What is Wired 4 Woman?
At BCX we are passionate about diversity and inclusion, not only in our own ranks, but throughout the South African business world and the wider community. The Wired 4 Women project is an initiative spearheaded by our Chief Marketing Officer, Mandisa Ntloko-Petersen, providing support and networking opportunities for women in tech. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is in full swing and women in the industry play a critical role in this key sector at every level. The aim of the initiative is to devise concrete ways to strengthen the female pipeline for the industry, while raising awareness of the role of women in Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
In Mandisa’s words “Our hope is to create a network where women can share experiences and stories”.
This Wired 4 Women blog will feature relevant content and showcase women in the industry who have contributed to change within their companies or the communities in which they operate. By highlighting successful women, we pay homage to their efforts within the ICT sector. We realise that technology has a major influence not just on how we run our businesses, but also on how we live and play. We want to acknowledge female decision-makers, influencers, and disrupters in different vertical markets and society at large.
Meet the Board
Head of Governance & Reporting – Absa
Nomonde is the Head of Governance and Reporting for Absa’s Group Engineering Services, one of the largest divisions at Absa Group. She is an accomplished executive with extensive experience within the tech space.
Passionate about women in business and working with young talent within the technology industry, Nomonde coaches and mentors young people to inspire them to pursue careers in technology and engineering.
CMO – BCX
Mandisa is an empowering leader who believes in the importance of working within a collaborative environment.
Business Development Director – Brainstorm
Brainstorm is the magazine for decision-makers and offers content on burning business issues that is fresh, controversial, independent and valuable.
CTO – Airports Company of South Africa
Professionally, Kelebogile exemplifies South Africa’s dynamic new breed of executives – energetic, hard-working and well-networked. She is currently embracing the journey of digitising the airports with ACSA.
Group CISO, Standard Bank
Technology Divisional Executive, Corporate Functions – Liberty
Philile is a head judge for Technovation, a USA based non-profit organisation backed by Big Tech companies like Google and Salesforce. Technovation inspires young girls in STEM across the globe.
CIO – University of Joburg
An avid reader with a passion for family and her community, she also drives CSI initiatives for disadvantaged schools and orphanages.
Co-founder and Executive Director – Vaxowave
She is a passionate advocate for literacy programmes in SA, developing the youth and developing talented women in leadership. She helps to equip rural schools with essential school supplies and dedicates a large portion of her free time to mentoring young people.
The Networking Company
A passionate connector with international corporate experience. She has written two best-selling books, and ran the New York marathon in 2011.
Nonhlanhla ‘Noni’ Tshabalala
Virtual Channel Enablement – Absa
Noni has over 10 years’ experience working across various industries, the majority gained in financial services. She joined Absa in 2013 and has risen in the ranks as a result of her commitment to excellence.
Microsoft Executive – Axiz
CEO – Resilient People
Besides speaking at conferences and writing books, Joni is an avid trail and road runner with five comrades marathons and six 2 Oceans ultra-marathons under her belt.
Dr Denisha Jairam-Owthar
CIO – City of Johanesburg
CIO African Bank
We hope that through the creation of this platform, coupled with the annual Women’s Day event, featuring women who are positive role models, we will inspire younger women to join the ICT sector. We have partnered with ITWebBrainstorm to present BCX Wired for Women.
For Mandisa, engagement is key: “Once young women are employed in the sector, we have to keep challenging them with continuous learning and encourage them. Millennials want to hear that they’re doing great.”