Top Women National Conference & Awards

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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

Lindiwe Matlali

Founder & CEO | Africa Teen Geeks

Zandile Keebine

Founder | GirlCodeZA

Veronica Motloutsi

Chief Executive | Smarthome Connect

Dr Saundarya Rajesh

Social Entrepreneur, Founder & President | Avtar Group India

Angela Dick

CEO | Transman

Anne Githuku-Shongwe

Representative for UN Women’s South Africa Multi-Country Office (SAMCO)

Caster Semenya

South African Olympic Gold medallist, a TIME magazine top 100 influencer 2019

Catherine Constantinides

Director of Miss Earth South Africa, Environmentalist, entrepreneur, social activist and successful businesswoman & 2018 Top Women adjudicator

Christine Ramon

Chief Financial Officer | Anglo Gold Ashanti

Dr Achieng Ojwang

Executive Director|Global Compact Network SA

Elsie Pule

Group Executive Human Resources | Eskom Holdings SOC

Khensani Mabuza

Executive Corporate Relations | ITHUBA Holdings (PTY) LTD

Lena Chirwa

Head of Legal & Corporate Affairs | Enel Green Power South Africa

Lindiwe Kwele

Chief Operating Officer | SA Post Office (Sapo)

Lisa Illingworth

Co-founder | FutureproofSA.

Mich Atagana

Head of communications and public affairs | Google SA

Nonye Omotola

Managing Director | Africa Communications Media Group

Pinky Kekana

Deputy Minister

Precious Moloi-Motsepe

CEO | African Fashion international

Samantha Perry

Shirley Machaba

CEO | PricewaterhouseCoopers, South Africa

Tshepiso Phosa

Entrepreneur, Author DSAVG and owner of Milviforce Puma N4 Nelspruit

Videsha Proothveerajh

EMEA Strategic growth Director @ Intel Corporation

Zandile Keebine

Founder | GirlCodeZA

2019 Regional Speakers

Johanna Mukoki

Group CEO | Travel with Flair | North West

Leah Molatseli

Managing Director | Lenoma Legal | Free State

Mikie Monoketsi

Entrepreneur | Mama's Spices & Herbs | Northern Cape

Lisa Illingworth

Entrepreneur | Futureproof SA | Mpumalanga

Portia Mngomezulu

Founder & MD | PortiaM | Mpumalanga

Shirley Hayes

Mining Entrepreneur | SHiP The Copper Company | Northern Cape

Madelain Roscher

Managing Director | PR Worx | North West

Masego Moncho

Managing Director | MSG IT Solutions | Free State

Satty Mdhluli

Founder | Thabile Tours & Shuttles | Free State

Helen Namponya

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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