Having recently returned from SourceCon in Seattle, where she delivered a keynote presentation, we are pleased that Vanessa will be presenting at the APSO Conference 2019. Vanessa has more than 10 years’ experience in the Recruitment Industry, specializing in the area of IT Applications and Tech Sourcing. She believes that Recruiters need to change the way they think about sourcing talent and where they find this talent, as they are competing with other agencies and internal recruiting teams. Recruiters cannot believe that they are ‘adding value’ when there are so many other ways of sourcing candidates at their disposal. During her presentation she will discuss where you can find exciting new Talent and how you need to adapt your ‘reach out’ to them in order to grab their attention! In addition she will chat about your personal career brand and online presence and whether this is in order before you embark on your Social Recruiting journey.

Vanessa currently runs her own business as a global technical sourcing specialist and trainer and co-hosts South Africa’s longest running Twitter Chat, #JobAdviceSA



APSO are pleased to be able to bring the International keynote speaker to our shores!

Katrina Collier challenges conventional recruitment thinking, technology buzzword bingo and anyone who thinks a robot can do what we do! She instills excitement and confidence into recruiters and sourcers, who are encouraged to make better use of technology and engage with potential recruits humanely.


HR, recruiters and sourcers don’t necessarily have an issue finding people, they have an issue evoking a response, engaging people and stopping candidates from ghosting. She is the author of The Robot-Proof Recruiter and delivers keynotes, inspiring all those involved in the recruitment lifecycle, to change their mindset and use a candidate-centric approach.

She is also the founder of multiple DisruptHR events across the UK, an Ambassador for Retrak Charity, and co-host of The #SocialRecruiting Show podcast. You’ll find her tweeting @KatrinaMCollier and on Instagram, LinkedIn & Facebook, championing the #BeHuman cause.



Bestselling author, Justin Cohen, inspires and equips people and organisations to realize their potential to boost their sales, service and leadership. He has spoken and trained in over twenty countries to Fortune 500 companies including Microsoft, Virgin, Barclays, BMW, EY. Whether you’re looking for clients, investors, or employees, you need to know how to pitch your products, services, and ideas in a way that is most likely to secure you the deal. Justin Cohen’s internationally acclaimed six-step formula is designed to do just that. Having taught and refined his ‘Pitch To Win’ programme for five years, and having helped win numerous multimillion-dollar deals in that time, Justin now shares his secrets for success in the Pitch To Win presentation..

  • The number one reason a winning pitch gets chosen over the competition.
  • The mindset of people who win the most pitches.
  • A step by step guide to creating and delivering a winning pitch script.
  • How to reduce nervousness and develop ‘big pitch temperament.’
  • How to win without being “salesy.”
  • How to win with integrity, by living your purposeJ


Back by popular demand! APSO is delighted that Robin Banks will be closing out the APSO Conference 2019!

He is a highly-sought after International Speaker and has spoken to CEO’s and Senior Management from Global Fortune 500 companies. He is a prolific speaker and presenter and has an amazing ability to combine solid content with a humorous and dynamic presentation.

  • The power of mindsets
  • Dealing and coping with change
  • Internal vs external locus of control
  • Maintaining positive attitudes
  • Creating empowering beliefs
  • Generating a vibrant energy field

“You will leave this talk feeling highly motivated, having challenged your own mindset and will be inspired to implement these practices in your personal and professional life.”



Conference MC and Host

Alex Granger is an International Speaker, Author, Strategic Facilitator, Co-Founder and Chief Purpose Officer of Twice Blue, a human capital consulting firm.

Alex delivers dynamic and life changing experiences to thousands of delegates internationally, inspiring ordinary individuals to accomplish their goals and dreams, and helping businesses to adopt a new and more meaningful purpose, and profitable vision. As a key resource for conferences, strategic sessions, people development and business interventions, Alex has that rare ability to shift mindset, presenting new insights, and diffusing complexity.

We are honored to have Alex hosting the APSO Conference 2019 and look forward to his wonderful insights throughout the course of the day.



John Botha is the Chief Operations Officer at Global Business Solutions. He has represented BUSA at NEDLAC, is a member of the CAPES Executive and has previously held the position of Global Executive: Strategic Enablement and Business Optimisation for a listed workforce solutions business.

GBS are an approved business partner to APSO and provide valuable services in all Labour Relations and Labour Law matters.  John will address the following:

  • How to conduct a workforce solutions-based analysis of the client’s business
  • Addressing stakeholder interests
  • Value-adding solutions and ROI measurement
  • Value-proposition re-directed


Adele is an experienced management consultant and leader. With more than 19 years experience in various industries, companies of different sizes and in various capacities from management consultant to business owner, she strives to create environments where people can perform and be fulfilled professionally and personally.

In this insightful and practical keynote, Adele turns the spotlight on the misunderstood performance killer, burnout.  More than just overwork and exhaustion, burnout has far-reaching repercussions on individuals, teams, and organizations.

Adele shares her experiences from reaching, achieving and burning out.  There are warning signs, and she provides practical tools and ideas for individuals and leaders to recover from burnout, as well as prevent it.