Fuelling Futures delivers hope and inspiration to women
Hope and inspiration, against the odds, are at the heart of a powerful new book called Fuelling Futures,
From Influence to Impact, by overcomer, Tshepiso Phosa – who started life in her activist mother’s
womb in prison 28 years ago and has risen to great heights as a director, philanthropist, and
entrepreneur – and Timothy Maurice Webster, author and brain & brand expert.
In her young life, Tshepiso has survived a rape incident, a physically and emotionally abusive
relationship, and she has contemplated suicide after battling with long spells of depression. The book
captures her story as an example that reverse role play is possible and that all women young or old
can come back from gender-related attacks on their femininity, and it serves as a handbook to open
conversations and navigate narratives on how to bounce back from social injustice.
Webster says he is sharply focused on activating a healthy dialogue on the subject of gender equality
and equal opportunity. “I met Tshepiso and was immediately drawn to her bold fighting spirit to create
her own legacy. Her dream and potential is legit, and it’s wrapped up in agriculture, petroleum and
rugby – all male dominated industries. I commend her bold and fearless spirit and intent on this
Fuelling Futures journey, and together we are playing our part in levelling the playing field for young
women in Africa and the world.”
The book is filled with inspiration, hope and direction for young professional woman who are being
suppressed in a male-dominated work environment; women who have been physically and
emotionally abused; or battled depression, and who feel that their future is dark because of any one
of these factors.
Phosa says, “We live in an unpredictable world with social, political and gender bias staring us in the
face and the next generation is struggling to get a grip on their purpose and existence. Their future is
often unclear and some choose to turn to criminality and dehumanizing activities. This book offers a
beaming light of possibility and living proof that it is possible to overcome negativity and dignitycrushing
Fuelling Futures investigates how Tshepiso is influencing the world around her, from tackling the fuel
industry to fuelling the lives of thousands of orphans. Nothing about her life has been certain or secure
and she has faced the extremes of trauma to triumph, from being raped as a young girl to being the
youngest woman to ever sit on the boards of all-male organisations.
Phosa adds, “My future is wrapped up in my ability to fuel my dreams. I choose not to be a victim of
my circumstance, but rather a vessel for transformation in this lop-sided world.” In her professional
career she has chosen to influence and impact male-dominated industries and to fuel the futures of
young women like her who are affected negatively by #Metoo #MaleAgression #GenderImbalance
with her book.
Webster says the book will inspire women to rethink what’s possible in their future. “You’ll want to
cheer Tshepiso on while clapping for your own future at the same time.”
Fuelling Futures, From Influence to Impact by Tshepiso Phosa and Timothy Maurice Webster, is
published by MilviForce PTY LTD ISBN: 978-0-620-82477-4