Episode 35: Tech Mavens Tracy van der Schyff and Jethro Seghers

Episode 35 of the Mavens Do It Better Podcast features Tracy van der Schyff and Jethro Seghers. I accompanied Tracy and Jethro on a road trip #365tourza across the Eastern Cape and Western Cape of South Africa. Along with Adam King, Warren Marks, Alistair Pugin and Darrell Webster, we spent 10 days together in a van bringing Office 365 technologies to four events - SharePoint Saturday Johannesburg, SPS Mini events in Port Elizabeth and East London and a final stop for SharePoint Saturday Cape Town. Jethro is Senior Program Manager Microsoft Teams - Education, author, and speaker and Tracy is a three-time Microsoft MVP for Office Servers and Services, blogger, author, speaker, Microsoft 365 coach and catalyst and owner of the consulting company The Guid Stuff.  

Tracy, Jethro and Heather caught up in the car driving Jethro to his flight out of O.R. Tambo International Airport, Gauteng, Johannesburg, South Africa.  

Listen in as Tracy, Jethro, and Heather talk about: 

  • The experience of being in a van on a road trip through South Africa with other Microsoft community members and what it means to build community. 

  • Both Tracy and Jethro’s journey in tech, education, training and how they came to the roles that they are currently in today. Jethro’s talks about his background, Microsoft Teams – education and Tracy chats about her start in technology and working with c-levels and businesses on their PC and Office 365 acumen. 

  • The importance of supporting each other, how we learn, how we raise the bar for basic PC literacy, how we empower people to be their best selves not only at work but in everyday life. 


To follow Tracy:  Tracy van der Schyff | LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram | Website-The Guid Stuff | MVP Listing  

To follow Jethro: Jethro Seghers | LinkedIn | Twitter | Blog | Instagram | Microsoft Teams – Education 

Thank you to AvePoint and SkySync for their sponsorship of the 365TourZA. 

Thank you to Tracy van der Schyff, Alistair Pugin, Warren Marks and Brandon Botes who produce and coordinate the SharePoint Saturday Community Events in South Africa and the 365TourZA. 

SPS Durban is coming up Saturday May 11th, register here

Tracy van der Schyff is a Microsoft 365 Coach and Catalyst who facilitates the evolution of human capabilities: She is an energetic, hyperactive adrenaline junkie who sees challenges / issues as opportunities and thrives on improving processes, environments and the general quality of life. Her broad knowledge about IT AND Business gives her the ability to communicate on both levels and convey meaningful requirements and narrow the (ever present) gap between the two. Tracy’s passion is to empower people and therefore training and change management lie close to her heart. Tracy’s mission is to positively impact WHAT and HOW people create, as she believes that what we design / create, designs / creates us back (Ontological Design). It is about enabling others to serve themselves better, expand their possibilities, increase their capacity to learn, act more effectively and better design their future. Tracy is a highly sought after lecturer, workshop host, speaker, and blogger – she challenged herself and wrote a blog every day for two years – one series on called https://tracyvanderschyff.com/microsoft-365/ and another called Around the Office in 365 days. Her book on Adoption and PC Literacy will be coming out this year.   

Jethro Seghers is a Senior Program Manage for Microsoft Teams – Education. Jethro has been involved in Microsoft Technologies since 2000. He covered those technologies from many different angles: developer, architect, trainer, IT manager, solutions architect and business leader. The last few years he focused on and became certified in SharePoint technologies. Office 365 became one of his biggest expertise areas where he was awarded Microsoft MVP in Office Servers and Services. Within these technologies Jethro focused on the end user experience and the architecture. He loves people to fully understand the possibilities the cloud brings for them and how they can maximize it to increase their business. Jethro’s interests vary from rebuilding classic cars, practicing classic culinary training, and spoiling his French bulldog, Mia. He is a European (Belgian) currently living in the USA. He is an author and blogger and loves to give back to the community by speaking at numerous conferences around Cloud Services. 

Heather Newman

Heather Newman is an award-winning marketing maven, technology entrepreneur and an epic connector that brings many worlds together. She has extensive experience marketing products and services for Enterprise businesses, startups and emerging markets. Heather builds plans and processes that are nimble, human and different. She is an adept storyteller and is passionate about growth for both employees and the corporate bottom-line. Heather hails from the arts and the bulk of her career has been working with the largest technology companies in the world (Microsoft, Google, Amazon, NetApp, Hewlett Packard, and Dell). Her nineteen years of experience working at technology companies and building global high-tech marketing strategy has driven millions of dollars of revenue and multiple award-winning campaigns. She has led global marketing teams for many technology companies including AvePoint, IT Unity & KnowledgeLake. Heather was a part of the original Microsoft SharePoint Marketing team. During her tenure, she helped launch multiple versions of the product, build the SharePoint Partner Ecosystem and conceived of and produced the first three Microsoft SharePoint Conferences. Creative Maven has produced thousands of global marketing campaigns and events. Currently CM is focusing on go to market strategies for Microsoft and its partners as well as a new site sister site launching in 2015 called Marketingfixer.com. Heather also serves as Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Content Panda, an innovative technology startup looking to actively disrupt how content is delivered inside software.