Events

She Leads Africa to Host #SheHiveNairobi for African Women Innovators

She Leads Africa heads Nairobi, Kenya for their four-day boot camp for young, African entrepreneurs and professionals from June 30 to July 3.

Continuing its international tour, which stopped in NYC earlier this month, She Leads Africa brings its four-day boot camp to Nairobi, Kenya from June 30 to July 3.


#SheHiveNYC was a stellar success, even Miss Nigeria USA Lola Adeoye attended, remarking, "SLA, [has] resources that you would not imagine!"

As a media partner, Okayafrica is excited that She Leads Africa is continuing its outreach, this time, to young, smart, ambitious African women in the great lakes region. The bootcamp will help Kenya's go-getters grow their businesses, and advance their careers by providing an opportunity for them to learn business skills, network with their peers and connect directly with potential mentors and investors.

“In the US and UK, men dominate the business and corporate landscape but with so many new industries being created in Africa and for communities in the diaspora, we have the opportunity to change things now,” She Leads Africa co-founder, Afua Osei, says in a statement. “Young women should be encouraged to take leadership roles in startups and corporate organizations and supported along their journey towards professional success. It doesn’t matter if you’re first generation, a recent expat or African American, we all have a shared history and opportunity to make things better.”

Lola Ogunnaike, CNN présenter with participants CNN presenter, Lola Ogunnaike, with participants at #SheHiveNYC. Photo courtesy of She Leads Africa.

Confirmed speakers for #SheHiveNairobi include:

Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom

Hilda Moraa, Founder and former CEO of Weza Tele Ltd.

Nik Nesbitt, GM, IBM East Africa

Wanjira Longauer, Radio Host (Capital FM Kenya) and Television Host (EbonyLife TV's Moments Kenya)

Shamim Ehsani, Marketing Director, Tribe Hotel

Andreata Muforo, Investment Director, TLcom Capital Partners

Topics to be covered are:

  • Building a multicultural brand
  • Marketing, especially social media marketing
  • Capitalising on the black beauty industry
  • Pitching to investors
  • Rising up the corporate ladder
  • Building a cosmopolitan and international career
  • Business development
  • Networking
  • Goal setting
  • Moving back
  • Getting into a top MBA school

#SheHiveNairobi is part of the SheHive Tour which will take the bootcamp to seven cities in 2016. Check out @sheleadsafrica or www.sheleadsafrica.org for more details. And visit here to purchase your ticket for #SheHiveNairobi. 

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