Standard Bank Top Women is the No.1 and the longest running gender empowered awards programme for Top Women and Women-led companies — amplifying both individual and company successes in diversity and inclusion. These annual awards recognise and honour outstanding leadership, inspiration, vision, and innovation in organisations that help women rise to the top of the economic ladder. Covering all key economic areas and recognising businesses at all levels, from SMME to national.
This year, the theme for the Standard Bank Top Women conference, which took place from 6–7 October, was: “Brave conversations 2.0 that uplift and drive change” — this golden thread was evident in the awards which recognised ‘Agents of Change’ who have had a considerable influence on women in South Africa by their unwavering vision and innovative leadership.
“I want to thank our friend and partners, Lindy-Lou Alexander and her organisation Standard Bank, who as you know, have become a tireless champion for women and gender empowerment for decades”, said Topco Media CEO, Ralf Fletcher.
“The Standard Bank Team has not only made this a special occasion year after year, but they have helped us to put Top Women at the center of everything we do at Topco.
“What we know is that on average, our finalists and winners increase their sales by 35% within 3 years, and they increase their profits by 12% above the market average…the organisations that are growing the most, of our finalists and winners, are actively celebrating their achievements”, he said.
Finalists and winners who attended this year’s Standard Bank Top Women Awards had the opportunity to virtually network and celebrate their achievements. Winners were announced on the evening of 4 November at the star-studded virtual awards ceremony.
The esteemed list of category winners included:
Top Business Women of The Year Award – Sponsored By Standard Bank
Leila Fourie – Johannesburg Stock Exchange
Top Women Young Achiever – Sponsored By Standard Bank
Charmagne Mavudzi – Volvo SA
Top Women Empowered Company: Diversity In The Workplace – Sponsored By Servest
Top Women Business of The Year Award – Sponsored By Boschendal
Institute of Directors in South Africa
Top Women Empowered Company: Skills Development – Sponsored By Ekurhuleni West TVET College
The Skills Development Corporation
Top Women Public Sector Leader Award – Sponsored By Motheo TVET College
Chantelle Martin Strauss – Department of Small Business Development
Top Women in Tech Award
Priya Thakoor – Vodacom
Top Women in Science Award
Mogaleadi Seabela – Anglo American
Top Women Empowered Company: Corporate Citizenship Award
Top Women Empowered Company: Fast Growth Women-Owned SMME
Top Women Entrepreneur of The Year Award
Thandeka Ndlovu-Mngomezulu – Total Serve Facilities Management
Top Women Empowered Company in Resources, Construction & Infrastructure – Sponsored By TEG Group
Turner & Townsend
Top Women in Property Award
Lettie Mashau – Motheo Construction Group
Top Women Empowered Company In Youth Development
Top Women Empowered Company: Public Sector Award – Sponsored By Public Sector Leaders Publication
National Agricultural Marketing Council
Top Women Empowered Company in Health & Pharmaceuticals Award
Top Women Empowered Company In Biodiversity, Conservation & Environmental Sponsored By SANBI
Triplo4 Sustainable Solutions
Top Women Empowered Company in Retail & E-Commerce Award
Top Women Lifetime Achievement Awards
Top Women in Sports Awards
Previous winners have gone on to achieve greater success such as representing the country at UN level. To see the full list of finalists, visit www.topbusinesswomen.co.za.
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