Jackie Carroll, CEO of Media Works, announced as a 2017 Standard Bank Top Women Awards finalist

For a decade and a half, South Africa’s premier gender parity platform, Standard Bank Top Women, has awarded outstanding women leaders and gender-strong companies across a host of market sectors.

Their journeys to success ignite the ambition of Africa’s women to pursue their own goals in business, government, science, tech and other fields, while showcasing the robust business performance that results from having more women in leadership roles.

This year, CEO of Media Works, Jackie Carroll, is proud to join the ranks of the Awards’ alumni, as a Finalist in the Award Category: Female Entrepreneur of 2017. She will vie for the award at this year’s 14th annual ceremony, taking place at Emperors Palace on the evening of 17 August.

Jackie Carroll co-founded Media Works 21 years ago to meet the needs of South African adults who needed assistance with foundational learning. Since then, Media Works has upskilled over a million South African adults, across the country, and the company continues to lead the way in innovative, technology-centred education methods.

“It’s exciting, and humbling, to be considered for the award. This recognition shines a light on the importance of quality education for all South Africans, and the vital work that the Media Works team is doing in this regard. I also hope that these awards pave the way for more female business leaders and entrepreneurs to succeed…to break the ‘glass ceiling’ and know that they can do it,“ says Carroll.

Entries for the awards, both individual and organisational, were evaluated against strict criteria of both gender empowerment and performance, in order to designate the award finalists, who will contest the coveted Standard Bank Top Women trophies.

This year’s panel of esteemed judges includes the likes of Kate Moodley, Franchise Director at Discovery Holdings; Phuti Mahanyele, Sigma Capital Executive Chairperson and Margaret Sibiya, C.O.O. for ICT-Works. Several of the judges commented on the impressive calibre of this year’s entrants, which made the intensive adjudication process even more challenging than in previous years.

View the full roster of 2017’s Standard Bank Top Women Awards finalists here.