The Executive director and founder of the Salt and Lights Ministry has charged businesswomen and women entrepreneurs to collaborate with each other to rise on the business ladder.
Dr Joyce Aryee who was one of the top women in business speakers at the 3rd edition of the Executive Women’s Network Conference held in Accra says the assertion that women are their own enemies is not true.
“We need to learn how to collaborate with each other. We may have our differences at times, and step on each other’s toes; but that shouldn’t be the end. Human beings are their own worst enemies. Don’t let us accept the tag that women are their own enemies.
She added that women should open up for help and be ready to support.
“People no longer exhibit their willingness to ask for help to avoid seeming like they are incapable or incompetent No man can do it all. Asking for help is not a crime. In fact, it is those who are confident that ask for help” she added.
The Executive Women Network is a non-profit organization of women in senior management and executive positions in private organisations and women entrepreneurs.
The conference brought together several women from various walks of life and sectors of the economy.
Topics discussed informed women on ways to juggle work life and ways to rise in the ranks of the corporate ladder.
Also present at the conference was former Deputy Finance Minister, Mona Quartey, who reiterated the need for women to rise to leadership roles in their working environment and society.
In her presentation, Madam Quartey shared statistics on a recent study by business magazine Forbes on how women account for 52% of professional jobs.
“We are substantially underrepresented in leadership roles. So how come we are doing all the professional work but we are not the leaders, we are not the CEO. But rater always in supportive roles when we actually know how to get the work done.”
“Amidst the ongoing hustle to balance the role of provider, of nurturer ….the question becomes, how do I achieve this? Fortunately, as women, God has blessed us with inherent grace and strength in order to lead. But yes we can be leaders everywhere,” she encouraged.
The over 200 participants who made it to the conference were given the chance to engage in a speed mentoring session, where they interacted with top executives in the business world.
Some members of the network were also acknowledged for their outstanding achievements and their determination to rise above challenges.
They included Dr Stella Agyenim Boateng, Dr Geraldine Gina Abaidoo, Selina Aboying and Emma Wenani. The rest are Dzigbordi K. Dosoo, Venus Tawiah, Rhoda Wedam, Ramat Whajah and Fathiya Nalidu.