From an Idea to a Business
Fability ‘Live Life Fabulously’
Award Winning Entrepreneur | Public Speaker | Former Government Transformation Officer
Despite her limitations, she has proven herself to be a giant in her field.Born with a rare condition called Arthrogryposis, which affects the muscles and limits the range of motion in her hands and legs, she is no stranger to the challenges Persons with Disabilities experience in their everyday lives. Bernadette schooled in Cape Town and participated in many Theatrical Plays, she became familiar with the Media World at a very young age. Growing up in this environment taught her to be confident in her own skin. She returned to Johannesburg and Matriculated at the age of 17. Bernadette had an opportunity to explore the USA, living and working there for one year. She returned to Johannesburg and began working in Sandton in the Fashion and Cosmetic industry. She applied for a job suggested by her sister, not knowing that this would change her life. Bernadette started working at the City of Johannesburg’s Development and Planning Department in 2006. She managed High Profile Events and was the International Liaison for the Department. She gained great knowledge, skills, expertise, deep insight in how cities and transport systems operate. She also gained knowledge of innovative technology such as 3D Mapping. She worked on the City’s Website System for Property Development. Bernadette began seeing how critical her role was and brought about greater awareness of the many different needs for different types of disabilities in 2008 and started working alongside the Group Human Capital Management Department as the Transformation and Disability Awareness Representative for the City of Johannesburg including all Entities, to advance the rights and employment of Persons with Disabilities. Bernadette began Speaking at High Profile Government Events and Corporate Seminars in 2011. She received Annual Awards from 2006-2014 for Data Clean Up, Youth Development Programs in Rural and Urban areas, Building Accessibility Measures and was featured in their Magazine for Service Excellence in 2014. With her extensive marketing experience from working in the USA to the Fashion and Cosmetic Industry as well as Government, she started Fability because she is in a unique position to bring attention to the challenges that Persons with Disabilities face on a daily basis, in every Sector. Since starting Fability, she has worked on global projects to share disability awareness through Media platforms over the last three years and achieved remarkable results in breaking barriers. Known for successful events, marketing strategies and innovation. Fability has become a leading media brand. Bernadette has great knowledge, skills, management insight and expertise gleaned from her employment for eight years in Government, providing her with a deep insight in how cities, transport systems operate and knowledge of innovative technology. Fability aims to create equal opportunities and fairness in business and social welfare for ALL. She is committed to showing that we all have the ability to Live Life Fabulously, conscious of her role in playing an integral part in making a positive contribution to the fabric of an inclusive society. Her motto: "With all eyes on us, we might as well keep it fabulous." Book Bernadette for speaking engagements and be motivated by her sheer determination, enthusiasm and self-belief. Government and Corporate Seminars / Workshops / Training: Focus Areas: • Empowering high potential individuals to pursue their career goals and reaching their full potential
• International business networking platform
• Assisting Companies to comply with Legislative Acts and to effectively roll out their Employment Equity Policies to reach BBBEE targets in Disability
• Hosts and participates in Events alongside South African and International Professional Speakers, Models, Artists and Athletes adding its glamorous shine.
• Marketing Strategies
• The impact Social Media has on your Job search and/or Business
• Professional Personal Branding Influence, Integrity, Connectivity, Quality and Passion
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What is said about Fability
Fability Workshop - 23 August 2017: Thank you for hosting us. I got only positive feedback from our employees with disabilities at the dti.
Fability Workshop - 23 August 2017: Amazing workshop I had hosted by the lovely Bernadette Rigney. The environment was great, the people were great and the teachings we amazing. Loved every moment. The workshop was worth it. The information I got out will improve my business and the people were amazing. Thank you Bernadette
Fability Workshop - 23 August 2017: Thank you Bernadette Rigney for an awesome workshop today. Lovely setting and fantastic speaker you are. Very much looking forward to attending more in the future and meeting new people. Much love.
Fability Workshop - 23 August 2017: A HUGE shout out to Fability Pty Ltd and Bernadette Rigney for ALL your support and friendship to Smergos and the team. You are a true worrier and a blessing to all!
The Gauteng Office of the Premier and Fability formed a Partnership in implementing programmes to assist Persons with Disabilities including; youth, entrepreneurs and speakers with disabilities to access socio-economic opportunities.
Leadership has a new face – The Disabled Entrepreneur You Can Be a Success The first speaker of the day was introduced as Bernadette Rigney, and her talk was entitled “Knowing your Rights in the Workplace & the Ability to Live Life Fabulously”. Judging by her credentials, I had a strong suspicion that she would have something to say that I wanted to hear. As it turns out, she is a walking embodiment of the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover”. Kicking off, this tiny woman, born with Arthrogryposis, introduced herself with a brief recollection of her working life in the facilitation of accessibility in Johannesburg. She then went on to tell of her business, Fability, a start-up which she hopes to use as a vehicle for improving Disability Awareness and creating new opportunities for Persons with Disabilities as well as organizations and businesses. As she expounded on her vision and her career up to this point, it became abundantly clear that she was a true giant in her field. I couldn’t help but smile. Her story was one of determination, hard work, and breaking down barriers on the way to success. It was all about living fabulously. Somehow, I really got a sense of what that meant.
The SEDA Disabled Entrepreneurs Seminar 2015 event today in Cape Town at Brideways, Ratanga Junction was phenomenal!!!!! Bernadette Rigney, founder and director of Fability: Lifestyle Guide just WOWED me with her in-depth knowledge of policies and legislation around disabilities! To all my journalist friends who are at the forefront of media for breaking news…if you need to understand policies and legislation around disability issues and know what is happening, and how South Africa is pioneering discussion and debate in this space, Bernadette is your go to person! Mogamat Reza Gallant of Shanduka Black Umbrellas inspired me with his knowledge and understanding of the path entrepreneurs walk. Young, up and coming entrepreneurs, and those of you who dream of starting your own enterprise, check Shanduka out for information resources. Thank you so much SEDA for an amazing, inspiring event!
I had the opportunity to work with Bernadette Rigney on programmes focusing on Leadership Capacity Building in the area of Disability and Inclusion. It is with great excitement that I learnt she will be presenting on Entrepreneurship as a disabled woman and Personal Branding at the 2015 SEDA Conference to be held in Cape Town. Bernadette’s candid style, expert knowledge and humour impressed past audiences and I am confident she will leave this years’ conference attendees inspired into action. Her triumphant journey in overcoming the challenges presented by physical disabilities and her “can do” attitude is what every organizational leader and staff need to hear. It’s both my pleasure and honour to acknowledge Bernadette Rigney for her selection as a presenter at the SEDA conference.
the dti Disability Forum Workshop 28 June 2016 Bernadette’s support in the objective to empower the dti Disability Forum is highly appreciated.