Organizer Speech

Organizer Speech

The African Union has christened the years 2010-2020 as the African Women’s Decade as more women take the reins at the most reputable institutions on the continent. Sadly, women are still among the most underutilized resources in community development in Africa.

This oversight is the major reason for limiting positive outcomes as women are resilient and focus on quality-of-life issues. It is on this premise that WIBLES is organised as a tool to build the capacities of women to deliver the future and create a platform for women to support other women.

It is commonly said that there is a lot that women can do to support one another and the first thing we can do is simply show up for another. It helps tremendously to share not only our successes but also our failures with one another in order for us to grow and truly learn from one another.

Since inception, the WIBLES and its sister events have continued to bridge the gap between women leaders of the 21st century and the millennials who admire them, by shaking up the women’s leadership arena and producing accessible platforms for mid-level and emerging women leaders to engage with leading women.

The 2015 summit, aptly entitled BUILDING GREATNESS recognises the role of women in transforming economies, societies and their families. The Summit will also explore the ways women as entrepreneurs and corporate executives are creating opportunities in the business world globally, while working to maintain and conserve increasingly limited natural resources.

At the WIBLE Summit, you will hear from a number of women who have achieved excellence in their careers and have overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. You can choose from over 20 different workshop sessions that will explore leadership, communication, finances, diversity, entrepreneurship, strategic decision making, marketing through technology, and networking. These programs will motivate you to work toward your own goals to achieve greatness in whatever you do.

Ranging from a First ladies to C-Suite executives, our summit speakers will address a variety of topics critical to women including enhancement of leadership and communication skills, the bridging of the confidence gap, and the “Lean In” theory. You’ll even have the opportunity to get a new “headshot” – something that many of us have not updated in years! Oh Lets I forget lots of fun as well.

Please join us at the Women in Business and Leadership Summit 2015 as I look forward to welcoming all of you to the venue in October.

H.E Mrs Opral Mason Benson CON
Summit President and Chair – Advisory Board, GLEEHD Foundation (Africa)
Honorary Consul of Liberia to Nigeria