Programme equips women entrepreneurs with leadership skills to empower their businesses
By Thandisizwe Mgudlwa, Cape Town, SA
The African business sector has just become a lot richer.
Thanks to the first cohort of 35 women entrepreneurs from 9 African countries who recently successfully completed the Ecobank Ellevate Leadership Training Programme.
According to Ecobank, this is an innovative impact-driven programme, designed to equip women entrepreneurs with valuable leadership skills to be better empowered, and to equip them to empower their businesses and communities.
Moreover, the Ellevate Leadership Training Programme is designed by Ecobank’s Commercial Banking Business and delivered by the Ecobank Academy in partnership with the Global Business School Network (GBSN).
Josephine Anan-Ankomah, Group Executive, Commercial Banking, said: “At Ecobank we are determined to grow and actualize the enormous potential of the female economy and help Africa’s female entrepreneurs succeed.”
“Access to finance alone is not enough. Accordingly, though Ecobank is a provider of sustainable financing, we continue to invest in making available an array of non-financial interventions to sustain and grow women-led businesses faster and further across Africa.”
“The Ecobank Ellevate Leadership Programme is part of Ellevate Equip, our Learning and Development Solution for women.”
“It is exciting to see how Ecobank’s investment in upskilling women entrepreneurs is paying multifaceted dividends. We look forward to our graduates leveraging their new and enhanced skills to innovate, grow and positively impact clients, employees, other businesses and their communities.”Josephine Anan-Ankomah
Dan LeClair, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Global Business School Network, commented: “At the Global Business School Network we believe business leadership skills contribute to economic development. It is not just the participants who benefit, there is a multiplier effect as they invest in developing the leadership skills of their people and fostering the kind of business growth that leads to job creation.”
“We are most proud of the class we had the privilege of teaching. They were simply wonderful – open, curious, serious, and engaged – and, for me, joining each session was a joy because of that.”
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A formidable group from diverse sectors spanning Oil & Gas, Information and Communications Technology, Manufacturing, Education, Hospitality, Logistics, Commerce etc., showed commitment and dedication throughout the programme.
The participants benefited from globally recognized faculty from Lagos Business School, MIT Sloan Global Programs, INSEAD Africa Initiative and INSEAD Gender Initiative, The American University of Cairo Schoolof Business, Stanford SEED, University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business.
The members of the Global Business School Network delivered modules on: Emotional Intelligence; Leading with Authenticity; Defining your Strategic & Leadership approach; The Three Lenses: Mastering Influencing and Decision-Making Skills; Negotiating for Results; Leaders as Coaches; Sustainability and Leadership and; Innovative Partnership and Collaboration.
In addition, each of the women entrepreneurs received a certificate of completion from the Ecobank Group and GBSN at their graduation ceremony held earlier this month.
Ellevate by Ecobank is a multi-award-winning solution designed for businesses owned by women, managed by women, with a high percentage of female board members or employees, or companies that manufacture products for women.
While, Ellevate customers benefit from smarter cash management solutions, favourable lending rates and value-added services such as leadership training and networking opportunities designed to bridge the financing gap and scale their businesses.