Women In Print Event Featuring Industry Heavyweights

Women In Print Event Featuring Industry Heavyweights

The inaugural Women in Print Luncheon will feature panel discussions with some of the industry’s most formidable heroines. Hosted by Printing SA, the event will take place in Johannesburg and Cape Town during August 2022 and is open to both men and women. 

For the first time in Printing SA’s 111 year history, it is hosting an event that honours the ‘Women in Print,’ across all the sub-sectors that the association represent, who have emerged as stalwarts and heavyweights in an industry that has been male dominated for over a century. Africa Print is a proud media partner of the event.

The Luncheon focus will be in two parts, the first part will take the form of a panel discussion, looking at: Disruption – ‘Don’t just survive but thrive in a production world’. Part two will see the young mavericks of the industry take the stage and unpack how they have managed to forge careers in a production world that is integrating and accommodating the diversity of the next generation at a very slow pace.

Women in Print Programme, Central Chamber

Register for this event here. For further information, please contact Rorisang Ramoshebi at RRamoshebi@printingsa.org or Simone Nayager at snayager@printingsa.org or call +27 11 287 1160.

Cost: R450pp ex VAT (members); R500pp ex VAT (non-members) and R4500 ex VAT (table: 10-seater).

Panellist details: 

Teresa Adinolfi, Founder and Managing Director of Redfern Group

Since Adinolfi was appointed MD in November 2018, she has successfully guided Redfern through a period of unprecedented change. From mergers and acquisitions to relocating a 5000sqm factory to navigating the global supply chain’s myriad challenges. She has led the team with vision and passion, uniting the group under a single culture and value system. She has served on the Printing SA Central Chamber Regional Executive Committee and proudly served as the first woman Chairperson from 2012 to 2016. For over 30 years, Redfern has been a critical labelling partner to farmers, fruit exporters, educators, entrepreneurs and many household brands.

Michelle Robson, CEO, Rotunda

Robson has been in the print and paper industry for over 25 years. She is also the COO, shareholder and Executive Director at Merpak. Robson’s career in print began at Ince (Pty) Ltd in a sales position. Robson then joined Merpak Envelopes in an internal/external role. Over the years, she worked her way up into various roles, including internal sales, a spell in operations, external sales and then into sales management, and finally into her current position as CEO and Executive Director. Robson joined Printing SA in 2004 and in 2011 she joined The Central Chamber of Printing SA. In 2016, she became the Vice Chairperson and in 2021 the Chairperson. She also serves as a non-executive director on the Printing SA board.

Linda Frohlich, alternate director of Sasfin Holdings and Sasfin Bank Limited, and Chief Executive of Sasfin Asset Finance and Sunlyn Rentals

Frohlich has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. She puts her professional success down to having a strong, stable team – mostly female – proving that women in general, and single parents in particular, are hardworking, extremely focused and able to withstand enormous pressure. She believes in striking a balance between family and her professional life, and promotes this philosophy within her team. Frohlich is inspired by people who go beyond and who are not afraid to take risks.

Heilet Grobler, Managing Director, UVO Communications

Grobler started her career as Marketing and Sales Director of CPD Print 32 years ago in Pretoria. Her background in Psychology gave her the edge to out-do many opponents as she could engage and advise her clients not just on print but also on the art of communication and the subconscious messages that get communicated through images and text on paper, radio and television productions. She has won several Sappi Printer of the year awards. In 2007, Grobler deemed it necessary to transform and started UVO Communication and Print, a black-owned company led by herself and David Skosana. Grobler was also one of the first women to be elected to serve as a Regional Executive Committee member for the Printing SA Northern Chamber and is currently serving as the Northern Chamber Chairperson, Non-Executive Director, at Printing SA and Vice Chair of the Packaging Federation of SA.

Alinah Fosi, Chief Executive Officer of Government Printing Works

Fosi was appointed as the permanent CEO of Government Printing Works (GPW) in August 2021. She is the first woman, and first black woman, to be appointed as CEO of GPW since its inception. She has served as GPW’s Acting Chief Executive Officer since 2019, after joining the organisation from the Department of Home Affairs. She joined GPW as the General Manager of the Strategic Management branch. Fosi has extensive experience, competence and knowledge gained over a period of more than 20 years in the Public Service at various levels, including more than 17 years as an SMS member. She has worked in organisations that empower women, youth and people with disabilities.

Samantha Moore, New Business Development Manager, Packaging & Print Media (PPM)

Moore joined PPM in 2018 to improve the company’s value offering and meet the ever-evolving needs of readers and advertisers, after having spent almost eight years working in London at an architectural firm. There, too, she spent time in business development where she enjoyed assisting in identifying potential global markets, coordinating international business developments as well as managing overseas trade events, exhibitions and presentations as the International Marketing Manager. Before joining PPM, Moore was ‘officially’ introduced to the packaging industry by working as the National Administrator for the Institute of Packaging South Africa (IPSA). Moore has also been responsible for project managing the annual Label Printing Directory and Packaging & Print Directory. Additionally, for the past four years, Moore has served as IPSA’s Northern Region Secretary and Treasurer, helping to drive membership, recruit and enrol new students and manage regional events.

Heidie-Mari Middel, Production Specialist, Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa

Middel is responsible for brand awareness and contributing to the marketing and sales of Kyocera Production products. She oversees the annual production plan and provides guidance for Kyocera Production dealers as well as training and upskilling, software and general support, and sales and solution consulting. As a production printing specialist, she was instrumental in launching Kyocera Document Solutions’ first cutsheet inkjet device in the market, one of 165 devices installed worldwide. Her career has allowed her to work closely with customers and be part of the creative process. She enjoys learning and evolving with the inkjet industry and the technology. With production inkjet technology having advanced rapidly, she believes that it allows for a more competitive and profitable way to increase revenue and drive business growth.

Anja Kirton, Wide Format Product Manager, FUJIFILM Graphic Communication South Africa

Kirton started her journey with FUJIFILM South Africa back in 2014 as a PA to the Managing Director, but through hard work and determination, she has worked her way up to becoming the Large Format Product Manager and Marketing Coordinator at the company. She is grateful for FUJIFILM’s leadership and the management’s commitment to staff development. Kirton has been able to travel and experience the brand on a global scale, further developing her passion for print. Historically, the print industry in South Africa has not been considered an industry where women would flourish, but Kirton would like to change this. She has worked hard to change the stigma associated with the industry and is proud to be considered a change maker that is equally respected, trusted and valued by her company, customers and suppliers.

Meggan McCarthy, Editor at Africa Print, Sign Africa and Modern Marketing

McCarthy started her career in the printing and signage industry in 2011. She has risen through the ranks at Practical Publishing from junior journalist to editor, overseeing three newsletters that span the commercial and wide format printing, graphics, signage and marketing industries. She is also editor of the Sign Africa Journal, the industry’s premier magazine for wide format and signage news. She is part of the team that organises the Africa Print, Sign Africa and Graphics, Print and Sign expo’s, which attract international visitors and are the leading events for the commercial printing and signage industries.

Chantal Donnelly, General Manager, Hirt & Carter

Donnelly is a South African born brand, digital and technology enthusiast. Over the past few years, she has been innovating, executing, travelling, researching, project managing, building platforms, implementing and enabling technology towards retailers, brands and consumers. She has over 25 years of experience in brand communication, product development, innovation, marketing and communications, advertising, print, media, digital and technology.

Women in Print Programme – Cape Chamber

Register for this event here. For further information, please contact Printing SA Cape Chamber Desdemona Arendorf at desdemona@printingsa.org or Danielle Arendorf at darendorf@printingsa.org or call +27 21 595 1367.

Cost: R450pp ex VAT (members); R500pp ex VAT (non-members) and R4500 ex VAT (table: 10-seater).

Panellist details:

Ayesha Jassiem – Group Director, Trident

Jassiem’s first exposure to print was at a publishing house and her next job was as a junior receptionist at Trident. She was interviewed by the Financial Manager and when he asked her where she saw herself at the company, her answer was ‘In your seat, sir.’ After a year, she was promoted to a Creditors Clerk position and three months later was poached to the Client Service division. She became confident enough to handle clients completely on her own. After two years, she left and did a quick stint as an Accounting Clerk for one year and then spent two years at an advertising agency. Eventually, she made her way back to Trident. The latter part of her career saw her going through Client Service, Assistant to Director, Cost Accounting and eventually earning her stripes as a Director. In 2019, she was invited to join the Cape Chamber REC. Her newfound interest is Compliance, which she is currently studying.

Jean Lloyd – Global Principal Analyst, Keypoint Intelligence

Lloyd is a Global Principal Analyst of Colour Digital Label and Packaging (CDLP). She collaborates closely with clients to deliver thought leadership, strategy development, market intelligence and consulting. A digital print technology specialist with decades of experience, Lloyd is a results-driven international business leader that has lived and worked abroad, holding positions on various boards of well-known global technology brands. She was instrumental in introducing new digital technologies into many countries and markets based on her award-winning best practice business model for digital equipment. This successful programme contributed to YoY growth for both the OEM and the print companies. Lloyd has advised clients on end-to-end digital solutions, specialising in Industrial Inkjet technology and Production Print toner equipment and labels. A trusted independent advisor for equipment suppliers, she has also successfully assisted hundreds of printers and brand owners across the globe in their business transformation.

Saskia Ortlee, Managing Director, Comprint

Ortlee is passionate about personal development, and improving things. She is a ‘big-picture person’ that uses creative problem-solving to oversee her dynamic business. With an entrepreneurial background in interior design, project management and fashion, she understands the inner-workings of the creative process and uses this knowledge to attract like-minded creatives and small businesses to Comprint.

Charnia Yapp, Publisher and Event organiser for Sign Africa, Africa Print and Modern Marketing

Yapp joined the sign and graphics industry in 2002 as editor of the Practical Sign & Display Journal (now Sign Africa). She has been a business partner in Practical Publishing since the Sign Africa events were first launched in 2005 followed by Africa Print in 2010 and Modern Marketing in 2019. She was instrumental in organising the company’s first events outside South Africa between 2016 to 2018. In 2021, her background in public relations and marketing was put to good use to start up a social media company within the Practical Publishing offering. Yapp works closely with Printing SA to add value to the industry.

Kaylene Lloyd, COO, Offernet

Lloyd is a creative technologist diving into the future of marketing. She is passionate about big data and all things tech, blended with the personal touch of print. She explores real-time insights of consumer behaviour at the Bastion & Flowe Digital Command Centre with keen explorations into intelligent print mechanics for measuring offline engagement. Personalisation, digitisation, integration and automation are what Lloyd lives by, while understanding the customer journey through the data-driven touchpoints of campaigns. She plays in the space past vanity metrics where results are the focus in order to showcase return on ad spend – the metric of truth. Creatively calculating a strategically bold approach to blazing through the graphics arts realm, Lloyd focuses on human talent bridged with machine learning models in an environment of niche expertises to develop looping ecosystems.

Kristin Mento, Creative Department Manager, Topinc Print Imagination

Mento is a Senior Graphic Designer who is passionate about print, great leadership, healthy company cultures and the wellbeing of creatives. She enjoys pushing the boundaries of what is possible in print and currently strives to master designing for speciality/embellishment printing across a variety of machines and materials. In 2021, she won the ‘Beyond CMYK: Best Use Of Clear Award’ in the Xerox Best of the Best for Creative competition and shows no signs of stopping there. Outside of the office, she mentors young creatives/women in print, is a community Youth Leader, is building a website that is centred around the wellbeing and upliftment of creatives, and is an active member of the print and design community.

+27 11 287 1160

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