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Training & Speaking

Training & Speaking

LORI MILNER is the engaging facilitator, thought leader and mentor known for her insightful approach to being a modern corporate woman. The successful initiative Beyond the Dress, is the embodiment of her passion to empower women.

Lori approaches every engagement session with a single goal: to facilitate a connection with her audience via a customised programme that addresses specific challenges.
Through BTD workshops, she helps businesses to create supportive atmospheres and cultures of mentorship and ownership that inspire employees to achieve more.
And yet, no two sessions are the same. Each is designed to align with the client’s specific industry, requirements, and individual personalities: clients can choose between TED-style talks for large groups and in-depth masterclasses for smaller groups.

Ted-Style Talks

Designed for medium to large groups, Lori’s TED-style talks are targeted to everyone in the organisation, from graduates to executives. They cover a broad spectrum of lifestyle and corporate skills, including work life balance, time management, personal branding, networking, EQ, having courageous conversations, productivity and professional presence.


These detailed sessions are designed for smaller groups of eight to 20 people – usually those in management positions, those being prepared for management, or those whose role involved engagement with customers and customer service. An example is the bespoke programme Lori developed for PAs and receptionists, The Front Line Academy.
Whether presented in a keynote or half- day training workshop, topics are structured to meet specific HR objectives and company goals, and can include: assertiveness and confidence training, conflict management, productivity, leading with empathy, mentorship, personal branding, productivity and mastering difficult conversations.

Showing up to yourself: In Life and Business

When it comes to personal growth and development, how do we close the gap between knowing and doing? It’s all about tracking the thoughts, patterns and habits we know we need to change or action, but somehow repeatedly fail to do.

Based on Lori’s TEDxLytteltonWomen talk on ‘How to create micro wins’ – she shares her 3 step formula to ACT to close the gap between ‘knowing’ and ‘doing’ by consistently showing up to yourself.

The habits you repeat (or don’t repeat) every day largely determine your health, wealth, and happiness. Knowing how to change your habits means knowing how to confidently own and manage your days, focus on the behaviours that have the highest impact, and reverse-engineer the life you want.

To book Lori for a keynote or half day workshop, click here

Client feedback:

  • “The level of course material was excellent and Lori’s knowledge on the topic was phenomenal. Lori was motivated and inspirational. She knew so much about the topic and triggered ways for me to adopt my approaches”
    –  Elana Snoyman
  • “Lori was great, thank you for this empowering opportunity. Her ability to motivate and inspire was incredible”
    – Motswane Sebetola
  • “One of the most beneficial learnings was how personal branding can change a persons’ presentation. Lori answered all questions and is a wonderful facilitator.”
    – Ivo Colombo
  • “An excellent Business Bootcamp. Lori was able to motivate my desire to learn. The way to handle negative situations was my key learning and I will think before responding. It was one of the best workshops I have even been to”
    – Brandon Hayden
  • “My key learning was creating presence. It was a wonderful session and Lori’s ability to motivate my desire to learn more was excellent”
    – Jeff Solomon

Client testimonials:


“We want to take this opportunity to thank you for the excellent service we received from you during the Graduate Programme. You were an excellent facilitator and I don’t think this programme would have been as successful without you. You have excellent work ethics and very commitment. The graduates enjoyed the training immensely.”
– Nivesh Lutchman – Learning and Talent Development Siemens South Africa

Abbott Nutrition

“Thank you so much for the excellent presentation that you did for our team. I think too often people do not think of the value and importance of their personal branding. We work so diligently on our product/ company brands, investing significant time, effort and funds into them and yet all too often we forget about ourselves. People are the most important assets of any organisation and individual branding is so important.

The team really enjoyed your insights into this thought provoking topic and really enjoyed the investment in themselves. Personal branding is so much more that your appearance, physical presence & communication. It was interesting working on our personal value propositions.
I know the team really benefited from the time that we spent together and enjoyed taking the time to understand themselves a little better. Thank you so much, it was fun, interactive and enlightening.”
– Angela Russell – General Manager Abbott Nutrition

Brescia House

“Lori was able to keep a crowd of 230 guests fully engaged throughout her presentation, she provided us with many ‘light bulb’ moments and take home insights that resonated with our audience. Thank you for these little pieces of gems Lori, your gift (expertise) was our absolute pleasure to accept!”
– Alison Blair, Foundation Manager, Brescia House

Property Point

“Thank you so much for facilitating the training for our entrepreneur boot camp. The insights you shared were incredibly valuable and we appreciate how you interacted with the delegates on the day.”
– Robyn Basson, Program coordinator, Property Point


“I learn the value of ‘Always do more than you are being paid for’.”
“I like that I don’t have to change myself in order to stand out but I just have to be the best version of myself and have the attitude of wanting to learn more.”
“I have learnt a lot about myself during this professional training, it has boosted my confidence and I am ready to be in a challenging work place.”
“I am inspired to start reading more.”
– Feedback from Siemens Graduate Program on corporate branding 2017

Alexander Forbes

“We have worked with ‘Beyond the Dress’ to host several events held in celebration of Women’s month. Our experience with Beyond the Dress has been great. Lori and her team are always professional, organized, easy to work with, easily accessible, and were able to improvise when needed. Alexander Forbes considered it a real pleasure working with Beyond the Dress.”
– Butsi Tladi, MD of Alexander Forbes Health

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