Mona Brantley worked for over 5 years as a professional organizer and consultant providing real solutions to her clients’ challenges in Iowa, Illinois, Texas, and Tennessee. In 2015, Mona moved to Johannesburg, South Africa where she travelled, volunteered, and received an Anthropology Honours degree from the University of Johannesburg. Her thesis “The Women Are Steering Now”: Female Entrepreneurs Define Success in the Johannesburg Township of Diepsloot” allowed her to immerse herself in the township and learn first-hand about women business owners. In 2019, Mona began work on an MA, researching a Himba ethnic community in Namibia, but her work was interrupted with the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, Mona became a Certified Virtual Organizer to help people in transition who made career moves or who started working from home.
Mona has visited over 30 countries from Austria and Aruba to Zimbabwe and Zambia and has spent her years in South Africa travelling extensively throughout the country and the neighboring country of Namibia.
She has made many cross-country trips in Namibia, driving large Fortuners and Hilux with spare tires and a jack in the back. Only once did she have to be rescued, and that was in a small sedan on the beach in Swakopmund. She has also traveled to Lesotho, Mozambique, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, and Kenya. Many of her trips are solo trips, but she also enjoys travelling with her teenage daughter.