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Nelson Mandela’s former PA confirmed for office* show

Zelda La Grange, former PA to revolutionary politician Nelson Mandela, has been confirmed to host a headline Keynote at this year?s office* show, which returns to London?s Olympia on 13-14 October.

La Grange served President Mandela for 19 years in different capacities until his death in December 2013. She will be sharing exclusive insights from her long and inspirational career working with ?the greatest statesman of our time,? starting out at the Department of State Expenditure in 1992, through to becoming one of the three appointed private secretaries in President Mandela?s personal staff by 1997.

While the PA role may have evolved since La Grange first started out as a typist for Mary Mxadana ? Mandela?s private secretary in 1994 ? La Grange is keen to impart her knowledge and experiences to others just starting out in their career. Speaking ahead of her office* keynote, she says that within the industry it?s vital to ?never allow yourself to be blinded by a title or a salary? and that ?anything can be achieved through commitment, loyalty and dedication?. It?s hard won advice that has certainly built her a long and successful career.

Zelda La Grange?s office* Keynote, titled ?It starts with you?, will take place at 1pm on Tuesday, 13 October at Olympia, London ? coinciding with National PA day.

Other Keynote speakers also unveiled today include Rob Forkan, co-founder of international brand Gandys, and Tanya Mann Rennick, creator of the STARR Principle. They?ll be joining more than 4,000 visitors and 175 leading business to business suppliers at the UK?s award-winning annual event for PAs, EAs and office managers.

Visit the show?s website for the full Keynote line-up at

Admission to the Keynote programme is non-bookable and included with free show entry. To pre-register to attend office* on 13-14 October 2015, please visit and use priority code OFF702.