Stories by Chinenye Anuforo
In line with the commitment to drive sustainable diversity and parity for women in business and public service, First Bank of Nigeria Limited and FBNQuest Merchant Bank Limited, both subsidiaries of FBN Holdings Plc, have partnered with Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) in its 2017 annual conference.
The conference themed, “The Next Frontier: Women, You’re Your Place” is scheduled to hold from November 13 – 14, 2017 at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The annual WIMBIZ conference, now in its 16th edition, continues to inspire and empower women through the delivery of insightful and empowering lectures/sessions charged to take women to the next level in their careers, professions and businesses. The conference is focused on increasing and supporting the success rate of female entrepreneurs and the proportion of women in senior positions in corporate organisations and public service. This year, the conference will attract over 1,500 Nigerian and international delegates. First Bank and FBNQuest Merchant Bank have supported the WIMBIZ conference over several years to entrench the support for women economic empowerment, consistent with the United Nations Global Compact and the Nigerian Sustainable Banking Principle where FBNHoldings is well represented by First Bank.
According to Folake Ani-Mumuney, Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, the WIMBIZ annual conference is one of the women-driven initiatives supported by the bank. “We are particularly keen on providing enabling opportunities for women to achieve their financial goals and aspirations, hence, our support for women-led businesses in recognition of their role in driving socio-economic change through diverse areas of human endeavours”.
In addition, the Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications at FBNQuest Merchant Bank, Lolade Sasore, stated: “Our objective at FBNQuest Merchant Bank is to continuously contribute to the development of skills in Nigeria and to improve educational and entrepreneurial prospects as well as to reduce inequality gaps.