On Wednesday, September 11th, 2019, WEConnect International In Nigeria in conjunction with ExxonMobil and The IFC brought together Women Business owners from around Nigeria to celebrate some of the Highlights of the Network in this very educative and highly informative Conference The Theme of the Conference was “Innovating for Business Success”.
The event was attended by over 250 women-owned Businesses as well as respected business owners in Nigeria
The Keynote Speech was given by Adebola Williams who is the Managing Partner of Red Media Group as well as Co-Founder of State Craft Inc and he is often described as the ‘Man who elected 3 African Leaders;
Other Speakers and Panelist present at the event included Judith Mbonu (General Manager Procurement, ExxonMobil), Francesca Uriri (Regional Communications Head, East & West Africa Uber), Michael Njoku (Consulting Partner, MCEE Solutions), Saudat Salami (CEO, EasyShop EasyCook Ltd), Anne Kabugi (Regional Gender Lead, The IFC), Subomi Plumptre (Executive Director, Alder Consulting), Patricia Langan (Regional Director for Africa & The Middle East, WEConnect International), Nkem Okocha (Founder, Mamamoni), Onajite Emerhor (Head Ops, Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa), Afua Osei (Co-Founder, SheLeadsAfrica), and Kessiena Majemite (CeedCap Inc.).
The Country Director, Shade Ladipo noted that ‘Women needed to stop being scared of Innovation, Technology, and Change. Yes, women in business are safer to work with but Big Risk comes with Big Change and most times Big Wins. WEConnect International helps women-owned businesses succeed in global value chains.
WEConnect International identifies, educates, registers and certifies Women’s business enterprises that are at least 51% owned by women and connects them with Multinational Corporate Buyers. Some of the members in Nigeria include Accenture, ExxonMobil, Access Bank, IBM, Procter&Gamble, Ernest&Young, Johnson&Johnson, and The IFC.
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