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By Trek Africa Newspaper

Executive Council, Ngover Ihyembe-Nwankwo; Publisher, The Guardian Newspapers, Lady Maiden Alex-Ibru; Chairman, Board of Trustees, Ifeyinwa Ighodalo; Chief Femi Olopade; Member, Board of Trustees, Ifeoma Idigbe; Members, Osayi Alile and Chizor Malize at the 19th annual conference of Wimbiz “The Shift Recalibrate” in Lagos…

Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) held its 19th Annual & first virtual Conference on Friday, November 6, 2020.

This annual conference held every November was this year specifically themed ‘’The Shift: Recalibrate’’, to highlight the impact of the Covid-19 disruption that characterized the year 2020. The deliberations were tailored to proffer practical solutions that have become necessary in the postpandemic reality. The conference also encouraged women to rebuild, recalibrate and embrace the shift.

Chairperson, Executive Council, WIMBIZ, Ngover Ihyembe-Nwankwo in her Welcome Address acknowledged the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on WIMBIZ, shared strategies that were deployed to cushion its effect as well as proactive measures taken as an organization to flatten the curve of the pandemic. In addition, she stressed emphatically the goal of this year’s conference.

She stated ‘’our goal for the Conference was to motivate, strengthen, and empower our delegates with knowledge and tools to embrace the post pandemic realities and come through stronger.’’
Delivering the Executive Director’s Report, Hansatu Adegbite, Executive Director, WIMBIZ noted some of the milestones the organization has recorded in 2020 including the addition of 119 new Associates, the induction of pioneer mentees of the WIMBIZ Women on Boards (WIMBOARD) Mentoring Program, the organization’s pivot from hosting physical programs to online programs – its reception and feedback from the WIMBIZ Community.

The 19th Annual Conference convened a diverse panel of speakers who facilitated robust discussions on topics such as ‘’Leading from the Heart: Creating a Culture of Empathy & Authenticity’’; ‘’Disruptive Innovation: Reposition for Success’’; ‘’Woman! You Are Your Brand’’; ‘’Secure Your Seat; Amplify Our Voice’’; ‘’Hard Reset: Survive and Thrive’’; ‘’The Unspoken Trauma’’ and ‘’Collaboration: Exploring Audacious Synergies’’.

The discussions provided delegates with life-enhancing and practical knowledge to make informed decisions as well as embrace change and thrive.
Giving the closing remarks and vote of thanks to sponsors, media partners and guests present at the event, the Chairman, Board of Trustees, WIMBIZ, Ifeyinwa Ighodalo emphasized the WIMBIZ mission to inspire and empower women to attain leadership positions in business, management & public service and urged women to put to good use, insights that have been gained at the conference.

WIMBIZ is a non-profit organization that has, over the last 19 years, implemented programs that inspire, empower and advocate for greater representation of women in leadership positions in the public and private sector. WIMBIZ collaborates with credible domestic and international global organizations to deliver programs, which have influenced over 200,000 women since inception.

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