These three tenacious businesswomen have faced hard times in their lives and careers, but because they've been prepared for success, they've all landed on their feet.
The corporate activist: Sheryl Sandberg
As COO of Facebook, co-founder of Leanin.org and the author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, she is a women's rights activist. She's been ranked one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business by Fortune magazine year after year, and was the first female member of Facebook's Board of Directors.
In 2015, Sandberg's husband Dave Goldberg died of a head trauma after falling off a treadmill while they were on holiday. Speaking after the event, she emphasised the importance of the support of her family, friends and colleagues in coping with the loss. As she said: 'You will be defined not just by what you achieve, but by how you survive.'
And survive she has, continuing her work on women's rights and taking great leaps forward in her career.
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The inspirational humanitarian: Ertharin Cousin
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She has been outspoken about hunger at home in the United States as well: 'The face of hunger doesn't have a particular colour, and it doesn't come from a particular neighbourhood. They are your neighbours, they are working Americans, they are senior citizens who have worked their entire lives, and they are children.'
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The homegrown mogul: Khanyi Dhlomo
Our very own Khanyi is the MD and founder of Ndalo Media, which now publishes Destiny and Destiny Man magazines. She is one of the most revered media moguls in South Africa and in 2011 was included on Forbes' list of 20 Young Power Women in Africa. Before she became a media mogul, she was the editor of True Love magazine. She knows what it is to fail, and how to turn failures into success:
One of her most well-known quotes is: 'Failure is an opportunity to learn and to do better next time. It’s part of the path to greatness, which was never meant to be smooth.'
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