Providing support and networking opportunities for women in tech.
Diversity accelerates innovation and the tech industry needs gender inclusivity to continue thriving. At BCX, we are committed to inclusivity as a key pillar in our business strategy.
The Wired4Women project is an initiative spearheaded by our Chief Marketing Officer, Mandisa Ntloko-Petersen, providing support and networking opportunities for women in tech. It is vitally important to provide a platform for the underrepresented to bridge the gap in technology, create awareness and share stories of female tech disruptors.
Women bring so much to the table: creativity, innovation and growth are standard. We need to make space for women to play a part in what is the fastest-growing industry.
– Mandisa Ntloko-Petersen
Chief Marketing Officer
Why does Wired4Women exist?
In a competitive market where half of the world’s population are women, the importance of female contributors and decision makers cannot be ignored.
Wired4Women was established to put women at the forefront of technology, showcasing female game changers who are making strides in the industry.
The platform encompasses stories, content and webinars, and serves to encourage more women to become mentors and demonstrate female leaders who pave the way for girls in tech.
Reimagine an approach to workplace equality, diversity and inclusivity. BCX has repositioned its brand, reflecting its role as an evolving business in a constantly shifting digital landscape. We want to take you with us in reimagining the ICT sector.
Meet the board
Business Development Director, Brainstorm
Caryn is a versatile, well-experienced marketing and business development professional. With 20 years in the media sector, Caryn has established the Brainstorm brand firmly in the market as the first choice for B2B marketing.
Dr Denisha Jairam-Owthar
Chief Director ICT, University of Stellenbosch
Dr Denisha is the new Chief Director of ICT at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, leading this prominent university in its ICT digital transformation journey. She has an array of diverse experience at the helm of leading transformational ICT.
The Networking Company
Helen began her career as an accountant and has evolved into her current role of CEO (Chief Excitement Officer) of The Networking Company. Helen is a passionate connector with international corporate experience.
Group Chief Information Security Officer, Standard Bank
Itumeleng is the Group Executive – Information Security at the Standard Bank Group and provides strategic vision and leadership of the Information Security Shared Services across the Group, subsidiaries and ecosystem partners.
Jolandé Van der Hoek
Head of Talent Acquisition Corporate Functions, Absa Group
Jolandé leads a team of talent acquisition specialists at the Absa Group. Her role includes talent branding, internal mobility, data insights, candidate and hiring manager experience and hiring manager education.
Chief Executive Officer, Resilient People
As a behavioural strategist Joni focuses her work on mental and emotional resilience and wellbeing in the workplace. Besides speaking at conferences and writing books, Joni is an avid trail and road runner.
Vice President: Digital & IT, Imperial Logistics
Kelebogile is the Vice President: Digital & IT at Imperial Logistics, with a career that spans across leading South African and global organisations. Professionally, Kelebogile exemplifies South Africa’s dynamic new breed of executives.
Chief Information Officer, University of Johannesburg
Khathu is a disciplined and results-driven IT executive. Her success lies in her perceptive decision-making skills, strong ethics, natural aptitude to lead multi-cultural teams and her ability to deﬁne new strategies that drive growth.
Co-founder and Executive Director, Vaxowave
At just 29, Kume made directorship at Absa becoming one of the youngest executives at the bank. Her passion for business enablement through innovation led to her co-founding Vaxowave, a technology company in 2018.
Chief Marketing Officer, BCX
Mandisa is a seasoned marketing professional who is passionate about brand strategy and content marketing. With more than 25 years in the profession, she is not afraid to get her hands dirty to get the work done.
Chief Information Officer, Bidvest Bank
Nomonde is the Chief Information Officer for Bidvest Bank Limited. A great thought leader in technology and fintech in South Africa, she is an accomplished executive with extensive experience within the tech space.
Senior Manager, Multichoice
Nonhlanhla 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 because of her commitment to excellence.
Technology Divisional Executive, Corporate Functions, Liberty
Philile is a standing doctorate candidate specialising in entrepreneurship. She is a head judge for Technovation, a USA-based non-profit organisation backed by big tech companies like Google and Salesforce.
Chief Information Officer Energy, Sasol
Thato is a seasoned technology professional with 20 years’ experience in leading tech and digital transformations within financial services, retail and FMCG and now in the oil and gas industry.
Microsoft Executive, Axiz
Traci is a results-driven executive oﬀering a strong combination of business acumen and marketing ﬂair. She is a motivational leader who can optimise individual performance while sustaining a strong team spirit.
Our events are designed to inspire and motivate young women to enter the field of ICT by showcasing female industry leaders. We have partnered with ITWeb Brainstorm to present BCX Wired4Women.
Listen to insights from prestigious leaders who discuss the role of women in tech and how to elevate their participation in key roles.
Explore our thought leadership articles
An impressive group of women in business and IT attended the 2019 Women in Tech Forum in Houghton, Johannesburg in August 2019. We asked them about their mentors, and the role these relationships play in their business life.
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Greater Diversity Will Positively Redefine The Industry
Although there are many reasons for the lack of equal gender representation in the IT industry, there are two commonly mentioned ones. The first is that women sometimes adopt the mindset that the field is too complex to enter, while the second is that those already in the industry – usually men – adopt the attitude that the field is too technical for women.
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