The Women in Investment Management Committee of CFA Society South Africa have produced the CFA Society South Africa Pink Book.
The publication will serve as a repository of a variety of experienced women professionals’ profiles in the South African investment industry across influential investment, business and client roles. The purpose of the publication is primarily to inspire the pipeline of female talent to ascend into senior female roles by displaying profiles of senior women role models, in the industry who have paved the way.
"This inaugural 2023 CFA Society South Africa Pink Book is a further project directly and specifically aimed at increasing the number of women who join the profession as well as retaining women in the profession with a view to meaningfully changing the number of women represented in senior decision-making positions across the industry.
As we engaged with aspirant younger professional women in the industry, we became aware that many perceived that the visible lack of a meaningful number of women in leadership roles was a contributing reason to disillusionment regarding their own likelihood of success and upward mobility in the investment industry. Through identifying and profiling senior women, including some of our longest-standing women CFA charterholders, it is our hope as a committee that all these women can be part of the change we need to see as their personal stories inspire and motivate the generations after them.
For this inaugural edition we approached a cohort of experienced women in the investment industry (whether CFA charterholders or not), who had recorded a minimum number of years’ experience and the substance of whose job position reflected the level of influential decisionmaking we believe more women need to hold. We are grateful to the women who took the time to respond to the survey and we look forward to expanding and building on this important repository in future years as we profile many more leading women in successive editions. The CFA Institute’s Women in Investment Management and Diversity is an action-oriented initiative. We issue a call to action to every participant in the South African investment management industry value chain to play a role in advocating for a meaningfully more diverse and inclusive industry that better serves investors and society. We see this as essential to creating a sustainable future for the investment profession." - Delphine Govender, CFA
This is an inaugural edition and will be updated every 2/3 years.