Celebrating South Africa’s most inspirational female leaders

By on March 2, 2015

The 12th Annual Standard Bank Top Women Awards celebrates outstanding female leadership, inspiration, vision, and innovation; and organisations that have stepped up and shaped women’s roles within the private and public sectors.

In collaboration with the Top Women publication, the Top Women Awards is a prestigious event in which inspirational female leaders are celebrated for outstanding performance in the world of business and government. The winners will be announced at a gala event at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg on 6 August 2015.

“The empowerment of women in all sectors of the economy is crucial to the success of our nation. Women are the pillars of society and have the potential to transfer these attributes to the workplace, and make a meaningful impact on the economy and the communities they serve,” says Jacqui Carnelley, Head of Marketing and Communications at Standard Bank South Africa.

Nominate your top woman

The award categories reflect a wide spectrum of work these deserving women from the public and private sectors are involved in. This includes CEOs, executives, and leaders in corporate South Africa, SMMEs, government departments and agencies, as well as entrepreneurs.

Categories for the 12th Annual Top Women Awards are as follows:


Top Gender Empowered Company: Resources

Top Gender Empowered Company: Engineering sponsored by Total sa

Top Gender Empowered Company: Retail

Top Gender Empowered Company: Science and technology

Top Gender Empowered Company: Healthcare and pharmaceuticals

Top Gender Empowered Company: Transport and logistics

Top Gender Empowered Company: Financial sponsored by Standard Bank

Top Gender Empowered Company: ICT

Top Gender Empowered Company: Chemicals and construction

Top Gender Empowered Company: Agriculture, food and beverages

Top Gender Empowered Public service

Top Gender Empowered Company: African SMME


Civil Society Organisations Award (CSO) – Sponsored by National

Development Agency (NDA)

Multinational Award

Fast Growth Woman-Owned SMME Award

Women-Owned Business of the Year Award

Investing in People Award

Diversity in the Workplace Award


Female Public Sector Leader Award (Parastatals and Government)

Top Female Entrepreneur of 2015 Award sponsored by African Holdings

Young Achiever of the Year Award – 40 years and younger

Businesswoman of The Year Award sponsored by Standard Bank

Nominations and entries for the Top Woman Awards can be submitted to Sheri Morgan on 086 000 9590 or sheri.morgan@topco.co.za For sponsorship and sales enquiries, contact Babalwa Mkobeni on 086 000 9590 or  babalwa.mkobeni@businesswomen.co.za

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