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Work, life realities tops agenda at Prosper Summit 2022

By Ijeoma Thomas-Odia
05 November 2022   |   3:27 am
To help more women balance work and family while being productive to achieve maximum impact and socio-economic growth, the Prosper Summit, held recently in Lagos, addressed the issues.

To help more women balance work and family while being productive to achieve maximum impact and socio-economic growth, the Prosper Summit, held recently in Lagos, addressed the issues.

Led by leading family-oriented platforms, Mother Honestly and LagosMums, the event, gathered over 700 in persons and virtual attendees from across the world, to dissect issues on work and life, the realities of the modern family.

The event featured six panel sessions with topics including: Prosper at Home, Prosper at work, Prosper well, Prosper financially, Prosper policy and Prosper globally. Seasoned experts dissected these issues as it relates to everyday living and prospering intentionally.

Speaking at the event, founder, Mother Honestly, Blessing Adesiyan said the summit was about bringing women and families together in a meaningful way to discuss approach to the various challenges of the modern day Nigeria, and how to prioritise goals, ambition and wellbeing.

“The world as we know, is swiftly shifting ideologies and age-long routines. As a mother of four and a business leader attempting to work and live in Nigeria, I know firsthand, the limitations that exist, not just for us but also for our loved ones. We are the only ones that can speak our truths and effectively address them,” she said.

The founder, LagosMums, Yetty Williams said after the pandemic, everyone was trying to survive, saying it was important to start prospering. “How do we come out of what we have been through? Work and life balance are a reality; if you don’t get it right, we cannot prosper, we cannot be the best at work and at home as an intentional parent. So, the idea was what happened today, talking in different panels, getting people empowered, equipped and encouraged.

“The key message is that you can prosper at work, at home, mentally, and financially together. Prosper means that you have to first of all believe you can do it, you can’t prosper in asylum, all areas have to be in place and in harmony; so you can have it all.”

Speaking during the panel session on prosper globally, a Human Resource expert and leadership coach, Tayo Opatayo said it was important for women to up skill while understanding the future of work.

“We need to redefine reskilling and up skilling; we shouldn’t take our eyes off the ball while making impact for the future without being in the present. When you reskill, you must do so from the place of strength, reskill from a place inherent in you that will make you shine; that is the essence of purpose and passion is tied to it.”

On Prosper financially, Author, Smart Money Woman, Arese Ugwu, said women should be able to distinguish between their wants and needs to create that mindset and build on savings.

She, however, noted that her book has helped women bring difficult conversations to the forefront including financial abuse in marriage, families, black tax and will.

Founder, Herconomy, Ife Durosinmi-Etti stressed on the need to be in a sane space to conveniently make money and increase savings, saying, “wealth creation is possible if only you have peace of mind, else you are not likely to make money.”