Savvy Women’s Circle is a social enterprise that focuses on fostering a community of successful women leaders. The company host an annual Women in Leadership Conference in Lagos, Nigeria. This year’s conference is on November 25th, 2017 and the theme is Revolutionary Thinking. Interested in attending the conference, here is a 10% discount(ABA10) exclusive to Africans Building Africa audience.
We had the opportunity to interview the Founder, Aji R. Michael, who’s part of the Africans Building Africa Community.
1. Tell us about yourselves and your organization
My name is Aji R. Michael. I’m a Specialist in Leadership and Career Optimisation, and founder of Savvy Women’s Circle. I was trained from the prestigious Cranfield School of Management and Henley Business School both in the UK. I am also a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).
An entrepreneur with over 10 years business experience in both Africa and Europe, and author of two bestsellers: The Next Maverick and Leverage – both on Amazon.co.uk
In 2015, I founded Savvy Women’s Circle (SWC); a social enterprise whose vision is to create a community of successful women leaders whose wealth is enhanced through the connection with, investment in, and support of women intrepreneurs and entrepreneurs in early stages of business or career.
SWC is distinctive in its ability to defer to the Grassroots on what changes it seeks, involving them in a cooperative and impactful way to identify a common purpose. Such common purpose is inherently inseparable from the unrestrained initiative to make a difference. This difference is achieved through collaboration with networking platforms and engagement with policymakers and stakeholders to drive change.
2. How much did you need to start your organization and how were you able to raise that capital?
Honestly, funding wasn’t an issue starting out, I shared my vision with few friends and several months later, Women in Leadership Conference was launched and has become a platform to create business opportunities and support more women into leadership roles.
3. What are some of the challenges you face in your organization and how do you overcome those challenges?
Every successful vision requires people, and building a resilience team have always been on our agenda and we are definitely working to make it better through effective communication and brand clarity.
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4. Where do you see your organization in 5 years from now and what steps are you taking today to reach that objective?
We are known as the global voice for ambitious women; we therefore imagine a world where women would apply for a role or engage in a venture without considering her gender, but because she can!
5. What advice would you give other entrepreneurs looking to start a business in Africa?
Stop wishing, start doing.
6. How is your business participating to the development of Africa?
Research shows that women are often the drivers, strong networkers, managers, organisers, and caretakers in the community; however, the ones who are talking and making the decisions tend to be men.
We have come up with a radical, bold approach; #SheRevolutionaij – is a project designed to address the root social causes of subtle gender discrimination that is so deeply embedded in our society. It is our proposal for shaping the future of Nigeria as a means of building communities that are healthy, resilient and provide opportunity to flourish.