IT was indeed a networking, experience
sharing and learning time as Access Bank
celebrated the International Women’s
Day with over 250 high potential
female professionals across 50 corporate
organisations in Nigeria.
In line with the 2017 theme for IWD “Be
bold for Change” and the UN Women
theme for the year tagged ““Women in the
Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by
2030”, the attendees had the opportunity to
receive insightful advice on assertiveness
and self-confidence, strategic positioning,
managing upwards, personal branding and
networking. Speaking on the objective of
the session organized in commemoration
of the IWD, the Group Head, Products
and Segments of Access Bank Plc, Mrs.
Ope Wemi-Jones said, “The Young Female
Professional is one of the segments under
the W initiative- The home for everything
Access Bank has to offer women. As a
Bank, we are committed to working with
Nigeria’s Young Female Professionals with
an objective of nurturing them as future
executives and CEO’s in their chosen careers
and business endeavours.” According to her,
“Planet 50-50 by 2030” requires everyone’s
commitment to competing based on skills
and capacity; it is about sponsoring each
other and not spiting one another. It is
about celebrating and recognizing one
another and not being indifferent about each
other’s achievement. It is about a personal
resolve to be bold and seize the moment.”
Based on their special focus on women,
Access Bank’s W Initiative intends to grow
the Young Female Professional network
into a global group that will stand for high
performance, professionalism, leadership
and result. Present at the session to inspire
the ladies were Mosun Belo-Olusoga; the
Chairperson of Access Bank, Iquo Ukoh,
the former ED Marketing of Nestle Plc.
and owner of 1Qfoodplatter, Osayi Alile
(Executive Director, ACT Foundation),
Josephine Effah Chukwuma ( Executive
Director, Project Alert) and Dr Yolanda
George-David popularly known as Aunt
Landa of Inspiration FM. On the Panel was
Rashidat Adebisi, Divisional Head of Retail
Solutions at AXA Mansard Insurance Plc.
She won the inaugural Access bank ‘W’
Young Professional of the Year award in 2015.
Other panellists were Folusho Gbadamosi
(Executive Director, IGI) andArese Ugwu, the
author of best-selling financial management
book; Smart Money Woman.


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