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iWOW hosts women at 2019 Global Possibilities Summit

By Tobi Awodipe
06 April 2019   |   4:11 am
The Inspired Women of Worth (iWOW), a Legacy Project and one of Fine and Country's Gender Initiatives held its 9th Annual Global...

The Inspired Women of Worth (iWOW), a Legacy Project and one of Fine and Country’s Gender Initiatives held its 9th Annual Global Possibilities Summit (GPS) last weekend at a grand event in Lagos.

The iWOW GPS is a transformational business, life, professional and leadership summit that attracts women from various countries and regions with the objective to educate, empower, expose and connect women to the limitless possibilities that can occur when they embrace the strength in their identity, find their voice and use it confidently.

The theme for this year’s summit was, The Year of the Power Woman and the aim was to educate more women on how to discover a sense of purpose, strengthen their unique voices, and sharpen their sense of personal vision and significance while building successful businesses and careers.

Day one of the two-day summit kicked off with a collaboration and connection workshop where Glory Edozien (CEO, The 9-5 Chick) took the audience on quick tips of maximizing networking opportunities. The key lesson of the workshop was that women should cultivate being truly interested in people and make the effort to connect, not just seeing others as ladders to achieve personal agendas only. This was followed by The Confident Woman keynote panel and town hall session, moderated by Udo Okonjo, (Founder, iWOW and CEO/Vice Chair at Fine and Country West Africa.) The theme of the session was, The Year of the Power Woman.

One of the keynote speakers, Clare Omatseye, encouraged women to recognize their individual potential and gain courage to take up opportunities. She also enjoined delegates to focus on being excellent and not be afraid of leadership. She pressed on to say leadership is not mandated for any particular gender.

Chichi Okara, Laila St. Matthew-Daniel, Audrey Joe-Ezigbo joined her and all of them shared real experiences on how power women overcome fear, pain, and adversity while refusing to be deterred in their pursuit for greatness.

The Influence Factor was a panel discussion with panellists such as Kate Henshaw, Hauwa Ojeifor and Renee Boateng, and moderated by Naomi Osemedua. Together they shared clear insights on what was true influence and how to develop it.

Oke Maduewesi led the panel discussion that did justice to the topic, The Cash factor for women. She reinforced the need for women to be excellent at whatever they currently do as this is what others watching will see and be prompted to collaborate, invest or believe in the dream. She was joined on the panel by the extraordinary speaker and coach Steve Harris, Arese Agwu and the panel was moderated by Basirat Shuaib.

VeniVici Spa and Wellness Centre, treated the executive guests to a time of relaxation and massages during the short break.

The lessons of the collaboration and connection workshop earlier in the day were judiciously put to use when women got together and connected after the whole day’s event to have cocktails, share conversation and network.

The theme for day two was Transformational. Experiential. Empowering and exclusively for executive ticket holders. With two plenary sessions and a GPS leadership mastermind breakfast, Alero Ayida-Otobo joined by Tara Fela-Durotoye and Eryca Freemantle, sat on the panel and took the women on an inspiring and enlightening journey on how women can step up in leadership to truly gain the power they seek.

Chuka Monye and others such as Charles O’Tudor and Chinyere Okorocha sat on a panel moderated by Okonjo and together they took the next panel session which was the wisdom packed session; the Profit Factor. Monye advised women as business owners to harness the power of their staff, while playing like men with courage, and yet winning like women with style and emotional intelligence. O’Tudor shared insights on how to create memorable experiences for customers.

The last panel was the iWOW Power communicator. Niyi Adesanya’s session dealt with the topic, Show up, Stand up and Speak Up; communicating for success. He showed guests how to build great relationships by becoming an assertive and effective communicator. Paul Foh took over and gave a thoroughly engaging talk about the power of intracommunication. He reinforced that the ability to repetitively speak positively to oneself about any situation is the starting point of being a power woman. He rounded up the summit sessions on the topic of very profoundly and recommended practical steps on how to break free from limiting fears, which ultimately affect our ability to communicate effectively.

This year’s GPS ended on a profound note, with the opportunity given to attendees to join the iWOW community. With over 200 mostly women comprising of Nigerians top business leaders, speakers, trainers and coaches, speaking, inspiring and enlightening young entrepreneurs and corporate women, the summit achieved its mission of igniting personal transformation and business growth for those in attendance according to GPS 2018 Summit Co Chairs, Chinyere Okorocha, Partner at Etti, Edu, Jackson and Co, and Izehi Anuge, senior consultant at Eleanor Thompson consulting.

Event sponsors include the Legacy Partners, Fine and Country West Africa, BlackBell, Nuli, Zaron Cosmetics, D’Cakery, Cadbury, Moments Chocolate, Adubea Tensen, Giant Beverages, Tes Amour/Owambe Candles, VeniVici Spa, Access Bank, FabricHub and patron sponsors such as Uwa Etigwe, Sophia Mbakwe and Busola Sangonuga. Media Partners was Guardian Woman amongst others.