Elizabeth O'Leary is the executive director of Women for Housing, a Section 21 company that facilitates opportunities for women in the housing and construction sectors. O'Leary has lived in South Africa for most of the past 12 years and is proud to be part of a vibrant and changing industry. Women for Housing is developing programmes and services that support the implementation of the construction charter and BEE codes at all levels. A women's investment fund that focuses on the construction and property sectors will be launched later this year. The fund will be one of a number of new avenues of growth for the organisation, which received a Govan Mbeki Housing Award in October last year in acknowledgement of its contribution to the sector. O'Leary has a master's degree in international relations from Boston University in the United States. She has a long-standing love of the industry and is encouraged to see that more women are entering and succeeding in the sector.

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