Vice President of Education and Labor Advocacy, Government Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
June 30, 2022
The U.S. Chamber’s Women Taking the Lead (WTTL) is focused on changing what leadership teams look like.
It was with this lens that WTTL partnered with the U.S. Chamber’s Equality of Opportunity initiative and U.S.-Africa Business Center, as well as with the Association of Women in International Trade, to host an event titled “Centering Women’s Leadership in African Trade Policy.”
Women-run small and medium-sized enterprises make up approximately 60% of Africa’s GDP and create about 450 million jobs. There is also a growing number of African women diplomatic and political leaders, and with that comes larger recognition of women as economic drivers of growth. The key is making sure policies and innovation foster rather than hinder this growth.
Distinguished women leaders and allies from the African Diplomatic Corps; senior officials from the U.S. government; state, local and U.S. Chamber leaders; corporate executives; and international thought leaders all joined the discussion, which coincided with International Trade Month, World Trade Day, and Africa Day.
The conversation emphasized that it’s imperative to have women leaders at the forefront of discussions on trade, economic policy, and business development because gender equality in leadership is the best way to achieve inclusivity and equality in the outcomes and implementation. Women leaders are key to ensuring women’s economic empowerment and gender equality around the world.
If you weren’t able to attend the event, but are interested in reading highlights or watching the discussions, you can do so here.
About the authors
Allison L. Dembeck is vice president of education and labor advocacy in the Government Affairs Division at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, focusing on education, labor, and workforce development issues.