WIMBIZ Annual Conference

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About WIMBIZ Conference


Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) is a non-profit organisation formed in 2001 by 14 individuals to be a platform for professional women whether they are in careers or running their own businesses. Over the last 18 years, we have implemented programs that seek to inspire, empower and advocate for greater representation of women in leadership positions both in the public and private sector.  

WIMBIZ has a contributory associate pool of over 770 accomplished women and more than 10,000 women on its database. We regularly collaborate with credible local and multinational organisations to deliver programs, which have, reached more than 119,000 women. Our vision is to be the catalyst that elevates the status and influence of women and their contribution to nation building. Our mission is to inspire and empower women to attain leadership positions in business, management and public service. 
 

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
2020 The Shift Recalibrate
2019 Shaping the Future: Strategizing to Win
2018 Unstoppable You: Reinvent & Reinvigorate!
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 organisation formed in 2001 by 14 individuals to be a platform for professional women whether they are in careers or running their own businesses. Over the last 18 years, we have implemented programs that seek to inspire, empower and advocate for greater representation of women in leadership positions both in the public and private sector.  

WIMBIZ has a contributory associate pool of over 770 accomplished women and more than 10,000 women on its database. We regularly collaborate with credible local and multinational organisations to deliver programs, which have, reached more than 119,000 women. Our vision is to be the catalyst that elevates the status and influence of women and their contribution to nation building. Our mission is to inspire and empower women to attain leadership positions in business, management and public service. 
 

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
2020 The Shift Recalibrate
2019 Shaping the Future: Strategizing to Win
2018 Unstoppable You: Reinvent & Reinvigorate!
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
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X Over the last 18 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.
1500+

Women

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X Engage, connect, share and be inspired by over 1500 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


Press Conference

The Press Conference is aimed to adequately inform the media on the objective about the WIMBIZ 18th Annual Conference.

WIMBIZ Annual Conference 2019 Press Conference scheduled to hold as follows:

  • Date: Friday, November 1, 2019
  • Venue: 200B, Isale Eko Avenue, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos
  • Time: 9 am

  • Networking Breakfast

    The Networking Breakfast is an event which attracts approximately 200 women, giving them the opportunity to meet and connect with others in the business, corporate and public-sector community as well as provide a platform for developing one’s elevator pitch.
    Objective

  • To meet as many top female executives paving the way in Nigeria in one hour.
  • To make as many personal and business contacts that are relevant/relative and can share experience and give sound business advice.
  • The Networking Breakfast is only open to delegates attending the Conference. To register, visit www.wimbiz.org/registration-2 and follow the steps

    DATE: Thursday, November 7, 2019 ∣ TIME: 7am ∣ FEE: N12,000

    VENUE: Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos

    Zumba Fitness Dance

  • Stand a chance to win a free ticket to the WIMBIZ 18th Annual Conference!!!!
  • How? Simply participate in the WIMBIZ Zumba 2019 fitness event as scheduled to hold in the locations near you. It is one event in two locations on the same day, so do not miss this opportunity!
  • Island Venue:
  • Palms Shopping Mall, 1 Bisway St, Maroko, Lekki, Lagos
  • Mainland Venue:
  • Ikeja City Mall, 194, Obafemi Awolowo Way, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos
  • Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019
    Time: 7:00am - 9:00am
    Registration starts at 6:30am
    That's not all! You can also register and pay for the conference at an early bird discounted rate of N55,000 by simply attending the Zumba class. There's more! Participation is absolutely FREE. All you need to do is register by click the button below.
    Excited? Don't do this Zumba alone, make sure you tag along with a friend. For further enquiries call +2348035946249
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    Speakers


    • Abubakar Suleiman

      Chief Executive Officer, Sterling Bank Plc.

      Samaila D. Zubairu

      President & Chief Executive Officer, Africa Finance Corporation

      Ngozi Princewill Utchay

      Executive Director, Prime Group

    • Funkola Odeleye

      Co-Founder & CEO, DIYlaw

      Oluwayemisi Mafe

      Corporate Affairs & Communications Lead West Africa, Pfizer

    Abubakar Suleiman
    Chief Executive Officer, Sterling Bank Plc.
    Abubakar Suleiman, fondly called Abu, is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience working in the banking industry. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Bank Plc. Currently, his top priority is to optimize the impact of financial intermediation in critical sectors that can catalyze growth and create a future of shared prosperity for all Nigerians. These priority sectors are Health, Agriculture, Education, Renewable Energy and Transportation, and are at the H.E.A.R.T of Sterling. Before his current role, he served as an Executive Director and Chief Finance Officer of the bank and was the executive sponsor of the Bank’s non-interest banking business (Sterling Alternative Finance). Abu’s previous work experience includes tax advisory at Arthur Andersen, management training at MBC International Bank (now First Bank) and financial markets with Citibank Nigeria. He is a firm believer in the role of efficient markets, emerging technologies and small businesses in unlocking productivity, improving national competitiveness and driving inclusive economic growth. He currently serves on the Board of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) and the Advisory Boards of Lagos Business School (LBS) and Enterprise Development Center (EDC).
    Samaila D. Zubairu
    President & Chief Executive Officer, Africa Finance Corporation
    Samaila Zubairu was appointed as Africa Finance Corporation (AFC)’s 3rd President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2018. AFC is an investment-grade, multilateral financial institution focused on providing solutions to Africa’s infrastructure deficit and challenging business environment by developing and financing infrastructure, natural resources and industrial assets which enhance productivity and economic growth of African states.   Mr. Zubairu currently represents the Corporation’s interests on the Board of Directors of: Aker Energy A.S. - Vice Chairman; Cenpower Generation Company Limited; Danakali Colluli [Potash] Mining Limited; Thor Gold Explorations Limited; ARISE Port & Logistics; Takoradi Port Expansion Project; Novelle Gabon Mine.  Additionally, Samaila sits on the Advisory Board of the United Nations administered Nigeria Humanitarian Fund—Private Sector Initiative (NHF PSI) for internally displaced persons in North-Eastern Nigeria. He is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of AIICO Insurance Plc.   Prior to his appointment, Samaila was the CEO of Africapital Management Limited, where he established a joint venture with Old Mutual’s African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) to develop the Nigerian Infrastructure Investment Fund1(NIIF1) for infrastructure private equity across West Africa.   As Chief Financial Officer for Dangote Cement Plc, he launched Africa’s largest syndicated project finance facility for the Obajana Cement project and managed the unbundling of Dangote Industries Limited to listed subsidiaries on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Before that, he was the Treasurer for Dangote Group during its transformation from a trading company to an industrial conglomerate.   Samaila is an Eisenhower Fellow and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Nigeria (FCA). He holds a BSc in Accounting from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria.
    Ngozi Princewill Utchay
    Executive Director, Prime Group
    Ngozi Princewill Utchay ACIarb, is a sought-after Social Skills and Personal Branding Consultant, Public speaker, Writer, and International Arbitrator.   A Federal Government of Nigeria scholar, she attended the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, where she finished as the best graduating student of her department. She also holds executive certifications from foremost institutions in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the United Arab Emirates and Spain. She is an alumna of the Institut Villa Pierrefeu, frequently described as Switzerland's "last traditional finishing school".   In addition to various workshops, symposia, Youth programmes and so forth, Ngozi has been a guest speaker at conferences by the Central Bank of Nigeria, Institute of Directors, 7Up Bottling Company, Connect Nigeria and the WIMBIZ amongst others, and has written columns for Genevieve, and ThisDay Style magazines.   She counts High Networth individuals, government agencies, and several prestigious organisations from diverse sectors amongst her distinguished clientele. She has also taught at the Lagos Business School, the leading business school in West Africa, for years.   Ngozi is the host of "Future First Ladies"™, a subsidised annual Finishing and Mentoring School, which for the past six years has provided young ladies from low-income homes and the wider society, opportunities to participate via scholarships.   She is featured in the WIMBIZ “Inspire Me 2” coffee table book, which recognises Nigerian women contributing to nation building in their various spheres and is also one of 40 inspiring women featured in the Lancôme “40 Shades” international Beauty campaign; the first of its kind in Africa by the French brand. Ngozi was named one of “100 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria, 2018” by the Leading Ladies Africa and YNaija, in conjunction with The Guardian newspaper, and was on the 2016 "Very Best Dressed" List of Genevieve Magazine.   She is a recipient of the “Woman to Woman Award for Consistent Support” from the House on the Rock church, where she serves as a Deaconness; and the “Ambassador Award” by the Women Ministry of St Peter's Anglican Church, Dikenafai (Ideato Diocese), which is her hometown church.   She is the Executive Director of the Prime Group, which includes the popular Prime Chinese Restaurant and a Director of the Institute of Export Operations and Management (IEOM). She is also a Trustee of the King's Comfort Foundation, which seeks to ameliorate the plight of young widows and their children.   Ngozi speaks six languages.
    Funkola Odeleye
    Co-Founder & CEO, DIYlaw
    Funkola Odeleye is co-founder and CEO at DIYlaw and also the Corporate-Commercial and Intellectual Property Lead at TLP Advisory Africa (TLP) – a venture law practice.   She has a background in corporate-commercial law firm practice with years of in-house counsel experience in investment banking. Funkola’s legal experience prior to founding TLP and DIYlaw cuts across capital markets, investment advisory, compliance and securities.   Funkola has a Masters in Finance and Financial Law from the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London in addition to her LLB from the Lagos State University and BL from the Nigerian Law School.   She was the 2019 Sub-Saharan winner and Global Finalist of the Entrepreneurial Award of the British Council Study UK Alumni Award. She is a 2019 Obama Africa Leader, an Innovating Justice Fellow of The Hague Institute for the Innovation of Law (HiiL) and a Cartier Women’s Initiative 2020 Fellow.   Funkola believes that entrepreneurship is the most sustainable solution to unemployment and she is passionate about mentoring and developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Nigeria. She keeps a food blog and enjoys sudoku.
    Oluwayemisi Mafe
    Corporate Affairs & Communications Lead West Africa, Pfizer
    Oluwayemisi is a Marketing Communication professional with over 20 years’ experience in Consultancy, Social Enterprise, Banking, E-Commerce, Insurance and Pharmaceuticals. She started her career as a Freelance Journalist and over the years has gained experience working with leading Marketing Communication agencies. Presently, she is the Corporate Affairs and Communication Lead for West Africa at a global pharmaceutical company where she oversees Communication and Public Affairs in the zone.   Oluwayemisi possess outstanding skills at using Communication tools to create and sustain demand and preference for brands. She has expertise in successfully conceptualizing and implementing innovative communications, public relations and marketing initiatives to drive market impact and expansion for top companies in diverse industries.   She is a 2014 Vital Voices Lead Fellow. Oluwayemisi is a Fellow; NIMN, Member; NIPR, Member; CIM, UK, Associate; APCON and a Mentor and an Associate; WIMBIZ. She is also a Mentor of Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.   She is very passionate about touching lives and gives expression to this by volunteering for social causes that impacts women and children.




    PLENARY AND DEEP-DIVE SESSION


    Plenary 1
    LEADING FROM THE HEART: CREATING A CULTURE OF EMPATHY & AUTHENTICITY

    Navigating leadership is critical during these times. There is a fundamental change in what a leader should be and how they lead. The leadership plenary should focus on leading in a VUCA world and intuitive leadership highlighting core leadership and female attributes that leaders can bring to the table e.g. empathy, intuition etc.

    Plenary 2
    DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION: REPOSITION FOR SUCCESS

    Disruption is our current reality. It is either you be a disruptor or be disrupted. There is a need to talk about how disruption can be a pathway to power, the power of technology and finding your place in the digital dawn. How do you reinvent and innovate your business? What is the value chain, business opportunities and what opportunities are out there for delegates to tap into?






    Breakout 1
    WOMAN! YOU ARE YOUR BRAND

    This session will focus on the potency and art of feminine communication. One of the limitations women have is that we are either too reserved, shy or have become victims of socio-cultural conditioning that limit our ability to project ourselves, our brand or our businesses adequately. It is frequently said that the woman is the weaker sex and this must be continually debunked. Women can retain their femininity and sexuality yet remain an embodiment of power and success.

    Breakout 2
    COLLABORATION: EXPLORING AUDACIOUS SYNERGIES

    The stark reality that faces individuals and businesses - Stay relevant or die alone - has been amplified by the current reality. The ability to connect with and adapt to the changing realities and new essentials as defined by consumers and the buying public cannot be undertaken by individuals. It is imperative that we seek to build alliances, leverage connections, collaborate across borders with shared values and common goals.

    Collaborations come with its set of nuances and problems, working to identify and address them with an agreed framework should be the driving force. We cannot go the distance alone!

    Breakout 3
    HARD RESET: SURVIVE AND THRIVE

    With the present COVID 19 pandemic, Individuals and businesses in general have been exposed to a Global health, commercial and economic disruption. Individuals and Businesses have been exposed and made vulnerable due to the Pandemic.

    The lack of access to finance and support buffer has caused a lot of downturn to businesses therefore these businesses introduce coping mechanisms to stay afloat. What are those things that we need to do differently, proactively and reactively? In a state of any emergency, how do you strive as an individual and as a business?

    Breakout 4
    SECURE YOUR SEAT; AMPLIFY OUR VOICE

    Although several efforts have been made to address the low representation of women in elective and appointive positions in Nigeria, there is still vast room for improvement. There is a need for an increased intentional push towards boosting female participation in politics. Therefore, it is imperative that we continue to have relevant conversations that can encourage and groom more women to take on political roles.

    This panel will highlight actionable steps that can increase the number of seats allocated to women in Nigeria’s political landscape.

    Breakout 5
    THE UNSPOKEN TRAUMA

    The idea around this topic goes beyond discussing the issues on traumatic events and goes further to look at the coping mechanisms, how to get help and learning from people that have overcome such situations in their personal and professional lives.


    Debate



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      Contact Us


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

      +234 803 494 6249