Women's Month South Africa

Lady Boss! Five woman leaders who drive the tech and financial scene

The month of August is a time to celebrate women. It’s a time to pay tribute to their strength, their resilience and most importantly, their contributions.

Here at GetBucks, the easiest place to get a loan online, we value the contribution of all women: Women who invent. Women who nurture. Women who discover.

But, as a leader in financial services and innovative technology ourselves, GetBucks is thrilled to highlight women who are leading this scene.

Here then are five of these groundbreaking lady bosses and their invaluable contribution to the industry.

Sheryl Sandberg: COO of Facebook:

In June 2012, Sheryl Sandberg became the first woman to serve on Facebook’s board of directors. That same year, she made Time’s 100 Most Influential People list in the world.

All considered then, the fact that she is also the author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, is an exceptional show of talent and drive. In it, she explores feminism and sexism in the workplace and the many barriers to gender equality in the working world. It sold more than a million copies!

Sheryl Sandberg

Maria Ramos: CEO of Absa:

Maria Ramos

As CEO of one of Africa’s leading organisations, Ramos’ influence and expertise should speak for itself. But, her career in the public sector, along with a series of other accolades, speaks volumes more about her ever-bettering self.

Once CEO of Transnet, Ramos was named outstanding businesswoman of the year in 2009 by the African Business Awards. She is also a champion for economic equality for all women and is the perfect role model for any aspiring African businesswoman.

Susan Wojcicki:  CEO of YouTube

Susan Wojcicki has been CEO of our favourite video watching destination since 2014. But, in a largely male-dominated industry, her rise to the very top is more extraordinary than most. On the way, she also lent her expertise to perhaps the influential company on the planet – Google.

She was elevated to senior vice president at Google in 2010 but later moved on over to YouTube where she now runs a site that has more than one billion monthly users. You’re probably one of them!

Susan Wojcicki

Nonkululeko Nyembezi: South Africa’s most astute female entrepreneur

Nonkululeko Nyembezi is a trailblazer and shrewd entrepreneur who is widely respected for her business acumen. She is the first black woman to serve as non-executive chairman of Alexander Forbes and has held several executive and non-executive corporate positions in a career spanning 30 years!

Widely regarded as an authority in a variety of industries, which includes financial services, mining, IT and telecommunications, she’s likely to continue breaking boundaries for years to come.

Nonkululeko Nyembezi

Nicky F. Newton-King: the CEO of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange

Nicky F. Newton-King

As CEO of the leading exchange in Africa, Newton-King is responsible for negotiating and implementing the JSE’s major corporate transactions and development strategy, which will look to redefine how the world sees Africa.

But, credited with an eye for what the South African economy needs most, her work is beyond financial: With a legal background, she advises on all things legal too and is a leader in the drive for transformation. The sky is her limit!

So there you have it: Five of a growing number of women responsible for driving some of the most influential entities in South Africa and the world, many of which we use every single day.

At GetBucks, where we praise female innovation and invention, we’re praising these lady bosses! May they continue to refine the workplace and inspire a generation of women to come.

Happy Women’s month!