WISCAR set for 2022 leadership, mentoring conference
…Chimamanda To Present Keynote Speech
A Leading not-for-profit organisation, Women in Successful Careers (WISCAR), focused on women empowerment and strategic mentoring for professional women has unveiled the agenda for the 12th edition of its Annual Leadership and Mentoring Conference.
Themed ‘For the Nation; The Power of Inclusion’, the conference is scheduled to hold on December 10, 2022, at Muson Centre, Lagos.
It will feature renowned speakers, policymakers and thought leaders whose discussions will serve to further the organisation’s commitment to closing the gender gap and empowering the next generation of professional women for leadership.
The event, which spotlights recommendations for sustainable national development, will create an avenue for attendees to engage in open dialogue and networking. In its tradition, the conference will kick-start with the organisation’s flagship one-kilometre mentoring walk today at the Eko Atlantic City.
According to the Founder and Chairperson of WISCAR, Amina Oyagbola, the organisation is a formidable network of female professionals equipped to lead, socially innovate and take critical decisions to contribute to the development and facilitation of a new chapter of experience in the workplace.
“As a country with a significant female population, there is a crucial need to build a generation of women for leadership and foster collaboration between the genders to sustain a buoyant and vibrant economy. Our annual conference is a platform for networking and capacity building, unearthing useful recommendations that will influence required legal and policy changes for gender equality, inclusive growth and sustainable national development,” she said.
Renowned author and women’s rights advocate, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, will headline the conference as the keynote speaker and will also be the 11th recipient of the Distinguished WISCAR Award. She will be supported by other distinguished speakers on the keynote panel including Chief Marketing Officer, MTN Nigeria, Adia Sowho; Director, CmDesign Atelier, Tosin Oshinowo; journalist and 2023 House of Representative candidate, Hawwah Gambo.
The conference, which will be formally opened by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu will also feature goodwill messages by Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, a past distinguished WISCAR award recipient; the United Nations Women Representative to Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States, Beatrice Eyong and Deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ben Llewelyn-Jones.
Executive Director of WISCAR, Fabia Ogunmekan, reiterated that the organisation is focused on proffering practicable solutions to national challenges.
She said: “The central mission of the WISCAR is to develop women to build a better nation. Our annual leadership and mentoring conference will be leveraged to galvanise action for women’s leadership and active participation in all spheres of the nation’s development. Through it, WISCAR aims to entreat society to take a deeper reflection into the subtle and outspoken ways women have been excluded, weigh the losses against the gains, be restless and relentless for change, while stepping up to play a part in making this change for a more equal and equitable world happen.