On 17 August the SAISC made history by hosting its first “Women in Steel” event, at the Johannesburg Country Club – Auckland Park. The positive response from ladies across the industry was phenomenal and the event was a resounding success, boasting a full house of professionals, managers, administrative staff and even engineering students from 3 different universities!
“Women of Steel” was initiated by the SAISC as a mechanism for recognising the vital role that women play in the industry, and to encourage them to be proactive about connecting and contributing. SAISC CEO, Paolo Trinchero, delivered a short welcome and implored attendees to engage with the SAISC on an ongoing basis. “We believe that we need a lot more diversity within the SAISC, and that speaks to gender, to race and to the South Africa that we live in.” says Trinchero. The SAISC welcomes input from all individual and company members, and would like to encourage active participation – from grassroots to boardroom level. “There are some serious elements to today,” says Trinchero, “we certainly will take those issues up and try to drive change in the steel industry” he concludes.
The SAISC would like to thank guest speakers Eileen Pretorius (Procurement Director from Aveng Trident Steel), Nicolette Skjoldhammer (Managing Director of Betterect) and Raksha Mahabeer (Entrepreneur and Co-Owner of Summertime Creative Agency) for sharing their insights. The event was punctuated with knowing nods, laughs, tears, and above all inspiration for the future of women of steel.
The impact of the event can be elegantly summed up in the feedback received from final year civil engineering student, Gaelle Mabasa:
“Thank you so much for last weekend’s Woman of Steel function. It was very enlightening. I am a very shy girl and I always hate leadership roles or speaking up. Friday gave me a little push. Thank you so much!”
eNCA news produced a short video insert on the event which can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/embed/iTiQ1VSa0rM
Audio versions of the guest speaker presentations can be found here: https://soundcloud.com/saisc