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There are still various barriers that prevent women from fully participating at the highest levels of business and government. Janine Hicks from the Commission for Gender Equality states that, “In South Africa, women represent just 29% of executive managers, 22% of directors of companies, 9% of chairs of boards and a mere 2.4% of chief executives.Under the employment equity legislation, companies are required to conduct an audit to assess what internal policies can be put in place to lower barriers that women face.”
Top Women proudly brings you the annual Standard Bank Top Women Conference. Every year we succeed in bringing together decision makers and thought leaders who are serious about delivering results for gender empowerment: business experts, academics, government representatives and the most influential captains of industry.
Together, this powerful combination of game changers focus their experience, expertise and energy on overcoming the major roadblocks still faced in gender empowerment.
Central to the regional Conferences will be the 1 – hour Fast Track Networking sessions, in which the entrepreneurial need for networking opportunities will be fully met. Participants will build up new meaningful personal networks, generate business interest or partnerships and gain even more business-building knowledge by sharing challenges, insights and tips with other up-and-coming entrepreneurs. If you’re coming, bring lots of business cards.
Announcing a few of Top Women’s 2019 guest speakers
Managing Director | T-Systems
Founder & CEO | Africa Teen Geeks
Co-Founder and CTO | Voyc.ai
Founder | GirlCodeZA
Chief Executive | Smarthome Connect
Dr Saundarya Rajesh
Founder-Director | Avtar The Power of Diversity
2019 Regional Speakers
Group CEO | Travel with Flair | North West
Managing Director | Lenoma Legal | Free State
Entrepreneur | Mama's Spices & Herbs | Northern Cape
Entrepreneur | Futureproof SA | Mpumalanga
Founder & MD | PortiaM | Mpumalanga
Mining Entrepreneur | SHiP The Copper Company | Northern Cape
Managing Director | PR Worx | North West
Managing Director | MSG IT Solutions | Free State
Founder | Thabile Tours & Shuttles | Free State
Corporate MC | Free State University | Free State
The Standard Bank Top Women regional conferences: Giving Entrepreneurs access to markets
For women entrepreneurs, the biggest barrier to success is usually not business intelligence or innovative business models, but simply access to trade or markets – They have products and services but WHERE and HOW do they find opportunities to gain more clients and market share – locally, regionally, nationally and even internationally? Big corporates have recently been mandated through B-BEE and Supplier Development funding to start doing more business with black women owned suppliers. If South Africa’s entrepreneurial women can open up such opportunities their productivity will soar, job creation will increase and their success will ripple outwards into the wider economy.
The national Standard Bank Top Women Conference takes place in Johannesburg every August – but calls have come in from thousands of women around the country, who want to participate and boost their business prospects. Now, regional Top Women Conferences will travel to four key regions in the coming months, to reach out to entrepreneurial women in Cape Town, P.E, KZN and Limpopo, who can look forward to hearing first-hand from successful Top Women Awards winners. Attendees will come away with a new game plan for success, based on the personal journeys related by these women leaders – and a clearer idea of where and how to grow their own businesses.
Celebrating visionary organisations that prioritise gender empowerment as integral to their strategy for growth and success.
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