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  • Executive Women Network (EWN) will be a home base for women to grow their professional skills and build
    important networks.
  • Executive Women Network (EWN) formed to inspire, empower and support women executives to be
    successful and influential both at local and international level.

Accra, 19th April, 2016: More than 150 businesses came together for the maiden and exquisite launch of the Executive Women Network (EWN) held at Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra. In attendance at the inaugural event were high profile women executives and entrepreneurs in Ghana.

EWN is the first of its kind in Ghana and will be a home base for women to grow their professional skills and build important networks. Its mission is to influence and drive policy changes that seek to increase the representation of women in senior leadership positions in Ghana. EWN’s mission is also aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 5 that seeks gender equality and empowerment for all women and girls.
Most importantly EWN is committed to a progressive approach of enabling women to achieve their professional goals, preparing them to become more resilient, authentic leaders and nurturing them to fulfill their personal dreams. We inspire and support women towards success, and help to find business opportunities for each other with supportive business training and strategic relationship-building.
Giving the key note address, Esther A. N. Cobbah, Chief Executive Officer of Strategic

Communications Africa Ltd., (Stratcomm Africa) said “I believe forming a strategic network such as this allows us to connect business-minded women to world-class resources and opportunities,” our ability to tap from each other’s experiences and wealth of knowledge will benefit women in our ecosystem as a self-guided learning tool. This network of women leaders and entrepreneurs is a wonderful accelerated opportunity for our entrepreneurs and business executives to grow together she added.
Maidie Arkutu, Managing Director of Unilever Ghana and currently the Chairperson of EWN said “Our founding members have created the story of the Executive Women Network, a legacy that we will continue to build on with each passing year with the addition of new members. These members will be taking actions that make a difference in the continuing development of our story line”. Women play a pivotal role in society – as role models, business leaders, and community builders and we endeavor to empower even more women to be
positive change-makers through this network, she added.
Driven by purpose, the EWN aims to bring together a cross-industry network for women like-minded to tackle challenges facing women in Ghana, and across the continent. To enhance professional development and inspire women for leadership roles in Ghana, the Executive Women Network provides a platform for members to interact and to participate in events, training and other activities which promote interest in and knowledge women’s leadership.
Climaxing the launch was the unveiling of the EWN logo simultaneously by all six founding members – Maidie Arkutu (Managing Director, Unilever Ghana), Freda Duplan (Managing Director, Nestle Ghana), Patience Akkyianu (Managing Director, Barclays Ghana), Edith Dankwa (Managing Director, B&FT), Lucy Quist (Managing Director, Airtel Ghana) and Pearl Esua-Mensah (Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Feniks Ltd) while the audience gave a rapturous applause amidst tapping and dancing to the hit song “Strong Girl” sang by soulful song bird Yaayaa. The evening ended with networking over hors d’oeures.

About Executive Women Network (EWN)
Executive Women Network (EWN), is a non-profit organization of women in senior management and executive positions in private organizations/ institutions and women entrepreneurs of well established businesses in Ghana.
EWN was formed by 6 women business executives ; Maidie Arkutu – Managing Director, Unilever Ghana, Freda Duplan – Managing Director, Nestle Ghana, Edith Dankwa – Managing Director, Business and Financial Times, Lucy Quist – Managing Director, Airtel Ghana, Pearl Esua-Mensah – Founder and CEO, Feniks Limited and Patience Akyianu –Managing Director, Barclays Bank Ghana.
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