Educational advice and lessons learned from exceptional women
09 June 2019
Inspirational women who've been through Investec's various education programmes share the lessons they've learnt.
7 min read
The goal of the campaign is to inspire all women, in particular, the 3,511 women who work at Investec, to rise. Investec hopes to create awareness, about the importance of addressing gender parity and to inspire future businesswomen.
“At Investec, we are about celebrating diversity and inspiring inclusion. We focus huge energy on our culture, and gender has always been on our agenda. Embracing diversity and embodying inclusion is part of Investec’s culture, and one of our key values,” comments Lesley-Anne Gatter, Investec South Africa Human Resources head.
Embracing diversity and embodying inclusion is part of Investec’s culture, and one of our key values.
“And that’s what this campaign sets out to achieve. We live in a world where the 21st century workplace is fast-changing, competitive, pressurised and complex – a challenging environment for anyone. For women working in traditionally male-dominated industries, like banking and investment, these challenges can be even greater.
"We believe that a cognitively diverse, female, representative workforce emboldens creativity; it enables potential and encourages greater contribution to our achievements. We also know that, while we have worked to address greater representation of women, we have more to do.”
Mentorship or coaching is advantageous for any professional at any career level, but for females, especially those embarking on a leadership path, a mentor can make all the difference. A mentor's perspective can assist in overcoming the many gender-related challenges that women still face in the modern workplace.
As women on the rise, one of the most important things we can do is to help every woman around us rise to their full potential. When we work as a collective, we can achieve so much more.
This Women's Month, we highlight the power of the collective at Investec, and show what we are doing to make it easier for women to excel. In so doing, we are not only showing future generations what women can do, but also how women working together can achieve so much more.