CHRO SA and CFO SA to host powerful women's dinner 

Tantaswa Fubu and Christine Ramon will be among the illustrious attendees of a dinner for top female HR and finance executives.

With August being women’s month, CHRO SA and brother company CFO SA will jointly be hosting a dinner on the first day of that month, which will be exclusively for the country’s top females executives in the HR and finance professions and their mentees.

CHRO SA community manager Maud Meijvis said she was looking forward to the dinner as it promised to be as enlightening as it would be empowering.

“I think that with issues like the #MeToo movement in the US and various discrimination incidents here in South Africa, there is no better time for excellent women to get together in a relatively informal setting and just talk to each other about the way things are and perhaps also about how things can be better,” says Maud.

It will be a splendiferous evening where, in addition to the five-star cuisine, the women will share ideas and get to know each other while exploring how best they can advance the progress of women in the workplace. 

For, while it is widely accepted that organisations that promote women leaders and offer greater exposure for women in management roles consistently outperform those that don’t, there is still see a general dearth of women in leadership roles across all business sectors. 

As a precursor to the dinner, female leaders and their mentees will engage in robust discussion about corporate South Africa’s struggle with female advancement. 

Because, ultimately, it’s more than simply telling women that they need sponsors and mentors. Rather, high-potential women must be identified by name and strategically matched to those who can help them get to the next level. Organisations must set goals, measure them and hold leaders accountable. This unique gathering of finance and HR leaders and their mentees will tackle how organisations can practically advance women’s leadership opportunities and hear from those who already occupy the top seats.

Among those already confirmed for the dinner are Tantaswa Fubu, Barloworld’s recently appointed group executive of human capital and AngloGold Ashanti CFO Christine Ramon. 

Before being appointed to her current role in February this year, Tantaswa served as the group HR executive at Barloworld. She has also served as an independent non-executive director of Public Investment Corporation Limited and has worked for KPMG SA where she was the executive head for people and transformation, and a member of the executive committee. She is a Chartered Accountant with qualifications in industrial psychology, accounting, banking and finance. 

Meanwhile, Christine was the first female winner of the CFO Of The Year Award at the CFO Awards. This is the most important award at the event, which celebrated its fifth edition this year, and is often described as the Oscars of the finance profession. She scooped up four of the ten prizes, which was another first, also winning the Compliance & Governance Award, the High-Performance Team Award, and the Moving into Africa Award.

Christine Ramon has held senior financial management and executive positions in various companies, in particular as the CFO and executive director of Sasol Limited from 2006 to 2013. Prior to this, she was the CEO of Johnnic Holdings Limited, having previously served as its financial director. Christine has served on the boards of Transnet SOC Limited and Johnnic Communications Limited. 

Christine is also a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of South Africa.

REGISTER HERE: CFOs and CHROs are invited to bring their mentee to the dinner for an evening of knowledge sharing that is certain to shift your organisation.