Join us at Startup Grind Pretoria as we Celebrate Female Founders by hosting Mbulelo Sochifa & Noluvuyo Mpekelana from ICT On Heels.
ICT on Heels is a networking and empowerment platform created for women in ICT. It is a platform that will empower new entrants in ICT through engagement with their peers, women in senior management, executive level positions or thriving entrepreneurs. The close-knit network that this platform make it possible for young women to get guidance and stay motivated despite the daily challenges that face women in a male-dominated industry.
The main objective of ICT on Heels is to provide a support and guidance to women who have recently qualified or entered the field and women who want to grow into other areas within ICT. We do this through offering them a support system of mentors in the industry, who are there to support and help these young women navigate their careers.
While more women are now taking up courses in ICT, young scholars in the deep rural and some townships of South Africa are still not entirely informed about the possible career options in ICT. Our secondary objective is to ensure that such young scholars are exposed to technology and education regarding the possible career options. We do this through building ICT labs and hosting career days.
We also expose women to career options that are regarded as scarce careers within the discipline of ICT and help them remap their career paths through exposing them to technologies such as development, cyber security, business intelligence and many more.
Mbulelo Sochifa is an enthusiastic Information Technology Service governance and compliance professional. She is a qualified COBIT 5 professional and an ITIL expert who is passionate about service delivery, value realization, process optimization and stakeholder management.
Mbulelo has 14 years IT Service Management (ITSM) experience, 9 years of which have been in senior managerial positions, spanning a myriad of industry verticals ranging from Government, Multinational IT Outsourcing, Telecommunication and Banking.
For the past three years Mbulelo has led a Service Delivery team supporting the Wealth, Investments and Insurance portfolios within a multinational bank where she was a key interface between business and technology teams. Her main objective was to ensure that the required IT capability is in place and delivers products and services that enable business to fulfil their customer requirements. She has recently been appointed as the Lead Technology Partner for Absa Insurance.
She is passionate about women empowerment initiatives in the Information and communications technology (ICT) industry. Her zeal for women empowerment has seen her being invited to chair the 2017 Women in ICT Leadership Summit where keynote speakers for the summit included CIO’s from different organizations sharing and teaching on how to overcome stereotypes and excel in the male-dominated ICT industry.
Mbulelo has completed a Computer Systems Engineering Diploma and is also focused on obtaining the latest industry specific framework certifications like ITIL and COBIT in order to stay relevant and keep up with the rapidly evolving technology landscape. She is also pursuing an MBA as part of her journey to transition from operational to strategic roles.
Noluvuyo Mpekelana holds a Bcom honours degree specialising in Information Systems from the University of Cape Town, and is also currently busy with a Master of Commerce in Information Systems degree from the University of Cape Town. She also a certified Prince2 Practitioner, and holds various industry and management certificates. Her key areas of interest include IT governance and IT business alignment.
Noluvuyo has fulfilled a number of various roles within ICT including support, business analysis and project management.
She is also a founding member of Inside Out Mentors (www.insideoutmentors.org ) a non-profit organisation that is focused on mentoring young disadvantaged girls. She spends most of her time offering support and mentoring young women. She continues to offer support to women in ICT through mentorship and that has led to her involvement with ICT on Heels.
She is also an IT Support Manager for Glencore. Noluvuyo is currently in the mining industry, she spent most of her years in the Financial Industry and higher education space, and she also has experience in higher education. Her career in Information Technology started during the year 2008 as a data consultant for Vodacom, She has 9 years’ experience in the Information Technology field.
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