About me

Helena Dolny is an international executive coach, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is the author of four books. Her first book, Joe Slovo: The unfinished biography was published by Ravan Press in 1995. In 2001 Penguin published her second book, Banking on Change, and in 2009 she edited Team Coaching: Artists at work, also published by Penguin. Her latest title, Before Forever After, is out this month. It is a ground-breaking exploration of the subject of human mortality, and how ordinary people deal with the inevitability of their dying, or with losing a loved one. It explores different themes, including the often difficult choices and revelations that follow death.

History

I grew up in a small town, Accrington, in north-east England. It’s a town in a basin, surrounded by wilderness, one of series of towns which had cotton weaving and coal mining as the main industries when I was a child. I grew up as the Catholic child of Eastern European World War II refugees not really knowing ‘English’ people, as my schoolmates were all of Irish, Italian descent or like me. I took a gap year pre-university and did the UK equivalent of Peace Corps. I spent a year as an assistant teacher on a mission school in Zambia. I travelled every school holiday and went to Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya but ended the gap year by travelling through South Africa and catching a boat from Cape Town back to the UK. Those three weeks changed my life. I joined organizations supporting independence for Mozambique, Angola and Guinea Bissau as well as going to anti-apartheid demonstrations.

Skills & Services

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