Standard Bank and Topco Media nurture a generation of powerful women through renewed partnership

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With women entrepreneurs making significant progress and receiving increasing recognition in recent years, there is a vital need to support women and ensure they are well-positioned to take on corporate leadership roles and start their own businesses, paving the way for future generations of economically empowered women. In response to the growing need for unmatched support and encouragement for women in business, Topco Media and Standard Bank are pleased to announce their renewed 2023 partnership.

By continuing with this partnership, the two entities have demonstrated their commitment to gender equality. A series of EmpowHER Regional Conferences are underway. The first one launched in Cape Town in May, and the next two will take place in Durban in June, and North West in August in the build-up to the national Standard Bank Top Women Conference to be held at the Maslow Hotel in Johannesburg from 18 – 19 October.

The winners from each region will be entered into the 20th annual Standard Bank Top Women Awards and will attend the ceremony at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on 7 November, where one winner will walk away with a R50 000 cash prize and the grand trophy, along with multiple other prizes, brand exposure and access to the Topco community.

“We are excited about our continued partnership with Africa’s largest bank. Standard Bank Top Women provides a unique opportunity for women in business to connect, learn and grow. We believe that by empowering women, we can create a more inclusive and prosperous society,” says Ralf Fletcher, CEO of Topco Media. “This event is a celebration of women in business who have broken the glass ceiling, and we are proud to be part of a movement that is driving change in Africa. It is Top Women’s 20th anniversary and Standard Bank has been along for the journey for more than ten of those years.”

Italia Mabula, Head of Brand and Marketing for Standard Bank Business and Commercial Banking, said, “At Standard Bank our purpose is to drive growth on the continent. We are continuously seeking relevant ways to achieve this. Central to our strategy is supporting the businesses and communities in which we operate. The Standard Bank Top Women Conference, and Awards, have developed into a powerful platform through which to empower women across South Africa. By empowering women, we are fostering a more inclusive and prosperous society, and contributing to the growth and development of our beloved country and continent.”

Global industry leaders, futurists, award-winning entrepreneurs, policymakers, industry bodies and philanthropists will participate in the two-day conference to engage and share valuable insights and tools to assist and inspire top women in South Africa and the continent.

This conference aims to ignite the global economy by connecting women entrepreneurs and bringing together global thought leaders and experts to network, inspire and provide practical solutions, to support thousands of African women entrepreneurs.

For more information and to get your tickets to the conference, visit