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Dr. Carla Enslin: Brand DNA

  • Workshop17 V&A Waterfront 17 Dock Road Cape Town, WC, 8002 South Africa (map)

Dr. Carla Enslin


Dr. Carla Enslin is one of the founding members of Vega School and Heads up Strategy as well as New Business Development for the group. Carla leads the national team of Navigators (lecturers) across 4 campuses nationwide. Heavy Chef has invited Dr. Carla Enslin, founder of the class-leading Vega School, to run an exclusive Masterclass that will reveal how to create a brand for your organisation that will elevate you above the noise. Dr. Enslin will show off the fruit of over 18 years working with thousands of students, hundreds of corporates and audiences around the world. Dr. Enslin will spend an intimate 4 hours providing insights as to how to zero in on creating a focused, salient and truly memorable brand message that will raise you to the top of your segment.

“Start-ups are frequently and overly focused on what they believe they will be doing differently, in contrast to why that difference will matter to people.”

About This Masterclass

Many South African entrepreneurs, businesses and organisations unfortunately still regard brand as a function of marketing. As a result, brand building is often reduced to ‘image making’ or ‘image saving’. This outdated and discredited approach needs turning on its head. Once a start-up entrepreneur realises that his or her brand is propelled by the basic reason that the venture exists, modelling the business will naturally evolve to grow and protect its unique identity.

“In my experience,” says Dr. Carla, “start-ups are frequently and overly focused on what they believe they will be doing differently, in contrast to why that difference will matter to people.”

This workshop will enable entrepreneurs to define their brand’s unique and compelling strategic intent and to direct business efforts and output successfully.

About Dr. Carla

Carla’s interest and experience include everything from brand strategy, the design and implementation of brand identity systems and contact strategies. She serves on the Brand Africa Council, is a Research Associate at the University of Stellenbosch Business School and a Teaching Fellow at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. Carla acts as a consultant to and trainer for companies, both local and international. Carla is passionate about education in South Africa and throughout the African continent.

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Testimonials For Dr. Carla Enslin

“Dr. Carla Enslin’s brand workshop is the highlight of the Solution Space’s Venture Incubation Programme at the UCT Graduate School of Business. Carla is exceptional at facilitating a process that enables a founder to connect with the deeper purpose of their startup and see their business from an entirely different perspective. In the chaotic early-stages of a new venture where so many things are changing, this clarity provides a guiding north star to an entrepreneur.”

Sarah-Anne Alman, Founder of The Solution Space, UCT

“I find Dr. Carla Enslin highly informative and connected to the integral levers that drive brand strategy. When we worked with her on a start-up brand, we were able to establish a clear vision, values and objectives that cut straight to the heart of brand building. The energy is always electric with her passionate sense of persuasion and belief in a topic that shifts benchmarks and delivers results. We continue to work with Dr. Enslin as our brand evolves. She is an absolute must, if you ask me.”

Travell Rees, Head of Markham, The Foschini Group

“We had the rare opportunity of inviting Dr. Carla Enslin to both our Brand Summits in Mauritius and Nepal. Carla is an amazing speaker and presenter in total command of her subject and topic and has the capability to connect with her audience.”

Ravin Lama, Managing Director, Mind Initiatives

“Master strategist Dr. Carla Enslin steers the development of compelling purpose and brand contact strategies. Few facilitators have her command of extracting invaluable insights from all stakeholders, an essential ability in defining a leading brand. She brings a uniquely human approach to business economics.”

Eben Keun, Chief Brand Architect, Breinstorm Brand Architects

“Being a respected academic and industry expert, with a particular focus on brand building solutions, makes Dr. Carla Enslin an exceptional and rare talent. Carla's workshops are highly engaging.”

Marthinus van Loggerenberg, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies: Advertising, University of San Francisco

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