THE 2ND LADIES LEADERSHIP & ACCOUNTABILITY CONFERENCE
Theme: Corporate Governance in a Dynamic World
The 2nd Leadership and Accountability Forum is a continuation of the delightful Inaugural Ladies Leadership and Accountability Conference held in March 2016 at Sarova White Sands Beach Resort & SPA, Mombasa. It builds on the initial theme of having women as architects and champions of leadership and accountability in Kenya by focusing on their role in corporate governance in a changing and dynamic world. As the gender agenda continues to take shape in Kenya and across the world, women are finding themselves increasingly at the helm of change. This conference reinforces and prepares them to take up leadership challenges even as they champion for accountability in both corporate and political spheres.
The conference builds on the realization that despite the fact that women comprise a little over half of Africa’s growing population and their contribution to the region’s economy is extensive; women continue to form the majority of the poor in Africa.
As the thirst for qualified women to take up leadership positions in both corporate and political spheres grows and the opportunities for women participation increase, a number of bottlenecks that constrain the development of women leaders have to be overcome. The socialization and stereotypes of female roles in society, lack of opportunities for women and inadequate organizational support among other tailbacks need to be explored and addressed if women are to succeed.
WOMEN AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
It has been rightfully observed that the corporate world is a place of societal social power, it is a place of conflicts of power, and even conflicts between people. And whilst most of these conflicts are regulated, more or less effectively, by the good governance standards, the quest for greater efficiency and ‘feminization’ of Boards is a significant potential lever of change. Indeed, more and more women have slowly been brought into positions of power within government, corporations, academic institutions and other organizations. As such, inquiries into the presence and progress of women on boards especially on their role in corporate accountability is of critical importance.
A recent study by the African Development Bank (AfDB 2015) observed that Women hold 12.7% of board directorships (364 out of 2,865) in 307 listed companies based in 12 African countries. This is 4.6% lower than the 17.3% women’s representation on the boards of the 200 largest companies globally. Even though Kenya had the highest percentage of women board directors in Africa at 19.8% as per the report, it has been observed that the proportion of women fall quickly up the corporate hierarchy. Progress across African countries has been patchy within and between countries with minimal women’s presence on boards.
At a time when private sector growth in the continent is reaching unprecedented levels, efforts must be initiated to explore how women are involved – all the way from providing tertiary services to being at the decision making tables. Statistics indicate that even in the business world, the climb to the top can be particularly steep for women. A recent study on Fortune 500 companies revealed that in US alone, even though women filled 52 percent of the professional jobs in the United States, a look at Fortune 500 board seats indicated that women formed a paltry 16.9 percent of the board seats. The statistics could be worse in Kenya and in Africa in general.
The conference aims to;
a) Foster Corporate leadership that enhances accountability and societal values by exploring the challenges, experiences, visions and achievements that continue to shape women leadership in the country and in the region.
b) Explore the emerging trends in business and entrepreneurship and present opportunities to women. The dynamics of technology and an ever changing global market calls for; re-branding, re-engineering and perpetual re-orienting, hence a total CONSOLIDATION of all gains to suit the day.
c) Encourage and stir women leadership and participation in governance and accountability efforts towards revitalized corporations and societal good.
Specifically, the participants will;
Be accorded opportunities for networking with the diverse professionals creating new friendships, partners and mentors
Learn: discuss new ideas and opportunities during plenary sessions featuring influential and successful women in government and industry.
Identify and unlock leadership potential and skills
Be re-energized for relevance, effectiveness and efficiency in their corporate and professional life.
The conference targets CEOs, Directors and Women in Boards, Women Business leaders and Entrepreneurs; top, senior and middle lady managers in both private and public sector organizations; National and County Governments Ministries, Departments and Agencies: mentors, upcoming entrepreneurs, seasoned and aspiring politicians, Academicians, researchers and graduate students from both public and private institutions, NGOs, CSOs, and International Organizations with a focus on gender empowerment, entrepreneurship, leadership and accountability.
KEY CONFERENCE TOPICS
The following are the key conference topics:
- Re-engineering Accountability in Kenya: Women’s role in shaping leadership and accountability in Kenya;
- The Visionary Leader: Identifying and Developing leadership potential
- Women and the Board Room dynamics
- Executive Coach and Mentorship – Enhancing Excellence, Emotional Intelligence and Personal Branding
- Feminization and Development - Bursting the Myths on the gender agenda
- Women in ICT Entrepreneurship: Leveraging Technological Innovation for growth.
- Women Leadership in Kenya’s Political Environment – Involvement and Participation in the 2017 elections and beyond
- Scaling up enterprises; Women Leadership in Visioning and expanding organizations and enterprises
- What’s more: Networking and recreation sessions, Touring of Sites, CSR and Outdoor Activities
Physical Address: CPA Centre Ruaraka, Thika Rd, 11th Floor
Address: P.O. BOX 62914 00200 NAIROBI
Tel: +254 720 016556
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