About 120 women have received various levels of professional business leadership training in the cities of Abuja, Lagos and Owerri, the Imo State capital.
The classes, tagged ‘2019 Advanced Entrepreneurship Leadership Masterclass’ were earlier held in Lagos, Abuja and Owerri, respectively.
The programme, mainly designed for women entrepreneurs and women who are interested in business took place from October 14 to 18 and October 21 to 25 as well and October 28 to November 1, respectively.
The Masterclass was organised by the Women Leadership Institute (WLI) in partnership with the Small & Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN) and The Box Office Hub.
Women from diverse walks of life received training in business leadership and were exposed to leading practices, standards, processes, techniques and strategies that had been proven to enhance capacity for success in business.
They also learnt skills in fundraising strategies and available funding opportunities; contemporary entrepreneurship leadership; creative competitive strategies; corporate governance; workplace ethics and stakeholder leadership; business finance best practices; marketing communications, branding & social media; Human Resource leadership and scale up strategies, innovation in business and so much more.
Guest Lecturers included Prof. Seth Akutson (Professor of Entrepreneurial Economics), Dr. (Mrs.) Ifeyinwa Nwakwesi (Serial/Successful Entrepreneur), Mrs. Chizor Malize (Internationally acclaimed Brand and Marketing Expert), Prof. Gabriel Okenwa (Executive Director Bank of Agriculture), and Mrs. Wura Tunde Anjous (Principal Consultant, AVID).
There were also guest lecturers from partner organisations, SMEDAN and Box Office Hub.
Participants were privileged to the opportunity of a free business name registration with CAC, Free business plan development, Free entrepreneurship consultancy services for three months ,y Free Registration in an active women social media platform, Training, support & facilitation of access to Central bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Bank of industry (BOI) funding support programmes for Micro, Small & Medium Entreprises.
They also got Automatic membership of WLI alumni group, Access to WLI database of information, Networking opportunity with other female entrepreneurs, and Ongoing support service from the WLI Team.
WLI Chairperson and Founder, Amb. (Dr.) Kema Chikwe, while addressing the women in Lagos said, “You have to be knowledgeable in your business and in current affairs. You also have to be equipped with a working knowledge of ICT and social media.
“The WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram on your phones are not just for chatting and posting pictures. You should be able to leverage these social media apps to promote your business,” adding that “knowledge is the foundation of all success.”