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All-Star Lineup Confirmed to Explore What it Takes for Women to Make it to the top of Corporate Africa

On October 13, 2021, a seismic event will take place in Africa: we will begin the journey of supporting every African woman to take on a new dream – climbing the corporate ladder to the number one spot.  Why is it that most discussions of African women in business are focused on small and medium-sized businesses?  We want to see African women dream big – why not earn the top spot in a large, complex organization?

In addition to revealing the names of the 50 women on the Definitive List of Women CEOs, we will feature two big discussions:

Beating the Odds, will feature Harvard Business School’s Tony Mayo’s research on black women graduates of Harvard Business School who made it to the top spot.  He will share what a study of these successful women tells us.  Then, a panel of Women CEOs from the Definitive List of Women CEOs will react to Professor Mayo’s research by sharing their own journeys to the top of Corporate Africa, and commenting on what is similar to Corporate America, and what it takes for women to get to the top in Corporate Africa.  Finally, we will explore the surprising role that stock exchanges are playing worldwide in advocating for women in big business.

Confirmed speakers include:

Presentation: Beating the Odds

  • Harvard Business School Professor –  Tony Mayo

Panel Discussion: What does it take for women to make it to the Top of Corporate Africa?

  • Google West Africa Director – Juliet Ehimuan
  • Standard Bank Namibia CEO – Mercia Geises
  • East Africa Breweries Group Managing Director – Jane Karuku
  • BP Southern Africa CEO – Taelo Mojapelo
  • Old Mutual Managing Director Corporate – Prabashini Moodley
  • Moderated by: Teresa Clarke, Chair & Executive Editor,

Panel Discussion: The surprising role that stock exchanges are playing as advocates for women’s leadership – leading the charge in gender lens investing

  • Johannesburg Stock Exchange Chairman – Nonkululeko Nyembezi
  • Nigerian Stock Exchange CEO – Temi Popoola, CFA
  • McKinsey Nigeria Partner – Mayowa Kuyoro
  • Women Corporate Directors (USA) CEO – Susan Keating
  • Moderated by: Lerato Mbhele, BBC journalist and broadcast host of African Business Report

Additional information and free registration are available here.