Kenyan women feted in the US

October 23, 2008

, NAIROBI, October 23 – Two Kenyan businesswomen have been feted by Goldman Sachs for being Africa’s top emerging business leaders and mentors.

Eva Muraya, the Chief Executive Officer of Color Creations and Phyllis Mwangi, CEO of Edge Consult received the inaugural Goldman Sachs Fortune Global Leadership Award at a gala dinner held at San Diego’s Four Seasons Hotel in the United States.

The two women were among 12 finalists picked from over 87 participants across the globe.

Presenting the award, the CEO of Goldman Sachs, Lloyd Blankfein said that his firm and Fortune 500 had recognised the two as emerging global leaders on issues committed to the furtherance of women’s socio-economic empowerment demonstrated through their personal and corporate lives.

Ms Muraya has been actively involved in championing women’s issues through advocacy, the establishment of a pioneer youth entrepreneurship program as well as her role in Zawadi Africa.

“I want to dedicate my award to my two daughters, my Color Creations colleagues and my country for creating the opportunities for me to realise my potential,” Ms Muraya said.

Ms Mwangi on the other hand has created opportunities for local women artisans to access the US market through partnerships she has established with an American company – Bridge for Africa, following her Fortune-US state department mentorship in 2006. She is also actively involved in mentoring and developing young women at her former high school.

The award ceremony was a prelude to this year’s Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit and was graced by Warren Buffet, co-founder Microsoft Corporation Melinda Gates and Martha Stewart among other high profile personalities.

Goldman Sachs is a leading Fortune 500 company in the US.

The award required a participant to demonstrate the application at a business, community and societal level of the leadership skills drawn from the Fortune program.

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