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Date: 25 February 2021 

Dear SAWIL Family and Friends, 

I am excited to announce that I have taken the long and hard decision to step down as CEO of Southern African Women In Leadership after seven years of trial and error, and of course, finally getting the hang of it. 

I founded SAWIL in 2014 with one objective in mind: to empower the woman leader, enable a girl child, advocate for leadership transformation, gender equality, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace, especially in Corporate South Africa. 

Looking back now and seeing how the journey has unfolded and how far we have come as an organization is a blessing I don’t take for granted. In late 2019, a year after I left a corporate job, we began our expansion journey into the SADC Region – WHAT A SUCCESS! 


Please allow me to pause and thank our Southern African community for such a warm reception - your warm embrace truly makes it easy for us to serve you. We look forward to establishing more presence and partnerships in the various SADC countries. 

Amongst the many milestones I have achieved since the birth of SAWIL to where it is now, my proudest moment has to be finding a tribe of like-minded, trailblazing gender equality advocates through the SAWIL Trailblazers Awards. 

There are many milestones and critical developments which we will share with you in the coming week when we announce our strategy for 2021 in light of the #SAWILVISION2030. 

With immediate effect, I will transition to Executive Chair of the SAWIL Board, and the new CEO will be announced on Monday. The reason behind this transition has to do mainly with the SAWIL Vision 2030 mandate and strategy. In my new role as Chair, I will focus more on the new expansion strategy into Africa and the diaspora. I will also be responsible for key partnerships, sponsorships, funding, and especially global collaborations. 

As we advance, we aim to develop an African Woman Leader and Entrepreneur with a strong global presence and command. As partner and executive at Board Academy Africa, a subsidiary of Board Academy Europe – we couldn’t have been better positioned to develop the future of Women Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the continent. 

For now, it’s not goodbye; it’s new beginnings. Thank you for your support – to every member, sponsor, partner, and especially the SAWIL Champions: our executive and non-executive team; thank you for believing in my vision. 

You guys rock! 

Best
Seipati