For Women

Theme: Building ‘Woman Capital’ for Sustainable Development


Masterclass Synopsis:

Entrepreneurship is the primary catalyst for economic growth. To succeed requires a lot of risk-taking, hard work, innovation, soft skills and sacrifices. Managing a business is something you have to keep working on all through the entire lifecycle of your business. Even more important for women is the ability to mine and leverage the numerous opportunities for funding and innovation offered by government agencies, donor organizations, NGOs and related organizations. That is why the Women Leadership Institute (WLI) in partnership with the Small & Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN) and The Box Office Hub have put together this Five-Day Advanced Entrepreneurship leadership Masterclass. 


This 5-Day Advanced Entrepreneurship Leadership Masterclass for women is conceived to:

  1. Empower women with the knowledge of leading practices, standards, processes, techniques and strategies that are proven to enhance capacity for success in business;

  2. Equip women with information about various fundraising opportunities; public, private and NGO support systems available within and outside Nigeria to help them start and sustain viable businesses;

  3. Expose women to the dynamics and processes of setting up businesses and running same successfully in Nigeria;

  4. Enhance their confidence and competence in leading successful businesses in Nigeria;

  5. Educate women on the many benefits of starting and running successful businesses in Nigeria;

  6. Encourage women to start businesses and take on a more transformative role in the economic development of Nigeria.


The masterclass will, therefore, amongst many other goals expose participants to: leading practices, standards, processes, techniques and strategies that are proven to enhance capacity for success in business; fundraising strategies and available funding opportunities; contemporary entrepreneurship leadership; creative competitive strategies; corporate governance; workplace ethics and stakeholder management; business finance best practices; marketing communications, branding & social media; Human Resource Management and scale-up strategies, innovation in business and so much more.


Masterclass Certification

Advanced Diploma



Masterclass Modules

Module 1 – The Business Premise

ABC’s of starting a business

Gender Specific Constraints to Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship Principles (what people buy)

Visioning and Smart Goal Setting

Unique Value proposition (UVP)

Using Technology for Success

Benefits of Being Your Own Boss


Module 2 - Corporate Governance and Work Ethics

Conformance and performance issues

Corporate Governance principles

Strategic Planning and Analysis

Policy and Legal Requirements

Business Plans and Feasibility Studies

Performance Benchmarking and Corporate Dashboards

Risk Mapping and Management

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)


Module 3 - Financial Leadership and Administration

Access to Finance and Fundraising Strategies

Basic Accounting and Book Keeping

Database and Record-Keeping

Principles of Financial Administration and Management


Module 4 – HR & Stakeholder Management

HR Principles

Staffing to Succeed

Stakeholder engagement

Leading with Emotional Intelligence

Strategies for work-life balance


Module 5- Brand Positioning and Marketing Communications

The ABC’s of Branding and niche positioning

Social Media Communication

Marketing and Advertising

High Impact Business communication

Networking and business leads


Module 6- Leading & Living with Optimum Health

Strategies for Managing Physical, Mental and Emotional States

Reversing anxiety, Stress and Depression

Using Nutrition to Optimize your Health

Understanding the secret of Physical & Spiritual Balance for Positive Energy

Work Healthy, Live Healthy & Eat Healthy – Action Plan



  • Free business name registration with CAC

  • Free business plan development

  • Free entrepreneurship consultancy services for three months

  • Free Registration in an active women social media platform

  • Training, support & facilitation of access to Central bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Bank of Industry (BOI) funding support programmes for Micro, Small & Medium Entreprises.

  • Automatic membership of WLI alumni group.

  • Access to WLI database of information

  • Networking opportunity with other female entrepreneurs

  • Ongoing support service from the WLI Team 



Guest Lecturers

1. Professor Ben Oghojafor

Professor of Strategic & Entrepreneurial Management &

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Management Services, University of Lagos


2. Dr. (Mrs.) Ifeyinwa Nwakwesi

Serial/Successful Entrepreneur

Award Winner “Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World”

Pioneer, Director GTB and Global Bank

Director, Fynmak Group of Companies

Director, Fynmak Marine & Oil Services

Director, Eco-Building Systems

Chairman/Lead Consultant, Healthy Living Services

3. Mrs. Chizor Malize

Internationally acclaimed Brand and Marketing Expert

Chief Executive/Managing Partner, BrandZone LLC

Former, Divisional/Global Head, Marketing & Product Management,

Access Bank PLC

4. Mrs. Mary Ikoku

Lead Consultant, The Access Media Limited

Founder, The Million Women Initiative

Executive Director, Emerge, Women

5. Amb. Dr. Kema Chikwe

Founder/Chairperson, WLI

Serial/Successful Entrepreneur

Former 2-Time Federal Minister

Former 2-time Ambassador

Former Federal Board Chairman

Former National Woman leader

6. Anthony Ubani

Chief Executive Officer, WLI

Serial/Successful Entrepreneur & Development Practitioner

Renowned Leadership Development Expert

Former CEO, Global Office Limited

Former CEO, Hopefield Associates Limited

Former Director-General, PDI

Chairman, Africa Leadership Advantage

Convener, LeadHub Global Professionals

Secretary, Association of Corporate Governance Professionals,

Abuja Chapter



October 14 – 18, 2019 (Lagos)

October 21 – 25, 2019 (Abuja)

October 28 – November 1, 2019 (Owerri)



10 am prompt daily



Lagos: Lagos chamber of Commerce & Industry, No. 10 Nurudeen Olowopopo Way, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.

Abuja: Excel Centre, No. 58A Usuma Strret, Maitama, Abuja

Owerri: Ridge Events & Conference Center, Plot C22 Arugo Layout, Onitsha-Owerri Expressway, Owerri, Imo State


Registration Fee

N50,000 per participant


Please pay to:

Women Leadership Institute

Zenith Bank PLC



Box Office Hub

Programme Partners to WLI

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Transforming Africa Through Women Leadership

WLI is an international leadership development organization which provides a professional and non-partisan platform for women in Nigeria and across Africa to develop their leadership capacity and to take on constructive roles in the political and economic development of Nigeria and Africa in general.


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Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria

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Phone: +234 905 895 5509

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