The International Women’s Forum South Africa (IWFSA) today relaunched their flagship leadership development programme aimed at the development and upliftment of young women leaders called YOUNG LEADERS CONNECT (YLC) with a target of developing 200 leaders over the next 5 years.

Speaking at the virtual launch of the YLC programme, IWFSA President Irene Charnley explained that the YLC programme will be now supported by 5 key pillars, namely, Identify, Develop, Empower, Accelerate and Leadership forming an acronym IDEAL and will be built on the success of the three founding principles of the programme when it was initially launched some years back by the then President of IWFSA Dr Vuyo Mahlati.

The revitalised YLC programme is driven by the Leadership Committee of the IWFSA which is chaired by Ms. Futhi Mtoba, who amongst other positions is the chair of the council of the University of Pretoria.

Elaborating on the founding principles of the programme, Ms Mtoba highlighted that the first is self-mastery an essential principle founded on the value of self-development, identification of true values and potential without compromise. Aligning to the ever-changing landscape of women leadership and nurturing the pipeline of leadership is the second principle whilst networking both locally, continentally and globally is the third.

“It is our responsibility as the voice of women leaders in our country to develop and nurture the next generation of women leaders and indeed be a catalyst for ethical leadership. We will accomplish this through YLC IDEAL which will be executed through a unique mentorship programme, utilising the IWFSA membership base of pre-eminent women across sectors and cultures, and Entrepreneurship programme in partnership with the African Leadership Group, a Board Leadership Programme in partnership with the Institute of Directors in South Africa and a conversation programme will round off the YLC offering where knowledge and skills will be imparted on a bi-monthly basis through interactive topical conversational channels with IWF members, both locally and globally, and industry leaders alike,” states Tryphosa Ramano, YLC Committee Chair.

Interested aspiring women leaders between the ages of 23 – 40 with between one to ten year’s work experience can visit www.ylcideal.co.za to register.


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