The inaugural African Women in Business Conference will take place on 29th July 2011 in London.
The Conference titled “Making a Difference – African Women in Business: Conference-Luncheon & Networking Reception” is a national initiative to promote and acknowledge African women entrepreneurship, recognize pioneering industrialists and inspire African women to aspire for senior leadership roles in their professions.
Association for African Owned Enterprises, the organiser of the Conference, says that there are more than 5.5 million Africans in the UK to date. “We have been working tirelessly to ensure that we deliver a breath-taking conference that will leave you inspired, informed and invigorated to go out there and make a difference in your own business or profession,” says the Association for African Owned Enterprises.
It will be the first conference in the UK to bring together African women entrepreneurs to network, showcase their products and brainstorm on matters of policy direction, program review and allied issues.
The conference will explore the following topics: African women in the UK – Opportunities and Equalities in Enterprise UK; barriers vs. benefits of being in the UK & levelling the playing-field; African women and leadership – Exploring the significance of women getting into leadership positions to inspire young girls and women in Africa; African women in the Diaspora – exploring the significance of being in the Diaspora and the role women can play in the development of the continent; Diversity & Equality in the workplace – The challenges, the obstacles, the giants in the workplace and the solutions to these; Mothers, sisters, grandmothers, wives – Wearing multiple hats at home and the effects on business & enterprise.
The Conference will inspire and motivate through testimonies of successful women in different fields including Banking & Finance; Politics; Social Enterprise & Charity; Beauty and Fashion.
The Speakers will include Lynne Featherstone MP – Under-Secretary of State for Equalities; Caroline Marsh, Leading property investor and Star of Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire; Betty Makoni, Founder of the Girl Child Network and Multiple award winning activist; Margaret Sentamu, President of Mildmay International and wife of Archbishop of York, John Sentamu; Mavis Amankwa, Award winning PR & Marketing expert; Griselda Togobo, Business Consultant & Small business Expert and Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell, Writer and Executive Director of the African Peoples Advocacy (APA).
There will be an exhibition of African-women run businesses at the conference. This display will showcase the successes over the past 10 years of African women in Enterprise (UK). The exhibition will offer the exhibitioners a platform to introduce their wares to other women and create distribution networks within the African community.
Guest speakers will be invited to meet the women who are running these businesses. There will be over 20 small businesses on display as well as exhibition stalls for the Conference’s sponsors. Stalls are available for those who would like to display their businesses.
“Making a Difference – African Women in Business: Conference-Luncheon & Networking Reception”
29th July 2011
School of Oriental & African Studies – SOAS
WC1H 0XG London