AWLO 500- Leadership and Management

The AWLO-500 is a project set to help women in the Niger-Delta region of Nigeria tackle some of the important issues in their business relating to business discipline and value, an optimistic approach towards self-skill discovery and what it takes to have the mind of a CEO. Our facilitator for this session Favour Ayodele is a Life Coach with years of experience under his belt, he pointed out that one major issue that has occurred in his years of mentoring business owners has been discipline and value on the path of the owner.

He would be offering post-workshop mentorship to any participant that is ready to take up the challenge with the readiness and attitude to learn also there would be available for one on one or group section.

Favour Ayodele mentioned that it’s very important for him to be part of this journey to gender equality, stating that every avenue or opportunity to impact, should/must not be a subject of compulsion or appealing bait. He sees the gathering as an open cheque to maximizing, depositing and influencing the concerned for positive leadership and management transformation. More so, a place of adding value to the community most especially the Organization.
Lastly, it’s a call to serve without reservation.



AWLO500- The Use of Technology for your Business

One of the major problems AWLO500 is set out to address is the issues of technology amongst businesses in Nigeria. Businesses- owners have not keyed into the advantages that come with scaling their business with technology.

Benson Imoh, our facilitator is the Chief Technology Officer of the African Women in Leadership Organisation, a front-line not-for-profit committed to changing the narratives of leadership in Africa. When he joined his current workplace some years back, the work processes were mostly conventional. He noticed a lot of problems with the work processes, marketing strategy, and operations and he used technology and automation to improve the standards and process of his company.

He duly pointed out that when asks what people think one of the major issues faced by businesses is? a lot of people would be quick to say ‘SALES’. But it actually is ‘Resources Allocation – Human, Operational and Financial – which are scarce by the way’ and ‘Inspiring trust in their customers’. It is the key to sales.

The best take home for participants at the event, is that he would be sharing how businesses no matter how small can leverage technology to scale and realize a profit. Discussions ranging from business strategy to if/how technology fits into business.

Participants would get post-workshop consulting services, He pointed out and will be ready to work with interested businesses and entrepreneurs to scale their businesses and deploy technology where necessary.


AWLO500 Offers Business Loans-Sign Up for Free.

The AWLO-500 Empowerment Project for Women kickstarts at the FREE AWLO-500 Capacity Building Workshop. The Capacity Building Workshop is holding on 14th December 2019 at Tinapa Lakeside Hotel, Calabar will be providing practical training in the areas of business set-up, technology-driven enterprise, customer acquisition, business planning, financial intelligence coaching, and leadership and management. Registration for the workshop is now free and compulsory at www.awlo.org/500/register.
As a signatory of the UN Global Compact, AWLO is keying into gender-sensitive budget planning solutions as a means of providing efficient and sustainable women’s economic empowerment. The AWLO-500 Project provides economic empowerment opportunities to bridge the economic empowerment gap among women.
AWLO has teamed up with partners to provide beneficiaries with; business advisory, financial intelligence coaching, Incentives, and Loans. Partners include Sterling Bank, McDon Whirlpool Resources, Justina Ovat Foundation, and the AWLO HeforShe Community.

The Keynote Speaker of the AWLO-500 Capacity Building Workshop is Chief. Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor Vice President of Liberia.
In addition to workshop sessions, other activities at the AWLO-500 Workshop include Exhibitions, Manufacturing Trainings, Business Set-up and Registration, Business Resource Corner, and Networking Lunch.
The Justina Ovat Foundation is teaming up with AWLO to Host the AWLO-500 Capacity Building Workshop Calabar, and mobilizing 300 beneficiaries from the Niger-Delta Region for the AWLO-500 Empowerment project. The Foundation is a not-for-profit Entrepreneurship, Employability and Enterprise Development organization that delivers innovative, high-quality solutions for the development and growth of people who are independent of government but are core contributors to the commonwealth of their communities.
This initiative being hinged on AWLO’s theme for the year 2019; ‘Empowered for Sustainability’, has identified the following post-workshop opportunities as a sustainable model of women’s empowerment. Namely; A Women’s Business Community, Market place, Routine Business Coaching, and Business Loans.
To become eligible for AWLO-500 opportunities click on www.awlo.org/500/register to register free. The AWLO-500 Capacity Building Workshop holds on 14th December 2019 at Tinapa Lakeside Hotel, Calabar, preceding the 2019 AWLO Induction, Partner & Awards Dinner at Transcorp Hotels Calabar.
AFRICAN WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP ORGANISATION (AWLO) is an international not-for-profit organization driving women’s leadership through gender parity, leadership effectiveness, and global development initiatives. With a membership of African women and women of African Descent, across 23 Chapters and Youth Councils in 12 countries including the USA and UK; we strive to advance the status of women in leadership by creating an empowering platform and harnessing the synergies of an alliance. AWLO’s women’s leadership solutions cut across all sectors, strata, and generations.


AWLO HeforShe ambassador offers Business Mentoring to #AWLO500 beneficiaries

The AWLO-500 is a project set to help women in the Niger-Delta region of Nigeria tackle some of the important issues in their business from branding to sales to scalability and the use of technology to take their business to the next level. During the AWLO500 workshop, women would have the opportunity to meet some of the finest experts in the industry and exhibitors in their various industries.

One of AWLO500’s facilitators is Mr. Gilbert Ewehweh SP a Business and Development Consultant who has 10 years of working with startups, microentrepreneurs, Entrepreneurs and young people with business ideas. Nurturing and maturing their business ventures. coaching and mentoring them on how they could translation their business ideas into sustainable ventures. Giving them the necessary entrepreneurial skills they need to take their business venture to the next level. With the focus on resource mobilization through Innovative financing since our traditional banks don’t give loans or credit to young startups because they don’t have collateral security.

AWLO500 participant’s major take home as Mr. Glibert duly pointed out is acquiring new skills translating a sustainable business venture through ” design thinking and designing a winning business model” summarised in three words IDEA + TEAM + CAPITAL and the ability to get post-workshop mentorship at almost no cost as a HeforShe Ambassador, it is my role to invest in the African woman and mentoring and coaching them is pivotal.


AWLO500 offers help with Business Set-up and Registration

AWLO 500 Project is an avenue for participants to get business fundamentals to ace their business and answer all their questions.

Barrister Eche Idoko is a corporate legal practitioner with over 12 years of active practice. According to him, “Business as an important aspect of human interaction is governed by set rules”. In Nigeria, the major law that governs how business should be run is the company and allied matters act. This law provides how a business can be set up and what you must do to operate a business in Nigeria. Without compliance with these laws, you can not run a proper business in Nigeria.
For you to run business development in any nation-state there are basic steps you must take to have the business run, these include:

1. You must have set objectives and goals of the business you want to carry out

2. You must have a place of business or an address where inquires, are made or where you can be contacted.

3. Every business must have an identity or a name it as known by, it may adopt the name of the promoter or owners or it can have its own counter identity different from that of the owners.

4. Every business has an obligation to the government by way of tax and rates and for it to be able to fulfill this obligation it needs to get am the identity by way of registration and obtaining an identification number.

At the AWLO500 capacity building workshop, we are going to work participants through the provisions of the law, help them understand how to set up a business in compliance with the law helping them. Understanding what privileges, rights, and opportunities they can exploit through proper business set up. One of the major takeaways for AWLO500 participants is free legal advice as well as provided with swift business registration services at a subsidized rate.

If your business is not in any way of global standard, You need to be at this workshop. Visit www.awlo.org/500


McDon Whirlpool Resources to offer Financial Resources to AWLO-500 beneficiaries

AWLO-500 is a women’s economic empowerment project to create business funding, market place, business advisory, and business community for women. During the prerequisite AWLO-500 Workshop, women will interact with experts, be provided learning opportunities, and become eligible to participate in the economic empowerment opportunities provided by AWLO-500 in the post-workshop phase.

AWLO has teamed up with McDon Whirlpool Resources Ltd – a Capital, Investment and Lending company in Lagos, Nigeria to provide onsite Financial Intelligence Coaching at AWLO-500 Workshop and Post-Workshop Business Financing for beneficiaries. The MD/CEO of McDon Whirlpool Resources Mr. Isaac Usanga says, “Female entrepreneurs must learn the language of Financial Intelligence and practice it irrespective of how ‘big’ or how ‘small’ their enterprise is.” He proffered that “Certain skills must be developed to properly manage the money made and create sustainable wealth.”

Mr. Isaac Offiong Usanga MD/CEO of McDon Whirlpool Resources Ltd

Mr. Isaac Usanga has 20 years of cognate experience in Banking before founding his organization and has worked with Diamond Bank Plc, Bank PHB Mortgages and Fidelity Bank Plc. where he has served as Branch Manager, Area Manager, Regional Manager, and Territorial Bank Head at various times, with a proven track record in Operations, Business Development, Relationship Management, and Risk Management.

His organization is offering not just financial intelligence expertise. He says, “we want to team up with beneficiaries of AWLO-500 to develop their business idea and/or expand on the existing enterprise. We will provide the platform to nurture the ideas to reality, and also support funding needs with our financial advisory services; to help the women to manage their money and create wealth that is sustainable”.

So far AWLO has identified strategic partners of AWLO-500, to create sustainable and gender-equitable economic empowerment. The General Manager of AWLO, Ms. Ekemini Akpakpan who is responsible for envisioning the AWLO-500 Project says she is part of the AWLO philosophy of ‘leaders who have found a place in a corporate vision’ and believes the opportunity to serve is to raise more female leaders.

She believes AWLO’s ecosystem provides a sustainable platform for AWLO-500 to thrive within AWLO Chapters who reach the right network of women. AWLO is built on harnessing the synergies of women’s alliance, to create opportunities that build the capacity of women.

AWLO-500 Workshop is open to all women who own small businesses, need access to subsidized loans. It is also for women who have skills to transform into businesses, want to start businesses, or are in paid employment but want to increase their productivity by starting a side hustle.

If you fit into any of the above-mentioned categories, please head on to awlo.org/500 to register for AWLO-500


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