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 Africa.com 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 Africa.com Definitive List of

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How Were The Women Chosen?

The Africa.com Definitive List of Women CEOs is the product of a data-driven research project that began by identifying all publicly listed companies on all of the twenty-one stock exchanges in Africa – a list of over 1,400 companies.  The data for the analysis was provided by Bloomberg. From there, the researchers screened the companies in order to focus on the largest, those with a market capitalization of $150 million USD or larger, resulting in a list of 355 corporations. Once the researchers had identified these 355 companies, the largest in Africa, they then searched the public information available on the management teams of these companies.  In order to qualify for the List, women had to have a CEO or managing director title at the head of one of these companies. The titles were then vetted further by examining where the women fit within the company’s overall organizational structure to

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Women Leading Corporate Africa

Africa.com undertook a rigorous research project to identify not just high-profile personalities, but the women who actually run the largest, most complex businesses on the African continent.  The result is called The Definitive List of Women CEOs, and we are proud to reveal the list on October 13 at the SUMMIT: Women Leading Corporate Africa. On October 13, 2021, Harvard Business School Professor Tony Mayo will present his research findings on what it takes for African-American women to reach the top spot in American corporations.  A panel of women CEOs from the Africa.com list will react to that research, noting similarities and differences for corporate women in Africa.  The names of those who made the list will be revealed that day, as well. The Africa.com Definitive List of Women CEOs is the product of a data-driven research project that began by identifying all publicly listed companies on all of the twenty-one

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