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01 – 02 October 2020

Brave conversations that uplift and drive change

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Bringing together global thought-leaders and experts

The 2020 Standard Bank Top Women Virtual Conference this year landed the gender inequality and gender empowerment topic, through the key theme, “Brave conversations that uplift and drive change”. Through this theme, the summit aimed to fuel the global gender empowerment movement by connecting women entrepreneurs, global icons, thought leaders and experts to offer inspiration. The conference also featured high-profile speakers, #HeForShe champions and changemakers who will offer practical solutions and access to networks of support for women across the globe.

Total registered delegates

One-on-one meetings

Networking meetings

Average attendee rating (out of 10)

Conference Highlights

Day One

Day Two



Total PR value

R 5,223,578.80



R 491,466.04



R 286,281.50


R 4,445,831.26  

Social Media

Total Social Media value

R 19 467 742.21


R16 046 020


R2 943 478


R478 244.21


Which bank do you bank with?

  • Discovery 1.1% 1.1%
  • Investec 1.8% 1.8%
  • ABSA 3.6% 3.6%
  • Capitec 4.7% 4.7%
  • Nedbank 6.9% 6.9%
  • FNB 27.3% 27.3%
  • Standard Bank 54.5% 54.5%

Which of the following best describes your current occupation?

  • CEO 3.5% 3.5%
  • Unemployed 7% 7%
  • Director 9.7% 9.7%
  • Owner/Founder 12.4% 12.4%
  • Entrepreneur 13.6% 13.6%
  • Manager 53.9% 53.9%

Which province do you live in?

  • Limpopo 1.8% 1.8%
  • Free State 1.8% 1.8%
  • North West 2.6% 2.6%
  • Northern Cape 2.2% 2.2%
  • Mpumalanga 2.9% 2.9%
  • Eastern Cape 3.7% 3.7%
  • Western Cape 11% 11%
  • KwaZulu-Natal 11.8% 11.8%
  • Gauteng 62.1% 62.1%

How many people do you have in your organisation?

  • 50-100 7.4% 7.4%
  • 100-500 7.8% 7.8%
  • 0-50 34.8% 34.8%
  • 500+ 50% 50%

Do you think there was an increase in GBV during lockdown?

  • No 3.5% 3.5%
  • Yes 96.5% 96.5%

Out of the following please indicate which you are finding your biggest challenge

  • Change management 3.3% 3.3%
  • Planning for diversity and inclusion 3.6% 3.6%
  • Possibility of retrenchment 4.7% 4.7%
  • Leadership development 9.1% 9.1%
  • Funding 12.8% 12.8%
  • Opportunities for promotion 14.2% 14.2%
  • Financial security 21.2% 21.2%
  • Home/work balance 31% 31%

Are you able to save regularly?

  • No 42.5% 42.5%
  • Yes 57.5% 57.5%

Is saving and investing a priority for you?

  • No 6.4% 6.4%
  • Yes 93.6% 93.6%

Have meetings increased or decreased since the start of COVID-19?

  • Decreased 13.1% 13.1%
  • Increased 86.9% 86.9%

Which statement best describes your approach to moneyWhich bank do you bank with?

  • I have a budget in mind, and I am strict about maintaining it 31.1% 31.1%
  • I have a budget in mind, but it’s very flexible depending on my income and expense 26.3% 26.3%
  • I don’t have a budget or separate pools of money for different expenses. I combine all my money together and decide where to spend it when expenses come up 6.8% 6.8%
  • I have a budget in mind. It is flexible, but there are some expenses I should cater for 35.8% 35.8%

How has COVID-19 changed your gender empowerment strategy?

  • We have had to relook it 25.9% 25.9%
  • We are sticking with the same strategy 31.5% 31.5%
  • Our strategy has allowed us to implement our future goals sooner 42.6% 42.6%

If you receive R500 000 today what would you spend it on?

  • Leisure 0.6% 0.6%
  • Educational expenses 7% 7%
  • Your home 9.1% 9.1%
  • Saving for the future 15.5% 15.5%
  • Pay off debts 25.4% 25.4%
  • Business investment 42.4% 42.4%

02 October 2020

Empowering Women in Africa


It's an honour for me to be invited to speak at this year's Standard Bank Top Women Conference. I accepted the invitation because I believe I can offer a vaualble words to the conversations that will be had on the day that I know will change a lot of women's lives. My purpose is to inspire women all over the world to reach their full potential and with this platform I know I will sow a seed of greatness.

Allegro Dinkwanyane – Founder & CEO, Orgella Media

I believe that the Top Women Conference is the right platform to share my business expertise, leadership insights and my journey to inspire, encourage and emancipate women from all backgrounds and walks of life.

Zipho Sikhakhane – CEO & Founder, EMZ Advisory

Thank you for the opportunity you afforded me to have my voice heard although I was a bit nervous and out of place when I started because of the technical glinch either than that I am happy. Next time I know I will be better. I thank you for organizing such a world class event. I also clicked on the Networking icon and connected with the ladies that were available. The speakers all spoke life and opened my eyes and I walked out more intentional than I ever was before in helping women be in better positions than they were in previously. I want to help more and do more. This was amazing. I am truly speechless.

Zanele Diniso – Founder, Periwinkle Home Executives

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