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The Year Ahead as it relates to the Covid-19 Pandemic: Vaccines and Workplace Traditions


  via Livestream   27 January 2021

We will inaugurate a new year under the theme of A New Horizon: The Year of Recovery and Opportunity. In 2021 we will face challenges both familiar and unexpected, but we will also see transformation as the world recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Join speakers Portia Jordan and Natasha Winkler-Titus with facilitator Prof Renata Schoeman, as they forecast the year ahead in relation to the Coronavirus pandemic, possible vaccines and what this will mean for the workplace as we know it.

 Date:               Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Time:              08:00 – 10:00

Enquiries:        Paula Arends | [email protected]

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Prof Portia JordanProf Portia Jordan
Executive Head: Department of Nursing and Midwifery at Stellenbosch University, and Vice-Chair: Ministerial Advisory Committees on Covid-19

Portia Jordan holds a PhD in Nursing, Masters of Business Administration, and specialist qualifications in Critical Care Nursing and Nephrology Nursing. Her research focuses on critical care nursing, evidence-based practice and patient safety in nursing. She has supervised over 50 masters and doctoral candidates and published in national and international peer-review journals.

Nationally, Portia is an executive board member of the Forum for University Deans in South Africa (FUNDISA), member of the Critical Care Society of Southern Africa, PLUME research Fellow, and a Fellow of the Academy of Nursing South Africa (FANSA). Internationally, she is a board member for Tau Lamda Chapter for Sigma Teta Tua International Honor Nursing Society (STTI) and executive board member of the STTI Research and Advisory Council.


Natasha Winkler-TitusDr Natasha Winkler-Titus
Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Leadership at USB.

Natasha Winkler-Titus holds a PhD in Organisational Psychology and is registered with the Health Professions Council South Africa (HPCSA). She currently serves as President of the society of work psychologists in SA (SIOPSA), and also serves as International Expert Panellist for the Centre for Global Inclusion.

Following a 25-year career in Management consulting and HR leadership, where she held senior management roles with Rio Tinto and KPMG, she consults and is the founder of SigniFYER, a body of associates aiming to making change significant for individuals and organisations. Natasha is a full-time faculty member of the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

She was awarded the 2019 Organizational Psychology Practitioner of the year- South Africa, and was awarded Best Paper at the 2018 British Academy of management (BAM) Annual conference in Bristol, UK.



MBA HCL programme headProf Renata Schoeman
Head: MBA in Health Care Leadership

Renata Schoeman has been in full-time private practice as a general psychiatrist since 2008. As a psychiatrist, she has special interests in cognition and has been particularly active in raising awareness for ADHD in adults and children. She also holds appointments as associate professor in Leadership (USB), as head of the Health Care Leadership MBA specialisation stream, and as a virtual faculty member of USB Executive Development’s Neuroleadership programme.

She serves on the advisory boards of various pharmaceutical companies, as a director of the Psychiatric Management Group (PsychMG) and is the convenor of the South African Society of Psychiatrist (SASOP) special interest group for adult ADHD, and co-founder of the Goldilocks and The Bear Foundation.


Tags  Education, covid-19 vaccine, workplace traditions


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