Diversity within the workplace, at its most basic, means the inclusion of all. Inclusion, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation and disability, and although corporate South Africa is embracing diversity and transformation in the workplace, there are still areas that need much work.
Roy Clark, MD of Clarkhouse Human Capital was recently asked to talk at a breakfast for the 30% Club in South Africa. The 30% Club is a group of Chairmen, CEOs and senior partners of organisations internationally that are committed to bringing more women onto boards because they believe it’s good for the overall effectiveness of the boardroom – and therefore good for business. Focus is also placed on the executive pipeline to create sustainable change.
The aim is to achieve the 30% goal of women on boards by 2018 in South Africa. The campaign has achieved notable success in a relatively short period of time internationally.
So the request to speak at such a prestigious event with so many leading ladies in the room was a slightly daunting task. However, by focusing on his true passion for gender transformation in the workplace and his personal belief that everyone (no matter what your limitations are) can be whoever they want to be, Roy was able to speak from the heart.
“Women hold the key to fundamentally shifting our businesses and the growth and development of women in the workplace should be high priority.” Finance Indaba 2016.
Two vibrant women whose dynamism and energy radiates throughout the room sat down with Roy Clark from Clarkhouse Human Capital and discussed their views of women and success. To say it was inspiring is an understatement, these two women shared such powerful messages that even the most astute and experienced business person would walk away with a burning passion to succeed in their belly. Although tiny in stature Jo-Ann Pohl, Group CFO of Telesure Investment Holdings Ltd is anything but small, in her career, in her perspective and in her bubbling energy. Mary Vilikazi, CFO of MMI Holdings, has softly spoken words that are anything but quiet. Her wisdom, advice and outlook resonated deeply with all in the room, and made us all tilt our heads a little closer towards this humble woman’s guidance.
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