Global Virtual Conference & Awards for Africa

01 – 02 October 2020

The trusted network of top gender-empowered companies, entrepreneurs and leaders empowering women in Africa.

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We believe that empowering women can accelerate growth in Africa

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Top Women is a trusted network of gender-empowered companies and entrepreneurs focused on diversity and inclusion which accelerates business growth in communities and urban centres, locally, nationally and throughout Africa.

Empowering Women

Top Women Awards

The annual Standard Bank Top Women Awards bridges the gap between the public and private sector and, each year, reaches an audience of over 700 key decision makers. In 2014 Standard Bank of South Africa took up the platinum naming rights to the Top Women Awards; hence the official title, Standard Bank Top Women Awards.

Our awards alumni currently sits at nearly 300 organisations and individuals who have been recognised and celebrated. The event, heading into its 17th anniversary year, will once again acknowledge the most sustainable and most successful gender empowerment strategies of organisations, across all sectors, in the August 2020 awards ceremony.

A must-attend event

Top Women Virtual Conference

Bringing together global thought-leaders and experts to offer inspiration, practical solutions, networks and support to 10,000 women entrepreneurs in Africa. Giving them the tools and knowledge to navigate the impact of COVID-19 on the global economy, and to help drive growth and trade in Africa.

This 2 full-day immersive virtual conference will feature multiple breakaway sessions, live Q&A sessions, remote meetups, and access to fast-track networking sessions. With 100 global industry leaders, futurists, award-winning entrepreneurs, policymakers, industry bodies, and philanthropists, this anticipated to be the biggest global digital event for women entrepreneurs, allowing unprecedented access, networking and engagement.

Top Women Publication

Top Women celebrates South African organisations, in both the public and private sectors, that prioritise gender empowerment within their business strategies. Our well-established platform – comprising publication, digital, awards and conference – drives awareness locally and internationally around the value and impact of women in leadership.

Backed by nearly 15 years’ of research, the annual Standard Bank Top Women Leaders publication is the country’s authoritative source on top gender empowered companies

The publication includes listed and unlisted companies with a turnover of above R35-million, SMEs with an annual turnover that ranges from R5-R35 million, as well as public sector organisations. Only qualifying companies are profiled in the publication.

Measured against rigorous criteria, organisations achieve scores based on the representation of women in senior positions, gender empowerment policies, ownership and percentage of female staff.


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