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South Africa founder of PfP nominated as Thinker50 Finalist

15 August 2017

Dr. Louise van Rhyn, the founder and CEO of social enterprise Partners for Possibility (PfP), has been shortlisted for a Distinguished Achievement Award in the Thinkers50 Global Awards for management and leadership thinkers.

The nomination was made by the founders and organisers of the award in recognition of Louise’s work in designing and establishing the Partners for Possibility programme, an innovative leadership development and principal support process that has impacted the lives of more than 1,300 leaders and their communities across South Africa. The Awards will be made at a gala dinner on November 13 in London, UK.

PfP pairs a business leader and a school principal of an under-resourced school in a year-long partnership in which they participate in leadership development programmes and apply their learning and insight to the challenges facing their school.

Thinkers50 is a global rating of management gurus in various fields of excellence. It was started in 2001 and it regularly recognizes the top leadership and management thinkers in a range of fields, including Innovation, Digital Thinking, Ideas into Practice and Lifetime Achievement.

For the 2017 Awards, Louise has been nominated in the Ideas into Practice category, with the judges commenting on the fact that Partners for Possibility is a home-grown solution for the specific and pressing issues facing under-resourced schools in South Africa. Overall, this category identifies leaders who have “made a meaningful contribution in the real world”.

Other finalists out of the group of 8 are of a fast-growing bike-sharing start-up from China and the UK Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, who has pioneered several big ideas in the medical world.

The complete list of categories includes leading thinkers such as Scott Anthony, author and managing partner at Innosight, Howard Yu, Professor of Strategic Management and Innovation at IMD in Switzerland, author and speaker Simon Sinek and Harvard Fellow Heidi Gardner

Louise’s nomination follows PfP’s recent award as one of’ Top International Leadership Development providers. polled past participants in the programme and found it to be a highly effective leadership development programme and an equally powerful intervention in under-resourced schools where the principals often do not have the capacity or past training to manage this socially challenging and resource constrained environment.

Partners for Possibility started with one school – Kannemeyer Primary – in 2010 and has since grown to a network of over 620 schools in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. In each school, a business leader work closely with a school principal to identify the school’s most pressing challenges and to address these.

The PfP programme allows for very specific solutions for every participating school. Each partnership is supported by a Learning Process Facilitator and they regularly meet with other partnerships in a wider Leadership Circle to share ideas, discuss challenges and motivate each other.

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