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Attracting and retaining women in the workplace: Latest research and practice
Dated: Wednesday, June 28, 2017
​USB’s Prof Anita Bosch says globally the attraction and retention of women is becoming a key priority for organisations. Increases in the number of women taking up leadership positions is closely monitored by companies and governments. Bosch, Liesl Bebb-McKay and Bebe Oyegun-Adeoye will be presenting a Gauteng Alumni Masterclass on this topic during August. R​ead​ more.
Globally the attraction and retention of women is becoming a key priority for organisations. Increases in the number of women taking up leadership positions is closely monitored by companies and governments. Traction on researching the creation of workplaces and work practices that encourage and support women has been gained over the past two decades. We now have evidence of helpful as well as less useful practices.

Since each work context is couched in country realities, market rules and people specifics, this Masterclass will commence with the latest evidence-based research about the attraction and retention of women in paid work, globally as well as in South Africa. The 2017 SABPP Women’s Report, edited by Prof Anita Bosch, will be provided to participants. Two guest speakers, one from the Financial Services and the other from the Petrochemicals sectors, will explain the processes behind the framing, development, and implementation of unique and context-specific women’s leadership programmes. Opportunity will be provided to exchange ideas.

More about the speakers:

AnitaBosch.jpg Prof Anita Bosch  (facilitator)
Anita holds a PhD from the School of Management at the University of Southampton (UK). She is an Associate Professor at the Stellenbosch Business School where she researches women at work and teaches in the human capital management and leadership tracks. She is the editor of the annual Women’s Report of the SABPP which is in its 7th year and has published numerous public reports, articles and book chapters on diversity and women’s issues. She also served as the editor for Africa of the academic journal Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal from 2012-2016 and was the lead researcher of the Women in the Workplace research programme at the University of Johannesburg. She was recognised in the 2016 edition of Marie Claire in an article titled 16 women challenging SA for the better: Talking about a revolution, and is consulted on women’s issues for Women's Health and the Business Women's Association of South Africa for the Women in Leadership Census, SA’s only indicator of women’s representation in positions of leadership.

Bebb-McKay.png Liesl Bebb-McKay  (guest speaker)
Liesl is an innovator and activator and head of The FOUNDeRY, RMB’s innovation and disruptive technology division. She is also founding member and coordinator of RMB’s gender equality initiative – Athena - and a passionate advocate for women in the workplace. A CA(SA) by training, her career began in mining, industry and consulting before discovering her love of banking and innovation at Credit Suisse in London. Prior to running the FOUNDeRY she focused on strategy for RMB’s Global Markets business and has been involved in change initiatives across the full spectrum of the business. 
 
Oyegun-Adeoye.jpg Bebe Oyegun-Adeoye (guest speaker)
A commercial analyst by training, Bebe has developed deep experience in corporate talent, organisation development and transformation, having partnered with various businesses to deliver strategic people capabilities frameworks and processes for driving multinational strategy, compliance and deliverables. Her work has spanned business transformation, Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE), leadership and learning development as well as gender and diversity. As the mastermind behind the BP Southern Africa women’s leadership programme, which eventually became the incubator for the BP global women’s programme, Bebe utilised her passion for catalysing connections to unlock capability and drive sustainable value, not only for women.

Event details
Save the date: Thursday, 24 August 2017
Time: 08:00 for 08:30
Place: The Country Club, Woodmead, Johannesburg
*Bookings open on Tuesday, 4 July. Book here​. Limited seats available.