Business Engage is an exciting and inventive organisation at the forefront of strategic thinking on gender mainstreaming in the private sector.
Board Masterclass Series
Business Engage has extensive experience in driving the gender mainstreaming agenda and the Board Masterclass Series (BMS) is an initiative to contribute towards accelerating women participation on South African Boards to reach the 30% aspiration, whilst at the same time acknowledging the next generation of male leaders and promoting Corporate Gender Intelligence.
In September 2018 Business Engage published the first STATE OF GENDER ON JSE LISTED BOARDS 2017 – A study of the opportunities for gender balancing the boards of companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The main finding of the research was that there are 84 board opportunities for women on JSE listed board in 62 companies.
There are many Women on Boards programmes in the marketplace. This is not one of them. Instead this is a practical board series aimed mainly at women although men are invited and encouraged to apply. The Board Masterclass Series integrates the experience and knowledge of 30% Club members and is supplemented by presenters who are experts in their chosen field.
The Board Masterclass Series is a mixture of “technicalities” of being on a board (governance, understanding of roles, knowledge of the companies Act etc.) and the “merits” (functional knowledge and experience, required skill sets, aptitude etc.)
Added to the technicalities and the merits is the networking and business interaction. It is pointless being the best person who has yet to be placed on a board if nobody knows who you are. The Board Masterclass Series fully integrates with the BoardWalk programme. To date eight high profile board and / or trustee appointments have been made through this process with more in the pipeline.
Finally, there is no pass or fail. It is incumbent upon on the cohort to maximise the opportunities presented to them.
Motivation for inclusion
Individuals, or organisations on behalf of individuals, are invited to apply in writing for inclusion in the Board Masterclass Series stating why they believe that they are sufficiently experienced and capacitated to undergo this series and by extension, be suitable for board positions in the foreseeable future.
Important note: It is not business as usual out there today. Individuals should not be put off by the status quo. The board of tomorrow will in all probability be very different to the board of today. The cohorts should be prepared to be a fundamental part of that change.
The motivation should be in the form of a precis not exceeding 1,000 words. The precis may include;
Current position and experience
Any board positions currently obtained.
Any other relevant information.
Whilst there is no set criteria for inclusion onto the BMS, mainly to avoid stereotyping, the applicant is expected to apply their mind to commitment required for both the series and future possible board appointments and self-reflect on their aptness.
The motivation should include a sentence that the applicant understands the extent of the series and commits in good faith, bar reasonable unforeseen circumstances, to complete the series taking into account current and predictable work, family and other obligations.
An adjudication panel of six experienced and well respected individuals will assess the motivations for inclusion into the BMS generally based on the written submission. Follow up telephonic information may also be required.
The panel members are:
CFO AngloGold Ashanti
Senior Partner : Judin Combrinck Inc and Board Member
Prof Shirley Zinn
Board Member on Various Boards
Executive Managing Director: Cummins Africa and Middle East
Applicants will be notified once the panel has determined the suitability of the applicant for inclusion in the Series.
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Through a simple, precise and scientifically validated methodology, the PDA (Personal Development Analysis) describes and analyses the behavioural profile of individuals identifying their talents, motivators and strengths that will allow us to identify competency gaps and implement the required development plans for the participants in the Board Masterclass series.
The PDA measures 3 key areas: energy, behaviour and EQ.
The recent World Economic Forum report describes the Top 10 work related skills required for jobs of the future noted below and we have noted these in relation to the PDA competencies:
Complex problem solving skills
Coordinating with others
Judgement and decision making
Problem-Solving and Planning
Initiative and Strategic Thinking
People Management and Big picture view of the business
Impact & Influence and Leadership
Interpersonal sensitivity and Self-control
Initiative, Inclination for Quality of Products and