Making Change in the Banking Industry by Braving the Odds | GC10

Through her remarkable ascent to the top of the international finance industry, Mizinga Melu became the first Zambian and woman to become a CEO of major African bank. From her childhood life at a small family ranch, to devastating rejections of her first career choice, to bumping into and working through racism and sexism, Mizinga embodies the definition of persistence and resilience. With her experience and achievements, Mizinga then formed When Females Lead, an organization that empowers African women to realize their dreams. 

In this episode, discover how one person can lead change in a community, company, or country; how faith plays a key role in growth; what it is like to be the only woman in a boardroom; the positive impact in communities when females lead; that success is not about you; why it is critical to do justice to one’s ability to transform lives; and that each one of us can follow our hearts, rise up again and again, and be someone who helps prepare the next generation of leaders to make the world a better place.



About the Guest: 

Mizinga Melu is a multi-award-winning banking executive and author, which includes All Africa Business Woman of the Year in 2013. She is currently the CEO of Absa Bank Zambia. During her term at Standard Chartered Bank, she was the first Zambian and first woman to hold the position of managing director and chief executive officer. She was also the first female chief executive officer in the thirteen African countries where Standard Chartered Bank maintains its subsidiaries. Mizinga is the founder of ‘When Females Lead’, an Africa Woman’s network that aims to empower the girl child, and the author of the number 1 international best seller, Braving the Odds. 



About the Host: Ken Streater shares eye-opening and heartening global experiences that reflect our shared dreams and concerns. A former international river guide and adventure travel outfitter who has worked and played in 50 countries, Alaskan bush teacher turned social good entrepreneur, Fortune 500 consultant, bestselling author, and keynote speaker, Ken has seen first-hand how common ground blooms greater good. From angry hippo showdowns to nuclear missile attacks, from billionaire shenanigans to Siberian soccer wars to quiet conversations with everyday heroes, these and other interactions inspire him to create good change.

Ken’s just released #1 Amazon international bestselling book, Be the Good: Becoming a Force for a Better World, is receiving rave reviews from movement leaders and readers alike. His podcast, Good Change: Conversations About Making a World of Difference is “where movement makers, industry leaders, visionaries, voices of hope, and everyday heroes gather to share ideas, laugh, and inspire action for greater good.”



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Ken Streater

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Ken Streater is a teller of moving human endeavor and community achievement stories. He is an international river guide, best-selling author, social good entrepreneur, and keynote speaker. At the core of his offerings is this idea: What if you could do more than wish things could change? What if you had a way to meaningfully improve your life and the world around you by helping change how people see and treat each other? As described by Maggie Doyne, CNN Hero of the Year and New York Times' Best-Selling Author, "Ken Streater cuts through the obstacles to make clear how each one of us can be a force for good every day in the communities in which we live. It's a reminder that each of us has an opportunity--and a responsibility--to focus on what's really important."

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