Last Chance to Register! Mini MBA Certificate Course in Sandton

Tuesday  13 February  2018  9:00 AM    Wednesday  14 February  2018 4:30 PM
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Course Rationale
Many staff members within NGOs, social enterprises (SEs) and small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) do not have a solid understanding of business principles, strategic planning for sustainability, tax and audit requirements related to income generating activities, institutional arrangements and other considerations that are critical for long-term success. It is crucial for non-profits, SEs and SMMEs to be structured and managed properly in order to maintain financial and reputational integrity, and to provide “peace of mind” to donors and investors. Therefore, this course sets out to achieve the following.

Coruse Objectives
• Understand how to develop a strategy and ‘business model design’ for your organisation;
• Understand the importance of marketing: what is your strategic edge and the development of a marketing strategy;
• Understand the importance of financial management: the nature of the firm/organisation; managing cash flow; external capital; project
valuation; return on investment
• Understand the requirements for successful operations and people management.

Targeted Participants
NGOs, SE's, SMMEs and private sector staff working in the following departments: finance, fundraising, business development, project management and administrators who want to learn more about business management principles.

For registration forms please contact Henriette. Email: 083 709 6162.
Early Bird Discount: R1,325 per person per day or R2,600 for two days (proof of payment must be received on our before 2 February).
Late Entry: R1,525 per person per day R3,000 for two days (proof of payment received after 2 February)
Cancellation fees apply.

Workshop Format
The workshop includes formal presentations, discussions, group work and exercises.

Workshop Materials
Participants who fully attend sessions will receive a certificate of completion. All presentations will be made available to each participant. Additional worksheets, hand-outs and pen will also be provided.

Workshop Agenda
Day 1 (morning): Strategy & Execution
• Levels of Strategy: functional, business, corporate
• Business Model Design
• Disciplines of Execution
• Models for ExecutionAnsoff Matrix

Day 1 (afternoon): Marketing and the Customer Experience
• Marketing Mix
• Brand personality, awareness and design
• Social Media

Day 2 (morning): Financial Management
· Internal controls
· Managerial accounting (Budget / Forecasts)
· Cash Flow
· External capital
· Interpretation of financial statements
· Basic taxation

Day 2 (afternoon): People Management:
• Leadership
• High performance organisations and teams
• StrengthsFinder (team mapping)
• Key Performance Indicators and Performance Management
• Coaching
• Change management

Throughout, there will also be:
i. An emphasis on Ethics e.g. - ethical implications of business e.g stakeholders / environmental / governance and stakeholders and
ii. reference to thought leaders and suggested reading, on the various topics

Financial Management & Project Management are also taught in one-day SDN courses. If the participant has completed these courses already, these courses may be counted toward the mini MBA.

About the Facilitators

Daniel Steenkamp is a senior business advisor, specialising in financial management, business strategy, internationalisation, business optimisation, management and leadership development. He is also a Chartered Accountant and registered auditor. He is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (CA(SA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Independent Regulatory Board of Auditors (IRBA). He acts as independent auditor to a broad scope of NGOs in Africa. Holding an MBA in business strategy from Stellenbosch University (South Africa) and he is particularly passionate about social enterprise development in emerging economies.
Daniel is a firm believer in talent and is an energetic and experienced facilitator. He has a strong passion for Non-Profit Organisations and uses his business skills and experience to train them to be more sustainable and more efficient with their resources, thus increasing impact and maintaining financial and organisational integrity. He is a consultant to NPOs across Africa and serves as Trustee and Non-Executive Director on various NPOs.

Lisa Thompson-Smeddle is the Founder/Director of the USA and RSA registered African Sustainability Academy and Sustainable Development Network. She has 25 years’ experience working in the NGO sector in Africa. She has acted as Sustainability Advisor to Family Health International, an Umbrella Grants Mechanism managing a $93million USAID/PEPFAR grant in South Africa. Her role was to build capacity in PEPFAR funded NGOs. This included the development of sustainability and organisational development strategies and policies, the establishment of effective fundraising, financial, monitoring evaluation and reporting systems and strategies, assistance with social media and media/marketing campaigns and more. Lisa was also the Programme and Research Coordinator for the Sustainability Institute (South Africa) and course designer/lecturer at Stellenbosch University (South Africa). She has managed projects for the UNDP, GIZ, WWF, DANIDA, Cordaid, the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the SA National Department of Human Settlements, various African provincial and local government authorities, the University of California Berkeley and other academic institutions and donor agencies. She has completed an Honours degree in Social Sciences at Chapman University (California, USA), and both Honours and Master’s degrees in Sustainable Development at Stellenbosch University (South Africa).

The African Sustainability Academy (ASA), (in partnership with the Sustainable Development Network) is an international NGO registered in South Africa (NPC: K2011/122880/08) and in the US (501c3 Number: 3388896) offering Accredited and Certificate Courses and training programs for non-profits, corporates, government agencies, youth and community members across Africa. After thorough research into the skills and training needs of NGOs, communities, youth, corporates and government agencies, the founders of the ASA determined that the importance of skills development in these sectors cannot be over-emphasized. As employees transition through various phases of their careers, their roles, responsibilities and expected outputs change. With these changes, employees often require increased capacity and additional skills. Moreover, unemployed youth and community members without work experience or job-ready skills require capacity development programs that will enable them to find meaningful employment. In order to meet these challenges, the ASA has designed accredited and certificate courses aimed at upskilling existing NGO, government and corporate employees (from junior to senior management staff and board members); enabling them to perform more effectively and efficiently in the workplace, and courses for community members and unemployed youth. Certificate courses run from one day to two weeks. Accredited courses run from one week to 18 months, depending on the content and course outcomes. Courses can also be customized, according to the organisation’s needs.

About The Ascent Group: The Ascent Group supports business and non-profit leaders in the development and execution of strategies that will create sustainable value over time. Subsidiaries include Ascent Impact: Led by a team that has vast practical business and operational NPO experience, Ascent Impact provides specialist and bespoke advisory services including strategic advisory services and facilitation, organizational development programs, financial sustainability reviews, fundraising, compliance and tax advisory support for the Non-Profit Sector throughout Africa. Ascent Advisory provides strategic support for leaders who aim to develop and execute sound strategy. Our collaborative interventions reduce structural and process inefficiencies and help change organisational awareness and focus. Ascent People provides bespoke executive and management development services, supporting business leaders who want to hone their business skills and establish a truly human enterprise.

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