Enid Lizamore, Executive Head of Human Resources at Santam

As a representative for Santam, Enid Lizamore offers insight into the world of transformation, various industries and what entrepreneurial support can look like. She believes female entrepreneurs will play a significant role in the future of SA’s economy. ‘I’m passionate about seeing women lead and drive change, which is why I try to create opportunities for women.’

Enid has filled many executive HR positions, in industries ranging from technology and retail to energy and banking. She also sits on various boards and owns two companies. Enid says her career highlights have been characterised by the women she’s worked with – those who have a desire to help other women to succeed and who encourage them through mentoring and coaching. Enid has been at the forefront of Santam’s transformational talent management agenda, and has been instrumental in earning the group its Top Employer certification.

She holds Brené Brown’s words on courage in high regard: ‘Courage is contagious. Every time we choose courage we make everyone around us a little better and the world a little braver.’

‘I’m inspired by women who are willing to take risks for what they believe in, who are intuitive, authentic, and driven by passion and resilience; women who persevere and don’t take no for an answer,’ says Enid. She encourages entrepreneurs to never lose sight of their business goals, especially during these tough economic times. ‘As the owner of two companies, I know that an entrepreneur’s journey is not easy, and that the business world is demanding. But success is possible and will be restricted only by your mindset and ability to persevere.’

WHAT ENID WILL BE LOOKING FOR: ‘I am looking out for a woman who displays courage, constantly challenges herself to think differently and who is passionate about making a meaningful difference in South Africa.’