About this Speaker
Yolanda is an American, living and working in Cape Town, South Africa since 1998. She is also a Wife, Mother, Founder and CEO of LithaFlora African Botanicals & Sourcing. LithaFlora is a boutique brand & business which produces indigenous African products for health and wellness, manufactures products and sources bespoke artifacts, garments and jewellery and creates educational experiences.
Yolanda’s interests are social innovation, new physics, cultural diversity, transformational leadership, digital technology, indigenous foods and their wisdom system complements. For as long as she can recall, she has been a Social Entrepreneur. A Humanist. To her, social entrepreneurship offers the opportunity to engage creativity, compassion and solutions to common human problems.
After graduating with a BA, from the University of Michigan in 1987, Yolanda grew as a young professional within the entertainment industry, working as a freelance television producer, between Washington DC, New York and Los Angeles. She has worked in the burgeoning reality-based and entertainment TV industry, with companies ranging from BET, CNN, E! among other blue-chip TV and film companies, film Directors and Producers.
In 1992 Yolanda took up a fortuitous adventure, job and relocation to Mmbatho,
Bophuthatswana; a homeland in what was then apartheid-era South Africa. Working at Bop TV was a transformational experience which drew her closer toward becoming the social entrepreneur that she is today. Yolanda returned again to Cape Town in 1998 and worked as an Advertising agency Producer with key accounts housed at SABC before starting a family and the entrepreneurial venture, in the city. Living and working in South Africa since 1998 has offered a world-class education in empathy, adaptation and resilience in the face of change. And now within her business, LithaFlora, what was a small community education project, has become another business in its own right; Prosperity Food Company.
Prosperity Food Company was developed to deploy conscious, economically viable and socially innovative solutions in accordance with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, toward achieving local Food Security and Poverty Reduction, Nature, Nurture and Nutrition.