Suits & Sneakers Event Taking Place This November

Suits & Sneakers Event Taking Place This November



Vital Stats

Suits & Sneakers is fast becoming South Africa’s most anticipated event, a crossroads for influencers, business icons and those at the forefront of culture to tackle pressing issues.

Technology is transforming the world at mind-boggling speed. Artificial intelligence is expected to be in full swing by 2030, making the average employee obsolete within the next 14 years…

Join us for the most challenging, comprehensive and fully interactive Suits & Sneakers seminar yet, as we guide the modern-day employee through the importance of self-development and to remain relevant in an unpredictable workplace by unlocking their entrepreneurial spirit.

Our aim is to equip every employee with the tools needed to unlock their initiative and broaden their potential on their career journey.

Founded by Mark Sham, Suits & Sneakers celebrates it fourth major seminar in three years. Sham is an entrepreneur with a passion in human development. A natural public speaker, he’s been tackling topics that talk to the soul of South Africa and Suits & Sneakers does exactly that.

A “human development” concept, these events follow the popular TED talks model from the USA and allows speakers to touch on any topic they choose from a thought leadership perspective.

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Most people want to help, they just don’t always know how. Sham has made it simple for you. You can join and it wont cost a cent. “There is enormous power in numbers and if we do this together, we could create a real change,” he says.

“This is why the people have become obsessed with the concept. It represents a chance to change the world around us. We have speakers doing their best to teach you something new from an informal learning perspective. That means no boring powerpoint presentations or classroom-style teaching.”


Adriana Marais – Physicist

A theoretical physicist who is also one of the remaining 100 contestants of the Mars One – Human Settlement of Mars. How many people do you know who might be chosen to go to Mars and never come back? You don’t want to miss her story.

Ran Neu-Ner – Entrepreneur

An entrepreneur from birth. Ran believes business is business, whether you’re selling cabbage or cars. He graduated from University with a B.Com and a CFA and, after a number of business adventures – some hugely successful and some not – Ran started The Creative Counsel, a below-the-line activations company, with  a school friend Gil Oved in 2001.

Today The Creative Counsel is South Africa’s leading activations agency with annual turnover of R600 million. Ran and Gil serve as Co-Group CEOs.

Related: The Creative Counsel: Ran Neu-Ner and Gil Oved

Khanya Dlanga – Marketing And Communications

Apart from seeing gym as an oppression of the unfit majority, Khanya works in the marketing and communications industry for one of the world’s largest brands. Before joining the corporate world, he was in the advertising field where he won many awards, including a Cannes Gold.

He was awarded Financial Mail’s New Broom award in 2009, while Jeremy Maggs’ “The Annual – Advertising, Media & Marketing 2008” listed him as one of the 100 most influential people in the industry. He says if you don’t like his views, he has others.

Calvin ‘Cal’ Fussman  – Journalist

A renowned American author and journalist. He is a writer at large for Esquire magazine, known for his “What I’ve Learned” column, where he interviews leaders in different fields. He has interviewed world leaders such as Jimmy Carter, Richard Branson, Jack Welch, Robert De Niro, Pele, Yao Ming, and Mohammed Ali to name a few.

His unique and refreshing interview style, combined with his sharp wit, have made Calvin one of the most celebrated journalists of our time.

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Network Pods

Attendees will have the chance to spend the last part of the evening networking with fellow attendees. This will be done via network pods.

A network pod will consist of a facilitator and nine attendees. Each person will have a minute to explain who they are and what they do. Attendees can participate in more than one network pods, allowing them the opportunity to network with different people each time. Network pods will pause for five minutes after they are done and then start again.

These events are recorded and published online afterwards for free viewing.

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