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- Dr D - Dorianne Weil


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SA’s Most Influential Women – Lifetime Achiever Award

SA most influential women sponsored by CEO magazine recognises the extraordinary influence and contribution made by outstanding women in 26 Dti stipulated sectors in government and in business.

“There were no winners in 7 categories” explained Tina Thompson of Epiphany Leadership Development and Coaching, who chaired the judging panel.  “We evaluated the nominations and came up with finalists in 19 categories”.

The judging panel included: Yvonne Finch – Yvonne Finch consultants, Prof Stella Nkomo – Bateman Prof of Business Leadership at UNISA school of Business Leadership, Russell Loubser - CEO JSE, and Vincent Maphai – Chairman BHP Billiton.

At a gala breakfast in Sandton, Dorianne Weil “Dr D” was awarded SA’s Most influential Women – Lifetime Achiever’s award.  Weil was nominated several times in four categories which include:

  • Business and professional services
  • Education and training
  • Welfare and related services
  • Telecommunication/Media/TV/Radio/Press

“The judges felt it was impossible to categorise her as she has made an on going and serious contribution across the board”, Thompson said.

Professionally, Weil is a clinical psychologist and has consulted for over 25 years in hospital, private and corporate practice.

She is well known in the media as a television and radio talk show host and expert. Her show “Thrive” Thursdays at 7pm on Classic FM promotes the development of excellence, fulfillment and wellbeing.

Her regular contributions in the press and print media on a diverse range of topics have endeared her to thousands.

Weil is renowned for her knowledgeable, inspirational and entertaining presentations and as a public speaker, facilitator and trainer, she has spoken to and trained CEOs in 49 countries.

In industry, she specializes in mediation, executive coaching and the development of emotional intelligence.  Her concept of ‘cholesterol free’ companies focuses on the creation of an internal company morale and support system by identifying and dealing with intra and interpersonal obstacles which ultimately affect profit and productivity.

Personal social responsibility initiatives include, a trustee of the Tomorrow Trust, presentations to numerous NGOs, a recipient of the Rotary Paul Harris award and mentor to young business and entrepreneurial women.

To quote Nelson Mandela “I don’t know if you are aware of the hope and inspiration you offer and the difference you make to so many lives.  Dori thank you for the great contribution you make to building our Nation.”  

Clearly an award well deserved.

Sector recipients included, Pam Golding for Property, Carrol Boyes for Culture, Wendy Ackerman for Consumer Business,  Prof. Fikile Mazibuko for Education and Training,  Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi for Government, Louisa Mojele for Financial Service (General), and others.