Today, we celebrate Media entrepreneur and corporate executive, Biola Alabi who recently made the Financial Times’ Top 100 Global Female Executives List. She is the only Nigerian-based woman to be included on the global list. She was profiled alongside, some of the world’s most powerful female executives from global companies such as Deloitte, Amazon, Mastercard and IBM.
With over two decades in business both in Africa and in the US, Biola has mentored women in the corporate space, arming them with tools and resources to help them articulate their potentials and present themselves professionally in the work place.
Biola is keen on female representation especially in the work place and to this end, her consultancy company has an all-female leadership team, and boasts of over 75% female staff. She is also the founder of Grooming for Greatness, a mentorship program designed to nurture a new generation of African leaders. Through this platform, Biola, ensures a minimum 70% female intake, and provides professional and leadership development opportunities for aspiring women in Nigeria and across the continent.
On receiving this accolade from Financial Times, she says:
“I have always placed a strong emphasis on doing what I can to support and nurture talented women in business through mentorship and creating opportunities for others to excel in business and the workplace across Africa. I am humbled and honored to be recognized alongside so many outstanding female executives who are championing gender diversity and inclusion. Yet, I am also aware of how much there still is to do to increase the representation of women in business at all levels”
She continues “Let me be frank; ‘Africa PLC’ cannot and will not advance at the pace it should, without the amplification of female roles in senior positions. Until we see parity in leadership teams and in the boardrooms, I will be resolute, and vocal, in my mission to bring women to the forefront of corporate Africa”.