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As a Business Communicator, Yemi’s specialities and interests span; public relations, corporate social responsibility, sustainable development, brand development & management, integrated marketing communications, advertising, promotions, media relations, publications, web utilization and new media. He has managed, monitored and evaluated various projects and events, facilitated trainings and coaching sessions. He has developed and implemented strategies to deliver short-term and long-term business goals, and managed relationships with diverse stakeholders at various levels.
For leisure, Yemi finds pleasure in reading, travelling, meeting people and hosting events. He also enjoys teaching, coaching and mentoring young professionals. He has been a member of the IABC since 2009 and describes it as a professional family to which every Communicator should belong.
A dedicated professional committed to enhancing client ROI and fostering shared value, Christine excels in business communication development. She embraces collaborative teamwork and leverages creative design thinking to drive project success.
Commencing her career as a strategic business communicator and project manager in the private sector, Christine transitioned through local government, defence, health, and non-profit domains. She founded her own strategic communication consultancy and cultivated robust partnerships across private and government sectors, focusing on tailored communication strategies.
Christine actively contributes to community research, development initiatives, and project facilitation, prioritising interactive and sustainable approaches. She recognises effective stakeholder engagement and communication as pivotal to project triumph.
As the founder of Christine Breet Communication, she holds esteemed roles as a judge for prestigious awards like Silver Quill, Blue Ribbon for International Quills, Atlanta IABC Silver Quills, and IABC Southern Region Silver Quill Awards. She is a judge for the South African Publication Awards, served as a board member for IAP2 SADC and partook in the United States International Visitor Leadership Program.
Possessing adept project management, training, and facilitation skills, Christine conducts diverse communication courses. Noteworthy media feats include amplifying media presence for NGOs and cultural organisations on limited budgets.
Christine is a respected speaker, facilitator, and lecturer who imparts wisdom at universities and delivers courses for organisations. Committed to NPOs, she lends support in communication needs and advisory capacities.
Christine's accolades include the IABC International Best of the Best Award, Gold Quill, and Silver Quill for the VWSA Communication Excellence Training for Leaders program (as an associate for Devcom). She contributed to the Aurecon team's Gold Award for International Facilitation for the Assmang Housing Project and earned recognition for work on the Kom uit vir Afrikaans campaign. She garnered the SACOB award for Best Membership Growth during her tenure with the Witbank Chamber of Commerce.
My strongest skill (and greatest passion) is language – writing editing, and proofreading – all in pursuit of creating understanding with the target audience. The written word is followed closely by effective internal communication. I have created and implemented strategies, developed new channels, and supported leadership to ensure effective communication that supports company goals.
I have been recognised internally and externally for my work. In 2013 I received a Communication Star at Saint-Gobain for developing health and safety communication for blue-collar workers. The newspaper, Your Life, was also named Newspaper of the Year by the South African Publications Forum in the same year.
In 1999 I was awarded the Editor of the Year accolade by the Southern African Association of Industrial Editors. In 2023, I received the Best of the Best award in the category Communication Training & Education in the IABC’s Gold Quill Awards Programme.
My strengths are adaptability, collaboration, change innovation, creative, planning, developing, individualisation, strategic thinking and service orientated. My greatest asset is my extensive knowledge and expert skills set and ability to work and communicate with all different generations, levels and culture.
My extensive skill set includes:, External and Internal Communication Crisis Management, Change Management, Transformational Communication, Integration Communication High Performance Team Culture Initiatives and Implementation, Creative Concept Development, Event Management, Conferences, Media Relations, Branding, Marketing, Project Coordination, Budget, Resource Planning, Community Projects, Publications and Electronic media & Videos.
Event Management is one of my core skills. I have throughout my career coordinated from concept to execution:
• Conferences (technical, non-technical, knowledge sharing, motivational speakers, and colloquiums)
• Recognition and Awards functions,
• Team alignment sessions,
• Year-end functions,
• Behavioural and Change campaigns,
• Wellness days,
• Celebration events,
• Trade shows,
• Science Week
• Communication days.
Since April this year I have ventured into the world of being a business entrepreneur and started my own company consulting company, Conciela Services and is currently consulting for various clients.
My personal mission is to use my unique skills to connect people to create greater understanding and cooperation, and help companies earn and keep the trust of their stakeholders through authentic communication.
In 2017 I left the corporate world to start my own communication agency together with a business partner. I am the Managing Partner of Melagrana Pty Ltd, a specialist communication and change management firm based in South Africa, with a number of international clients. In addition to running and growing our firm, I am involved in the delivery of strategic communication, reputation management, digital, integrated reporting, marketing, and change management engagements. Our clients are mainly in professional services, banking and financial services, cyber, technology, energy, and manufacturing.
Collaborating closely with executives and their teams, I am skilled at advising clients on all aspects of communication strategy. The combination of my business acumen and business writing skills also uniquely positions me as a ghost writer for a number of international C-Suite executives. I help my clients communicate complex concepts and difficult messages internally and externally, while navigating their various reputational risk and regulatory environments. I have first-hand experience in client relationship management, general business management, and a strong understanding of financial and non-financial reporting. Personally, I deeply value integrity and honour confidentiality. This is reflected in the trust placed in me by clients to manage sensitive issues.
I hold a B.A. Hons (Communication) and am a certified change management practitioner. I am the proud recipient of an IABC Silver Quill Award and two Gold Quill Awards in recognition for my writing and change communication expertise.
Connect with me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ilse-blank/
My niche empowers organizations through strategic communication and fostering executive growth. Specializing in enhancing capabilities, fostering collaboration, building trust, and reinforcing culture, I drive productivity during change and optimize talent attraction. With a knack for remote work, I ensure effective collaboration.
I excel in measurable communication on time and budget. Expertise extends to external communication, brand building, reputation management, and stakeholder engagement. I stay ahead with industry trends.
In guiding executive expertise, employee engagement, operational communication, change management, and brand communication, I develop strategies aligned with goals, engage employees, manage projects, and lead change.
Content creation skills span scripting, editing, copywriting, and visual communication. I'm data-savvy, conducting research, surveys, and testing. Proficient in brand communication, I leverage digital channels.
Mentorship recognition includes IABC and Southern Africa Corporate Awards. I evaluate Gold Quill and Silver Quill Standards, contributing to communication growth.
In a dynamic world, I innovate, drive results, empower executives, and ensure impactful communication.
Throughout her career spanning over two decades, she has gained specialist insight into strategic planning through cultural relevance in both existing, as well as emerging and new markets.
She started her career in development communications, having been part of the startup team of one of South-Africa’s first community foundations back in 2000. Her career evolved into strategic advertising, and from there she spent over a decade in corporate strategic brand management for large multi-national organizations.
She recently joined one of South-Africa’s most award-winning Communication consultancies as a communication consultant, where she is adding value with her niche experience base.
Karlien is also a certified Transformation coach and in her recent career has moved into a space where she is further developing her skills in internal communications, change communication and employee engagement.
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