Kerry-Anne Gilowey (South Africa)

portrait of Kerry-Anne Gilowey

Kerry-Anne lives in Cape Town, South Africa, where she spends her days consulting to companies about content strategy, and her nights learning French, playing drums, and listening to Pearl Jam.

2012: My Very Own Disaster Movie

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As 2012 started, I was recovering from hip replacement surgery, and looking forward to having my mobility—and life—back. But two months into the year I had to face the fact that my business was failing, and wasn’t going to recover. I had to close it, and quickly. In the process I put five people out of jobs—the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I lost my colleagues, I lost my business, I lost my identity, and perhaps most importantly, I lost faith in myself.

In the months that followed, I had constant migraines, started to panic in crowded places, cried an awful lot, gained weight, stopped going out, and felt dizzy every day. All I wanted was to stay under my duvet for a few months, read, watch movies, eat chocolate, and comfort myself back to some semblance of confidence. But that wasn’t an option. I was committed to hosting an international conference in October, so I had no choice but to keep it together, as best I could.

Throughout 2012, I made plenty of mistakes, and I learnt many hard lessons. I’m finally ready to talk about them. In my presentation you’ll learn:

  • The importance of telling yourself and others the truth, about your circumstances, your character flaws, and your state of mind.
  • How to set about rebuilding your life and career after a failure or setback.
  • Why finding your people is the key to making it through.

Who’s behind this?

At Together London we organise events to help you change your organisation. We’re here to make Dare Conference a safe space where everyone is treated with respect. Reach us at info@dareconf.com or Together London.

Jonathan Kahn

Jonathan Kahn

organiser
@lucidplot
David Caines

David Caines

branding and illustration
@salon16
Rhiannan Walton

Rhiannan Walton

co-organiser
@RhiannanW
Daniel Howells

Daniel Howells

digital design
@howells
Sara Wachter-Boettcher

Sara Wachter-Boettcher

content strategy
@sara_ann_marie