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About WIMBIZ Conference


Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ), a Nigeria based non-profit organization formed in 2001 by 14 individuals with an overriding vision “to be the catalyst that elevates the status and influence of women and their contribution to nation building”. Our programs are geared towards increasing the success rate of female entrepreneurs and the proportion of women in senior positions in corporate organizations.

The Annual Conference is WIMBIZ's flagship event which holds November of every year and is attended by over 1000 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


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), a Nigeria based non-profit organization formed in 2001 by 14 individuals with an overriding vision “to be the catalyst that elevates the status and influence of women and their contribution to nation building”. Our programs are geared towards increasing the success rate of female entrepreneurs and the proportion of women in senior positions in corporate organizations.

The Annual Conference is WIMBIZ's flagship event which holds November of every year and is attended by over 1000 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


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
15+

Years

Over the last 15 years, we have driven execution of our vision by ...


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X Over the last 15 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

Engage, connect, share and be inspired by over 1000 women from divers...


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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.
50+

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.




ANNIVERSARY BALL & SIDE EVENTS


Anniversary Ball

The Anniversary Ball will showcase our impact over the years but most especially our impact from the Big Sister Program designed to promote and fund education of girls in senior secondary schools in Lagos, Minna and Port Harcourt, as well as thank individuals and organisations that have given us significant support over the years and share in our vision ‘to be the catalyst that elevates the status and influence of women and their contributions to nation building.’ Having been in existence for fifteen years and grown in an unanticipated way, it is clear to us that WIMBIZ has provided a much needed and timely intervention.
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McKinsey Women Matter Africa Report Launch

WIMBIZ in partnership with McKinsey and UN Women presents the Women Matter Africa Report as part of our 15th Annual anniversary celebration which is scheduled to hold on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. Based on both organisations commitment to advocate for women matters, we decided to join forces given our research background on gender issues.

This report widely references evidence of the link between a companies share of women in leadership positions, its financial performance and organisational health, focused in the past on North America and Europe, Asia, Latin America and the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council for the first time in 10 years of McKinsey working on this report a focus is on Africa.

More specifically, the Women Matter report presents the case for gender diversity in Leadership across Africa using information gathered across 14 countries including Lagos, Nigeria.





Speakers






Plenary and Breakout Session


The Future of Work:
Leveraging the Power of 160 million

The size and demography of Nigeria’s human capital is widely acknowledged by global investors as a key asset. With a population of over 160 million creative, passionate and enterprising citizens – two thirds under the age of 30 – is yet to fully turn this valuable resource into true competitive advantage. The 'future of work' examines the state of careers in the 21st century, in the light of global and local contexts, changing attitudes about the value of work, shifting career paths and less structured working arrangements. The discussion will inspire a new way of thinking about the workforce and identify strategies for identifying and deploying Africa’s diverse talent.

Beyond Parity
Inspiring the Next Wave of Female Leaders

This plenary spotlights the state of gender parity in Africa, as it achieves global prominence as a key Sustainable Development Goal and private sector buzzword. Panelists will examine the different perspectives and what (if any) progress has been made in bridging the gender gap. Participants will be inspired and left with a strong sense of what today's crop of aspiring female leaders should do to leverage increasing focus on diversity to build successful businesses and careers in the private and public service.

Women in Mining
Unlocking Opportunities in the Nigerian Mining Industry

This plenary will uncover the broad spectrum of untapped opportunities across the mining value chain, exposing women to the plethora of possibilities in mining as a sustainable investment. The session will also identify the current legal, policy and infrastructural frameworks from local and regional perspectives and provide a realistic action plan for investors looking to create profitable businesses in a rapidly emerging sector.

The Billion N Tourism Industry
Monetizing the Beauty Within

Before Oil, Tourism was heralded as the key opportunity in Nigeria, given our rich, diverse culture and heritage. This often overlooked industry is rapidly expanding to capture the imagination of a global audience; the internet has helped create new markets for Nigerian art, food, fashion, culture & entertainment across continents. This plenary will review the unwitting growth of the Nigerian tourism and hospitality industry, uncovering the opportunities that lie within. It will inspire renewed pride for all things African, encouraging participants to appreciate their own place in the Nigerian tourism story.

Innovative Business Models
Transforming the basis of competition in a VUCA World

Technological advancement, VUCA - Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity - and the economic crisis is stimulating the birth of creative new business models that leverage technology to disrupt traditional industries and connect unrelated sectors. These innovative arrangements transform the basis of competition, permanently disrupting the structure of these industries in their entirety. This plenary will showcase modern examples of innovative business models, stimulating participants with groundbreaking ideas and the inspiration to enhance their own businesses.

The Internet of Everything
Understanding Opportunities & Threats in the New Industrial Internet

The so-called 'Internet of Things' (IoT) is transforming strategy, e-commerce and the way organizations collect and use data. It is connecting people, products, and services around the globe and creating new networks & tribes. This plenary will examine what the IoT phenomenon means for today's businesses, extending the globalization discussion beyond simple awareness, challenging participants to actively leverage the combined power of the internet and brave the new world of hyper-connectivity to build future-proof careers and businesses. This session will uncover new opportunities, technology applications across industries but also review increasing threats to privacy, cyber risk and lots more.

Finding Your Happy
A multitasking superwoman at home and at work

With so much focus on being a multitasking superwoman at home and at work, it’s easy to let our physical and mental wellbeing fall aside. This session will focus on how women can maintain a healthy lifestyle (mentally and physically), considering our current economic realities and how it affects the home and work. It will also address health from the position of reducing stress levels and its application to work and business

Leading Through Tough Times
Survive today’s economic challenges

Leading in our current economic realities have forced businesses to streamline their operations and adopt short term cost cutting measures in a bid to survive today’s economic challenges, sometimes resulting in layoffs, early retirements and pay cuts. Leaders are often left with a smaller staff complement with high risks for demotivation and demoralization & businesses at risk of jeopardizing long-term sustainability for short-term survival. This session will focus on how leaders and organizations can successfully lead through tough times, keeping motivation levels high whilst remaining true to their vision and not compromising on value even with less resources and manpower. It will also highlight ways to maintain high moral standards in the workplace through these turbulent times.

Charting a Legacy Through Social Impact
Projects at individual, national and global levels

There is an increasing attraction for social entrepreneurship and impact investment projects at individual, national and global levels. Many consider this the exclusive preserve of the baby boomer generation; even though there clearly is a proliferation of social and empowerment initiatives across young entrepreneurs. This session will identify the growing amount of talent, investment and attention channelled in this field and how best individuals who are looking to contribute to tackling social problems can get involved. The session will also draw from expertise within the sector by providing a guide on how to start and sustain a social enterprise.

Scaling Up Your Business
Over 50% of new businesses are started by women

Over 50% of new businesses are started by women, yet a significant number of these businesses remain informal and small scale at best. With the number of businesses springing up, a recurring question – even in tough economic times - is how these businesses can survive and scale up. This session will identify the critical systems and structures that ensure business success. It will focus on showing start-ups and small and micro businesses how to maximize the opportunities in Nigeria, leveraging these to scale up and build the momentum to scale out, connecting their brand across the African continent and ultimately around the globe.

New Pathways To Funding a Business
Increasingly attracting seed funding from across the world

Nigerian companies with creative and innovative ideas are increasingly attracting seed funding from across the world; e.g. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s recent investment in a Lagos based company that trains and deploys software developers. This session will uncover the latest developments in global financing options and identify how more Nigerian businesses can position themselves to attract such funding. It will further spotlight ‘crowd funding’, which is growing in significance by leveraging the power of the internet to expand funding possibilities from local to global audiences. It will uncover how these funds truly operate thereby providing practical strategies for organizations looking to leverage crowd funding to generate stable funding for their business or cause.

Dynamic Partnership: Staying Family, Staying Friends
Women are often advised to separate their professional and private lives

Women are often advised to separate their professional and private lives. What happens when there is an overlap between those two dynamics? What if your significant other is a partner in many ways than one? This session will look beyond partnerships in business by exploring the perspective of family and friends who are jointly executing on a business vision. It will highlight practical tips from success stories on achieving business goals whilst maintaining thriving relationships, resolving inevitable conflicts at home and at work and navigating any rough patches on the journey to building a thriving business.

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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    Contact Us


    ​WIMBIZ Secretariat
    200B Isale Eko Avenue.
    Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi,
    Lagos, Nigeria.

    +234 803 494 6249

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