Enid Lizamore, Executive Head of Human Resources at Santam

As a representative for Santam, Enid Lizamore offers insight into the world of transformation and what entrepreneurial support can look like across various industries. She believes female entrepreneurs will play a significant role in the future of South Africa’s economy. ‘I’m passionate about seeing women lead and drive change – and have thus made it my responsibility to try and pave a pathway of opportunities for them.’

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 believes her career highlights have been characterised by the women she’s surrounded by – those who have a desire to help other women 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.

Enid holds Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote in high regard: “Do the thing you think you cannot do” This is something that has always resonated with her because it challenges the limitations that we as women place upon ourselves.

‘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 despite their countless obstacles,’ says Enid. She encourages entrepreneurs to never lose sight of their business goals, more so during these trying economic times. ‘As the owner of two companies, I am familiar with the self-limitation that may accompany entrepreneurship. The journey is not easy, and the business world is extremely demanding. However, through perseverance and acquired resilience, success is most certainly possible.’

‘I am passionate about seeing women lead and drive change – and have thus made it my responsibility to try and pave a pathway of opportunities for them. She believes female entrepreneurs will play a significant role in the future of South Africa’s economy. ‘I am passionate about seeing women lead and drive change – and have thus made it my responsibility to try and pave a pathway of opportunities for them,` says Enid.

WHAT ENID WILL BE LOOKING FOR: ‘I am looking for courageous women who display tenacity, a hunger to empower others, and a willingness to build a bigger and brighter South Africa!`