Liesl Schoonwinkel

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Liesl has spent her entire career addressing an audience in some form or another. She has 21 years’ experience in teaching, training, keynote addresses and workshop presentations at conferences and acting as MC. Currently she specializes in creativity, thinking preferences and wholebrain management.

She regularly appears as motivational guest speaker at various events such as graduation ceremonies, featured speaker for Toastmasters, the SA Hospitality Association and Sanlam (largest insurance company in South Africa).

She is often invited as keynote or workshop presenter at numerous conferences including ACRE (International Creativity Conference in Africa), UK Creativity Jamboree, International Society for Co-operative Education, South African Conference on Student Support and Business Creativity above the Japanese Garden at Tswane University SA.

She is an experienced trainer in the corporate, public and educational sector for organisations such as Sanlam, Amplats (biggest platinum mining company in South Africa), WOW Factors India, Geen and Richards, Department of Education and Falkirk College, Scotland. She has facilitated the ideation conference of MFC, a division of Nedbank.

As head of department, runner-up for National Manager of the Year and for the Innovative Programme of the Year Awards, she has been involved in learnership, skills and tertiary training. Her belief in “useable” creativity was the driving force that lead her to designing and establishing the first simulated enterprise training facility in South Africa, identified as flagship facility by the national Department of Education and the only in South Africa to be recognized by a corporate training monitoring authority.

She is the co-author and presenter of an Educational Development Programme that is presented at various schools, colleges and universities across South Africa and internationally. She has co-authored one of the first corporate e-training courses accredited by the Business School of The University of Potchefstroom South Africa. She has contributed to the annual Global Correspondents as well as an array of newspapers and magazines.

Her talent for captivating diverse audiences is clear in the range of MC work she has performed, including the International Creativity Conference in Africa (ACRE) and graduation ceremonies with 1,300 guests.

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