I am a mother, wife, businesswoman, and entrepreneur. I aspire to engage and inspire people through my talks, by making use of psychological tools to take my audience through a journey of self-discovery. I like to interact with my audience with the hopes of leaving them motivated and with notepads full of life-changing notes. I especially love to instil vision and hope in the eyes of women!
With a BA Corporate Communications Degree, an honours degree in Psychology and a specialised postgraduate degree in BPsych Psychometrics, I have uniquely married these two diverse fields of study. My studies merged with many years of entrepreneurial, corporate and multicultural based experiences have offered me a unique approach to my basket of specialised offerings, and a hands-on understanding of people.
More than just a pretty face
Born in Poland and raised in South Africa, my first experience of manging a public profile platform came from being placed in the top five of the Miss South Africa Pageant and winning the very first coveted title of Miss Veet Legs South Africa. The latter allowed me to represent the brand in various capacities, from an exclusive yearlong Veet media campaign, and brand ambassador to public speaker and motivator at the Veet countrywide road show workshops for young girls. This boosted my modelling career significantly and I went on to become the face and legs of many international brands. Some of these include Revlon’s Divine perfume, SA’s official Lara Croft model as well as the face for Africa’s BIC Soleil range, alongside SA rugby player, Tendai ‘The Beast’ Mtawarira. In addition, I graced the inserts of countless magazines, and participated in numerous fashion shows, both locally and abroad, as a runway model.
Breaking into broadcasting
I completed my BA in communications with distinctions in communications, journalism and psychology. These skills were a great addition to my previously completed training in TV presenting, undertaken with Nadia Bilchik, and acting and TV presenting, undertaken with Brumhilda van Rensburg.
During the same period I branched out into acting, with appearances in a number of music videos including ‘Tornado’ by Mandoza, ‘Runaway’ by Mark Beiling, ‘Pretty Thing’ by Evolver, ‘Magdalena’ by Adam Davis, and ‘Living Next Door to Alice’ by Nicholis Louw and Heinz Winkler. All this perfectly positioned me to take up numerous on-screen roles over the years. These included a ‘Sex In The City’ promotion on then Channel Go TV, presenting TV inserts, and in 2011 starring in Andre Scholtz’s feature film, ‘Rainbow Skellums’, which marked my official acting debut. I have also appeared as a guest on various TV shows over the years, most recently on channel ANN7’s “I am South African” TV show.
This varied entertainment industry experience, including valuable time spent honing my interviewing and public speaking skills, provided me with a solid base to work from. This was especially seen in starting up and running my own company, Runway Projects for 10 years. This company has recently evolved into Sky Communications, specialising in communications, PR and event management. I have succeeded in implementing & managing national events & PR strategies, national cosmetic & store launches, media relations and marketing communications strategies for various clients as well as being in the forefront as a presenter & brand ambassador, allowing me a holistic understanding of the industry.
I believe in continuous learning and that we are all “forever students” in our journey of life. I have always had a passion to help people and to understand the psychology of people, hence why I pursued an honours degree in Psychology and studied further to obtain a specialised postgraduate degree in BPsych Psychometrics.
I have been working in the corporate sector for over 13 years. As a budding entrepreneur, I founded KR Consulting, which is a combined knowledge base consultancy of psychometrics, coaching and psychology-based services. KRC offers businesses and individuals a specialised service in career development by profiling people’s cognition such as their personality, potential, strengths, emotional intelligence and development areas. I hold accreditation certificates in an array of internationally accredited psychometric tools and offer individual one on one coaching sessions and tailor-made workshops that can focus on an array of facets ranging from career guidance and development, emotional intelligence, leadership skills to personality dynamics. These workshops are specifically designed and normed for the African market and culture, making them reliable and valid.
“People are an organisation’s largest asset and also their biggest challenge”.
I strive to give you the confidence of not only managing but also understanding your most crucial business asset, your employees! In 2016 I developed a workshop and program called beYOUtiful Minds, which aspires to empower from within. I have started my signature movement of being beYOUtiful, discovering and embracing your unique qualities and strengths in order to proudly lead an authentic and fulfilled life. BeYOUtiful Minds workshops have no age limit, as I aspire to touch and inspire both youth and adults! This life of ours is a constant journey of learning and self-development, and age is not a factor!