More than 50 HR and finance executives to attend women's dinner

Female executives and their mentees will come together in celebration of women in the workplace.

CHRO SA will host a women’s dinner in partnership with CFO SA on the first day of women’s month. More than 50 female HR and finance executives will attend and bring their mentees along to an evening that promises to celebrate female excellence in the workplace. Among those who have confirmed their attendance are Johannesburg Stock Exchange CFO Aarti Takoordeen, Rhodes University HR Director Loshni Govender, Nike Africa Finance Director Ashona Kooblall, and McDonalds SA Chief People Officer Brigitte Da Gama, to name but a few. 

It will be a splendiferous evening where, in addition to the five-star cuisine, women will share ideas and get to know each other while exploring how best they can advance the progress of women in the workplace. Each of them will bring their mentees along to share and contribute to a discussion that will affect them directly as the future female powerhouses in South Africa's corporate landscape. BHBW HR Director Malisha Awunor, who will also be in attendance, is very passionate about mentorship and believes mentoring and coaching is an important responsibility for those who are in leadership roles. This is because, in order to be successful, those in leadership will themselves have been mentored in one way or another. 

“As a mentor, you have to make yourself available. It’s about more than making time, it’s about sharing experiences and allowing others to fulfil their potential, to show them that dreams are attainable. For young people, in South Africa in particular, it’s also about breaking down preconceived notions that you have to be from a certain background or school to be successful,” says Malisha.

“In mentoring, you learn a lot about yourself. It’s not about telling someone what to do. It’s a journey of self-discovery for both parties.”

The event will begin at 4.30 pm on 1 August at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton, with welcome drinks while guests network. This will be followed by roundtable and panel discussions about the evolution of workplace dynamics and a session on why women need sponsors and how they can get them. 

For those who have not yet registered, it’s not too late. You can still join the likes AngloGold Ashanti CFO Christine Ramon and Barloworld’s Group Executive for Human Capital, Internal Audit and Corporate Affairs Tantaswa Fubu in an evening dedicated to female business leaders and their mentees.