The 19th Annual WIMBIZ Conference

The Shift Recalibrate

Friday Nov. 6, 2020 | 7:30 am


  • 7:45 am - 8:45 am

    Conference Virtual Netwoking

  • 9:00 am - 9:05 am

    The National Anthem

    • Glowreeyah Braimah, Nigerian Gospel Artist
  • 9:10 am - 9:25 am

    Chairperson Welcome Address

    • Ngover Ihyembe-Nwankwo, Chairperson, WIMBIZ Executive Council
  • 9:30 am - 9:45 pm

    Opening Address by Conference Chairperson

    • Professor Ekanem Braide, First Female President of Nigerian Academy of Science; Parasitologist
  • 9:50 am - 10:20 am

    Keynote Address

    • His Excellency, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, Executive Governor of Lagos State.
  • 10:25 am - 10:35 am

    Tea Break

  • 10:40 am - 12:10 pm

    Plenary Session 1

    Leading from the heart: Creating a culture of Empathy & Authenticity

    • Abubakar Suleiman
    • Babatunde Irukera
    • Yemisi Ayeni
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    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 that leaders can bring to the table.

    For decades, leadership was defined by masculine traits such as strong, assertive, courageous, etc., with little or no attention paid to the softer skills. The last few months put to test, the age-old leadership styles; the COVID-19 pandemic drew more attention to the effectiveness of empathic and authentic leadership. Leaders especially Female leaders have been praised for demonstrating care, empathy and a collaborative approach to handling the pandemic. In the same vein, a Goldman Sachs analysis showed that all-women and mixed-gender US fund teams outperformed all-male portfolio management teams in 2020. Perhaps, there is a new style of leadership? The style which innately involves empathy and collaboration rather than aggression and domination.

    This plenary session aims to help professionals inculcate the intuitive leadership culture, where “femininity” and power complement.
  • 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

    Breakout Session 1

    Woman! You are your brand

    • Eyono Fatayi-Williams
    • Ngozi Princewill Utchay
    • Renée Q. Boateng
    • Adenike Adebola (Moderator)
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    "Perception is the co-pilot to reality." "How people perceive you will directly impact how they deal with you." - Carl Ann Harris. This session will focus on the potency and importance of building a powerful personal brand intentionally and with great skill. Just as building anything of great and lasting value takes time and effort with great expertise, the woman in the market place is faced with the very daunting task of consistently building a brand that works in her favour and not against her.

    The art of effectively and unapologetically communicating a message that is consistent with her authentic self plays a key role in navigating the complexities of the corporate world and being successful in it. No matter your line of work, no matter your goals, you will benefit from communicating more effectively.

    This breakout session seeks to equip women with the right tools in creating a healthy balance between embracing their uniqueness and projecting an image that is congruent with their ideals and values.
  • 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

    Breakout Session 2

    Collaboration: Exploring Audacious Synergies

    • Dr. Anino Emuwa
    • Chienye Ogwo
    • Funkola Odeleye
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    In recent years, we have witnessed mergers and acquisitions (the example of the Nigerian banking sector), the rise of co-working spaces (allowing different kinds of businesses operate under one roof in a bid to jointly cover operational costs), the sharing economy (as in the case of businesses like Uber and Bolt), public and private partnership (PPP), as well as individuals of similar interests coming together charging different causes. However, as businesses, organizations and individuals continue to evolve, and in the face of a pandemic and its effects on social and corporate structures, the need to build and sustain interdependent synergies across all boards, has become imperative. Exploring audacious synergies reflects a corporate desire to acquire new markets and expand reach, while surmounting challenges that may arise. It also calls for a deliberate process that allows all stakeholders involved to equally benefit from the relationship. In light of current social and economic realities, this timing of this discourse is apt. The plenary session aims to inspire women in the entrepreneurship, public and private sectors to pursue collaborations that will impact the success of their work.
  • 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

    Breakout Session 3

    Hard Reset: Survive and Thrive

    • Ada Osakwe
    • Danny Kioupouroglou
    • Funke Bucknor-Obruthe
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    With the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, individuals and businesses have been exposed to Global health, commercial and economic, career, social and family disruption. The unexpected turn of events and the lack of access to relevant support such as finance, quality healthcare, infrastructures etc. has forced many into survival modes. What can be done differently, proactively, and reactively? In this critical state, how do you strive as an individual and as a business? Does the future hold a season to thrive? how can navigate? This session will expose conference delegates to proven survival techniques and position to thrive during and post pandemic.
  • 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

    Breakout Session 4

    Secure your seat: Amplify your voice

    • Charlotte Osei
    • Rt. Hon. Elizabeth Ativie
    • Dr. Otive Igbuzor (Moderator)
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    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. With less than 20 women in the 9th National Assembly, 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 as well as encourage women support and elevate themselves.
  • 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

    Breakout Session 5

    The Unspoken Trauma

    • Kechi Okwuchi
    • Dr Yewande Oshodi
    • Oluwayemisi Mafe (Moderator)
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    Emotional and psychological trauma is usually the result of extraordinary stressful events that shatters one’s sense of security, making one feel helpless. This can also leave one struggling with upsetting emotions, memories and anxiety that would not go away. The loss of a loved one, failure of exams, Intentional coercion, accidents, deformities sound mundane, or even normal but sometimes if not, many times have devastating effects on one’s psychic without one realizing it. Threats and verbal abuse, domestic violence, toxic relationships, political violence, rape, sexual assault at work and home can seriously impair another person’s psychological integrity and be detrimental to a woman’s mental health. Growing acts of violence against women serve as a strong barrier to women accessing their right to participate fully and equally in politics and public life. Nearly 1 in 5 women have experienced completed or attempted rape in their lifetimes from close acquaintances and strangers. Domestic violence has become a daily occurrence. The more frightened and helpless you feel, the more likely you are to be traumatized. This plenary session intends to provide women with the tools to use in coping with such, the patterns to watch out for, and the solutions to such traumas.
  • 1:20 pm - 1:50 pm

    Lunch Break

  • 1:55 pm - 3:25 pm

    Plenary Session 2

    Disruptive Innovation: Reposition for Success

    • Amal Hassan
    • Samaila D. Zubairu
    • Brandi DeCarli
    • Funmi Roberts (Moderator)
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    Disruption is our current reality. We now live in a world of endless choices and opportunities with new products and services being launched at a very fast pace. A key component to achieving sustainability in these times is to continually reposition for success by pre-empting and taking advantage of every situation. This means continuous innovation, but in a broader sense - the innovation of thoughts and the mind (connectedness, collaboration, agility etc.). It is predicted that approximately half of the S&P 500 companies will be replaced in the next decade due to disruption(s). There are also strong signs of restructuring in financial services, retail, healthcare, energy, travel, and real estate. Thus, it’s important for businesses and organisations to continually reinvent and adapt. This plenary session aims to equip delegates with vital tips to reinvent and continuously innovate their businesses or seek ways within their organizations to influence same.
  • 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

    Female Achievers

  • 3:50 pm - 4:05 pm

    WIMBIZ Executive Director’s Report

    • Hansatu Adegbite, Executive Director, WIMBIZ
  • 4:10 pm - 4:40 pm

    IMPACT Investment Award

    • Supported and Presented by Chapel Hill Denham
  • 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm

    Debate: Virtual Our Reality: Loathe It or Love It

    • Fatima Kere Ahmed
    • Izin Akioya
    • Ruby Onwudiwe
    • Seyi Bella
    • Adenike Adeyemi (Moderator)
  • 5:35 pm - 6:00 pm

    Closing Ceremony

    • Ifeyinwa Ighodalo, Chairman, Board of Trustees, WIMBIZ
  • 6:00 pm - 6:05 pm


  • 6:05 pm - 8:00 pm

    After Conference Connect