The Pension Fund Operators Association of Nigeria, PenOp, has joined other organizations in preparing women to ascend leadership ladder in their desire to positively contribute to national development.
PenOp, seized the opportunity of this years International Women’s Day, which held in March to assemble women professionals and teach them the path of growth.
The Association hosted a webinar which featured a number of senior executives within the pension industry.
The panelists included Idu Okwuosa; CEO of Access PFC, Joy Ojakovo General Manager at Progress Trust CPFA, Ighojovbe Oghenekaro CEO of Agip pensions, and Blessing Ogwu CEO of UBA Pensions.
The female leaders spoke about challenges on being in a leadership position as a woman and how professionalism, tenacity, great support and continuous learning got them to where they are. The audience, mostly drawn from females within the pension industry, had a lot of questions on this subject matter as various women want to learn and advance in their careers.
Advising young women during the panel discussion, Idu said ‘take the highway, choose your fight and don’t let the distractions get to you and you’ll make it to the top. ’As a woman, you can’t do it alone, you need to build alliances, have a support structure to be able to grow and to lean on when need arises,” Joy added.
To conclude the session, PenOp announced its plan to launch a pension women’s network to enable the females in the industry interact with each other more, network and build a strong community for career advise and support as the need arises.