We all have heard the saying your “Network is your Networth”. Well let’s just say Sierra Leonean professionals and business women understand this concept superbly. When one thinks of Sierra Leone, they may think of the recent catastrophes that have happened in the country, but looking deeper one of the things the country can boast about is it’s growing and thriving private sector. The Sierra Leone business market is booming and open for business. At the forefront of these businesses are women, specifically a network of women called Power Women 232.
On Saturday June 4th 2016, Power Women 232 a network of women professionals in Sierra Leone hosted “The Networth Ball” the first of its kind to be held in Sierra Leone. The inaugural ball was attended by decision-makers from the worlds of business, government, arts and the media; professionals and entrepreneurs with the intent of networking and developing new partnerships in a lively and fun atmosphere for a worthwhile cause. In attendance were some of Sierra Leone’s movers and shakers including, the John Sisay, the CEO of London Stock Exchange listed Sierra Rutile Limited, Mohamed Gento Kamara, CEO of Gento Group, government Ministers including, Isata Kabia , Minister of State II Foreign Affairs, Palo Conteh Minister of Internal Affairs, Gibril Sesay Minister of State I Foreign Affairs, and Minority Leader of Parliament, Bernadette Lahai. With their 2016-2017 focus of community service proceeds of the ball will go towards the “Aspire” program a joint mentorship initiative between Power Women 232 and Girls Empowerment Summit Sierra Leone (GESSL).
PowerWomen232 is a network of women professionals in Sierra Leone. The network aims to bring professional women together to promote career advancement and leadership development of women entrepreneurs and professionals in all fields through networking, professional development, leadership, social events and community service. These are your trailblazers, Bosschiques and soon to be Forbes women changing the economic landscape of Sierra Leone and ultimately changing the face of business in Africa. These are women who truly mean business. The network of women have businesses in the industries including Hair and Beauty, Child care, Event Management, Staffing Services, Courier and mailing, Fishing and Real estate and much more.
Mrs. Yeniva Sisay-SogbehPresident of the organization in a brief interview stated that “The image of the Sierra Leonean woman is changing. We can all hold our own from managing businesses, to the home, we get it done. But even with all our strength and confidence we have come to realize, far too often, that being a woman in Sierra Leone is becoming a priviledge and not a right. With mentorship from high profiled individuals like Madame Zainab Bangura and John Sisay it is our hope that we can strive to develop the Sierra Leone we want to see”
We wish them well in their pursuits and we look forward to following their journey.
|Some of the Bosschiques of Power Women 232|
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