A recent Women on Board graduate, Tebogo Maziya, who holds a Masters degree in Science, a postgraduate diploma in finance and a B Comm degree, is at top management level within the health sector. She says the nine-month journey has been fulfilling.

“I learnt there’s a risk and that that risk is manageable. So it’s important for the board to be transparent, accountable and for a board member to be aware of decisions made because they could be held accountable.”

Another graduate, Amantha Maharaj, a BSc electrical engineering graduate with an MBA, who works a top management level at an engineering consultancy says of the programme: “It teaches one to know how a board is structured, what to do, and questions one needs to ask when sitting on a board. It also teaches business risk and how one should view business from a higher level.”

Gomes says she would like to see the pipeline of board-ready women in South Africa grow. She hopes that BPWSA can gain traction in achieving this goal by attracting sponsors to help with funding so that graduates can get increased exposure to top levels of business.