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Upcoming events

Business Engage hosts various events around the country. Join us at a event near you.

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Gender Mainstreaming Awards

Get rewarded for your gender diversity initiatives. Enter the Gender Mainstreaming Awards
(Entries close: 29 February 2020)  

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30% Club Southern Africa

The 30% Club aims to develop a diverse pool of talent for all businesses through the efforts of its Chair and CEO members.

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About Business Engage

Business Engage is an exciting and inventive organisation at the forefront of strategic thinking on gender mainstreaming in the private sector.

Board Masterclass Series

The Board Masterclass Series is a mixture of “technicalities” of being on a board (governance, understanding of roles, knowledge of the companies Act etc.)Mainly aimed at women although men are invited and encouraged to apply the Series integrates the experience and knowledge of 30% Club members and is supplemented by presenters who are experts in their chosen field.

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Gender Mainstreaming Awards

The Gender Mainstreaming Awards, now in the 8th year, have been developed by Business Engage to encourage private sector and government to achieve more diversity in their organisations and to recognise best practice in gender mainstreaming.  

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The BoardWalk

The Boardwalk is an initiative that has been created to nurture the development of aspiring directors who are currently in senior management positions and help them to unlock their future potential in a very practical manner.

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The LeadersWalk

It is accepted that not everybody can be on a board, nor does everybody want to be. The LeadersWalk follows the same concept as the BoardWalk and is designed for increasing the leadership skills of senior and middle management.

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Cross-Corporate Mentorship programme

Exciting new program incorporating an international software platform to facilitate, match and grow the mentee/mentor relationship.  Contact us for more information.

The Connected Workplace

The Connected Workplace” is a cross-corporate workshop held quarterly to allow corporates to share best practice with other corporates.

LeanIn Circles

LeanIn Circles are small groups from across different industries who meet regularly to learn and grow together with the aim to develop confident leaders, inspired to grow and make a tangible impact on the business community.


Learn how to speak in front of a group with confidence and work with others in a positive, supportive environment.  Contact us for more information.

State of Gender on JSE Listed Boards

An annual study of the opportunities for gender balancing the boards of companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

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Our leadership

Colleen Larsen

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Colleen is one of the leading voices for the sustainable advancement of women in the corporate and entrepreneurial space in South Africa today.

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Malcom Larsen

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Malcolm is the Company secretary of Business Engage and enjoys doing workshops on Corporate Governance, tenders and contracts.

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Professor Shirley Zinn

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Shirley is a mentor to several women across multiple industries, is a presenter at numerous local and  international conferences as a keynote speaker.

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Mamokete Ramathe

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Mamokete is a founder and CEO of Mamor Capital; an investment company with strong interest in investing in Telecoms, Energy and Industrial sectors.

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Best Practices in Gender Mainstreaming

Download our suggested best practices guide for Gender Mainstreaming in the South African private sector.

Latest events

Stay up to date with all our latest events. 

30% Club Annual Dinner – 5 March 2020

The 30% Club is an international group of Chairmen, CEOs and senior partners of private sector organisations that are committed to bringing more women on boards because they believe it’s good for th…