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Oprah Winfrey in South Africa to speak about the impact of trauma – Get your tickets today

 ·10 Jul 2023

Oprah Winfrey is coming to South Africa, appearing during the first conference hosted by the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG) called “What Happened to You: Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Learning, Teaching, and Psychological Functioning.” The day-long event features renowned leaders in education for a day of inspiration, taking place on 21 July at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand.

Life-changing discussions

Throughout the day, sessions led by experts in the field will unpack how to create informed responses to trauma, and share research on the effect trauma can have if left unattended. As part of this special in-person learning event, Winfrey will engage in a discussion about her personal experience on these topics facilitated by the OWLAG Board Chairperson, Dr Kate G Windsor.

Additionally, with the intention of raising awareness for the Neurosequential Model across fields, thought-leaders in the space will showcase real-world approaches of both NMT-Clinical (Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics) and NME-Teaching (Neurosequential Model in Education) teams in learning environments.

Teachers, counsellors, and educators from across South Africa will have the opportunity to discuss key concepts from the book, enjoy a catered lunch, and receive a free copy of “What Happened to You.”


The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG) was founded by Oprah Winfrey in 2007, committed to providing a rigorous yet supportive educational environment that engenders high standards of academic achievement and service leadership and provides cultural enrichment for girls who show outstanding promise, despite their disadvantaged backgrounds.

OWLAG offers a dynamic and innovative curriculum designed to develop critical, questioning minds and to prepare students for life in an inspired, open and supportive learning environment.

OWLAG is a trauma-informed institution, with the goal of teaching while caring to ensure that all services, interventions, and organisational culture and practices are aligned with understanding the impact of trauma across all areas of functioning.

The trauma-informed approach supports recovery and aligns organisational culture so that all areas of the organisation respond “to the effects of trauma at all levels” as opposed to offering interventions or holding practices that are re-traumatising.

Click here to get your conference tickets.

Note: Tickets are only available to guests over the age of 18. Space is limited.

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