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Discussing Growth and Leadership Part 2 with Janet and Margaret


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June 8, 2021 7:00 pm


After our wonderfully collaborative, open and very personal event on Women Across Generations in March, we are hosting Part 2 with Janet and Margaret discussing and exploring the topics of growth and leadership.

The event will be open and collaborative and a space for discussions in the group and in break-out rooms. We want to explore the topic of growth and leadership and find out how our choices and behaviours affect our wellbeing, health and capacity to thrive.

Janet and Margaret will also talk about the fascinating topic of epigenetics. Never heard of the topic? It is the study of how our behaviour affects the way our genes work and how that can be passed on to next generations.

Points we will explore: are:

  • What impact do we have on genetic expression, especially where health is concerned?
  • What environment is optimal for growth?
  • What are your innate strengths that could make you a leader?


Our speakers: 

Margaret Barrie

Born in Cape Town into a large family,  Margaret early learnt what it is to be the “odd person out’’. At first, it felt detrimental, until life taught her about some of its advantages.

She started her professional career as a dietitian. Family life took over for a while during which Margaret turned her hand to doing anything interesting that came her way and didn’t interfere with her parenting role. For example, she started and ran a small catering business, taught high school music for 2 years and did PR for a small independent business. 

Once her children launched into life, Margaret completed a qualification as a counselling psychologist and spent 25 years working in private practice. Recently, she became accredited as a Gallup® Strengths coach and now combines her general knowledge about people to coach individuals and teams, helping them find clarity of purpose and create value driven, collaborative practices. 

Margaret now lives and works in the UK though technology allows her to work more globally.


Janet du Preez

Janet du Preez helps leaders to navigate the unchartered demands of a rapidly changing and unpredictable world. Never in our modern history has this been more relevant.

For more than a decade, her company, Engagement Dynamics, has been helping leaders and organisations to optimally engage people and encourage leadership from all to tackle the challenges of change, complexity and conflict which constantly disrupt the status quo.

In 2020, believing that big problems disguise big opportunities, she developed the “Astute Leader Framework” and partnered with some genius colleagues to craft an extraordinary programme for the development of these critical 21st Century competencies. She has also recently launched the Astute Ecosystem: the incredible, transdisciplinary, collaborative ‘village’ that will ‘raise’ these leaders.

A very versatile leadership development practitioner with strong business acumen and executive experience; Janet is a passionate, proactive and creative thinker who is at her best partnering with courageous leaders to co-create thriving 21st Century organisations. She is constantly alert for good people, good ideas, and good systems which can be made even more effective.