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When women entrepreneurs start talking and collaborating - good things happen! Join our community and start a conversation today. Every woman has something valuable to contribute.
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INSPIRATION & ADVICE
"We have proven women are bankable. That you can invest in women and they can be trusted to pay back and grow their business."
- Dr. Jennifer Riria is the Group CEO of Kenya Women Holding and one of Africa's leading women entrepreneurs who has always been on a mission to transform the lives of women and their families in her native Kenya. She is distinguished as a microfinance banker and practitioner, researcher and gender specialist. She has served in many leadership roles for which she has been recognized locally and internationally. In 2013 she was awarded the Ernst & Young (EY) Entrepreneur of the year, East Africa 2013, and subsequently, the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2014, at which point she was admitted to EY’s Global Hall of Fame.
Passion is your lifeblood....
"Your passion will determine how far you’re willing to drive you business endeavours, overcome doubts, fears and obstacles – it’s the fuel required to get you through dark, tough times. Your passion will attract, and keep clients. Your passion will inspire suppliers and others to support you. Your passion will help you excel, going above and beyond service expectations. Your passion is your brand, and start-up lifeblood. Your passion is your vitality, your dream, and your inspiration to succeed."
- Bridget Edwards is a South African entrepreneur, author and emotional change catalyst. She is passionate about helping people overcome their emotional obstacles and personal challenges. She does this through speaking engagements, training (workshops), and private consultations. Bridget has authored two self-help books, Anger gone! How to Easily Defeat Anger, and Stress Gone! How to Identify and Reduce Stress Easily. She continues to write self help programs to assist people in dealing with their personal obstacles.
IMAGE OF THE DAY
They say that a picture says a thousand words, and we couldn't agree more. In the world of Lionesses of Africa, we celebrate women's entrepreneurship in all its forms on the continent, and we love the powerful images that conjure up the spirit of women-led startups and the products and services they create. Each Monday to Friday, we feature a striking 'Image of the Day' celebrating the work, or a moment in the life of, a talented African woman entrepreneur. Enjoy!
'Image of the Day Gallery' monthly eBook. Click to view.
IN FOCUS THIS MONTH - AFRICA'S WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS IN MEDIA, PR & COMMUNICATIONS
FEATURED '100 LIONESSES'
MEET & LEARN FROM AFRICA'S LEADING WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS
FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
Any busy entrepreneur knows that feeling - you open your email in the early morning, or after a long flight from a business trip, and your inbox is literally screaming at you, bursting at the seams with unanswered new mails. A full inbox is a reflection of time constraints, and if you let those emails pile up unanswered, it becomes a pressure point and ends up taking more time out of your day playing catch up. There is also the possibility that lying somewhere in the midst of that huge email backlog is a new business client, news of a new business win, or a new and exciting opportunity opening up for you. Time is often of the essence in responding to these opportunities, so time constraints or not, the trick is to keep on top of those emails and turn them into great conversation starters. Personally, I’m a great believer in tackling groaning email inboxes early in the morning and last thing at night, given that we work across multiple time zones, and when one marketplace closes the other one is still opening. I actually quite enjoy that quiet time in the early hours of the morning to catch up with emails, start conversations with new people coming in to my network, and chat to the amazing women entrepreneurs in my network. It’s a great way of turning what could be a chore and a stress point, into a positive networking time.