Providing support and networking opportunities for women in tech.
Wired4Women by BCX embraces diversity and inclusion
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 Wired4Women 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)..
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.
“Brighten up winter: be the chameleon you are and wear colours!” A day filled with inspiration, education, and community as we came together to honour the achievements of women from all walks of life.
In every work environment there are office politics. Does it affect your job performance and career trajectory? Set yourself up for success. Watch the masterclass on office politics led by an inspiring panel of women.
“I often hear people say corporate politics is disruptive. We need to completely reframe the negative connotations. What if its about relationships, influence, networking, the ability to make a difference?” Mandisa Ntloko-Petersen, BCX CMO
What are the five myths around office politics? Niven Postma, Leading Strategy and Management Consultant unpacks these and addresses how to navigate disengagement. Watch our masterclass video.
Do we keep running from toxic environments in our career? Is there something you can do? Watch our masterclass video with our inspiring panel of women who unpack these questions and more around office politics.
Explore our thought leadership articles
The under of representation
Female representation in the technology sector is dropping; how can the world reverse this trend to gain the immense value that women bring to the digital table asks Mandisa Ntloko-Petersen at BCX.
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The definition of success
What core traits build a solid foundation for feminine success in business, asks Sharon Maasdorp, Managing Executive: Unified Communications at BCX.
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