Charissa Hector is a mother to two, adorable children, a lawyer, and Director of Human Resources for the BMW Group South Africa. The highlight of her career was the role she played in the Automotive Industry Wage Negotiations, which according to the Automotive Manufacturing Employers’ Organisation, “enhanced a competitive wage structure and benefits for the automotive industry’s hourly paid workers”. Charissa represented BMW South Africa in these negotiations that saw the redirection of provisions towards increased access for employees to housing at the various manufacturing plants.
Earlier this month, Charissa took part in the SheEO Sleepout, which calls on prominent, female business leaders to spend a night outdoors to raise funds, and show support for the homeless populations of South Africa.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
I am passionate about what I do, and how the decisions I make affect the lives of people at a personal level. Every day, I wake hoping that I will be able to make a positive difference in the lives of people.
What’s your single biggest goal for the year ahead?
I was involved in the Automotive Industry wage negotiations in 2016, representing BMW South Africa at the negotiating table. One of the most significant achievements was the commitment by all to a sustainable Housing Programme. By assisting our people to unlock the door to affordable housing, it gives our people a sense of pride and dignity, and the first step to economic empowerment. My single biggest goal this year is to be a part of the official launch of the Housing Programme.
What advice would you give to your 10-year old self?
Education is key to who you are, and who you want to be; value it, be dedicated to it, be focused on achieving more, and being more.
Are there are women that you would like to give a shout out to?
To the strong women in my life, they know who they are. Life is not always easy, but they are able to overcome the challenges of life with dignity, and a sense of pride in who they are as women.
What makes you proud to be a South African woman?
We recently celebrated Women’s Day on the 9th August. We celebrated the significant Women’s March, which took place to the Union Buildings. A march which saw women united against fighting the oppression of all South Africans. The women of South Africa have a dignified strength which is so powerful and effective, we must harness it, and be catalysts for change.
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Photographer: Caylem Harris
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