08 March, 2010- Dubai, UAE - Woibex celebrated 100 years of women empowerment by hosting the biggest event for women achievers in the "12th Woibex - Global Businesswomen and Leaders Summit" today at the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai. Organized by Datamatix, this gathering commemorated one century of remarkable contributions of extraordinary women who revolutionized the global society as a whole.
Speaking about the event, Mr. Ali Al Kamali, Managing Director, Datamatix, said, "With an eye to the complex challenges resulting from the changing global landscape, Woibex paves the way to connect exemplary women achievers with their peers from around the world to share best practices on strategic leadership, economic empowerment and sustainable development. It appreciates and recognizes the phenomenal treasures of versatile abilities and the changing roles of today's women as they proliferate in their power to align gender perspective into decision-making at all levels and at all stages."
The event began with the keynote presentation of Dr. Eiman Saud Abokhodair's, Institute of Public Administration, KSA, on the future challenges and opportunities for women leaders. The presentation was succeeded by the presentation of Ms. Sarah Lord CFP, AIFP, APFS, Financial Planning Director of Killik & Co (Middle East & Asia), which focused on providing insight as to how business women can be empowered to make the right personal finance and investment decisions.
The presentation of Ms. Laura Martorano, CEO and Founder of Leo Sterling, stressed on the importance of positioning young women leaders in transforming economic growth and stressed that women need role models and support to develop their experience, establish networks to step into senior positions and then to be treated and paid fairly, as equally as their male colleagues for the same comparable positions, followed by Mrs. Oluwatoyin Saraki, First Lady of Kwara State & Founder of the Wellbeing Foundation, who presented a case study of Kwara State of Nigeria focusing on women being key to the prosperity of the world.
The second half of the day witnessed the presentations of another case study by Ms. Ruth Field, CEO of Joshua Group LLC, about Coco Chanel as an independent, determined, risk-taker and successful businesswoman. The last speaker for the day was Dr. Carmen M. Castro, D.B.A., Founder & CEO of Aurora International Executive Solutions, LLC, who spoke about exploring the many business opportunities that are available for middle-eastern women in the field of international business consulting and international corporate name branding.
The day concluded with the hosting of the 9th Middle East Businesswomen and Leaders Achievement Awards, organized by the Middle East Excellence Awards Institute. The guest of honor, Mr. Elballa Hagona, UNDP Resident Representative, paid tribute to the winners of the awards and expressing his views on women empowerment said, "Emarati women have made steady progress towards visible and active involvement in positions that were traditionally the sole preserve of men and therefore female emaratization must be motivated not by merely satisfying regulatory requirements such as quotas but rather by a genuine thrust towards integration of Emarati women and women empowerment in the private sector. "
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