Women in leadership.. they've kept trailblazing and leading

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Former President of Liberia.

Women are not new to leadership; think of Margaret Thatcher, the longest serving British Prime Minister and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first elected female head of state in Africa. This goes to show how women are just as qualified to lead as men.

Every International Women’s Day serves as a reminder that much still needs to be done to achieve equality in the workplace. However, today’s story is not about underrepresentation but rather about celebrating women who have overcome the barriers and bias to break the proverbial ‘glass ceiling’ to take up leadership leadership positions and dominate roles previously considered to be for men. 

1. Rita Kavashe, Managing Director, Isuzu East Africa. Rita joined the automotive industry in 1995 when she joined General Motors East Africa (currently known as Isuzu East Africa) as a Sales Representative.  

2. Sylvia Mulinge, Chief Customer Officer, Safaricom. Before joining Safaricom in 2006, Sylvia had had a remarkable corporate career at Unilever as the Regional Brand Manager, laundry division, based in South Africa. 

3. Carole Kariuki, Chief Executive Officer, KEPSA and Non-Executive Director, East African Cables. As a corporate executive, Carole has amassed a wealth of experience in leadership which has seen her sit on several boards including IS (Internet Solutions) Kenya and Special Economic Zones Authority, Kenya where she is the board chair. 

4. Sheryl Kara became the first woman to be elected by Facebook’s board of directors as the Chief Operating Officer at Facebook. Before joining Facebook, Sheryl was already winning at Google as the Vice President of global online sales and operations.

5. Sanna Marin, Prime Minister, Finnland. Her popularity across the world is because of the fact that she was the youngest Prime Minister in the world and her coalition government is only comprised of women all under 40 years. 

6. Karun Mungai, Artist. Being listed on the annual Forbes Africa 30 under 30 as a game changer is no mean feat. Karun earned the right to be on that list in 2019 under the creative category. Karun, who was formerly part of Camp Mulla, has graced many stages locally and internationally. 

7. Lorna Irungu, Managing Director, Gina Din Group. Lorna is no stranger to Kenyans especially those who loved the Omo Pick-A-Box and Club Kiboko shows in the late 1990s which she used to host gracefully. Her story is very inspirational since she overcame crippling kidney failure and three kidney transplants to start her own company Siwa Communications. In February 2018 she was appointed as the Managing Director of the dominating Gina Din Group, a public relations and communications firm.


More and more organizations are playing their part in ensuring equality is achieved, even at the C-suite level. Our friends at Burn Manufacturing are leading the pack with 60% of their 300 employees being women. (Psst! They’ve got over 10 job opportunities open). 

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    SIBOMANA | April 20, 2020 17:18

    that's good, women can also do better, I have seen it working in uganda

    BIRUNGI ZAHARAH | March 19, 2020 08:50

    Really inspiring and encouraging women we should never lose hope.we can do wat men does happy women's day mai dear friends.

    KIIZA | March 11, 2020 11:30

    Very amazing and inspiring.I feel motivated to work harder and become like them. Thanks very much.

    KIIZA | March 11, 2020 11:28

    Very amazing and inspiring.I feel motivated to work harder and become like them.

    ANYANGO | March 09, 2020 21:49

    awsome to know this kudos to all of us as women

    Emmanuel | March 08, 2020 19:44

    On this list I would like to celebrate my own mother and yours too for being the people who make us who we are. Mum happy woman's day

    Stephen | March 08, 2020 17:26


    ANDREW | March 08, 2020 13:00

    They are our source of being at greater level. they deserve great. I got you continue insipring is at different levels

    Gema | March 07, 2020 17:55

    Happy woman's day

    Abigael | March 07, 2020 13:20

    Congratulations to those wonderful women..go ladies

    IRENE | March 07, 2020 09:59

    Quite encouraging

    CHRISTINE | March 07, 2020 09:12

    So inspiring

    Justina | March 06, 2020 13:00

    Thanks fellow women keep it up. Very inspirng.

    Kathy Busara | March 06, 2020 08:19

    This is so inspiring, Bravo to all women that have kept the candle burning.

    EVALYNE | March 06, 2020 06:28

    Thank you, this is so inspiring

    Adania | March 06, 2020 06:15

    Very encouraging, thank you.

    wyned | March 05, 2020 19:23

    now women can take part in any kind of leadership without any interferences

    mumati | March 05, 2020 18:04

    congrats to them

    Ntege | March 05, 2020 17:51

    Such information is one the knowledge that we would like to be getting in the country This clearly shows us how ladies are doing good in the country

    mujuni aron | March 05, 2020 17:10


    sammy | March 05, 2020 16:38

    Women can do Great if empowered.

    KATO | March 05, 2020 15:26

    This is powerful

    diana | March 05, 2020 13:35

    Great inspiration as I work towards being great

    Nicholas | March 05, 2020 13:29

    so inspiring

    petronila | March 05, 2020 12:55

    Great inspiration women let’s move higher and higher kudos

    HARRIET BAKOLE | March 05, 2020 12:52

    So encouraging. I can walk with my hopes so high.

    DENIS | March 05, 2020 09:19

    Women are good in leadership and are mother caring of the nation. I like the organization/ company lead by women because of they good relation they have.

    Elphas | March 05, 2020 07:31

    Great and inspiring

    LINAH | March 05, 2020 06:40

    Wow!!This is so inspiring and makes me work smarter and heads high Thank you

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