The Business and Professional Women (BPW) Africa Regional conference was held at the Sheraton Hotel Kampala at the Rwenzori Ball room with the theme ‘Leadership for Input’ with a call for to all women to empower themselves economically to stay on top of the (business) game. Speaking at a special diner for participants, The BPW International President Dr. Yasmin Darwich (Mexico) while making her closing remarks, called on all women to stay focused, empower themselves economically if they are to achieve personal happiness.
The 3-day conference which kicked off on Thursday with discussions focused on defining BPW and opportunities associated with it saw discussions move a notch higher on day 2 with the panelists presentations focusing mainly on inspiring insights into working in a male dominated field.
Chioma Saria Onoshakpor the Young BPW Representative from Nigeria stressed the issue of women empowerment and emancipation to overcome the stereotypes about women and highlighted key aspects for women to stay on top of the game while working in a male dominated field key among which is for women to ‘make an effort and always go ‘the extra mile’ and threw the hall into a bout of laughter when she advised the ladies to dress up and get noticed.
Adanna Ifeoma Enwezor country representative for young Business and Professional Women – Nigeia while making her presentation during the plenary sessions advised the African woman to embrace her natural beauty and express herself to build self esteem instead of destroying their natural beauty with chemicals.
The Founder African hair summit and Managing Director Photizo Life Foundation also advised women to always have an action plan and ‘keep it professional. Chano8 will run an exclusive interview with her on these pages.
Giselle Ruffer Delance BPW Switzerland Representative and founder of the ultra chic Delance Swiss Watches gave an insight into personal happiness and narrated her story of an early challenging childhood, to emerging as a powerful entrepreneur. ‘If someone chooses not to be happy, it is their business’ she said.
Representatives from different BPW countries, affiliates and clubs also shared their failure and success stories as well as the journeys to the top with Professor Maggie Kigozi the host president welcoming the participants and thanking them for turning up in big numbers.
BPW held the Africa conference in Kampala Uganda with a theme “Leading for impact” from 23rd – 25th June, 2016. BPW develops the professional business and leadership potential of women on all levels through advocacy, mentoring, networking, skill building and economic empowerment programs and projects around the world.
The main aim of BPW is to develop the potential of women at all levels. The Africa regional conference ends today with a tour of interesting places in Jinja.