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Personal and Professional Development


Saffron Baggallay’s passion for people is behind her insatiable curiosity to unpack the ‘irrational predictable’ nature of humans. With an ability to seamlessly integrate information with practical application Saffron uses her extensive experience, along with her natural story-telling and communication skills to inspire change in how people think, feel and behave about themselves their workplace and their world. Her charismatic and insightful approach has been described as intoxicating.

Practical application and sustainability are focal points for Saffron as outcomes are central to making learning worthwhile in a struggling economy. Saffron uses her experience as a vehicle for self-understanding alongside communication and other business skills to bring about a change in how people think, feel and behave about themselves, their workplace and their world.

Specialising in presenting on all forms of communication, Saffron uses her enchanting personality, love for story-telling and acting; and her wide experience, to make presenting fun and entertaining as well as informative and enriching. These are some of her presentations:

Business’ Big Five
Your Potential (squared)
Working In An Awakened Company

With over 16 years of experience in facilitation, presentation, designing learning programmes and more recently coaching, Saffron is considered to be one of the leading facilitators of personal and professional development in South Africa. Not only are her insights and subject knowledge exceptional, but also her capacity to bring the material she uses alive and accessible to audiences is unsurpassable. Saffron has an ability to seamlessly integrate theoretical information with practical application and she does this by fully contextualising the information she brings to clients into their industry-specific challenges. With wide ranging experience in unpacking South Africa’s diverse corporate landscape Saffron is positioned perfectly to consider the common ‘human challenges’ being faced across all industry sectors today.

As a sociologist Saffron specialises in understanding how global change impacts people’s productivity across all business sectors today. Saffron’s keynotes unpack what impact change has on people’s productivity at work at a high level, and they suggest ideas on how employees can respond to change positively. Saffron also designs bespoke facilitated workshops which will provide your employees with knowledge, skills and tools to practically assist them with their own personal development so that they can remain or become engaged at work in the face of uncertainty.


The Power Of The Herd
Meaningful Management
Engaging Engaged Employees
Know Y

Saffron has a BA (Hons) Sociology and Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin (1998) and a MADA from WITS (2006) where she specialised in identity theory. Saffron has a special interest in how identity theory can be used to assist organisations to understand talent diversity from a generation, gender, socio-economic and personality-type perspective, in particular. Saffron also has a coaching qualification through Results Coaching; and a coaching qualification which specifically uses the Enneagram. She uses this to help organisations understand how different personality profiles, inside departments, or as an organisation as a whole, can impact productivity.

Because of her many years as a teacher Saffron has an extensive understanding of Generation Y, which she uses to assist organisations in better managing their workforce and understanding their new consumers. She also includes this knowledge in her mentorship programs.
Saffron has worked primarily in the professional services, banking, insurance, advertising, pharmaceutical, information technology, mining, retail and education environments. Her client have included: Norton Rose, Hogan Lovells, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, Webber Wentzel, KPMG, Arcelor Mittal, Nedbank, Sasol, BHP Billiton, SAPREF, JD Group, Spar, Momentum, SAPPI, General Electric, Sage Alchemex, EOH, WITS and GIBS business school, Duke Corporate Education; and others.

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