ABOUT ME...


Retha Alberts Curriculum Vitae

Retha Alberts has extensive experience in the areas of facilitation, consultation and change management focusing on people and processes. Her special interest is in leadership development and building the capacity of people and teams. She integrates her passion for people development by balancing an academic career with practical professional consultation and facilitation. She works with a wide range of local and international clients, i.e. in Africa, USA, Sweden, Belgium and The Netherlands. She has published several articles in business science magazines.

Academic career
Retha has been a virtual faculty member at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) since 1999. She is responsible for facilitating learning on Business Ethics and Corporate Governance to international MBA- and other students. She also facilitates Strategic Thinking and Leadership to participants on executive and customized management development programs at USB-ED.
She has been the Program Director and Learning Process Facilitator for the international BOSAL Master Classes since 2006.
Since 2000, Retha has been contracted by AF Consult International in Sweden as a faculty member on their Strategic Management Development Programs. These programs are sponsored by SIDA (Swedish International Development Agency), and focus on management development for delegates from developing countries, including Africa, South America and South-East Asia.

Professional career
Retha was previously with ABSA Bank, where she was, inter alia, Market Manager for Local Governments, and the Project Leader for the bank’s transformation program in the Western Cape. She successfully initiated and chaired a network for women in ABSA (“ABSANET”) and was the Chairman of the SA Council for Businesswomen in 1997-98. During her career with ABSA, she was elected to explore Management and Leadership Development in the USA (Harvard Business School) and in Europe (Ashridge and Insead).

In 1997 ABSA Bank seconded her as the Managing Director of a black women’s empowerment company. Together with her team, she established this company and managed it successfully in order to hand over the reigns as MD to a previously disadvantaged manager. She currently serves as the Chairman of another black empowerment company, Prominent Holdings (Pty) Ltd, which focuses on agricultural developments and job creation for previously disadvantaged individuals.

In 1998 she founded her own business La Vita Nuova Learning and Capacity Building. Her mission with this business enterprise is to contribute to sustainable businesses and the meaningful development of the capacity of individuals and teams. The core focus is organizational development through the professional facilitation of strategic business processes, leadership/management development and corporate governance/business ethics.

She is a member of Tomorrow’s Company in the United Kingdom and regularly works in close collaboration with other reputable local and international consultants who share her commitment for the development of people and of organizations. Retha is internationally accredited to assess and coach people in The Leadership Circle (www.theleadershipcircle.com), Barrett’s Values, Emotional Intelligence and MyersBriggs (MBTI).

Academic background
Masters Degree in Philosophy (MPhil in Decision-making, Knowledge Dynamics and Values)
from the University of Stellenbosch (Thesis: “Spirituality and Business Leadership”).

Diploma: Strategic Leadership, Cum Laude from California State University

Diploma for Board Directors’ Development and a Diploma in Applied International Management
(both from IFL Business School, Stockholm, Sweden);

Certificate in Group Facilitation and Consultation – Dept of Industrial Psychology (University of South Africa)




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