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About WIMBIZ Conference


Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) is a non-profit organization that has, over the last 16 years, implemented programs that inspire, empower and advocate for greater representation of women in leadership positions in the public and private sector. WIMBIZ has a contributory associate pool of over 500 accomplished women in management, business and public service and over 5,000 women in its database. WIMBIZ collaborates with credible domestic and international global organizations to deliver programs, which have influenced over 93,825 women since inception.

The Annual Conference is WIMBIZ's flagship event which holds November of every year and is attended by over 1500 women from all over the world to discuss a broad range of issues centered around a cutting edge theme that is topical and relevant to women in the business, corporate, public and development sectors.

The Conference themes over the years have been:

YearTheme
                                                              
2017

The Future is Here!
2016 The Next Frontier...New Landscape, New Possibilities!
2015 Leadership... Step Up & Stand Out!
2014 Nigeria Rising.. Accelerating Transformation
2013 The New Economy... Are you Plugged In?
2012 Workplace, Wellbeing & Wealth; Women Working & Winning
2011 The Catalyst
2009 Impact your world
2008 Change The Game and Make A Difference
2007 Women Powering The Economy Towards Vision 2020
2006 Women In Leadership
2005 Women As Agents of Change-Business, Government & The Political System
2004 Crossroads, What Next?
2003 Getting There, Staying There

About Wimbiz conference
Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) is a non-profit organization that has, over the last 16 years, implemented programs that inspire, empower and advocate for greater representation of women in leadership positions in the public and private sector. WIMBIZ has a contributory associate pool of over 500 accomplished women in management, business and public service and over 5,000 women in its database. WIMBIZ collaborates with credible domestic and international global organizations to deliver programs, which have influenced over 93,825 women since inception.

The Annual Conference is WIMBIZ's flagship event which holds November of every year and is attended by over 1500 women from all over the world to discuss a broad range of issues centered around a cutting edge theme that is topical and relevant to women in the business, corporate, public and development sectors.

The Conference themes over the years have been:

YearTheme
                                                              
2017

The Future is Here!
2016 The Next Frontier...New Landscape, New Possibilities!
2015 Leadership... Step Up & Stand Out!
2014 Nigeria Rising.. Accelerating Transformation
2013 The New Economy... Are you Plugged In?
2012 Workplace, Wellbeing & Wealth; Women Working & Winning
2011 The Catalyst
2009 Impact your world
2008 Change The Game and Make A Difference
2007 Women Powering The Economy Towards Vision 2020
2006 Women In Leadership
2005 Women As Agents of Change-Business, Government & The Political System
2004 Crossroads, What Next?
2003 Getting There, Staying There
16+

Years

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X Over the last 16 years, we have driven execution of our vision by empowering and inspiring women through our Annual Conference which has become the biggest and most inspiring Conference for women in Nigeria.
1000+

Women

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X Engage, connect, share and be inspired by over 1000 women from diverse areas of the corporate, business and public sectors, including indigenous and international delegates.
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Speakers

The Conference will attract over 50 speakers who will build on the suc...


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X The Conference will attract over 50 speakers who will build on the successes of previous Conferences and push the envelope by challenging women to break stereotypes and brave uncharted territories in emerging markets.




AFTER PARTY & SIDE EVENTS


After Party

This year the WIMBIZ After-Party has evolved into a new awesome shape. The theme is celebrating Amazons... and why not? A handful of women are blazing their respective tracks and helping others climb their ladders. We have partnered with EbonyLife to bring you the Sisterhood Awards. The EbonyLife TV Sisterhood Awards are a celebration of the deserving, but unsung women in the society; those not often celebrated or celebrated enough, but who are making significant impacts in their particular areas of influence. The criteria for recognizing awardees is based strictly on a demonstration of excellence, commitment, innovativeness, integrity, national impact; and most importantly women who demonstrated a substantive, yet largely unrecognized excellence in the area for which they were being considered. It's bound to be an unforgettable experience. So lock down the dates, and be there! We look forward to welcoming you.
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Power Cocktail

The Power Cocktail is a business networking event offering delegates a unique opportunity to meet and connect with influential individuals from diverse sectors in a bespoke setting. Successful leaders often credit the power of networks in advancing their business and careers; a recent Harvard Business Review article supports this claim stating 'a key reason why women lag behind in leadership is that they are less likely to have extensive networks to support and promote them as potential leaders'. The Power Cocktail is a must-attend if you are seeking your next big idea, strategic connection or winning partnership.





Speakers


  • Bunmi George

    Founder, ShredderGang

    Fareed Arogundade

    Managing Partner, Pacific Vanguard Limited

    Hamisha Daryani Ahuja

    Managing Director, 7th Heaven Bistro Ltd

  • Ihuoma Onyearugha

    ED, Human Resources & Medical, Chevron Nigeria Ltd

    Dr. Patrick Ijewere

    Medical Director, Carib Health Ltd

    Rasheed Jaiyeola

    Managing Director, Bukkha Hospitality Limited

  • Stephanie Obi

    Founder, EdTech Startup, Trayny

    Toyin F. Sanni

    CEO, Emerging Africa Capital Group

    Dr. Adedayo Joseph

    Consulting Oncologist, Lakeshore Cancer Center

  • Enahoro Simeon Okhae

    Principal Strategist, Simeon’s Pivot Resources

    Abiola Adekoya

    MD/CEO, RMB Nigeria Stockbrokers

    Betty Irabor

    Founder, Genevieve Magazine

  • Esiri Agbeyi

    Partner, PwC Nigeria

    Simon Kolawole

    Founder/CEO, Cable Newspaper Ltd

    Steve Babaeko

    CEO/Chief Creative Officer, X3M Ideas

  • Nichole Yembra

    CFO, Venture Garden Group (VGG) and Managing Partner, GreenHouseCapita

    Dr. Kamar Tayo Adeleke

    President/CEO, Tristate Healthcare System

    Funmi Roberts

    Chairman, Board of Trustees WIMBIZ Principal Partner, Funmi Roberts & Co.

  • Dr. Omobola Johnson

    Partner, TLCOM Capital

    Ifeoma Idigbe

    Founder and Executive Vice Chairman, boys to MEN Foundation

    Taba Peterside

    CEO, Waveline Growth Partners

  • Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho

    Managing Director, Future Software Resources Ltd

Bunmi George
Founder, ShredderGang
Bunmi George is a Dietician and Fitness professional, she is the Founder of ShredderGang, a professional nutrition and fitness company committed to helping individuals lead healthier and happier lives. She is an alumni of the University of Toronto, where she obtained two degrees. One of Africa’s youngest and brightest in her field, Bunmi established ShredderGang without financial capital at the age of 24, drawing inspiration from her own personal weight loss journey and subsequent transformation. She has since grown the organization to be one of Nigeria’s largest commercial health and fitness communities, replicating her testimony in many other people. A well-celebrated expert, Bunmi was recognized as One of Nigeria’s 100 Most Inspiring Women by Leading Ladies Africa in 2017. Her passion to help people discover healing emotionally and physically motivates her to speak regularly on various platforms. She is a contributor at The Guardian Newspaper, Guardian Life Magazine and TW Magazine where she furthers her mission, writing to enlighten people on how to lead healthier and happier lives.
Fareed Arogundade
Managing Partner, Pacific Vanguard Limited
Fareed is a venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur with global experience across a diverse set of industries including advertising, energy and real estate. He is the Managing Partner for Pacific Vanguard Limited, Director of Midland Resources Limited, a Business Development Executive for Ikot Abasi Power and the Founder and CEO of Workstation International Co-Work Limited. Fareed is also a member of the Advisory Group on Technology and Creativity for the Federal Government of Nigeria. It is not Fareed’s resume stripes that led to his successful career, but his passion for improving life in his country and making a positive impact across Africa and emerging markets. His work has been featured in Forbes, TechCabal, Africans Building Africa, TechMoran, Business Day, Arise TV, Techpoint, Disrupt Africa, The Guardian, Konbini and Channels TV. Fareed holds a BBA in Finance from the Howard University School of Business. In his spare time, he likes exploring new restaurants, discovering new cities, watching and investing in the stock market, and visiting art galleries.
Hamisha Daryani Ahuja
Managing Director, 7th Heaven Bistro Ltd
Hamisha Daryani Ahuja is an Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, Workshop Facilitator, Certified Law of Attraction, and Life coach. Hamisha started her journey by running personal development workshops for her community for 7 years and impacted the lives of everyone that attended. While running these workshops she discovered her true passion which lies in helping people live happier and more fulfilling lives. She approached and got trained by the world renowned Lisa Nichols – one of the world’s most requested motivational speakers and media personality whose works have touched over 30 million peoples worldwide. She is also the star of the movie “The Secret” a documentary based on The Law of Attraction. Hamisha later got trained and certified as a Law of Attraction and Life Coach. Upon her return she designed her first workshop aptly named: “The Pursuit of Happiness.” Hamisha believes that the world can be better and happier place by applying a few simple tools. These are the tools she teaches in her Pursuit of Happiness Workshops. This six hour workshop changes one’s approach to happiness forever. Attendees learn tools and strategies to help them uncover what “happiness” means and how to craft a more fulfilling life for themselves NOW. She has also adapted the workshop to specifically target the corporate world using tools to encourage team building and amplify efficiency.   Hamisha has spent most of her life in Nigeria. She attended Boarding school in the U.K. She has a commerce degree from McMaster University in Canada as well as a Masters from the Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland. In addition to her interest in personal development she also runs a chain of restaurants under the name Bistro 7 in Lagos. Over the years Bistro 7 has won several awards in the hospitality space.
Ihuoma Onyearugha
ED, Human Resources & Medical, Chevron Nigeria Ltd
Ihuoma Onyearugha is a 1981 graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where she obtained a BSc. (Botany). She also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education and a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She is currently the Executive Director of Human Resources and Medical at Chevron Nigeria Limited, a global leader in the oil and gas industry. She has occupied this position since April 2012 and has demonstrated admirable leadership and consistent success in talent management in her company. She is the only woman on the boards of Chevron Nigeria Limited, Chevron Closed Pension Fund Company and Chevron Savings Plan. As part of her role, she drives talent management and development initiatives. She oversees a workforce of over 4,000 people (2200+ employees and 2000+ contract workers) in seven locations including Houston, Texas, USA and with expatriates from more than 12 countries. She envisions a world-class HR function that will be recognized as a strategic partner whose place at the table is earned and respected. Ihuoma began her career with Chevron Nigeria Limited in February 1992, as a Human Resources Representative. Over her 26-year career in Chevron Nigeria Limited, she has held many increasingly important leadership positions in different functional areas of the company (locally and internationally) leading her to an executive leadership position. Prior to joining Chevron, she worked briefly in the University of Maiduguri library and had a short teaching career in Lagos State. In 2003, she became the People Development Manager, responsible for talent development in the Nigeria Business Unit during which she started the HR Business Partner model of service delivery in Chevron Nigeria Limited. In 2005 she assumed the role of Senior HR Advisor in Chevron Corporation Headquarters, San Ramon, California and supported executive leadership and U.S. expatriates in various countries. Ihuoma is a thought leader, with good influencing skills and a good network in the oil and gas industry. Early in her HR career, she initiated a new interview process that supports talent acquisition which is still being used in the company today.  She also led the Leadership Development Project which resulted in a Leadership Development Program that was adopted as a best practice globally. She is a member of professional associations like Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM – U.S.A) and Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPMN). She holds a Global Professional Human Resources (GPHR) and Senior Competency Professional (SCP) certifications from SHRM, USA.  She has shared HR knowledge and practices in different fora including Lagos Business School, CIPM Annual Conference, HR Leaders Africa and Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association. She currently chairs the HR Sub-committee of the Oil Producers’ Trade Section (OPTS) of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce. She has been distinguished with multiple awards including the Best HR Director Award from CareerNation, an international organization and a Vice President’s Award for leading an international team that customized a leadership development programme that was deployed in more than 15 countries and in four languages. She has also been honoured severally by different groups in her community and the University of Nigeria Alumni Association, Lagos. Recently, she was nominated as one of “101 Most Influential Global HR Leaders” by the World HRD Congress, India. Under her leadership, her company has won several people related awards which include the 2014 Chartered Institute of Personal Management of Nigeria Overall Best Practice Award for Nigeria and the Oil Industry and the 2015 Employer of Choice Award by People Magazine and the 2015 People Magazine ‘Best Company to Work For Award’. She had over the last six year increased the technology enablement of HR processes making them more efficient and customer friendly.
Dr. Patrick Ijewere
Medical Director, Carib Health Ltd
His journey through tertiary academia began at age 15 at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from George Washington University, followed by Bachelors in Pharmacy (honors) from Howard University, Washington D.C. Medical College at Howard University (honors) with an MD degree, and Specialty training in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Professional exposure took him to Florida for 12 years, as an Internist, a Hospitalist, Emergency Room (ER) Physician, a Ringside Sports Physician, and Administrator. He accomplished an Executive MBA at the University of South Florida, Tampa in 2003. Upon return to Nigeria, he impacted healthcare as Medical Director of Salus Trust, an HMO. Currently, he serves as Medical Director of Carib Health Ltd, Lagos, and The Nutrition Hospital Ltd, Ikoyi. His focus is Wellness, the “Prevention” and “Reversal” of chronic degenerative diseases, including, Diabetes, Hypertension, Arthritis, Auto-Immune disorders and Cancer. He featured on radio and television interviews on Classic-97.3fm, Smooth-98.1fm, Channels, TVC, etc. Dr. Patrick Ijewere hosts a weekly radio program, “Wellness Half-hour,“ on Inspiration-92.3fm, Lagos, Sundays at 1pm. Hobbies include dancing, reading, walking, tennis, travelling, and watching comedy. He LOVES MUSIC !!!! From 1998 to 2008, on weekends, he was DJ at Naija parties in Florida, as well as, radio DJ host of “Sound Safari,” a weekly program on WMNF-88.5fm Tampa, spinning African music and music of the African Diaspora
Rasheed Jaiyeola
Managing Director, Bukkha Hospitality Limited
Rasheed Jaiyeola holds a B.Sc Degree in Accounting from Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife; he is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, having qualified as a Chartered Accountant during his first year in University. He is also a Certified Systems Auditor and has over 16 years working experience spanning various functions within the Financial Industry - Investment Banking, Financial Control, Fund Management; and the Hospitality Industry. He joined Investment Banking & Trust Company (now Stanbic IBTC Bank) shortly after graduating from College in 2002, where he was Deputy Head - Internal Audit. He was seconded, as a pioneer management staff, to start-up Stanbic IBTC Pensions Managers Limited in 2005 (currently the most successful PFA in Nigeria, in terms of funds under management and profitability; where he served as Financial Controller and later Head – Fund Administration until June 2008. He then invested in Nigerian International Securities Limited; a Stockbroking and Investment Advisory Firm in July 2008 and served as Executive Director/C.F.O until September 2016 when he resigned from the Board to work full time as the Managing Director of Bukkha Hospitality Limited; trading under the brand name Bukka Hut and BH Lounge; a Company he co-founded in July 2011, which has now grown to 6 outlets. Rasheed enjoys watching sports and is an avid squash player. He is the current Squash Captain of Ikoyi Club 1938. He is happily married with 4 children – a girl aged 12, a boy aged 9 and 7 month old twin girls.
Stephanie Obi
Founder, EdTech Startup, Trayny
Popularly referred to as Africa’s Queen of Online Courses, Stephanie Obi has launched twenty online courses, across multiple niches and has enrolled over 600 participants from nine countries into her programs. Given her renowned expertise, she now helps other people to create, launch and sell their own online courses. She is the Amazon Bestselling author of the book, Knowledge is the New Gold and is also the founder of an EdTech Startup, Trayny, which is an online educational platform that creates and manages online courses from Africa's most trusted leaders. She is a First Class graduate of Computer Science from Covenant University and holds an MBA from the prestigious Lagos Business School. She has received many notable awards and recognitions such as being named as one of the 100 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria in 2017 and winning first prize in the Wimbiz Impact Investment Competition in 2014. She speaks in notable conferences around the world and has been featured on various platforms including Channels TV, Guardian Newspaper, Arise TV, Punch Newspaper, EbonyLifeTV, etc. She shares business lessons weekly on​ www.stephanieobi.com
Toyin F. Sanni
CEO, Emerging Africa Capital Group
Toyin F. Sanni is the CEO of the Emerging Africa Capital Group, a provider of innovative and investing solutions to African investors and issuers. The group provides Advisory, Trusts, Agency and Wealth Management Services whilst promoting and facilitating investments in Africa and by Africans. Prior to establishing the EAC Group she was the CEO of United Capital Plc and before then was the CEO UBA Trustees/Global Investors Services. She is also Chairperson, Financial literacy committee, President CIIA and Chairperson, Women in Finance NG, amongst others. Toyin has won multiple awards including the All Africa Business woman of the year (AABLA) 2017, and the 2017 Pearl Award CEO of the year 2017. A Lawyer, Chartered Secretary, Stockbroker, and Author with over thirty years’ experience in Corporate Finance, Trusts and Investment Banking, Toyin is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers and also Fellow Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. She earned her first Degree from the University of Ife, Ile-Ife in 1984 and a Master’s Degree from the University of Lagos in 1998. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985 and holds the professional qualification of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (I.C.S.A.) UK. She graduated from the CEO Program of the Lagos Business School in 2017. Toyin has participated in executive education programs such as the Harvard Business School Disruptive Innovation program, Global Strategic Leadership at the Wharton Business School, Global CEP-AMP at IESE Business School, Portfolio Management Academy of the New York Institute of Finance and the Peter Drucker Management Program at Robert Kennedy College, Switzerland. She is the author of ‘Yes You Too Can’ and ‘Get to the Top,’ inspirational books aimed at empowering the next generation of women leaders.
Dr. Adedayo Joseph
Consulting Oncologist, Lakeshore Cancer Center
Dr. Adedayo Joseph is a Clinical Radiation Oncologist who is committed to improving the survival rates of cancer patients in Nigeria. She runs an exclusive practice, Dr. Joseph ONCOLOGY Ltd. and is a Consulting Oncologist with Lakeshore Cancer Center; the premier private cancer center in Nigeria. She is a board member and consultant at The Pediatric Center; a leading children’s hospital in the Lekki Region of Lagos State. She also consults on cancer cases with many hospitals in the Lagos metropolis. Dr. Joseph is a founding board member, and the executive director of The Dorcas Cancer Foundation; a Non-Profit Organization focused on improving childhood cancer survival in Nigeria through awareness, research, and direct treatment funding. She is an active member of several national and international oncology & non-profit organizations; and is a passionate promoter of women’s health issues, improvement of medical education, and Cancer Control & Policy in Nigeria. She mentors several young women and men in both medical and non-medical fields. She is a recipient of multiple awards including the GLI Excellence in Leadership Award, the Her Network Woman of the Year Award for Philanthropy, the Golden Heart Award for efforts & contributions to childhood cancer survival in Nigeria; and the LAIT Foundation Recognition Award for Selfless Service. She is a regular speaker at seminars and training events, teaching on cancer control and screening, work-life balance for women, and finding and fulfilling one’s life purpose. Dr. Joseph is an avid reader, known to all her family and friends for her love of reading & studying. She loves history, old movies, and enjoys travelling for conferences and discovering new places. She is a wife and mother; who places God and family first in all her endeavors.
Enahoro Simeon Okhae
Principal Strategist, Simeon’s Pivot Resources
Enahoro Okhae is the Principal Strategist of Simeon’s Pivot Resources; a Human Resource and Management Consulting Company whose focus is Performance Improvement. He is also the Principal Coach of Pause Factory; an Emotional Intelligence Solutions Company which is the only West Africa partner to 6 Seconds Emotional Intelligence Network, America and a Co-Founder of GlobalCerts and Strategy; the only Nigerian Delivery Partner for The KPI Institute Australia. Popularly known as Mr. Leverage Enahoro’s noble goal is “that every contact with him will receive a leverage to their destination”. Enahoro is a
  • Certified John Maxwell Leadership Trainer
  • Certified Management Consultant
  • Fellow of the Institute of Management Consulting
  • Licensed and Certified Emotional Intelligence Practitioner and Trainer by (6 Seconds Emotional Intelligence Network, America)
  • Lagos Network Leader for 6 Seconds Emotional Intelligence Network, America
  • Certified Vital Signs Practitioner by 6 Seconds Emotional Intelligence Network, America
  • Member; International Society for Emotional Intelligence
  • Certified KPI Professional (The KPI Institute Australia)
  • Certified KPI Practitioner (The KPI Institute Australia)
  • Certified Life Coach
  • Certified Management Consultant
  • Member; Nigeria Institute for Training and Development (NITAD)
  • Vice President; Life Coaches Association of Nigeria (LCAN)
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner
  • Master Degree in Business Administration from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife where he specialized in Human Resource Management.
  • BSC. Accounting from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago IwoyeFaculty Member
  • The KPI Institute Australia
  • Nigeria Employer’s Consultative Association (NECA)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN)
  • Manufactures Association of Nigeria (MAN)
  • Olusola Lanre Coaching Academy
  • Industrial Training Fund (ITF)Enahoro’s audio products are:
  • The Leverage Triangle is sub-titled (The Man Ahead) (The Man Around) and (The Man Behind).
  • Emotional Intelligence for Life and Living  Step by Step Process to Developing a Business Plan
Abiola Adekoya
MD/CEO, RMB Nigeria Stockbrokers
Ms. Abiola Adekoya is a financial expert with about two decades of experience working in leading financial services firms across the globe. She is currently the MD/CEO of RMB Nigeria Stockbrokers, a subsidiary of the FirstRand Group, a leading financial services group in Africa with global footprints. In her present role, she managed the establishment of RMBNS in Nigeria ensuring regulatory and global best practices were adopted. She is on track to position the business as a leading equities brokerage house in Nigeria. Prior to this role, she was MD of FBNQuest Securities, a subsidiary of First Bank of Nigeria Holdings Plc, successfully repositioning the business as a top five stockbroking firm. Within 2006 to 2013, she worked at CSL Stockbrokers and Renaissance Capital - (both top 5 stockbroking firms) and leveraged her knowledge and insight of the capital market and managerial skills to drive product innovation and build a high performing team to position the businesses favourably. She started out her early years in the banking sector, 1999 – 2006, working in leading banks and serving in various capacities in retail, commercial and corporate banking. A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers of Nigeria, she graduated with a B.Sc Economics from University of Lagos (1998) and has an MBA from Lagos Business School. She has several passions and top on her list is mentoring young professionals. Abiola is passionate about her family and food with an online presence on instagram @foodiewaka chronicling her cooking adventures and global food experiences.
Betty Irabor
Founder, Genevieve Magazine
Emerging from humble beginnings as a daughter of a Nigerian police officer and a seamstress mother, Betty Irabor learned the value of hard work and developed a strong conviction and drive. She learned early in life that even without the so termed “model family” to support her, she could still achieve excellence in whatever she did. Betty Irabor has been a major player in the Nigerian publishing industry for over fifteen years. Betty at 46, with six years industry experience decided to take the plunge and publish her own Magazine – “Genevieve” Nigeria’s leading lifestyle, culture and fashion magazine. She is the author of the best-selling book “Dust to Dew” a book which chronicles her seven years battle with clinical depression and her journeys through life. Through her book she has raised awareness and increased the conversation on mental health. Widely celebrated on national and global platforms, she has been featured on ‘The Entrepreneurial Edge’ on CNBC, Forbes Woman Africa’s ‘Against all Odds,’ and BBC’s ‘The Conversation.’ as a woman who broke the glass ceiling of lifestyle publishing to become a successful media Entrepreneur. She was the Creative Curator of the Cointreau creative crew for its ‘Dream, Dare, Create’ campaign which was aimed at developing women’s freedom and expression. She also sat on the board of Total Nigeria Ltd. as a jury member in the STARTUPPER project for young entrepreneurs. Betty is widely acknowledged as the woman who started the conversation on Breast Cancer awareness in Nigeria. Through her Pink Ball foundation she began a massive advocacy programme on breast cancer. She was named a Hero for the Lancôme Paris ‘My Shade. My Power’ beauty campaign in Nigeria. Betty is very passionate about reaching out to the younger generation of women and sharing her wealth of experience as a successful entrepreneur in her industry and beyond. She is known for her strong influence in impacting and influencing thoughts; she continues to share her story at the risk of being vulnerable, in order to encourage others to succeed against all odds. Betty has been a game changer not only in her industry but as an outspoken role model for women and the youth. The years of hard work, sacrifice and impact on society have not gone unrecognised judging by her numerous awards and recognitions. Betty Irabor is a wife and a mother.
Esiri Agbeyi
Partner, PwC Nigeria
Esiri is a Partner with PwC Nigeria. Prior to this, she worked with the International Tax Services team of PwC New York focused on Africa. She has several years of experience providing international tax services to multinational companies in various industry sectors including the oil and gas, private equity, telecommunications, retail and consumer sector.   Esiri currently leads the International Tax Services team in Nigeria on structuring deals and transactions. She also leads the Private Wealth Client Services team which provides specialised tax services to high net worth families and entrepreneurs. The team ensures they are personally tax compliant and their international structures are optimal for succeeding generations. Esiri mentors, writes articles and speaks regularly at conferences.   She holds a BSc (Hons) in Microbiology, University of Ibadan. She is a Fellow member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA), an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation Nigeria (CITN). She has done several international courses including the Private Equity Master Class in London Business School and International Tax in New York University.
Simon Kolawole
Founder/CEO, Cable Newspaper Ltd
Simon Kolawole is the Founder/CEO of Cable Newspaper Ltd, Lagos, publishers of TheCable online newspaper (www.thecable.ng). He was Editor of Nigeria's influential newspaper, THISDAY, from 2007-2012. He currently writes a weekly column for THISDAY, The Sunday newspaper.   Kolawole earned a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos, and a Master's degree in Governance and Development from the University of Sussex, UK, as a British Chevening Scholar. He was named among Africa's next generation of leaders by The Banker, a publication of Financial Times of London, in 2009. He was Mo Ibrahim Fellow on the Governance for Development in Africa Initiative at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, in 2010.   In March 2012, he was named Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum. As a YGL, he has attended courses on leadership at the Yale University (2013) and at the Kennedy School, Harvard University, both in the United States.   Kolawole the writer concentrates most of his thoughts on nation-building and its impediments, and has written extensively on governance, conflict and development. His primary academic interest is 'fiscal sociology' - how the fiscal relationship between a state and its citizens impacts on the quality of governance.   Facebook: Simon Kolawole Twitter: @simonkolawole
Steve Babaeko
CEO/Chief Creative Officer, X3M Ideas
As X3M Ideas’ Chief Executive Officer/Chief Creative Officer, Steve brings to the agency his significant experience in building brands across industries.   Steve’s passion for creativity matches his love for challenges. He is a writer, consumer behaviour analyst, brand development expert and motivational speaker.   Steve nurtures youths to be self-reliant that is why individuals and groups always invite him to speak to young Nigerians at many seminars and workshops.   He started his advertising career at MC&A Saatchi & Saatchi in 1995, before he later joined Prima Garnet Ogilvy and 141 Worldwide where he worked till early 2012, bringing his experience in the industry to a cumulative 22 years.   In 2012, he took the bold step and left 141 Worldwide to start his own advertising agency X3M Ideas Limited. Steve is also the founder of X3M Music, a music record label company that is focused primarily on developing young talents.   Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria. Steve is currently the Vice President of the Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN), also the Chairman Lagos Advertising & Ideas Festival (LAIF) Board, and the current Chairman, Public Relations Committee of the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce.   He has also attended several international Leadership trainings, in Harvard Business School and Columbia University, New York.  
Nichole Yembra
CFO, Venture Garden Group (VGG) and Managing Partner, GreenHouseCapita
Nichole Yembra is the Chief Financial Officer at Venture Garden Group (VGG) and Managing Partner at GreenHouseCapital, the VGG investment arm. At VGG, she is responsible for investor relations and the financial strategy of the 7 technology companies under its umbrella as they serve public and private clients across the aviation, power, education, financial services, and social investment sectors. At GreenHouse, she fosters the growth of companies at the forefront of using technology to solve real African problems. She brings experience from working in private and Fortune 500 companies to guide the 14 and counting portfolio companies through seed and series stages. Nichole began her career at Ernst & Young LLP, Atlanta where she specialized in risk and process transformation across several sectors including oil and gas, consumer products, manufacturing, quick service restaurants, and financial services. Nichole is a member of the Inaugural Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa Class and serves as both Council of 8 Member and Non Executive Board Member for the Shared Value Africa Initiative. She also serves as a mentor for Google Launchpad Africa and an Advisor to The Cortex Hub, a South African incubator. As a champion for women in leadership and technology, she founded the Garden Women’s Network which promotes the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in the VGG ecosystem and GreenHouseLab which is Nigeria’s first female-focused tech accelerator and the first and only “Powered by Google” accelerator in Africa. In 2017, she was named by Forbes Africa as one of the Most Promising Entrepreneurs under 30. Nichole serves with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and was the Program Director for College MAP, a program providing underserved youth with tools to access university. She is an alumna of the Kenan Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a graduate from the Masters in Accounting program at Wake Forest University, and a licensed CPA. Nichole enjoys weight lifting, yoga, and barre and balances that with her love for cooking and baking and exploring different countries through food.
Dr. Kamar Tayo Adeleke
President/CEO, Tristate Healthcare System
Professor Adeleke attended Penn State University for his undergraduate education and obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree at St. George’s University School of Medicine in 1986. He completed his Medical internship at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, and later joined Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he completed a residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Prof. Adeleke then became an attending Physician in the Emergency Department of Crozer Chester Medical Center and Sacred Heart Hospital, both in Chester, Pennsylvania. Prof. Adeleke pursued fellowship training in Cardiovascular Medicine at Albert Einstein Medical Center from 1994 - 1997, he obtained his Board Certification in Internal Medicine in 1996 and in Cardiovascular Diseases in 1998. He successfully competed with and was selected from a host of very highly skilled applicants in a keenly contested selection process, to pioneer the nascent one-year Interventional Cardiology fellowship training at the same elite institution in 1998.   Prof. Adeleke dared to break another invisible glass ceiling of clinical entrepreneurship practice in an exclusive industry by starting the Tri-State Cardiovascular Institute in Wilmington, Delaware. He very soon imposed his practice through the quality of service as the busiest Cardiologist, with a year-long waiting list of patients in the State of Delaware. He founded the First State Diagnostic Center,Peninsula Medical Associates and Wilmington Cardiovascular Associates, all reputable industry brand leaders. For over ten years, he was the Chair of the Division of Cardiology and Director of the Interventional Cardiovascular Laboratory at the St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, as well as dominant program leader in Interventional Cardiology at the Christiana Care Health Services, both in Delaware. He resigned his highly valued appointments in 2015 out of a passionate personal conviction to take up a new frontier mission of pioneering Interventional Cardiology in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa.   Having participated in several medical research projects with outstanding publications and procedural non-invasive surgical innovations, and leading out many successful and highly-impacting medical missions in Africa, South America and the Caribbean, Prof. Kamar Adeleke was appointed to a professorial chair of Medicine and Cardiology. He currently chairs the Division of Cardiology at the Benjamin S. Carson School of Medicine, Babcock University. He is concurrently President/CEO of Tristate Healthcare System; Vice President, Healthcare Services of Africa EDUCare; Chief, Division of Cardiac Catheterization and Interventional Laboratory at University College Hospital in Ibadan, Nigeria, where he has also pioneered the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship program as a capacity-building process for Nigerian cardiologists.
Funmi Roberts
Chairman, Board of Trustees WIMBIZ Principal Partner, Funmi Roberts & Co.
An astute leader with outstanding track record in mobilising for corporate and public sector reform, with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Recognised and respected both within and outside the legal profession for her legal, administrative and organisational skills, Funmi Roberts has the profound ability to utilise her excellent analytical skills to achieve defined impactful objectives and develop novel strategically designed solutions to challenges. She became a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria haven graduated top of her class with a Second Class Upper Division after passing out, also top of her class from the of the University of Ife, Ile Ife in 1981. It was also in the University of Ife, Ile Ife that she earned her Masters of laws Degree, during which she was given the University of Ife Fellowship. Funmi’s tenacity and refusal to be defined or limited by her environment, have enabled her to build of one of the leading value-driven legal and ADR law firms in Nigeria, Funmi Roberts & Co, which she registered in 1989. She is also the founder of a limited liability company known as Funmi Roberts & Co. Nominees Limited which offers cutting edge company secretarial services to several blue-chip companies in Nigeria. The two firms operate from Ibadan, Oyo State and Lagos State, with a focal point at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.   Funmi Roberts belongs to several professional organizations such as the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), where she served in various capacities and is currently a member of the National Executive Council, the highest decision-making organ of the NBA. She is member and former chairperson of Oyo State Chapter of the Federacion Internacional de Abogadas.   (FIDA, which in English means International Federation of Women Lawyers) Funmi is a member of the International Bar Association, Business Recovery Practitioners Association of Nigeria, Society for Corporate Governance etc. Funmi is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (U.K), a member of the Global Panel of Mediators of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution CEDR, (U.K). She is a tutor and assessor of both the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (U.K) and the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution CEDR, (U.K) and has recently been appointed to the Dispute Resolution Panel of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).   Funmi Roberts, a member and tutor of the Institute of Directors (Nigeria), is the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Women in Management Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) and serves as a director of the not-for-profit organisation known as Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH). She seats on the board of several corporate bodies, including the largest bank in Liberia, Ecobank, Liberia. She is a director in Agile Communications Limited, FBN Mortgages Limited, Lagos Court of Arbitration, Qvate Solutions Ltd etc.   Funmi Roberts is married with 4 sons and several grandchildren.
Dr. Omobola Johnson
Partner, TLCOM Capital
Omobola Johnson is a Partner of TLcom Capital in Lagos, Nigeria, a venture capital firm focused on investments in technology enabled companies in Sub-Saharan Africa.   Before joining TLcom, Omobola was Minister of Communication Technology, Nigeria from 2011 to 2015, focusing on the launch and execution of the National Broadband Plan, and the support of the Nigerian technology industry, including the pioneering involvement of the government in a local VC fund and a network of start-up incubators. Before serving in the Nigerian government, she was in Accenture for over twenty five years including five years as Country Managing Director, working with companies in a variety of industries, transforming them into more competitive and dynamic organizations.   Omobola serves on the Board of a number of not-for-profit and for-profit organisations, including Women in Management and Business (WIMBIZ) where she was the founding Chairperson.   Omobola has a Bachelor’s in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester; a Master’s in Digital Electronics from King’s College, London and a Doctorate in Business Administration from the School of Management of Cranfield University.
Ifeoma Idigbe
Founder and Executive Vice Chairman, boys to MEN Foundation
Ifeoma I. Idigbe is a business advisor/analyst (finance and human resource management) with over 30 years’ experience in banking & finance, human resource management, and general administration. Her educational background is in the Pure Sciences (B.Sc Hons) with a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a Masters in Human Resource Management (MA HRM). Her professional career started in banking – corporate finance and development finance (now called SME financing). Her career has spanned banking and financial advisory services (private sector), entrepreneurial activities (business advisory/consulting services, capacity building and etiquette training), and four years in the Nigerian public sector as an Executive Director (Finance & Administration) in a Federal parastatal. She was a delegate to the 2014 National Conference convened by former President Goodluck Jonathan to strategize on the Way Forward for Nigeria, and served as Deputy Chairman on the Committee for Agriculture and Water Resources.   She admits to diverse interests that include reading, writing (has been a regular contributor to Genevieve and TW women’s magazines. She has also more recently authored a book, Sounds from Silence: Musings), and the collection of paintings and objets d’art. She is also involved in charitable and social causes that relate to youth (a founding Trustee of the Ovie Brume Foundation), women (founding Trustee and immediate past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of WimBiz, Women in Management, Business & Public Service), and the Catholic Church (various leadership roles).   She is married to Jude and they have adult children.
Taba Peterside
CEO, Waveline Growth Partners
Taba Peterside is an accomplished financial services professional with experience across five countries, spanning commercial and investment banking, development finance, and financial sector regulation and research.  She is the CEO of Waveline Growth Partners, a micro lender committed to empowering female businesses.   Between 2008 and 2015, she was a General Manager at The Nigerian Stock Exchange, where she headed various functions, including responsibility for new listings and listed company relationships. In 2014 she oversaw the first dual listing of a company’s shares on The Nigerian and London Stock Exchanges, a landmark achievement for the NSE. She enjoys strong peer recognition for her capital market expertise, and has received an award from the Securities and Exchange Commission for her contribution to capital market development.   As head of Corporate Finance at IBTC (now Stanbic IBTC), she closed many landmark transactions and consolidated the bank’s leadership in investment banking. At the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation, one of the world’s most respected deposit insurers, she was responsible for risk management and corporate governance compliance among insured banks. Taba has also been a Program Manager with the International Finance Corporation in Ghana, from where she led equipment leasing technical assistance programs in Ghana, Tanzania and Rwanda. Under her leadership, Ghana and Tanzania experienced a significant rise in leasing volumes, and a leasing law was passed in Tanzania.   Mrs Peterside holds a first degree in Development Studies (Economics) from the University of Kent in the UK and a Masters in Development Economics from Dalhousie University, Canada. Among her many interests, Taba is an active mentor to younger women. She is a Member of the Institute of Directors Nigeria and is the Vice Chair of its Women Directors’ Development Committee. In addition, she is a Trustee of the Nigerian National Committee of the United World Colleges and a member of the Platform to Implement the UN’s Women Empowerment Principles in Nigeria’s private sector. She is committed to excellence and has a passion to help move Nigeria from potential to greatness.
Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho
Managing Director, Future Software Resources Ltd
Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho is a seasoned serial entrepreneur who has been in business for close to 10 years. She started her entrepreneurial path in 2008 and has been able to turn her first venture Future Software Resources Ltd. into one of Nigeria’s leading IT Service companies. Futuresoft is focused on providing digital marketing and technology solutions for the scaling African Enterprise, as well as offers E-learning and IT Consultancy services.   As one of a few Nigerian women in the industry, Mrs Begho’s successes are founded on a passion for driving innovative thinking, building a globally recognized technology brand and setting trends in the Nigerian Technology space.   Respected and recognized as a leader in her industry, Mrs Begho is regularly featured in a myriad of newspaper and magazine publications and is frequently invited to speak about the future of ICT in Africa, the challenges of African entrepreneurs as well as the role of Information Technology for development and change.   More recently she has stretched her wings beyond core technology and co-founded 3 thriving tech driven startups - Anne Li Unique Ideas (www.alwaysme.ng - Manufacturing & Fashion), Compare Insurance Nigeria (www.compareinsurance.com.ng - Insurance) and Fucaire Lifestyle Ltd, publishers of ASPIRE Luxury Magazine (www.aspireluxurymag.com - Luxury Brand Consultancy).




PLENARY AND DEEP-DIVE SESSION


Health
How are you? No really, How are you?

The common saying ‘put on a happy face’ almost discourages us from taking a step back to honestly make sure that we and our loved ones are ok. We live in an era of ‘it is well’ and ‘life must go on’ meaning that deep issues, such as depression, go unseen, unrecognized and undetected. You can rarely tell how someone is really doing by what you see on the outside and many times ‘how are you?’ is just a perfunctory greeting and seldom a true inquiry into one’s wellbeing. This plenary is a frank discussion of mental health and emotional wellness featuring a firsthand testimonial; a psychological specialist and an internist.

Continuous Learning
Staying Relevant in a Deconstructed Workplace

The modern-day workplace is moving beyond the passive brick and mortar establishment to an active open network cloud that transcends physical borders. We now have the ability to live in one country and serve customers/clients across various continents; therefore, as the definition of work and the workplace evolves, so also must our skills, abilities, services and thought processes. Learn how to stay relevant in a constantly evolving workplace.

Case Study
The Interrogation of the WIMBIZ Story

WIMBIZ on the Hot Seat! There have been a lot of questions about WIMBIZ through the years. People have wondered: Why? How? Where? Who? What did these women and “man” hope to achieve? Would they term WIMBIZ a success? This plenary puts WIMBIZ BOT on the Hot Seat, asking them all the tough questions we always wanted answered but have not had the opportunity to ask.

Nutrition
Fit for Purpose

Being truly UNSTOPPABLE requires eating right. What we consume and whether or not we exercise have an impact on our quest to have a sound mind in a sound body. This plenary addresses how we can maximize our physical ability and intellectual capacity through our diet and what it means to be truly FIT.

Leadership
Leadership Not just a Title

Being a leader is like being a lady. If you have to remind people you are, you aren’t - Margaret Thatcher What makes a great leader? How do you become a great leader? Is leadership just about results and accolades? Is there more to being a leader than just a title or is leadership just about motivation and inspiration? This plenary presents practical examples of transformational leadership and how it can be replicated.

Technology Take Over
Get With It or Get Lost

It is no secret that Technology has taken over every demography, sector, industry, continent and the entire world at large. We hear words like disruption, digitalize and much more. What do they mean? How do they affect us as individuals both within and outside the workplace? After this plenary, we expect that attendees will leave with: • What they need to pay attention to with respect to evolving trends in technology • How to manage what seems like too much information? • Less phobia (if any) and more appreciation of technology and its trends. • The true meaning and practical examples of disruption and the reason they need • to get on board with it. • How to positively disrupt their own lives using technology.

Survival Stories
Against All Odds

How do you get back up after life has knocked you down? An individual who achieves success in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles is someone worth learning from. It is one thing to survive challenges but it is an even greater feat to handle them and thrive despite those challenges. Meet three survivors who overcame odds; learn how they found inner resilience and find out where to go for help.

Work-Life Balance
Being Mrs Incredible

Is work-life balance a myth? Is being Mrs. Incredible achievable? Must you sacrifice to get to the top? Hear life stories from women who seem to have it all. Wife, mother, daughter, aunt, sister, cousin, CEO, engineer entrepreneur, chef, comforter, cleaner, housekeeper, driver, teacher…the list goes on and on. How do I handle the guilt of not being there for my family all the time? What is balance and is it even possible? These are questions that run through the minds of many women. From this Deep Dive, participants will gain practical tips on creating the balance they need.

Wellness
The Art of Happiness

Research and general life experiences show a strong correlation between happiness and productivity. This then begs the question of How do you become unstoppable, stay energized and reinvigorate if you are not in the right state of mind? How do you rise above challenges if you are unhappy? This workshop asks what it means to be happy…is it the rush of feeling when you achieve a much sought after goal? Is it the warm fuzzy feeling when you are with a loved one? Is there a science or “art” to staying truly happy? Does success bring happiness or vice versa? Is happiness dependent on external events or can it only be found within? This is a practical workshop offering a step by step roadmap on how to attain happiness.

Team Dynamics
Leading with Emotional Intelligence

At the core of every outstanding leader is the ability to connect, achieve, inspire and act with resilience. The way we manage our interactions can have a dramatic impact on our relationships at work and outside of work. This deep dive shows why emotional intelligence is key to building an incredible team and how it can be cultivated and maximized.

Professional Development
Taking Back Your Career

You dream about an amazing career filled with self-fulfilment and actualization, but getting from your current job to your dream position might seem daunting. You plan to return to work after an extended break, but you are unsure of where to start or how to take back control. Advancing your career is possible, no matter what your current circumstance. But you are the only one who can bring about the progress you hope to see. At the end of this session, attendees will have steps for placing their careers on the track that they desire.

Entrepreneurship
Business Branding

The game has changed, and that is exactly why you must focus on building a brand to achieve great success and to be truly UNSTOPPABLE. Building a brand could be the single best investment you can make to grow your business. Business Branding at its peak is the most effective way to drive demand, and it is how you will compete in a world where competition is rife. This session will highlight the principles that make brands effective and some pitfalls to avoid in building a brand.

Personal Finance
Begin with the End in Mind

Do you know where you want to be in relation to your personal finance? Can you envision your retirement lifestyle in your mind? For many of us, it is not a lack of money management skills, rather a lack of awareness on how we can make our money work better for us to secure a brighter and more stable future for our families and ourselves. Take charge of your personal finance. Awaken your money management skills. Make your money work for you. Build the future that you want with attainable investment options and smart retirement & estate planning.

Survivor's Workplace: It’s a Millennial World Yay or Nay
Survivor Gen X vs Millennials

Not unlike the Emmy award-winning series ‘Survivor Gen X vs Millennials’ which features two generations forced to compete against each other with the same ultimate goal: to outwit, outplay and outlast one another, millennials & other generations who must work together in the workplace are increasingly navigating changing roles and expectations amidst increasing visibility and opportunities for women and technological advancement which are challenging long-held beliefs about what it means to succeed in careers and business. Both generations have very different views about pathways to success and indeed how women should navigate themselves in the turbulent waters of corporate and business world. This all-female panel will examine intergenerational issues in the workplace highlighting the unique working models of each generation in their quest to succeed and thrive. The debates at WIMBIZ are legendary and hard fought - usually no victor nor vanquished - but compelling enough to make you re-think your views at days’ end! Not to be missed!



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