Lubna Olayan was once the only woman in a 4,000-employee multinational conglomerate. Now, as the CEO of Olayan Financing Co., based in Saudi Arabia. she’s helping hundreds of Saudi women enter the workforce for the very first time.
“Olayan, a matter-of-fact 60-year-old who shuns publicity,” writes Erika Fry, “would be the last to label herself a pioneer. Her efforts are grounded in pragmatic beliefs: that meritocracies are better for business and that letting talented women find employment is better for the economy.”