According to a 2019 Catalyst.org report, 29% of women hold senior management roles and 87% are involved in business affairs globally. International Women’s Day falls on Sunday March 8th this year, and since we at Walker’s Legacy pride ourselves in celebrating influential women for their leadership, here are ten global change-makers worthy of recognition.
Name: Iyore N. Olaye
Industry: Technology Engineering
Iyore Olaye is an industry leader who creates tech solutions for transportation, beauty, and personal care industry leading companies. She provides freshly unique perspectives on brand advancement though her knowledge of technology. She also shares her knowledge by holding speaking engagements on topics including product development, IoT, entrepreneurship, engineering, and machine learning. Olaye has connected with a large list of conference companies like Forbes (Forbes Global Sales & Marketing Meeting), Silicon Valley Forum (Women in Tech Festival), Delta Airlines, BeBold (BeBold US Book Launch), and many more. She’s recently been named to Forbes ’30 Under 30′ list for her remarkable achievements.
Name: Kylie Hawker-Green
Country: New Zealand
Industry: Community Economic Development
Kylie Hawker-Green is an economic developer who proudly engages in professional communications on community education and empowerment. Currently, she is the General Manager of Enterprise Great Lake Taupo and the CEO of a public relations agency in Taupo, PR Plus. Hawker-Green passionately advocates for community economic development practices and teaches how to empower to generate a positive environment for all. She is also a member of the NZ Institute of Directors, Chair of the One Taupo Trust and Deputy Chair of Northern Districts Cricket Association. Her passion consists of addressing inequality and unconscious biases of the workplace and a male dominated society.
Name: Nivi Sharma
Nivi Sharma is an innovator and educator of technology in growing markets. She currently sits as the COO of BRCK, a company that works to connect Africa to the internet by removing barriers and opening the doors of connectivity to increase economic opportunity. In this position, Sharma leads her team to resolve internet connectivity issues that suppress African economics, like affordability, literacy, and access. She finds importance in educating African communities and urging them to take advantage of the ever-developing digital world. Sharma has shared her knowledge through global platforms like SXSW, TIME Magazine, EU Development Days, CNBC Africa, and several others.
Name: Nida Hasan
Industry: Community Development
Since 2014, Nida Hasan is the Country Director for Change.org India and leads her team to empower people to create change in their communities. Her role involves developmental responsibility for Change.org’s India, leading campaigns to support women leaders, establishing strong environmental infrastructures, and nurtures partnerships with civil society organizations for women’s rights and government stakeholders. Under Hasan’s leadership, Change.org has reached over 1.7 million people.
Name: Fehizoro Ny Fitiavana Rakotomalala
Industry: Community Leadership for Young Women
Fehizoro Ny Fitiavana Rakotomalala is a Girl Guide Leader and advocate for ending gender bias, violence, and educator on adolescent nutrition. She is a national ambassador and spokesperson for nutrition education, body confidence, and online safety for young women. According to her profile, she currently is a student of geo-science, but finds particular interest in understanding gender equality and development within the framework of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Name: Wang Wei Tong Phoebe
Country: Hong Kong
Industry: Youth Empowerment
As a youth empowerment representative, body confidence advocate, and disability awareness activist, Wang Wei Tong Phoebe believes in amplifying the voices of young women of all backgrounds and professions to develop personal, positive connections. While studying at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Phoebe co-founded GEN, the university’s Girls Empowerment Network. This organization seeks to join female and male students into constructive discussions surrounding gender equality, career empowerment, and social expectations. Her research includes in-depth evaluations on gender stereotypes and analysis of women in politics.
Name: Janice Sutherland
Country: Antigua & Barbuda
Industry: Women’s Leadership & Telecom
Janice Sutherland is one of the first female CEOs in the Caribbean telecommunications industry by her leadership at Sutherland Coaching & Consulting. She funnels her energy into leadership development and influencing the increase of female representation in business. As a business mentor for women, Sutherland inspires women to be confident, fearless, and authentic in order to take their place in leadership roles. She is also the author of an internationally best-seller ‘This Woman Can – The No Bulls*t Guide for Women Who Lead” and values keynoting events on leadership, women’s advancement, and professional success.
Name: Professor Maja
Professor Maja is an author and women’s confidence builder / researcher. She understands the societal pressures on women to be top tier professionals and has published works to influence personal development. “Hey ladies, Stop Apologizing” is one of two books that aims to deal with the absence of confidence and incessant apologies she experienced daily. According to her profile from McMaster University, where she teaches, her newest study “Women’s Confidence and Communication Styles” explores what strengthens and weakens women’s confidence, and how apologies and self compassion impacts communicative confidence.
Name: Dilruba Malik
Dilruba Malik is a Bangladeshi migrant who worked hard to complete her electrical engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. From her diligence growing up a first-generation minority in America, she’s developed a focused and dedicated attitude to achieve her success. Malik has also learned how to lead and juggle priorities to overcome stigmas against her. Today, she speaks to share her experiences and influence other minority women to over come societal struggles.
Name: Paulita Pappel
Industry: Sex Education & Activist
Paulita is a sexual educator, activist, feminist pornographer, and the founder of a social media platform dedicated to sex, Lustery.com. She doesn’t believe sex should be a taboo topic, which is why her work in the adult film industry is braided with Lustery. Pappel is part of the women in the sex tech community and has paneled discussions on topics of body politics, sex education, and gender issues. She aims to help women with body positivity and societal pressures.