Hylton Gudmanz is a professional speaker, facilitator and business coach.
He is the Director of Focused People and a Professional Associate of the Centre for Leadership and Dialogue at GIBS. As business partner, he is available to facilitate, speak or host engaging interventions. He is passionate about identity, maximised potential and clear communication. When not empowering people, he is often found drinking coffee, writing or performing music.
Hylton has been active in multi-cultural relationship-building and reconciliation initiatives since 1988, in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng and internationally, having inherited a love for isiXhosa from his father as a child.
His B.A. (1994) – studying Psychology, English and African Languages – and post-graduate Higher Diploma in Education (1995) led to four years in Secondary Education, before expanding his work into the business arena, as a corporate trainer, copywriter and media producer.
He spent seven years with The Pacific Institute, South Africa, as an international facilitator of capacity-building curricula, coach and Project Director. He also worked extensively with emerging leaders in Alexandra township with the Grassroots Trust.
In 2005, he joined Dreambuilders, a Management Consultancy based in Durban, to develop and facilitate ground-breaking youth programmes for the Mr. Price Foundation, and onboarding processes for Sasol and Wesbank. He oversaw the creative design team, dealing with corporate identity and brand development, and continued mentoring emerging leaders in Alexandra and Olivenhoutbosch
In 2007, a deep passion for Leadership Development and Coaching lead him to concentrate on Focused People, working in Corporates and NGO’s to promote self-mastery, and optimise service delivery and engagement. His proficiency in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa and a passion for understanding diversity and culture allow him to seamlessly operate in diverse contexts and empower multi-national teams.
Working with the Centre for Leadership and Dialogue at GIBS, Africa’s top-ranked business school, he has been involved with developing leadership programmes that cross traditional boundaries. Hylton is reading for his Masters in Personal and Professional Leadership at the University of Johannesburg, when not empowering individuals and teams.