Friday, December 03, 2021 / 10:00AM /
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Since 2010, Inspiring Woman Series annual women's conference has inspired women to inspire other women. It has been a gathering of knowledge sharing, enlightenment, and networking. This year, the theme is.... Because She Dared.
In celebration of this year's edition, which is the 10th, it is a combination of conference, awards, fashion show, music and more.
Speakers include CHAIRPERSON: IBUKUN AWOSIKA, Founder/CEO, The Chair Centre Group. KEYNOTE SPEAKER, Oby Ezekwesili, Senior Economic Adviser of the Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative.
SPECIAL GUESTS OF HONOUR, The First Lady of Lagos state, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, The First Lady of Kwara State, Her Excellency Ambassador, Dr. Olufolake Abdulrazaq. The First Lady Of Kebbi State,Her Excellency, Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu, Her Excellency, Dame Abimbola Fashola, Chair/Founder, Leadership Empowerment And Resource Network (LEARN).
Other speakers include: BOMA ALABI (SAN) Chairman, JUST Commercial Vehicles Nigeria Limited, FATIMA WALI-ABDURRAHMAN, Senior Advisor to the Group President, Dangote Industries Limited, CECILIA AKINTOMIDE, Former Vice President Secretary General AfDB, HANSATU ADEGBITE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, WIMBIZ, CHARLOTTE ESSIET (Engr.), Director, Government Relations at AOS Orwell Limited, IMOMOEMI IBISIKI (Ph.D), Company Secretary/Legal Adviser to the Board of Directors of Heritage Bank Plc., ROLAKE AKINKUGBE-FILANI, Chief Commercial Officer at Mixta Africa and BEATRICE OLUMHENSE, Founder/CEO, PatrickRow Limited.
According to the initiator/coordinator, Associate Editor of BusinessDay, Kemi Ajumobi "10 years of coordinating this event has been filled with a lot of experiences. I am glad that the programme has impacted several lives till date. Anything you have consistently done for 10 years is worth celebrating and I give glory to God for bringing us this far. With the themeâ€¦BECAUSE SHE DARED, we will be hearing the stories of these women of substance on how they dared. Registered participants are guaranteed of a swell time" she said.
At the press conference, according to BEATRICE OLUMHENSE, Founder/CEO, PatrickRow Limited, "As a generation chosen to go through one of the most challenging times in history, from health, work to general well-being, getting together to discuss and celebrate at the 10th Business Day Inspiring Women Series is something I'm honoured to be a part of. It is my belief that cracking the code to a more equitable future is a task for women and sharing our lived experiences holds some of recipe to breaking those barriers. Our African experience is built on rich storytelling that help build different muscles from social relationships to business virtues and as a Sickle cell warrior who has been blessed with some important successes, daring to start my luxury home fragrance and wellness brand, PatrickRow Maison, in the midst of a pandemic was no less daunting. However, all serious daring starts from within."
"The theme for the Inspiring Woman Series 10, ...Because She Dared, gives me the perfect opportunity to share my personal professional history, strengths, challenges, experiences, and the core values that has shaped me to become a trusted legal advisor; easing decision-making of various local and multinational companies, across diverse business segments, in my years of commercial legal practice, and now, as in-house legal adviser; creating bespoke legal solutions that are instrumental to driving sustainable execution of the overall business strategy of the Board of Directors and Executive Management of Heritage Bank Plc. As I tell my story, which is significantly unique to me, I hope that it inspires many women to dare to risk the usual and see their world or their situation from a new perspective." IMOMOEMI IBISIKI (Ph.D.), Company Secretary/Legal Adviser to the Board of Directors of Heritage Bank Plc., said.
"I am looking forward to the BusinessDay's 10th Inspiring Woman Conference on December 10, 2021. Achieving gender equality for every girl and woman and closing gender gaps will require us to be bold, daring, strategic and result oriented. This is what the conference will promote as we learn from our common experiences under the theme "Because She Dared". CECILIA AKINTOMIDE, Former Vice President Secretary General AfDB, said.
According to CHARLOTTE ESSIET (Engr.), Director, Government Relations at AOS Orwell Limited, "I am aligned with the program as we all have been through a few situations that made us stronger and wiser. I have had my own fair share of different conversations around my career and how I had a fast track, which also included the question of if I was good enough for the roles. I have huge expectations on the event as I will also learn from other women, share their experiences, pain and joy." She said.
L-R, Director, Government Relations at AOS Orwell Limited, CHARLOTTE ESSIET (Engr.), Founder/CEO, PatrickRow Limited, BEATRICE OLUMHENSE, Associate Editor/Coordinator, Inspiring Woman Series, BusinessDay, KEMI AJUMOBI, Former Vice President Secretary General, AfDB, CECILIA AKINTOMIDE, and Company Secretary/Legal Adviser to the Board of Directors of Heritage Bank Plc, IMOMOEMI IBISIKI (Ph.D), at the press conference in preparation for BusinessDay's Inspiring Woman Series 10 recently.