The Summit Starts at

15:00 SAST (South Africa) summit start time

Welcome Chair and Executive Editor, Teresa Clarke will open the summit with an overview of the audience, present the major topic of the webinar, and introduce the speakers.

Beating The Odds

Any list of top CEOs reveals a stunning lack of diversity. Among the leaders of Fortune 500 companies, for example, just 32 are women, three are African-American, and not one is an African-American woman. Harvard Senior Lecturer Tony Mayo studied the careers of the roughly 2,300 alumni of African descent who have graduated from Harvard Business School since its founding, focusing on the 67 African-American women who have attained top positions in corporations or professional services firms. These women thrived, they found, because of three characteristics that are key to resilience. The insights gleaned are important not just for African-Americans and women; they’re essential for any manager who recognizes that an organization’s diversity is its strength.

Speaker:  Anthony Mayo, Harvard Senior Lecturer

  • Question & Answers with Professor Mayo

  • Audience Poll

The Definitive List of Women CEOs Revealed

A dynamic video presentation revealing who made the 2021 Definitive List of Women CEOs.

The list highlights 50 African women who run publicly-listed African corporations with a market capitalization above $150 million USD,  division heads of publicly listed African corporations such that the division, were it standalone, would have a market capitalization of $150 million USD or larger, and the Africa-region head or Africa country head of a global corporation whose market cap is over $50 billion USD or larger. Our team of researchers reviewed the public websites of these companies to identify women on the management teams of these 355 companies.  This yielded a list of 526 women.  Our team of researchers then examined the list of 526 women to determine those who have the title of chief executive officer or managing director or president AND have bottom-line profit and loss responsibility.

Data provided by Bloomberg

Beating the Odds in Africa: What Does It Take Here?

A panel of women CEOs from the Definitive List will respond to Professor Tony Mayo’s findings about African-American women in the C-Suite by telling their own stories of how they reached the top spot in Africa.  They will provide their insights on what it takes for women to get to the top of large, complex companies in Africa.

This panel will start at 15:50 SAST

Moderator:  Teresa Clarke, Chair of


  • Question & Answers with the Panel of Women CEOs

Stock Exchanges As Activists For Women’s Leadership: Leading The Charge In Gender Lens Investing

This panel will explore the recent developments through which stock exchanges globally and in Africa are driving women’s leadership in big business by making gender diversity a requirement for listing.

This panel will start at 16:55 SAST

Opening Address:  Anne Aliker, Head of Investment Banking (International), Standard Bank Group

Moderator:  Lerato Mbele, Presenter and Broadcast Journalist, BBC World News


  • Question & Answers with the Panel

  • Closing Remarks and Credits