For women trying to start a business, it can be a daunting prospect, which is why The Women Mentoring Women Network, hosted a mentoring walk for prospective women entrepreneurs in Calabar, the Cross Rivers State capital to help them get the guidance they seek.
It was an opportunity for entrepreneurs to be mentored by industry experts as they make a walk across the ancient city. The Founder/Faculty Lead, Centre for Career Development, Miss Esther Eshiet, shared her vision, which is to provide support for young entrepreneurs in three ways– inspiration, information and mentoring.
Miss Eshiet highlighted the benefits of mentoring in the lives of young women to include knowledge, experience and access to networks.
She urged mentees to make good use of the opportunity; managing the privilege and unique perspectives the mentors are bringing to their lives.
In spearheading the walk, Miss Eshiet walked the streets of Calabar in company of other leading female executives, including Head of Branch, Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria, Mrs. Aja Enun; Executive Secretary, Cross River State Investment Promotion Bureau, Tutu Ekeng; Director of Fisheries Department, Ministry of Agricultural Development, Mrs. Maria Ojugbo, Chief Executive and See Babazi World, Doreen Aji, amongst others.
With a focus firmly on mentoring, the event saw young girls and most active and helpful enterprise investors in the state getting together. While they walk together, women and girls demonstrated the power of sharing successes and challenges and building meaningful connections that boost confidence and promoting growth and leadership.
For many, the connections they build are the start of an ongoing mentoring relationship. Preceding the mentoring walk was a mentors’ breakfast meeting and a mentees brunch. The 2016 Women Mentoring Walk was supported by Nestle Nigeria and CUSO International and delivered in partnership with Idea Builders Initiative.
Mentor, Mrs. Maria Ojugbo said: “There is fundamental need to mentor girls in our society, having that anchor that guides and enables them achieve their goals in life is why I keep signing up as a mentor.”
Mentee,Teresa Effiong said: “I have nice ideas and grand dreams but my problem is how to achieve them; I am hopeful that my mentor will help me achieve my goals.”
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