SheSays Cape Town tackles the subject of toxic colleagues

As Madeleine Albright once said, “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”

Despite evidence that men participate in similar or higher rates of indirect aggression than women, the perception exists that women turn into ‘mean girls’ at work.

Why, if women experience sexism in the workplace, do they resort to ‘queen bee’ behaviour?

This is the ‘pink elephant’ in the room which will be discussed at SheSays Cape Town’s fifth event.

In collaboration with the Vega School of Brand Leadership, one of the foremost branding schools in South Africa, and newly formed Cape Town agency, HelloFCB, the event will take place at the Vega campus at 5.30pm on Thursday 23 May.

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“As always, we choose topics based on direct feedback from attendees who share their ideas in post-event surveys”, explains chapter director, Anelde Greeff. “The topic of toxic colleagues has been a constant, so we welcome the opportunity to unpack this with a hand-picked panel of women in what promises to be another thought-provoking and entertaining evening.”

For its fifth event panel, SheSays Cape Town has brought together a number of industry heavyweights, such as John Brown’s Group Managing and Executive Director, Lani Carstens, HelloFCB’s MD, Robyn Campbell, and The Friday Street Club Owner and MD, Emma King. They will be joined by editor-activist Palesa Kgasane (formerly from Between10and5) and 3verse strategic director, Kay Orlandi.

“Most of us will have to deal with toxic colleagues at some point in our careers, whether it’s a queen bee boss, backstabbing teammate or backchatting junior”

“Most of us will have to deal with toxic colleagues at some point in our career, whether it’s a queen bee boss, backstabbing teammate or backchatting junior”, explains panellist Emma King. “The best way to deal with these ‘anti-mentors’ is for women to support women and to build your pack.”

The year 2019 is a sparkling showcase for Vega’s 21st year of existence, a testament to its reason for being, and most importantly, a celebration of the remarkable people living the Vega brand.

“Vega is a brand that supports a culture of learning to find your purpose. Diversity is incredibly important to us, which is why we’ve been following the SheSays Cape Town chapter with interest. It creates a much-needed forum for career issues and sharing ideas that could propel women’s careers. We are delighted to host this topical discussion at Vega”, adds Dr Carla Enslin, National Head of Strategy and New Business Development.


Tickets are free and can be booked on Eventbrite

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· 17:30-18:30 – Grab wine and settle in

· 18:30-19:30 – Panel discussion

· 19:30-20:30 – Networking and more wine

Cash bar available.


Entry is free but space is limited and our events book up early, so RSVP to secure your spot. (If you’re unable to attend on the night, we kindly ask you to please cancel the ticket via Eventbrite, so we can give the seat away)

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