The Women in Successful Careers, WISCAR, disclosed it has graduated over three hundred professional career women across various sectors of the economy in a move to build strong women structure that will help in overall economic transformation.
The program is a non-profit 12-month structured mentoring Programme focused on empowering and developing professional women in diverse careers in the formal and informal economy to contribute to nation-building in Nigeria.
Now in its 11th year, WISCAR is continuing its tradition of annual outreach to working women aimed at mentoring them for professional growth, leadership success, and healthy family life.
For WISCAR, leadership is achieving a deep resonance between self-leadership, interpersonal leadership and organizational leadership.
Speaking about an upcoming of the organization, Founder of WISCAR, Mrs. Amina Oyagbola, an experienced corporate executive and business mentor stated, “This year, we have carefully selected a theme that builds on our core focus on mentorship. The mentor is a storyteller, one who draws on her own life experience as tools and signposts to provide guidance on what to do, what to avoid doing, and ways to do it successfully. ‘We have invited President Johnson to share her wealth of experience in governance, mentorship, empowerment and nation building.
In many parts of West Africa, the “Griot” is an oral historian, a repository of oral traditions and communal achievements. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s role as Keynote Speaker is to be the “Griot” of our political advancement.
We expect the Conference to spur change in women and for women. To improve the level of participation and contribution of 50 per cent of our population to the extent required for our nation to become a first world country.
We expect the stories our mentees hear to enrich them enough for them to become change makers for their families, their communities and the nation at large. The positive changes we sow will surely be reaped in a brighter, more peaceful and more progressive future for Nigeria and Africa at large.”
WISCAR’s Executive Secretary, Fabia Ogunmekan, added, “Recommendations from the conference will be published in a communiqué to drive the required legal, cultural, and policy changes for growth and national development”
Former Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female elected Head of State in Africa, has accepted to deliver the keynote speech at Women in Successful Careers, WISCAR’s 2018 Annual Leadership and Mentoring Conference, scheduled to hold in Lagos.
The conference is themed: “Enriching Lives by Telling Our Own Stories”.
Under the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia was the only country out of 54 on the continent to improve in every single category and sub-category of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance.