Charlotte Kemp

This is me

Imagine waking up one morning and realising, with delight, that your hobby has become your career!

I don’t mean speaking. That’s just sexist. Women don’t really talk that much!

What I mean is, that I discovered that all my years of nerdish devotion and fan-girling over sci-fi novels, paid off.

My curiosity in various, disparate fields had suddenly found a common home, a theme that made what had appeared to be a somewhat ADHD mind, suddenly seem Da-Vinci-like in its insight.

I know. That sounds grandiose and self-indulgent, but surely you know how exciting it feels when things just come together and gel and make sense and you can see the yellow brick road in front of you and it is so full of promise.

My childhood crush was on Isaac Asimov - I loved everything he wrote. And I knew exactly which nerdish friends at school could understand obscure references from Douglas Adams. Heck, I even chose my husband based on our shared laughter over Adam’s stories.

While my sci-fi education is not complete, it is varied and interspersed with reading fantasy, studying education and psychology at university, poking around in issues of human motivation and wrestling with philosophy and theology. And when I started attending lectures about futures studies at Stellenbosch University, I was delighted to learn that a futurist must have a handle on all this and more: politics, economics, sociology, demographics, and all the futurist principles as well.

So this is me …

Charlotte Kemp-Mulvey. Richard Mulvey, a speaker and past President of the PSASA, is my husband. While he has 7 children (that he has been responsible for, not necessarily added to the population). I have two daughters; wonderful young women who challenge my assessment of the world we live in and the future we are creating between our generations.

I am a professional speaker and my purpose with this work is to host conversations about essential issues in our world, and how they will play out into the future, using some models that will aid us in sharing ideas and information in a helpful fashion.

The speaking world is very important to Richard and I. In fact, I came to learn about this industry through an advert for the Global Speakers Summit many years back, and that is how I met Richard.

And I am a joiner. Participation in the following organisations helps me to understand more about the world that I operate in, and allows me to connect with colleagues and make friendships based on shared values.

- Past member of Toastmasters where I reached the level of Advanced Silver Communicator.

- Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa (PSASA) as a Chapter President and I served on the Exco.

- Past Secretary to the Global Speakers Federation.

- Ambassador for the Excelleration Bursary Fund.

- Student member of the Association of Professional Futurists

- Host of Future Focussed Business weekly podcast and radio show on Hashtag Radio

- Member of Business Women's Association of South Africa

- Member of Cape Business Chamber
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