For Isabel dos Santos, Angola’s Future is Female

Posted on August 02, 2019

Creating a prosperous economy for a country is daunting, doing it for a whole continent may seem impossible. But for Africa’s top wealthiest woman, Isabel dos Santos, it might take the same skills needed to succeed in business. A business career starting and investing in companies across various industries gave her a deep respect for the power of communities, the healing power of charity, and the need for women in the workplace. While there are many industries growing in Africa, like telecom where she is best known, Isabel dos Santos is most interested in agriculture. This is an industry that allows small businesses to interact with the local economy. It’s also a reliable investment for protecting the environment. Agriculture is also where she finds a naturally occurring resource that is often overlooked: human potential. When building a team for a project or business, Isabel dos Santos wants to recruit a diverse set of people that can offer up new perspectives.

This opens up options for a business, trains young women to respond to dynamic changes, and leads to her potential success. But success isn’t much harder to achieve without community support. When speaking at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum last year, she argued that whether its Angola or all of Africa, prosperity is built from the ground up. Community work can come in many forms. For those with means, investing in the local infrastructure can make it clear to people that a business or a successful businessperson wants to improve the local quality of life. It can also mean promoting a business culture that welcomes young people to be part of a place that will value their contributions. Some times all it takes is being visible to engage a community, letting people know that their business aspirations can become reality.

For Isabel dos Santos, community engagement means direct involvement. She can often be found playing the mentor to young women on one of her many projects in Angola and beyond. She likes doing this in agriculture because women have solid representation there, building up a middle class. She feels her expertise insight could be appreciated there. Despite her involvement, young women face many challenges. Businesses reluctant to extend job opportunities and banks withholding loans makes it harder for women to achieve financial independence. These are challenges men don’t face as often, as Isabel dos Santos knows from her professional career in business. She’s done her part to address this through UN Women. As the richest African woman, she’s faced a male-dominated industry and sacrificed for success. She also fears that in Angola and beyond, those circumstances might limit the number of women becoming entrepreneurs. For Africa’s economy to modernize and grow, that must change.

Sheldon Lavin: A Key Player In The Growth Of OSI

Posted on June 07, 2019

When Sheldon Lavin first developed an interest in the business world, he knew that one day he wanted to be able to work with one that he owned. While he may not have joined OSI as their CEO, he managed to make his way to this position after many years of dedication to the company and hard work. When he was in college, he studied finance and accounting and planned to pursue his successful career in those fields. When Sheldon Lavin first got involved with OSI Food Solutions, he was helping the company secure the financing that was needed in order to build a state of the art meat processing plant near Chicago.

The company had been founded in the city and was staying true to its heritage throughout its growth. When asked just how far OSI reached, Sheldon Lavin stated that they had more than 70 different physical locations throughout 17 countries. This number is quite impressive considering they began as a single butcher shop in Chicago before expanding rapidly throughout the last century. While the company focuses on protein products, over the years they have begun to produce and process things like baked goods, vegetables, sauces, and more. As the needs of their customers change, OSI and his main focuse are always on making sure that they do everything possible to meet them.

One of the things that Sheldon Lavin is proud of at OSI is the culture that runs strongly throughout the multinational business. They care about their team and provide them with the tools that are needed in order to succeed in their positions. He is proud of everyone at his food company and cares about their well-being. As an executive, he understands that the success of the company is based on the success that their team is able to bring to the table. He hopes that OSI Group will continue to grow in the United States and globally. They are set to be one of the leaders in their industry and Sheldon Lavin is happy to have been able to lead the company in the direction that it is going.