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Expedite Action To Rescue Abducted Young Ladies–Executive Women Network

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The Executive Women Network (EWN), Ghana’s pre-eminent non-profit organisation for professional women and entrepreneurs, has called for expedited action to rescue the abducted young ladies in Takoradi.

In a statement, the Network expressed dismay with the pace of investigations, calling on the security agencies to take swift action to rescue the kidnapped young ladies and to protect the citizenry.

The full statement reads:

The Executive Women Network (EWN) notes with deep concern and dismay the slow pace of investigations and efforts to rescue the 3 abducted young ladies in Takoradi. A nation’s first responsibility is to protect its citizens, especially the most vulnerable. The recent abductions and the subsequent weak response by the State’s Security apparatus is deeply worrying.

The abductions are acts of extreme violence against women, which must be condemned by all. EWN totally condemns this act.

We, however, acknowledge recent developments including the arrests of some suspects in this matter. The recent abductions and the subsequent slow response by the State Security apparatus is worrying.

We, therefore, call on the leadership of the various Security Services especially the Ghana Police Service and National Security to act swiftly to rescue the kidnapped young ladies in the wake of new leads and bring the perpetrators of these cowardly acts to justice.

The Service has the utmost responsibility to protect all citizens and residents in Ghana. They must rise to the task.

We encourage members of the general public to support the nationwide effort to find the poor victims of this cowardly act. We need the help and support of all to #BringBackOurTaadiGirls.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the affected families. It is our fervent hope that the young ladies will be rescued and reunited with their families imminently.


Executive Council

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Let’s Support Black Queens To Host And Win – Executive Women Network Urges Ghanaians

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The Executive Women Network, the pre-eminent non-profit organisation for professional women and entrepreneurs, is calling on Ghanaians to support the Female National Football Team, the Black Queens, in the upcoming Total African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) taking place in Ghana from Saturday November 17, 2017 at the Accra and Cape Coast Sports Stadia.

The Black Queens, paired with Algeria, Cameroon and Mali in Group A will be involved in the opening match, with Algeria, on Saturday 17th November at the Accra Sports Stadium.

A statement from the Executive Council of EWN read “The Executive Women Network extends its best wishes to the gallant Black Queens and the technical team as they commence operation host and win on Saturday 17th November.”

I“ As you carry the nation’s pride into the Total Africa Women’s Cup of Nations, we urge you to show pride in representing the national colours, class in your approach and to display character and deep belief in your ability to win.

The Network and the entire country is solidly behind you. We believe you are cut out for greatness and you will do us all proud”

The statement continues “ The Network also wants to encourage the entire country to rally behind the Black Queens as they pitch their wits against the best teams across the continent. We believe that this new generation of young female players need our collective support to host and win this year’s tournament.  We encourage all to show up at the match venues as a demonstration of our collective support in the same way we have done for other national teams”.

This is the first time Ghana hosts the Women’s AFCON, which ironically the Black Queens, being one of the giants of women football in Africa is yet to win.

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Esther Cobbah To Chair 2nd Executive Women Network Annual Conference

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Founder and CEO of StratComm Africa, Esther Cobbah will chair the 2nd Annual Executive Women Conference — the biggest gathering of women leaders in Ghana, — scheduled for Friday 12th October 2018 at the Labadi Beach Hotel, Accra.

The conference, under the theme: Implementing Brand Ghana – the Role of Women Leaders, is expected to lead a call to action and champion the implementation of a bold Brand Ghana agenda that positions the country as the preferred destination for business, investment and tourism.

Ms. Esther Cobbah will steer the conference, bringing her expertise, experience and exceptional leadership to bear. She is expected to shape and support the operationalisation of the outcomes.

Notable speakers and panelists include Keynote Speaker and CEO of Quist Blue Diamond, Lucy Quist, Yolanda Cuba, Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Ghana, Elikem Tamaklo — Managing Director, Nyaho Medical Center, Derrydean Dadzie- Technology Entrepreneur, Abena Kessewaa Brown- Principal, National Banking College, Stella Agyenim-Boateng- Group HR Director/Consultant, GLICO Group, Juliet Asante- Founder, Black Star International Film Festival, Ing. Ebenezer Hammah- CEO, McHammah Engineering Company Ltd among others.

Speakers and panelists of the conference will lead discussions on Technology, Education, Entrepreneurship and Corporate Citizenship with the objective of inspiring collective action to leverage technology, drive improvement in our education sector, create a conducive environment for entrepreneurs to thrive and to showcase how corporate Ghana can actively lead the charge to create economic prosperity for Ghanaians.

The maiden conference, held in October last year, was hugely successful with over 300 participants highly commending the organisers for an impactful conference. This year’s gathering is expected to drive practical action for national development.

The Executive Women Network is a non-profit organisation of women in senior management and executive positions in private organisations and women entrepreneurs of well established businesses in Ghana.

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Second Annual Executive Women Network Conference Slated For October 12th 2018

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The Executive Women Network, a non-profit organisation of women leaders in senior management and executive positions in private organisations and women entrepreneurs of well established businesses in Ghana has announced October 12th, 2018 as the date for its second annual conference.The second edition of the conference is schedule to be held at the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra under the theme Implementing Brand Ghana: The role of Women Leaders.

The annual conference brings together women in business and national leadership to discuss and map out strategic initiatives to project and promote Ghana as an investment and tourism destination. The maiden conference held in October 2017, under the theme Rebranding Ghana to drive business growth – the perspective of women leaders, attracted close to 300 participants and outlined practical actions to position Ghana positively for business and investment.

A statement from the Network stated the 2018 conference will build on the success of the maiden edition and call for action to implement the outcomes of the conference.

The statement reads “We are delighted to announce the 2nd annual EWN conference is scheduled for October 12th 2018 at the Labadi Beach Hotel. The conference to be held under the theme: Implementing Brand Ghana – the role of women leaders, will host over 300 women leaders to collectively map out practical strategies to implement brand Ghana and position our country as a true destination for investment, tourism and business”.

“Last year’s conference was a massive success with participants calling for concrete and actionable steps to effectively promote Brand Ghana. We will build on the success of last year and go a step further to craft implementation plans to project and position Ghana for business, investment and tourism”. The statement concluded.

The maiden edition which was chaired by the First Lady, H.E. Rebecca Akufo-Addo  attracted  eminent  panelists including Patrick Awuah, Founder & President of Ashesi University, Patience Akyianu, Group CEO of Hollard Ghana, Lucy Quist, International Business leader & founder of Quist Blue Diamond, Theresa Ayoade, CEO of Charterhouse, Professor Robert Hinson of the University of Ghana Business School among others.

This year’s conference is expected to attract distinguished speakers, panelists and participants from business, politics, academia and civil society.

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Young Women Executives Inspired To Strive For Leadership Roles

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Executive Women Network culminated its second year anniversary with a Round Table Lunch Meeting at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Accra.

The Executive Women Network (EWN), an organization of women leaders whose mission is to build a home base for women professionals to grow their skills, network and inspire them to achieve their professional and personal goals has organised a roundtable lunch to empower young women to be relevant and assume leadership positions in their  workplaces.

Organised under the team, Getting a seat at the table, the roundtable lunch culminated the month long 2nd anniversary celebrations of the network  and provided a unique opportunity for young women executives to tap into the knowledge and experience of senior women business leaders on getting  to the top, remaining relevant and influential in high decision making positions in the corporate world and society at large.

Karen Hendrickson CEO of Rabito Group of Clinics  speaking at the event urged the young women who intend to climb the professional ladder to break the barriers, develop a thick skin, believe in their abilities and shouldn’t accept the status quo by trying to always reinvent the wheel.

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Executive Women Network Inspires, Empowers Accra Girls Students; Donates School Supplies

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Members of the Executive Women Network (EWN), a non-profit organization of professional women took time to interact and engage with students of Accra Girls Senior High School as part of activities to commemorate the second anniversary of the network.
Held under the theme Realising Potential, the session was part of EWN’s commitment to inspire and empower the next generation of women leaders to fully realise their potential.
The experienced business leaders encouraged participating students to dream big, work hard, stay disciplined and to be determined irrespective of the challenges they face.
The Network also took the opportunity to donate 20 graph boards to the school to assist teaching and learning.
Speaking to the students, Dr. Geraldine Baidoo, a member of the EWN team said ” When I look around, I see some of the brightest minds in this country who, with hard work and commitment, will become the transformational leaders of tomorrow. The leaders of our country and continent needs to transform. So irrespective of the challenges you may be going through, keep your single focus on being the best version of yourselves”.
She added, “Education is the best legacy your parents can give you, make the most use of it. You all have unique abilities and talents — exploit it to the fullest. Keep your eye on the big picture and do not allow anyone to convince you that you’re not capable because of your gender — there is absolutely nothing that you cannot achieve if you put your mind to it. Be unstoppable”
She indicated that the Executive Women Network will always be available to share their experience, groom and inspire young women across the country to fully realise their potential.
Other members who inspired the students with their personal stories included Television personality Kokui Hanson Selormey, Dzigbordi K. Dosoo, Stella Agyenim-Boateng, Janet Sunkwa-MIlls, Antoinette Kwofie, Hedwig Quist, Quiana Canford Dumas, Angela Dedo Kofi and Wendy Nunoo.

The Headmistress of Accra Girls’ Senior High School, Mrs Joyce Acolatse, expressed her gratitude to EWN for choosing her school. She said “hearing the life stories of our distinguished speakers, who have achieved so much in their lives and careers is truly inspiring for our students. On behalf of the entire management and parents, I want to thank EWN for spending time with our students and for donating much needed graph boards to the school. This gesture is greatly appreciated and we look forward to many engagement sessions in the future as we all work towards building an empowered generation of young women”.
The session with the students is part of a month long celebrations which will end with a Lunch Roundtable at the Golden Tulip Hotel on Friday 27th April.
The Executive Women Network , since its formation in 2016, has been instrumental in inspiring action, empowering and supporting female leaders to be key influencers in various fields and organizations within Ghana and beyond.

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Job Recruitment

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Job Title: Communication Officer Proposed Job Level: fixed term contract
Function: Managing Communications & Social Media Location: Samlina Plaza, East Legon
Reporting to: Office Manager Date: 26th December, 2017
Purpose of the Job (Brief)

The Communication Officer role is responsible for leading the development and delivery of clear and compelling communications and messages to key stakeholders, managing media relations, developing internal communications channels and growing EWN’s reputation with key stakeholders.

Support delivery of integrated communications strategy  

  • Contribute to delivery of strategy through the drafting of communications, press releases, presentations, talking points, Q&As in line with communications and organization’s strategy
  • Lead in developing compelling and engaging communications to members and prospective members
  • Support in the planning and delivery of internal events
Media Relations  

  • Support the delivery of EWN’s Media Relations strategy through building, managing and sustaining relationship with influential key media outlets and journalists
  • Monitor media landscape, advice and develop tactics to increase EWN’s Ghana’s Share of Voice.
Social & Digital  

  • Develop strategy, programme and activities to increase EWN’s digital footprint
  • Drive compelling digital campaigns to grow EWN’s influence in globally
  • Manage EWN’s Social Media platforms on a daily basis driving engagement with followers
Membership communication  

  • Lead in developing compelling communications & manage internal communication channels to engage members and prospective members.


Demonstrate (Key competencies)

Skills critical to the role:  

  • Analytical thinker who can recognize trends and opportunities.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience in the use of various communications channels.
  • Experience in developing and executing communication strategies, briefing materials, media releases and responding to media queries.
  • Experience in managing digital/social media channels


Core Competencies

  • Strong written and oral communication skills. Strong editorial skills and copy writing
  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Problem solving skills


Role – Specific Competencies

  • Exceptional work ethics.
  • High level of self-motivation.
  • Attention to details
  • Ability to relate to a wide variety of people in different situations.
  • Assertive
  • Superior negotiating and influencing skills.
  • Self-aware and focused on self-development and continual learning.
  • Professionalism in all actions.

Educational Level:

  • First degree (in Communications, Journalism or Social Sciences
  • A member of any professional body (an advantage)

Working Experience:

  • 1 – 3 years’ experience in corporate communications, public relations, journalism or digital media management
No. of Subordinates: None

Office Manager

EWN Chairperson Executive Council member

Submit Application to: ewn@ewntree.com  (closing date 26th December 2017)


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Over 200 women leaders to attend Maiden Executive Women Network Conference

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Hundreds of professionals, women leaders and entrepreneurs have sealed their participation in the maiden Executive Women Network Annual Conference scheduled for October 20.

The event presents a paradigm shift in the area of leadership emphasizing action over rhetoric across every facet of the economy in rebranding Ghana to attract investment and profitable partnerships.

The conference themed ‘Rebranding Ghana to drive business growth – the perspective of women leaders’ will take place at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra.

It will be chaired by First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo and will witness seasoned speakers such as AB & David Executive Chairman David Ofosu-Dorte, Ogilvy Africa Regional CEO, Akua Owusu-Nartey, CEO of the Ghana Investment Promotion Council (GIPC) Yoofi Grant and other great speakers.

The conference is expected to draw participants from Corporate Ghana such as Co-founder of EWN and international business leader, Lucy Quist, Barclays Bank Ghana CEO, Patience Akyianu, University of Ghana Business School lecturer, Professor Robert Hinson and Ashesi University President and Founder, Patrick Awuah.

Other celebrated panellists include Fatima Ali Mohammed, CEO of African Brand Warrior, Adelaide Ahwireng, CEO of Fio Enterprises, Theresa Ayoade, CEO of Charterhouse Ltd, Ivy Apea Owusu, CEO of Cirrus Oil, Yvette Atekpe, Regional Managing Director, Internet Solutions Ghana Ltd.

To ensure the young people of Ghana have a stake, a special session will seek the views of millennials in repositioning Ghana for business growth, investment and tourism with panelists including Petra Aba Asamoah, General Manager, Commercial for Media General, Ama K Abrebrese, celebrated TV Host and Actress and Nadia Kuorkor Amasa, A student from Ashesi Unversity.

The conference is anticipated to be the biggest gathering of women leaders in Ghana, which will present participants with an opportunity to be inspired and empowered to play key roles in rebranding Ghana for business growth.

Tickets for the conference are available at Barclays Bank, Osu branch.

The Executive Women Network (EWN) is a non-profit organisation of women in senior management and executive positions in private organisations and women entrepreneurs of well-established businesses in Ghana.

For more information on the conference,  visit: https://ewntree.com/the-ewn-annual-conference-2017  or call Wendy on 233-561110444.

Source: https://www.myjoyonline.com/business/2017/October-15th/over-200-women-leaders-to-attend-maiden-executive-women-network-conference.php

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Adelaide Ahwireng

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Adelaide Ahwireng is a quantity surveyor by training and a leading woman entrepreneur in Ghana with over 21 years proven expertise in the distribution of Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), business development, sales and marketing.

She holds and Bachelor of Science degree in Building Technology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana and an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan Business School in the USA. Upon completing her bachelor’s degree, she worked as a quantity surveyor for the State Construction Company (SCC) for 14 years, rising to the position of Region Quantity Surveyor for Greater Accra before leaving to pursue her passion in entrepreneurship.

She is the Founder and Managing Director of Fio Enterprises Limited, a leading business in the FMCG segment, distributing products mainly for Unilever Ghana Limited and Nestle Ghana Limited. Under her leadership, Fio Enterprises Limited has been adjudged the Best Distributing Company for Unilever Ghana Limited, Nestle Ghana Limited and Ghana Breweries Limited for several consecutive years.

Her strong leadership, analytical, innovative and managerial skills and insights have attracted invitations to serve on the boards of key corporate institutions in Ghana and given her the opportunity to influence the direction, growth and sustainability of the investment sector in Ghana. She currently serves as a board member of the Ghana Revenue Authority, the Advisory Board of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Wesley Girls’ High School Endowment Fund, Corporate Initiative Ghana and the KNUST Centre for Business. She is also a board member of E-Pack Investment Limited, subsidiary of Databank Investment Group, and has been part of the team that has over the years contributed to the direction, growth and sustainability of Databank in Ghana.

Her superior entrepreneurial abilities have been recognized and applauded consistently over the last two decades. In 2015, Business Magazine named her the Most Outstanding Female Entrepreneur of the Year. She was named one of the 100 most outstanding women entrepreneurs in Ghana, the KNUST Alumni Personality of the Year in 2006, the recipient of the West Africa International Nobles Award in 2004 and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIMG) Marketing Woman of the Year in 2003. In 2014, she was inducted into the Ghana Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame.

She previously served as a member of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council under the government of Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, and as a non-Executive Director for several organizations including the HFC Boafo Micro-Finance, the Center for Scientific and Industrial Research – Animal Research, the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority and the Private Sector Development Board of Ghana. She is an Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIMG) and the first female Chairperson of the Parents-Teacher Association her alma mater, Wesley Girls’ High School.

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Rebecca Akufo-Addo

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Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo- Addo was born on the 12th of March 1951. She trained as a legal secretary and worked for prominent multinational law firms, including Clifford Chance and Ashurst Morris Crisp, in the United Kingdom.

She is a passionate philanthropist with a keen interest in issues that impact women and children. She is a founding member and chairperson of the charity, Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation founded in 2005, to support the national effort to reduce malarial infections in infants and young children. Since 2017, the charity has added the eradication of malnutrition to its scope of work, having recognized the inter relation between malaria and malnutrition, particularly in children.

As First Lady she has established The Rebecca Foundation with a focus on the well-being of Ghanaian women and children through the implementation of sustainable, collaborative and high impact strategies.  Education of children, the health of women and children and economic empowerment of women are the three main intervention areas under the Rebecca Foundation.

In response to avoidable deaths of women and children as a result of lack of space, the First lady has raised funds to construct a baby and mother unit at the second Tertiary health institution in Ghana- the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital; an initiative which will be extended to other parts of the country.

Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo is the premier ambassador for HIV/AIDS Advocacy, elimination of mother to child transmission as well as Empowerment of Young Women and Adolescent girls in Ghana, and is keen to ensure Ghana meets all its HIV/AIDS targets. As the West African Chair of the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA), she is committed to ensure that Africa is free from HIV / AIDS, and maternal and child mortality. She is a patron of the School for the Blind at Akropong in the Eastern region of Ghana and Cancer Voices, a Ghanaian coalition of Non-Governmental Organizations, against all cancers.

She is married to the President-Elect of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and they have five daughters and five grandchildren.

She loves floristry and also enjoys interior decoration.

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