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 Most ever female executives on EDP

2011-08-31 00:00
Front row: Virginia Nkobi, Helen Botes, Rhomona Gounden, Cynthia Brown-Medell, Louise de Jongh, Tanya Gilpin
Back row: Mara Uazenga, Sulette van Graan, Fahiema Dyers, Mpule Malema-Ditirwa, Roswitha Becker, Libertha Kapere
Absent: Ratonda Murangikatjivikua 
If the record number of female enrolments on this year’s Executive Development Programme (EDP) is anything to go by, the gender composition of senior management is shifting. So says Dr Sarah Riordan, learning process facilitator (LFP) on the programme. “It has been wonderful to have so many women on the most senior programme. They have contributed positively to the learning process.”
This year’s EDP women all hold senior positions in their various organisations. Roswitha Becker is a senior manager who runs a subsidiary of Lufthansa German Airlines. She shares that women at a high level are used to being one of only a few among their male counterparts. She goes on to say that women instinctively see things in a more connected way: “This programme provides the opportunity to raise important issues at a higher level, as well as to challenge your belief system.” Fahiema Dyers, category manager at the Ceres Beverage Company, agrees: “Many companies are moving into a new way of seeing business as part of society, and [contemplating] how they can incorporate the sustainability aspect more widely.”
According to Tanya Gilpin, who heads up Transactional Banking at Standard Bank, the biggest challenge women face is work-life balance: “The EDP helped me to gain perspective and to realise that we need to take ownership of our lives and careers.” Louise de Jongh, group manager: Human Capital at Foskor, found the wealth of experience in the room “incredibly enriching”. Libertha Kapere agrees: “The best part of this programme, is sharing best practices with peers.”
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