GC4W Women in Leadership

The Executive Coach Helping to Empower Female Leaders

By Forbes Councils This article series spotlights key business trends identified by the expert members of Forbes Councils. Find out if you qualify for Forbes Coaches Council here. It has long been recognized that female leaders are being underrepresented and left behind in STEM and S&P 500 companies. Historically, the move towards closing opportunity gaps at work took a gender agnostic approach…

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UAE Announces First Female Astronaut

By Jessie Tu At just 28, Noura Al Matrooshi has been announced as the first ever female astronaut from United Arab Emirates, fulfilling her childhood dream for space exploration. Abu-Dhabi based engineer, Al Matrooshi will train with Mohammed al-Mulla, 32, a pilot with the Dubai police. The chosen astronauts were announced on Twitter by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai…

This Program Introduces Women to International Markets

By Marisol García Fuentes Support for women favors economic growth. A report by the McKinsey Global Institute indicates that a strengthening of gender equality could represent an increase of 12 trillion dollars to world GDP by the year 2025, which in Latin America would represent an approximate of 1.1 trillion dollars. According to World Bank data, globally, one in three companies is owned by…

Melanie Perkins’ Startup Canva Gains Rapid Success

By Jessie Tu As a tech start-up entrepreneur, Melanie Perkins’ story is nothing short of remarkable. Last July, we reported her becoming one of the wealthiest women in Australia after her graphic design company Canva, which she co-founded with her husband Cliff Obrecht raised US$60 million in funding. This week, her company has hit an on paper valuation of $US15 billion ($19.7 billion) after securing a…

10 Remarkable African Women Breaking Barriers in Health Care

These incredible surgeons, GPs, gynecologists, and more are paving the way. By Aaron Rakhetsi  and  Nomthandazo Xaba The world of medicine truly evolved in 1847, when British physician Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to be admitted into a medical school in the US — and, two years later, when she was the first woman to receive a doctor’s degree.  In the 1800s, women faced…

How Sarah Clark is Managing a Travel Company During COVID

By Sarah Clark The start of 2020 couldn’t have been stronger, I was leading a passionate team across Australia and New Zealand at the world’s largest adventure travel company, surpassing set targets for the biggest January in the company’s history. We were on track with future goals to balance purpose and profit, supporting local communities while taking customers on the trip…

Tanzania Swears in Its First-Ever Woman President

By Khanyi Mlaba Samia Suluhu Hassan has officially been sworn in as Tanzania’s first woman president after the unexpected death of former President John Magufuli on Wednesday March 17.  Hassan, who was previously the country’s vice president, automatically became acting president following the passing of Magufuli, and was officially sworn into the position two days later. “I, Samia Suluhu Hassan, promise to be…