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Guestspeaker- Vanessa Goosen
Vanessa Goosen
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Johannesburg South Africa
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Afrikaans, English
Personal story,Womens Interest
Vanessa Goosen is an Author, Former Miss SA Semi-Finalist, an Entrepreneur, a Counsellor, has appeared on numerous national and international Radio and TV Talk Shows and actively runs various Community Empowerment Projects. She too is a very enterprising Motivational and Inspirational Speaker who has left a significant mark on the thousands she has engaged with on a Corporate, Social, Individual or Spiritual level at events.
Vanessa has been hosted on TV & Radio Talk Shows which include Club 700, Carte Blanche, Against All Odds, I am A Woman, Botswana TV,  Wat Mense Sê, Verander Dinge; Newzroom Afrika, ENCA, Radio 2000 FM, Tygerberg, Good Hope, Bay FM, Kingfisher FM, East Coast Radio, Power FM, Jacaranda, Chai FM and  Kaya  FM.
She has been featured in various magazines both Locally and Internationally; which include amongst others Oprah, You, Drum, Huisgenoot, Sarie, Rooi Rose, Vroue Keur and Women Of Faith.  Her story featured in countries to the likes of Sweden, Hungary and the UK; She received A Global Award from England for her Story. 
Her book Drug Muled: Sixteen Years In A Thai Prison has sold thousands of copies, hitting Number One after a few weeks of release, as per the Nielson Rating and has received world-wide excellent ratings.
Vanessa was born in the Eastern Cape and raised in a very close-knit family and community. She moved to Johannesburg at the age of eleven to complete her tertiary education. With a good academic ability and natural leadership skill and style, she was elected for various leadership roles. At this tender age she already stood out as an individual who is able to exert influence and impact peers and large groups with her drive, great sense of humour, definitive decision-making ability, tenacity and hunger for success.
Amidst various other talents and passions, Vanessa always had a flare for the fashion industry. This love and passion ultimately led to her achieving great success at the Miss South Africa Beauty Pageant; reaching the Semi-Finals in 1993 when Jacqui Mofokeng, the first Black South African was crowned Miss South Africa. This significant milestone was achieved despite Vanessa facing many challenges and with the odds stacked against her. Competing at such a high level with success, tremendously grew her determination and confidence, bringing her to the perspective stance that “Anything is achievable and possible, when pursued with heart, passion and perseverance.”
Before the age of 20, the natural entrepreneurial drive and ability within Vanessa had already kicked in with her pursuing her first major business venture. She opened and co-owned an exclusive man’s fashion boutique in the thriving and sought-after Carlton Centre. 
Vanessa actively managed a manufacturing line as the backbone to compliment the fashion trendsetting creativity she brought to the market; growing her retail outlet with fresh design and quality. With the boutique’s clientele growing and with the desire to keep being consistently innovative, Vanessa set on a business trip to Thailand in 1994 to acquire fashion apparel and to import quality fabric. 
It was with this business trip that things went awry for Vanessa. Caught up in every traveller’s nightmare, Vanessa was duped into unknowingly carrying books with heroin hidden in its covers. This led to her arrest and being sentenced to death. She was pregnant at the time of her arrest, leading to her sentence being postponed until after her giving   birth.
Giving birth in prison was both a physically painful and an emotionally traumatic experience. There were no proper medical facilities and Vanessa had no family to guide and strengthen her through this process. She was forced to give up her daughter when she reached the age of three years. This in itself was very painful; it tore Vanessa apart and traumatically affected both herself and her daughter.
Hurt, anger, hatred, unforgiveness, betrayal, pain, broken-hearted, abandoned, loneliness and fear plagued Vanessa as she battled anxiety, panic attacks, suicidal thoughts and depression
Vanessa returned to South Africa after being imprisoned for more than sixteen years, suffering through many ordeals and having overcome life threatening challenges and obstacles.  Her release was and still is a miracle for Vanessa, having become grounded in   GOD through this journey.  To date Vanessa has been the Key Note/Motivational Speaker at numerous corporate engagements sharing her story and journey; bringing to these events great success and leaving those who hear it motivated, encouraged and with determination to pursue the greatness and excellence they are well-able to achieve. This horrific experience is a life changing must hear! Vanessa has spoken at companies from the likes of Clover, Anglo American, Engersol, IBM, Grindrod Bank, Cipla, EOH, Pick & Pay, Universities, Law Firms and various other Institutions.
Having overcome many challenges, obstacles,  life-threatening conditions and situations, Vanessa has emerged a stronger person who has now embedded within her much personal experience and expertise, which adds value on an individual as well as a team level to sectors such as Corporate Companies, Small & Medium Enterprises, Universities, Schools as well as the Fashion Sector. Vanessa hosts Workshops using the experiences and obstacles she encountered in prison, bringing to the fore principles and mechanisms used to overcome it in relation to topics such as:
Survival – Flexibility - Choices
Hope In The Midst Of Hopelessness
Dealing With Opposition
Shifting Focus – Enjoy The Journey
Face Your Fears – Learn From Others
What Is In Your Hands  - Take Control
Your Worth – Your Value
Go Back To Go Forward
Positioning Yourself During The Process
Vanessa also brings great expertise to Women Targeted Events and Functions. This very traumatic and challenging journey has taught Vanessa many real-life lessons and first-hand experiences. One of these is her realization that a Women should not deal with challenges and turmoil in isolation. It is when being build and encouraged by other women’s experiences and victories, that Women overcome and move forward with the momentum of confidence, hope and self-believe being evoked. It is from this perspective and understanding Vanessa shares with Women the life lessons learned from her traumatic journey experiences, both whilst imprisoned and the challenges she encountered after being released. 
Vanessa offers Life Skill Programmes to Schools and School Leavers. With this platform, Vanessa motivates, encourages, teaches and equips students with practical tools to use obstacles as stepping stones. These programmes are geared to build the confidence of students, to activate their potential, their talents and to help them break out of the boundaries of limitation which society, poor choices, circumstances and the like, tend to  weave around the younger generation.
Counselling is another area which Vanessa actively engages in. She counsels Women, Scholars, School Leavers and also extends this service to the Corporate Arena (Individuals, Groups as well as entire Departments). Counselling is a mechanism which disarms areas which halts productivity and growth; such as depression, wrong perceptions, low self-esteem, misunderstandings, abuse and the like.
Vanessa too has embarked on MC and Hosting Services for Corporate, Church and Social events; adding to it much value from her experience of the above mentioned journey she has travelled.
Vanessa Goosen is an Author, Former Miss SA Semi-Finalist, an Entrepreneur, a Counsellor, has appeared on numerous national and international Radio and TV Talk Shows and actively runs various Community Empowerment Projects. She too is a very enterprising Motivational and Inspirational Speaker who has left a significant mark on the thousands she has engaged with on a Corporate, Social, Individual or Spiritual level at events.
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PRESENTATIONS by Vanessa Goosen

Corporate Events
Women Events
Charity Events
Small & Medium Enterprises
School Leavers
Corporate Events
Women Events
Social Events
Church Events1. Inspirational and Motivational Speaking Engagements
Vanessa shares her experience being locked up in a foreign prison being charged for a crime she had no idea she was a part of. Based on the audience she is able to focus on key challenges she had to overcome during her incarceration. She shares her experience and audiences are often shocked to hear her story and what she had overcome. Young people that hear of her experience are made aware of the dangers of the Drug Trade and the easy manner that they could get duped into carrying a banned substance without their knowledge.
Focus areas of her inspirational talk is
-The conditions of a Thai prison
-Giving birth in prison
-Placing my faith in the King for a pardon
-Learning about how DRUG MULES operate and the manner in which mules especially young ladies are recruited
-Dealing with guilt when Grandfather had heart attack after reading of my ordeal in a magazine
-Placing my faith in the SA government for a Prisoner Transfer Treaty
-Depression undiagnosed and untreated for 4 years
-Losing my ability to walk and talk when I gave up on life
-Finding Faith again and reason to live

2. Drug Awareness Presentations

Vanessa is often associated with drugs due to the fact that she was sentenced to death for having the substance in her possession, yet she has very limited knowledge of drugs. She has since formed a team of former drug addicts and dealers that share their stories as well as deliver presentations on the various substances available on the local market.
Focus areas of their presentations are
-The different types of drugs available on the local markets
-The effects of these drugs
-Statistics of the drug epidemic
-Your friends and drugs
-Choices of choosing drugs and its consequences

These presentations are conducted in a two hour session by two presenters that have in depth knowledge of the local industry and the narcotics. Both male and female presenters are able to share and highlight the dangerous signs to look out for when deciding to make a choice to use drugs.

Drug Mules
While incarcerated Vanessa learned from fellow Drug Mule inmates much about how they were recruited and how they ended up in prison. While most mules find it embarrassing to share their stories as well as the face persecution from public, Vanessa finds it important to share her knowledge to warn especially young people on how they could get caught up in a situation which could cost them their lives.
The focus areas of the presentation are
-How a drug dealer wins your trust
-The gifts you are likely to receive
-Your holiday gift
-Your dream job to work overseas
-People that are in dire circumstances and desperate
-The Mule recruiters
-The methods of transporting drugs
This presentation is conducted in an hour session with graphic visuals taking the audience on a trip using a student as an example.

VGSE is rapidly expanding its offering given the current scourge of drugs in our society. We have a passion to get a warning message out of the dangers of drugs as well as give hope and inspire people not to give up no matter their circumstances. There is much interest to include Vanessa‟s book in the Life Orientation curricula at schools aimed at the youth of South Africa to highlight the dangers of getting involved in transporting drugs and what they are most likely to face when they are caught.

PRESENTATIONS by Vanessa Goosen

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