Elizabeth O’Leary

Elizabeth has a master's degree in international relations and a passion for the construction sector, which started when she was a child as result of the family business. For the past 12 years she has been using her knowledge to help foster women's development in an arena that was primarily dominated by men. She is currently executive director of Women for Housing, a company that facilitates opportunities for women in the housing and construction sectors. It also develops programmes and services that support the imple- mentation of the Construction Charter and BEE Codes at all levels. Last year the company received a Govan Mbeki Housing Award in acknowledgement of its contribution. Another milestone planned for 2008 is the organisation's launch of a Women's Investment Fund that focuses on the construction and property sectors.

Lunch spot: Gogo's house, Zone 4, Diepkloof