The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber is proud to announce that yet another of our valued board members has been recognized by the broader business community on a national scale. Jane Stevenson has been named a winner in the SME category of the eleventh annual South Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government awards, presented by CEO Communications. The Most Influential Women in Business award recognizes the inspirational women achievers in business and government who are working for the benefit of South Africa and its future generations.
No fewer than 81 finalists in 28 industry sectors, ranging from Aerospace and Defense, to Welfare and Related Community Services, were selected from hundreds of nominees and judged by an independent judging panel consisting of various high-profile industry leaders to ensure a fair and unbiased selection of winners.
Stevenson is a long-standing member and supporters of this Chamber, and she became the first woman to hold an office-bearing position at the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber when she was elected its Deputy President in 2010. “I am thrilled and truly humbled,” says Stevenson. “I am passionate about making a difference in the little bit of world around me, and it is wonderful to see the ripple effect.”
Stevenson’s win in the SME category comes after a thorough judging of the high-calibre candidates. She attributes her win to her support network: “I owe huge thanks to the incredible people who support me – family, clients, friends and colleagues.”
The publication South Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government, was initially launched by CEO Communications in 2000 as South Africa’s Business Women, to pay tribute to those women consistently making their mark. The awards are a credible identifier of women in business and government who are willing to put their influence to work for the benefit of South Africa’s economy.
“On behalf of the Business Chamber board and the Chamber team, we congratulate Stevenson on her outstanding achievement,” says Kevin Hustler, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber. “We feel that the recognition she has received is most deserved, for her contribution not only to the Business Chamber itself, but to the community at large. We acknowledge and appreciate her talents and commitment to the Chamber, both as an office bearer and as a board member.”