Please help inspire the 200 girls representing 32 Schools from across Gauteng and Mphumulanga by sponsoring girls or a school
to attend the dinner, and/or purchasing a ticket to attend the dinner.

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Sharron L McPherson

The Center for Disruptive Technology Executive Chair and co-founder is a former investment banker and Wall Street attorney turned social impact investor and serial entrepreneur. Sharron is putting to work the knowledge and global network she developed during 25 years operating across the continent to solve Africa’s biggest challenges. 

Creating a tech-enabled collaborative innovation platform that enables African experts, ideators and disruptors to create a measurably better future is the Center for Disruptive Technology ‘s mission. The experience of participating in Singularity University's (SU) Global Studies Programme and serving as a SU Faculty member informed her decision to help orchestrate African innovators and investors.

Sharron is a founding director of Women in Infrastructure Development & Energy (WINDE) Consortium, Africa’s largest women in infrastructure investment group. She also teaches at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business in Project Finance. She’s a pioneer in NEXUS thinking for smart city development and has been instrumental in the planning and development of an innovative Africa Smart City 2.0 project in Kwa-Zulu Natal, with the potential to benefit over 3,000 women-owned SMEs.

Sharron was a founding board member of the Graca Machel Trust’s Women in Finance network, New Faces, New Voices and is a member of the Brains Trust of UnitedSucces, a global network of high impact women entrepreneurs. She sits on Katerva Awards Council for Social Innovation. In 2015, she was recognized by the Tony Elumelu Foundation for the development of BigIdeas.Africa, a framework that leverages digital media to make social impact invention more accessible in Africa.

An accomplished public speaker and moderator with a lifetime interest in building better communities through social investing, Sharron has addressed  a wide range of audiences including Campus Party, TEDx (Tokyo), the World Economic Forum on Africa, the Clinton Global Alliance, the Abraaj Forum and a host of leading international forae on topics that include: Women in Technology, Sustainable Investment, Nexus Thinking, Smart Cities, Future Schools and The African Youth Dividend.

She earned a Doctorate Degree in Law (Columbia University), an honor degree in Finance from the University of Toulon (La Garde, France) and a B.A. in Economics (College of William & Mary).


Corien Vermaak, LLB (Rau); LLM (Unisa)

IT law specialist by trade, Corien has spent many years working in ICT and representing multinationals. Corien specialise in ICT technologies, Network security and data protection. She completed her qualification in becoming a certified Digital forensic auditor. Corien has been instrumental in assisting the Law Society of South Africa with seminars for legal practitioners regarding technology law and Cybercrime legislation. Corien has developed training in Cybersecurity and Data Protection and Audits in Large companies on these topics. 


For booking the Grade 11 Girls Workshop and Dinner, including teacher tickets please visit

Attendance at the Workshop and Dinner for the Grade 11 Girls and thier teachers has been sponsored by FNB, Microsoft South Africa and Schoolnet SA.


CuriosITy Dinner 2017

On Wednesday 17th May 2017, Brescia House School held its second CuriosITy Dinner; two hundred and one Grade 11 girls presenting forty-four schools from all over Gauteng, long with one hundred and thirty-six various professionals from the IT industry and IT or CAT teachers from the represented schools. 

Participates enjoyed a wonderful three course dinner and listened to motivational talks by Ashley Veasey, Chief Information Officer and Chief Digital Officer, Barclays Africa Group and Sonja Delafosse, Senior Manager, Educator Strategy Worldwide Education, Microsoft. During the evening, the girls changed tables to give them the maximum advantage for meeting professionals for the IT industry.

Along with an extremely generous sponsorship from Microsoft South Africa, the IT Professionals attending, in either their personal capacity or on behalf of their companies, sponsored the event.

Thank you for the invitation to CuriosITy’s delightful dinner on Wednesday evening. We had a wonderful time getting to know some of the other people and having a chance to celebrate Woman in the Computer world.” Leneé

Schools that attended the dinner include:

  • Alberton High School
  • Brescia House School
  • Bryanston High School
  • Cornerstone College
  • Cornwall Hill College
  • Curro Aurora High School
  • Dainfern College
  • Fourways High School
  • Hoerskool Bircheigh
  • Hoërskool Randburg
  • Holy Rosary School
  • Hope School For The Disabled (Westcliff)
  • Maragon College
  • Marist Brother Linmeyer
  • Northcliff High School
  • Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls
  • Penryn College
  • President High School
  • Radley Private School
  • Reddam Jhb
  • Sir Isaac Newton College
  • Sir John Adamson High School
  • St Peters College
  • St. Ursula's High School
  • St.Enda's Secondary School
  • Uplands College
  • Vosloorus Comprehensive School
  • Willowmoore High School
  • Woodlands International College

The first CuriosITy Dinner

In November 2015, Brescia House School in conjunction with Microsoft appointed four Grade 10 girls to represent the School and South Africa as part of the 200 world-wide Microsoft Student Ambassadors. The girls have attended virtual webinars during the year, and were challenged, as part of the program, to run a project that will make a difference in the community. 

The girls identified that traditionally girls do not choose IT as a career path, nor do many girls select IT as a matriculation subject at school. On Wednesday 25th May 2016, the girls hosted the first annual CuriosITy Dinner; one hundred and thirty Grade 11 girls presenting thirty-six schools from all over Gauteng, long with one hundred IT or CAT teachers and various professionals from the IT industry.  Participates enjoyed a wonderful three course dinner and listened to talks by Lori Milner, author of the book “Own your space” and Amukelani Mombedzi from WeThinkCode. During the evening, the girls changed tables after each course to give them the maximum advantage for meeting professionals for the IT industry.

Schools that atteded included: 

Brescia House School
Bryanston High School
CLI: SES:  CAT/IT    (District 9 and district 5)
Cornerstone College
De La Salle
Holy Cross College 
Delta Park
Destinata School
Dominican Convent School
Eden College
Fourways High School
Holy Rosary School
Hyde Park
Laudium Secondary School
Marist Brother Linmeyer
Northcliff High
Penryn Pretoria Chinese School
Saheti College
SES:  CAT & IT - Tshwane South
SSir Online School
St Andrews
St Stithians
St Dominics
St Ursula's High School
The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls
Tulip Combined School
Victory House Private School
Willowmoore High School


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South Africa

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