The Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) has announced details of its 21st Annual Conference scheduled to hold in-person and online from the 3rd to 4th November 2022. The Conference themed Firing Forward: The Future in Focus will hold at Eko Hotels & Suites in Lagos, Nigeria, with digital streaming platforms available for its virtual audience.
According to the WIMBIZ Executive Director (ED), Hansatu Adegbite, WIMBIZ has developed valuable partnerships over the years and is currently operating with a leaner structure as a result of the era of the leadership transition of the organisation.
The ED also stated that “partners such as sponsors, donors, media partners, stakeholders as well as WIMBIZ Associates, and Life Members are critical to the continued vision attainment of the organization”. Over the last 20 years, key learnings from past conferences on diverse gender-focused initiatives, cutting across business, economy, social sector, politics, and equal opportunities have helped in inspiring more women to attain leadership positions as well as build key partnerships.
This is why as always, this year’s speakers have been carefully selected based on asset-enhancing strategies they have to share with the delegates for collective nation-building, while the theme aptly speaks to a new era with a fired-up mission.
Adegbite further revealed some of the confirmed conference speakers. They include award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as Keynote Speaker; President/Founder of Salice Demuren Foundation, GTBank’s first female Chairman as well as the first female Director of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Osaretin Demuren as Conference Chairperson, former President of the Nigerian Senate, HE (Dr) Abubakar Bukola Saraki, C.O.N, Hon. Commissioner of the Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Cecilia Bolaji Dada, and others.
In addition to keynote presentations, delegates will participate in WIMBIZ’s signature debate, deep dives, plenary sessions, and afterparty.
Registration is ongoing on the WIMBIZ’s conference website with additional details rolled out consistently on its social media platforms.
The WIMBIZ Annual Conference is the leading gathering of female business owners, private sector professionals, public sector leaders, and social sector practitioners worldwide. Over 15,000 women have been delegates at the conference since 2002. Past speakers include Her Excellency, the wife of Nigeria’s Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo; Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Former Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, SAN and Africa’s first Nobel Prize for Literature recipient, Wole Soyinka.
The Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) is a non-profit organisation that implements programs that inspire, empower and advocate for more excellent representation of women in leadership positions in public and private sectors.
As of August 2022, WIMBIZ had a contributory associate pool of over 1,300 accomplished women and close to 23,000 women in its database. Since 2002, the organisation has collaborated with credible indigenous and international global organizations to deliver programs influencing over 280,000 women.