Awarding the Nation’s Leading Women

Express Employment Professionals ranked among 2018 Standard Bank Top Women Award Finalists

Cemented as South Africa’s leading and preeminent initiative to honour the achievements and advocate the advancement of gender empowerment, Standard Bank TOP WOMEN celebrates their 15 year anniversary gathering South Africa’s most accomplished businesswomen and organisations accelerating gender transformation in the workplace.

Charting the next success stories of South Africa’s businesses and entrepreneurs, the Standard Bank TOP WOMEN Awards elevate the power and impact of accelerating gender parity by honouring the nation’s finest achievers on Thursday 23 August 2018 at Emperors Palace.

Poised as the frontrunners of empowerment for their outstanding contribution to gender justice, this year’s Standard Bank TOP WOMEN finalists are announced. Comprising of a range of corporate companies, government departments and entrepreneurs from every sector, the 2018 finalists represent South Africa’s potential to overcome adversities facing women in business. Recognising their commitment and successes in achieving the ambitions of the CGE and constitutional democracy, the finalist’s and award winners inspire the nation to mobilise mutual efforts toward paving the way for an inclusive and fair environment.

Director of Standard Bank TOP WOMEN, Karla Fletcher: “We are devoted to providing the ultimate platform to address the challenges facing women-driven economic growth. Together with the CGE, our panel of judges and all those who have participated in the Standard Bank TOP WOMEN Awards in the past 15 years, we represent a community that actively responds to the pertinent questions surrounding the barriers to success for women entrepreneurs. We are excited about the work and calibre of this year’s finalists, and their significant impact offers South Africa optimism for the future. Join us in celebrating their achievements in realising gender equality, and appreciating our shared goals to reaching democratic progress.”

In South Africa, one of those leaders is undoubtedly Express Employment Professionals, in the running for the DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE trophy at this year’s awards. 

Commenting on the achievement of reaching Finalist status, Carolyn Diaz, Managing Director of Express Employment Professionals said, “We are absolutely thrilled to have achieved Finalist status within this category.  As an individual who started on my own almost 15 years ago, struggled through all the challenges alone, it is so encouraging to see that business is highlighting Women in Business, Empowering Women in Business, and Encouraging Women in Business “Thank you Standard Bank”.  I have always believed in empowering and mentoring women, from the first day I opened my small business in Pietermaritzburg.  Employing young ladies with passion, young ladies who have just graduated and need experience and mentorship and giving them opportunities to come into their own.  Today, 85% of my team at Express head office are women.  Women in leadership positions are making waves in business and I am so proud to be involved in a franchise system that allows women in business to be in business for themselves, but not by themselves.  It is not always easy, but we dig deep, find our strength, use our passion, find our VOICE, and use it to our advantage.”

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