STANDING OVATION FOR LESA AT MONTHLY UWA EVENT.
GET-U-NOTICED CLIENT, Disability specialist with Bradshaw LeRoux Consulting, and award winning business woman (she recently won the BWASA KZN Professional Woman In business award and is a Margaret Hirsch and Ilembe Chamber Woman In Business Achiever finalist) Lesa Bradshaw was the Guest Speaker at the monthly UWA networking evening that was held at the Gateway Hotel recently, and her immense good humour intertwined with sincere, down to earth solid advice, had her audience , either in stitches or sobered by some straight forward no nonsense facts about disabilities. At the end of the evening she received a well deserved standing ovation.
Lesa, who has been wheel chair bound all her life, told her audience in her presentation entitled “The Value of a Voice and a Pointy Finger”, that it was important to place focus on things that we can do – rather than what we can’t. “People give up far too quickly because they place too much focus on the ‘can’t do’s’ in life – they forget about all the resources within them, and around them, that facilitate the ‘can-do’s’ . People with a disability are particularly prone to this as a result of all the barriers to inclusivity that society has placed upon them . There needs to be a shift in focus – particularly with respect to the role that people with a disability can play in our economy and our society. It’s interesting to note that 70% of people within the working age group were not born with a disability, but rather acquired it at some point in their life journey – so it is something that will enter all of our lives at some point. “The trick to success is to harness, package and promote your ABILITIES, no matter what your circumstances” says Lesa.
“The Value of the Voice and the Pointy finger” is a 30 minute inspirational talk around managing the complexities of our roles and responsibilities as business people, leaders, members of a community, and potential change agents. Lesa draws from her personal experiences, expertise in transformation, and her role as a business person. “It will get people laughing, thinking, and challenging their stereotypes”, says Lesa.