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Database of Board Potential Women directors launched in SA [Bizcommunity (South Africa)]
[August 13, 2014]

Database of Board Potential Women directors launched in SA [Bizcommunity (South Africa)]

(Bizcommunity (South Africa) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) On 7 August, BPW South Africa and the Department of Trade & Industry launched South Africa's first database of "Board Potential Women" at a business breakfast held with over 200 CEOs...

The first 19 women on this database all fulfil stringent criteria for corporate governance and legislation and are well trained through our "Women on Boards" director development programme. This list of "Board Potential Women" makes it clear that there are more than enough eminently qualified women to help lead South Africa's corporations into the 21st century and that it is now time to shatter the glass ceiling that keeps these women from ascending to board positions. Furthermore, it's time we provide opportunities to more women than just the "high flyers" who currently occupy most board seats.

We need to use all of our society's talents to ensure that South Africa's economy thrives. We often hear the argument that there are insufficient qualified women to occupy positions in the boardroom. Today BPW SA and the Department of Trade & Industry are shattering those myths as well as glass ceilings! The database shows that the qualified women are there - it's just a matter of finding them and we've made it easy through our database. There is no longer any excuse for recruiting unqualified non-executive female directors onto a board.

The programme and database is administered by BPW SA in consultation with the Department of Trade & Industry. All women listed in the database are suitable to be considered for company board-level positions and meet a clear set of criteria. Every application to be part of our "Women on Boards" programme and database is formally assessed and reviewed and only those women who meet the criteria are accepted. Notably, all women on the database have extensive formal qualifications and at least five years senior management experience.

Companies should now make use of this untapped pool of talent, and businesswomen interested in potential board posts, should be joining the "Women on Boards" programme and ultimately our national database, in order to promote their profile amongst a larger audience. For more information, give us a call on (011) 794-4991 or 083 212 9134 or visit our website at

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