Unspoken Rules for Women Who Are Climbing the African Corporate Ladder


Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 9:00am


Virtual Event

Men significantly outnumber women not just at the senior management and board levels but at every stage of the African Corporate pipeline. This is why Africa.com is committed to supporting talented women who aspire to climb the corporate ladder in Africa.  This workshop will feature breakout groups to discuss what women want/need in terms of training, soft skills v hard skills, frequency, presenters from abroad vs. local, certificates, etc.  Based on feedback received, including an extensive post-event survey, Africa.com will work with its partners to develop a robust set of follow-on training specifically designed for women in corporate Africa.


  • Aida Diarra, Senior Vice President and Head of Sub-Saharan Africa, has under her jurisdiction, all Visa operations in forty-eight markets across Sub-Saharan Africa. She is a highly experienced executive in the financial services and digital financial industry and is well versed in growing business and operations across the African continent. Her twenty-five-year career includes strategy development and implementation, business development, and operational management. Aida joined Visa from Western Union, where she was the Regional Vice President for Africa & Managing Director for more than four years. Prior to this, she held a number of progressive leadership positions at the global money transfer business, developing her experience in marketing, sales, account management, strategy & planning, and country / regional leadership positions. Coupled with her passion for financial technology, she is a champion for diversity and Africa’s overall contribution to the industry and serves as a leading voice in these two areas through her non-executive work.
  • Gorick Ng is the Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of The Unspoken Rules: Secrets to Starting Your Career Off Right, a book published by Harvard Business Review Press. It is a guide to help early career professionals, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds, navigate the school-to-work transition and ascend to positions of leadership, based on 500+ interviews with professionals across geographies, industries, and job types.  The Unspoken Rules is now offered at a range of organizations, from the largest multinationals to startups and nonprofits, for onboarding, training, and diversity and inclusion. Harvard Business School has also given Gorick’s book to every MBA student to give them an edge in their internships and full-time jobs.

ORGANIZER: Africa.com

WEBSITE: https://virtualeventcenter.africa.com/workshop/