Athol Williams will speak in the Closing Plenary Session on Convention Day Two, Wednesday, 18 October 2017.
About the presentation
Athol Williams deals in possibility and the benefits of adopting an open, possibility-rich approach to business innovation, product development, personal life, and career. Athol will share his story of growing up in Mitchells Plain during apartheid and going on to become one of the first people to earn Masters degrees from five of the world’s top universities.
He will share some lessons and his life philosophies, will appeal to the audience’s determination to overcome obstacles, and challenge us to live lives of possibility and greatness – for ourselves, and for our society.
You can view the presentation here, watch the session here and listen to the audio recording here.
Athol Williams is a strategy advisor and award-winning author who grew up in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town. He is currently a graduate student in political philosophy at Oxford University and his academic background includes political theory (LSE), corporate finance (LBS), and engineering (Wits). His professional background is in business, mostly in corporate strategy and finance, and the companies he has worked at include Bain & Company, RMB Corvest, Old Mutual, and Rio Tinto. He has served on a number of boards including Shalamuka Capital (private equity), WBS Centre for Entrepreneurship (education), and the MIT Alumni Board. He has founded and co-founded a number of organisations including Taurus Associates (consulting), Taurus School Solutions (education), and Ready to Rise (youth literacy).
The author of eight books, Athol has twice been awarded the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award, was runner-up for an SA Literary Award in 2016, and was a winner of Oxford University’s Parallel Universe Poetry Prize.
More about this presenter
- Pushing Boulders: http://bookslive.co.za/blog/2016/10/05/a-life-of-striving-and-compassion-tiah-beautement-chats-to-athol-williams-about-his-memoir-pushing-boulders/
- Short interview with Athol Williams: 702.co.za/articles/245858/how-athol-williams-defied-the-odds-to-help-inspire-others-to-thrive