Women in Business

The success of any woman in business, whether it is in a corporate role or as an entrepreneur, is the simple willingness and desire to continuously develop their own skills. 

Despite South Africa’s ongoing push for gender transformation in senior positions, the number of female leaders at SA’s top companies remains exactly the same as it was in 2015, and has even dropped since 2012, new research shows.

Women’s month is a good time to share a secret … recent events give women executives a big opportunity to fulfill their potential as key contributors.

On South Africa’s Women’s Day, Baker McKenzie lawyer Bridgett Majola, a senior associate in the Banking & Finance Practice of the firm’s Johannesburg office, shares her advice for women and what she would tell a younger version of herself:

Are you starting your career? As a woman you may be in search of some direction to help you reach your professional goals. Get advice from working women at the top of their field.

On a global scale women earn 15% less than men but the reason why is more complex than an unfair wage discrepancy.

Faith Popcorn, the Nostradamus of Marketing and most accurate futurist, called it out in her book, “Eve”olution in 2000 about how women would rise and revolutionise society.

When it comes to performance “women are often their own worst enemies” according to HR specialist Lizaane De Jong.

Female blue-collar workers have traditionally lacked power in their employment choices, as marginalised and predominantly uneducated workers

Working women can have it all when it comes to family, children and a career but they can’t do it alone, says New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Aldern, who has just given birth to a baby daughter, becoming only the second woman holding office to do so.

Many organisations say they want to increase the number of women in leadership roles and close the “gender gap,” and while many factors play into this, a good place for these employers to start is to focus on engagement.

Some of the fastest growing sectors, such as engineering, are still considered to be dominated by men. But there are things women can do to get the recognition they deserve.

When the Wonder Women movie was released, I didn’t expect much of it, but I was delightfully surprised by the portrayal of this superhero.

Leadership change expert Tracey Swanepoel is delighted to announce that she will be hosting a two-day leadership workshop for women, to be held at the Johannesburg Country Club on 19-20 March 2018.

When Promise Machimane, 32, was retrenched from her bank job, she struggled to find employment for a number of years, a story that thousands of young people can relate to.

Durban rolled out the red carpet and gave the world a taste of KwaZulu-Natal’s trademark warm hospitality as it officially welcomed international Mrs Universe contestants to our magnificent province.

Entrepreneurs, seasoned businesswomen, community champions, activists and advocates from around the world will unite in Durban next month for Mrs Universe 2017.

As the country celebrates Women's Month, Cabinet has acknowledged South Africa’s achievements in the field of women empowerment, following the country’s first democratic elections.

Taking control, working women often think about it, but being brave enough to do it is a different story. Women’s Day has to be a good time to change all that.

Inge Lawrence from Bizmod says that irrespective of the steps that women around the globe have taken to eradicate the glass ceiling, many women still feel the need to prove themselves in the corporate environment.

The biggest impact of the technological workplace revolution will be felt by women.

Women are still being treated unfairly at work and at home, even though the topic should have reached maturity by now.

West says that as a business school the GSB recognises that it has a key role to play not only in educating and empowering women but in creating opportunities and platforms for them to speak out and participate in vital conversations around growth and development. 

In 2017, The CEO SleepOut™, showcased by The Philanthropic Collection, is empowering an exciting Special Chapter; The SheEO SleepOut™. This year, we’re calling on female business leaders to Rise To The Challenge, and spend a night sleeping outdoors at The Union Buildings. T

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