Every year in May Startup Grind hosts our #SGWomen Leaders Month - proudly recognising the accomplishments of successful women leaders all over the world. These women are founders, venture capitalists, engineers, executives and more, who represent our community. They are the women who exemplify profound leadership skills, hard-work, humility, and success and demonstrate their strength with devotion to the work they do everyday. They encourage and inspire us all!
Startup Grind’s #SGWomen launched five years ago and is about putting a heightened focus and an awareness on our everyday mission to create more inclusive communities. Never has Startup Grind’s mission been more potent than in the realm of entrepreneurship, startups, business, and representing women everywhere in the tech space.
We along with many other organizations and individuals are working to help reshape what the tech industry looks like. We have the power to encourage inclusive thinking within our organization - which spans 500 cities and 125 countries globally. We’re doing what we can to spread that message by modeling it.
Our May events
One purpose of our May events is to tell the stories of the journey, the grind, and the setbacks of great female leaders. It is important that we recognise, listen to and encourage these women as we work toward building a more inclusive ecosystem.
Anyone and everyone who believes in our mission to work toward change -- men and women alike -- should come out to our event in May!!!
Head of Private Banking
Group Empowerment Executive
Head of Private Banking at Mercantile Bank South Africa.
Dalene has been in the Financial Services sector for over 18 years and has held management positions in various SA-based banks. In her current role, she heads up Private Banking at Mercantile Bank. She is responsible for growing the Private Bank portfolio with the entrepreneur in mind. Mercantile Bank Private Bank is the first bank in South Africa that caters exclusively for entrepreneurs and has custom-built products for an entrepreneur’s personal banking needs. Whether it be borrowing, transacting or investing.
Her role is multifaceted and involves a number of different areas of work including strategy development and execution, product development, process design, value proposition development, pricing, competitor analysis amongst others.
In her previous role, Dalene headed up HR for Mercantile Bank, where she was responsible for setting the Bank’s HR strategy and ensuring the effective management of the HR value-chain throughout the bank.
She completed an International Executive Development programme in Investment Banking through the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).
She holds an Executive Development Programme for HR Leaders through the University of Stellenbosch and completed an Honours degree in Human Resource Development from the University of Johannesburg. She completed a prestigious leadership programme for high-potential senior female leaders through GIBS (Gordon Institute of Business Science) and has completed and is an accredited Change Management facilitator.
Mercantile Bank Ltd. was founded in South Africa in 1965 and is owned by Caixa Geral de Depósitos, the largest bank in Portugal and a global financial services group with more than 120 years’ banking experience. Mercantile Bank is a niche business and commercial bank that seeks to differentiate itself through great service and a deep understanding of the needs of the South African entrepreneur.
Amanda Khoza is the Group Empowerment Executive at Alexander Forbes. Amanda also sits on the board of directors at ASISA. The Fund is governed by a Board of Directors, Investment Committee and Fund Manager to provide best practice strategic direction and operational oversight for the Fund. The Board of Directors represents industry and Government with more than 200 combined years of specialist experience in financial services, governance, fund management, procurement and transformation. The Investment Committee is responsible for evaluating and approving the Fund’s portfolio of investments and boasts investment professionals with experience in private equity, SMEs and developmental investing.
Tumi Makhubele is the Co – Founder and Managing Director of Furaha Events, a subsidiary company of Furaha Afrika Holdings. She is the Operations Manager at SiMODiSA, an industry association whose mission is to accelerate entrepreneurship by collaborating with policy makers to enhance the success rate of high impact, high growth entrepreneurs in South Africa.
On the back of a successful career as an Activities and Events Manager at the South African Black Entrepreneurs Forum (SABEF), Tumi is no stranger to coordinating larger national and international events and roadshows, like the Kasi2Kasi SME Development Tour in Gauteng, Durban and Cape Town & the Women In Business Series across all 9 South African provinces.
Hepsy has over 10 years’ experience with some of the top JSE listed companies. She has had experience as an executive and manager responsible for the advisory, positioning, strategy planning and development of all economic development strategies. Hepsy has been at the helm of building sustainable and practical ED solutions that support the bottom line. She has vast experience ranging from the banking sector, in the consulting and project management industry and the FMCG industry. She has designed and re-engineered a variety of programmes and initiatives aimed at developing entrepreneurs and small medium enterprises through a complex but effective framework and ecosystem. The success of the programmes has been measured by their contribution to job creation and general improvement of business skills.
Mpopi is a Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) practitioner with over eight years’ experience with B-BBEE advisory services. Mpopi’s experience includes providing services on B-BBEE and transformation within Government, its parastatals and in the private sector. She is involved in work that enables her to contribute her skills, knowledge and expertise to the process of measuring transformation and ensuring that progress is made in the implementation of high impact empowerment initiatives. She was part of the core team that produced the initial version of the formulation of the Codes of Good Practice on B-BBEE (Codes) and formed part of the team that assisted the dti with the recent review of the B-BBEE Act and the review and update of the Codes.