbly legs of a BA degree in Languages and Literature, but I had much to learn when launching my career in the private business sector. The experience I gained taught me to approach challenges with confidence and to continually adapt to new circumstances. It also gave me the opportunity to further develop and diversify my language skills by working on a wide range of projects from marketing material to business correspondence and proposals.

Upon joining TowerStone, I found it to be a company alive with personality and possibilities. It is a daily privilege to be involved in creating content that does more than scratch the surface – content that inspires real change. I count myself fortunate to be part of a team that is passionate about making a difference and passionate about supporting each other to get there.

thea

“Find your passion, make money from your passion, and you’ll never work for a day in your life.” – Oprah Winfrey

This is how I feel about my job as a facilitator and coach. I love my job and I love working with people. I am passionate about seeing people grow, move from point A to B, add value to their organisations, and live a life of purpose and fulfillment.

What excites me about working at TowerStone and with our clients who believe in this powerful culture of people and profit, is our belief that the fulfillment of business ambition begins with people being fulfilled at work irrespective of the industry.

Prior to joining TowerStone, I did facilitation and coaching work for eight years.

I am thankful that I have found my career purpose in life. I am fulfilled.

thuli