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Women As Manufacturing Leaders

June 4 @ 8:30 am - June 6 @ 4:30 pm

Course Overview

Manufacturing battles to attract and retain women in leadership positions. With advanced technology changing the future skill set required in the industry, manufacturers need to tap the largest talent pool possible. Research has shown that women in leadership positions can provide greater diversity of perspectives, innovation and a more balanced approach to management. Yet women leaders still experience significant challenges and contradictions in influencing their male-dominated organisations. Simply increasing the number of women leaders in organisations is no guarantee for the empowerment of other women or the transformation of organisations.

This course explores the specific gender challenges experienced in the manufacturing context, both from a leadership and bluecollar worker perspective. It explores how to develop your authentic and distinctive leadership qualities to impact the culture of your organisation. It also highlights issues affecting women in blue collar positions to promote action towards greater inclusivity of women at all levels of manufacturing. The aim of the programme is to equip women leaders as change agents within their organisations by championing these issues with knowledge, self-awareness and personal effectiveness.

Course Facilitator

Dr Lisa Kinnear

Dr Lisa Kinnear is the Director of Academics at TWIMS and a partner at Leadership Insight, an organisational development (OD) consultancy specialising in leadership coaching, team development and organisational change. She attained her PhD through the UKZN School of Management in 2014 and has a Masters of Management (HR) from Wits Business School (cum laude). Her doctoral research focused on emerging models of power amongst South African women business leaders.

Lisa has lectured on academic and executive programmes at a range of South African Business Schools over the past 20 years. As Director of Academics at TWIMS, she is responsible for the delivery and quality of the specialised manufacturing leadership programmes delivered on the TWIMS campus. These include the formal academic programmes delivered through GIBS, namely the manufacturing-focused Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDip) and the Masters of Business Science (MBA), TWIMS executive short courses and the research associated with the development of the manufacturing curriculum. Lisa also teaches on these programmes and continues to conduct research in the field of inclusive leadership.

Lisa has corporate experience as a Human Resource Development Manager at De Beers and as an internal Organisational Development Consultant at Investec Bank. She is currently a partner at Leadership Insight, an organisational development consultancy which focuses on developing leadership capacity and alignment in organisations. Lisa has consulted independently to organisations in Johannesburg and Durban for the past 22 years spanning organisations in the finance, forestry, packaging, manufacturing, health services, software development and education sectors.

Course Framework

Course Cost

The course costs R12 780 per participant. This is fully inclusive of all refreshments, teas and includes lunch over the three days, as well as stationery. The cost excludes accommodation.

Venue and Accommodation

The course is run at the TWIMS campus, 74 Everton Road, Kloof. Each day starts at 8:30 and concludes at 16:30. Accommodation is available on-site at an additional cost. Please click here for further details.


Participation is limited to 25 executives. Application for participation can be made online at Masterclass/short course enquiries can be directed to TWIMS reserves the right to accept only those applicants who are likely to benefit from the course and who can make a full contribution to group activities.


June 4 @ 8:30 am
June 6 @ 4:30 pm
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