IWFSA strategy - Our strategic priorities

As part of the rebirth, we are reclaiming our position as “The Voice of Women  Leaders who bring change” and have drafted six Strategic Priorities to be implemented during the next three years.
 The pillars are;
  • Member Affairs
  • Leadership  Development
  • Strategic Alliances
  • Funding and Sustainability
  • Advocacy/Voice and
  • Brand and Reputation Management. 
These priorities are implemented through the board subcommittees led by various board members. 
 
Over and above the six sub-committees, the Board resolved to have an additional  sub-committee of Audit and Risk, in  order to ensure good governance.
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Dr Nomonde Mabuya
Dr Nomonde Mabuya

Focus area

  1. Attract and retain the membership of best of breed, like minded, accomplished women.
  2. Foster meaningful engagement and connectivity between members
  3. Create seamless, consistent and  reliable experiences for our members
The mandate of the Member Affairs Committee, Chaired by Dr Nomonde Mabuya, is to  recruit and increase the  membership of  IWFSA with the right calibre of women  leaders in accordance to the guidelines set out by IWF.
The committee’s other goal is to focus on member retention, and provide oversight of member eligibility processes,  membership outreach, and advice to the Board on  member contribution and  benefits. The other key deliverable for the  committee is to ensure that successfully  recruited  members are inducted and ushered into the IWFSA in collaboration with the  Communication Sub-committee.
 
The committee fully  embraces a diversified membership base and is pro-actively looking at attracting women leaders coming from various economic segments of the South  African  Economy. To remain relevant to our existing members, we organise monthly Dine Arounds. These are hosted by Board  members for both members and  non-members. The member affairs committee remains  committed to identifying and inviting other pre-eminent women into the IWFSA fold.
 
Other committee members are Tryphosa Ramano, Joan Joffe, Peta Mashinini, Riah Phiyega,Tina Eboka
    Futhi MtobaFuthi Mtoba

Focus area

  1. Empower our members through structured leadership development programmes
  2. Build a pipeline of the next generation of women leaders
Committee members are Futhi Mtoba ( Chair), Tryphosa Ramano, Wendy Applelbaum, Totsie Memela, Shiphra Chisa, Adv Thandi Orleyn, Charmaine Houvet.
 
The Leadership Committee was established in order to  execute the “Leadership  Development” strategic pillar and is chaired by Futhi. It has been mandated by the Board to:
  • Provide a platform for leadership  development through a number of  programmes to be approved by the Board and
  • Build a pipeline of the next generation of women leaders.
As the custodian and repository for the  development of ethical  women leaders in SA, the Leadership committee within IWFSA  supports the Board’s vision  to develop 200 women  leaders by 2025.It is structured around four foundational pillars being:
  1. self-leadership – Enhance the development of members through  local and international content.
  2. Fellowship programme – Develop  emerging and aspiring leaders through dedicated and specifically designed programmes with  institutions of learning. The local programme is being designed through the engagement of various leading institutions. The  international programme is run by IWF global  whereby IWFSA nominate candidates to participate in the programme. Participants will study at Harvard and Insead as part of their learning.
  3. Young Leaders Connect (YLC) – Through  IDEAL, an acronym for Identify, Develop,  Empower,  Accelerate and Leadership, the YLC identifies and develops aspiring young women leaders into ethical leaders.
  4. Conversation series – These are  self-development and awareness discussions on topical issues impacting society, business and the world at large. These conversations will be held monthly on a digital  platform and quarterly on a physical contact basis, once the Covid-19 pandemic is under control.
 The YLC in particular, has received focused  attention in the period under review. It has been relaunched in August 2020 and reignited as a mechanism to build the next generation of women leaders.
For more details on YLC go to www.ylcideal.co.za
Nolitha Fakude
Nolitha Fakude

Focus area

  1. Cultivate mutually beneficial  alliances with other organisations in South Africa
  2. Drive collaboration amongst organisations to achieve a  cohesive outcome for  women
  3. Develop and sustain  partnerships that go beyond sponsorships for our members
The mandate of the committee is to  provide a platform for the formation of strategic alliances and substantial partnerships with  selected  external organisations, companies and  stakeholders, advance the strategy and  objectives of the IWFSA to raise the profile of the organisation.
In a short time the committee, chaired by  Nolitha, has implemented a number of key  strategic partnerships including entering into a strategic partnership with the  Women’s Development Bank Investment Holdings (WDBIH) and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, to harness  women’s potential for economic growth and social justice, particularly to  decrease the gender pay gap and increase the number of women in leadership positions.The WDBIH has commissioned research through the University of Stellenbosch and a capacity building programme is being  developed. Industry influence and shareholder activism is also  underway.
 
After engaging with the senior  leadership of  CISCO and IWFSA in early 2020, a  strategic  partnership has been entered into with this  leading  multinational  technology  giant. The IWFSA board and members have  complimentary access to the CISCO Webex platform and through the  influence of IWFSA the Webex services have also been extended to AWCA and  other leading women organisations. The committee  extends their gratitude to Charmaine Houvet for enabling this partnership.The IWFSA President is driving the strategic  alliance with the South Africans Chapter of the BRICS  Business Council on anchoring women alliances. The advent of Covid-19 has impacted on the planned activities of the Council and in particular the global events planned.  We are also building strategic partnership with  Government on the implementation of the  National Strategic Priorities on Gender Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF).
 
The other committee members are June Crawford, Faith Khanyile, Lilian Karuri Magero, Mamokete Ramatha.
Lesego Sennelo
Lesego Sennelo

Focus area

  1. Ensure we are able to sustain business as usual functions through membership subscriptions
  2. Source funding to  enable us to  optimally deliver on specific programs
  3. Implement robust measures to ensure proper management and  allocation of funds and improve the  operational efficiency of the  organisation
The Committee’s main role is to provide  oversight and where applicable review and make  recommendations to the Board on the  organisation’s financial sustainability.The Committee is charged with reviewing the  following: 
  • The planning and performance of  initiatives, as defined mainly by the  leadership  committee, with respect to improving the financial  sustainability of the organisation;
  • Opportunities to increase revenues  including grants, membership fees and donations;
  • Opportunities to reduce expenses through  improving business process  efficiencies and clinical effectiveness; 
  • Identification and management of  financial risks, including budget forecasts and budget management strategies;
  • Advise the Board on fundraising opportunities and strategies.
The committee members are Lesego Sennelo ( Chair) June Crawford, Riah Phiyega, Lillian Karuri Magero, Jane Ashburner
Dr Namane Magau
Dr Namane Magau

Focus area

  1. Consistently have our finger on the pulse of key topics affecting women leaders in SA
  2. Drive thought leadership and dialogue
  3. Catalyse the development of  action plans by  playing a  convening role for key stakeholders (i.e. government, business and society)
The Advocacy Committee was established to unite and strengthen the voice of  IWFSA Members by increasing the visibility of the organisation’s efforts to support gender equality on a national scale.The role of advocacy is the responsibility of all members of the organisation. Some of the outlined advocacy work  proposed, particularly driving thought  leadership and dialogue, is being carried out by the Board and IWFSA members at large.
 
Committee members are Dr Namane Magau ( Chair), Dr  Moloi-Motsepe and Ms Charnley, IWFSA President. Since the initiation of this sub-committee the following efforts, directed by the key  areas of focus identified by the Board, have been implemented.
 

Gender based violence (GBV) in society and at work

The restrictions preventing the spread of COVID-19 have seen an increase in   reported cases of GBV around the country. As women endure more time alone at home with their abusers, Lifeline SA has received an overwhelming 500% increase in GBV  related distress calls since the lock down began.The IWFSA has been vocal in their  advocacy against GBV, supporting the efforts of the  Presidency and the Ministry of Women in  ending the prevalence of the rape culture in South Africa. 

The future of women at work

IWFSA members have participated in several meetings to discuss the future of women in the workplace with focus on the Fourth  Industrial Revolution and mental health and navigating the new normal. 
Dot Field
Dot Field

Focus area

  1. Develop and maintain a consistent brand aligned to our vision
  2. Engage external stakeholders to create visibility and  strengthen our presence
  3. Implement  measures to protect the organisation from reputational risk
The Brand and Reputation Committee, chaired by Dot Field, is a small yet very effective committee comprising Tryphosa Ramano Colleen Larsen, Nolitha Fakude, Futhi Mtoba and  Irene Charnley. The core mandate of the committee is to:
  • Develop and maintain a consistent brand &  reputation aligned to our vision;
  • Engage external stakeholders to create visibility and strengthen our presence;
  • Engage IWF International to create  visibility and strengthen our presence;
  • Implement measures to protect the  organisation from reputational risk
  • Have our finger on the pulse of all current  issues, develop positions and statements and ensure timeous coverage across all media; and
  • Media recognising IWFSA as the  primary source for commentary on all issues  pertaining to women leadership.
The key focus of the committee over the first half of 2020 has been to position IWFSA as the voice of women leaders in the  public  domain and to  encourage dialogue and communication within the membership of IWFSA. In a relatively short space of time the  committee, with the kind assistance of pro bono support from leading consultants, has effectively positioned IWFSA as the de  facto voice of women leaders in South  Africa. The launch of the new Board of Directors of the IWFSA which took place at the JSE was the catalyst for the start of the campaign,  followed swiftly by hard-hitting opinion pieces on GBV and the economy. Extensive media coverage was obtained, directly from the broadcast from the Union Buildings, of the IWFSA dialogue with His Excellency President Ramaphosa in early 2020 where the IWFSA was officially recognised.Every effort has been taken to ensure that the IWFSA is positioned correctly at  events of national importance and in particular the State of the Nation address and the  Budget Speech of 2020 was  attended by the IWF President, with the support from Board Members.  For example, live commentary from these events took place on the steps of parliament which fully entrenched our  position as the voice of women leadership. A number of news  flashes, opinion pieces and press releases have been issued. 
These articles received prominent coverage in  leading publications and can be found on website under news.