Flow is immensely proud of our managing director, Tiffany Turkington-Palmer, who has been selected to be part of the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women programme class of 2018 in South Africa.
She joins 14 other South African female business owners who will benefit from customised executive mentoring and support in a programme that embraces 50 countries and more than 400 participants.
The women own companies in a wide range of economic sectors, spanning financial and legal services, recruitment, information technology, consumer products and communications.
“I’m grateful for the wonderful opportunity to represent Flow Communications on this programme. Flow is a majority women-owned company and a proud member of WEConnect International [a global network that connects women-owned businesses to qualified buyers around the world],” says Tiffany.
“The EY Winning Women programme is geared for women entrepreneurs to scale their businesses both locally and globally, and I’m honoured to be part of an amazing group of dedicated and passionate business owners who are growing market-scale businesses and who are so positive about making a difference in this country.”
According to EY’s Growth Barometer 2018 Diversity report, women CEOs’ growth ambitions are three times higher than those of their male peers. Around one in three female-led companies are targeting growth rates of more than 15% over the next 12 months, while male-led firms have set a goal of 5%. This is in spite of the fact that more than half the women-led companies do not have access to external funding.
The Entrepreneurial Winning Women programme aims to help organisations such as Flow to grow in status and capability from local business to high-growth company. Networking and learning from successful role models form an integral part of attaining this objective.
What sets EY’s programme apart, says EY Africa growth markets leader Azim Omar, is that it supports women who have moved their companies beyond start-up status.
During the coming year, the women will be exposed to the latest information, research and executive dialogues relating to business strategies and practices. Among other opportunities, they will be supported to strengthen their executive leadership skills, identify potential partners and increase their companies’ national visibility in their industries, with potential investors and within the media.
Since its inception in South Africa in 2013, the EY programme has enabled 70 women to strengthen and grow their businesses.