“ … We must find the boldness and courage it takes to be a woman in the African society. We will have many roles to fill in this new generation: as leaders, professionals, mothers, sisters, activists, role models, teachers and all these will require us to dig deep and find the strength of character and values to hold ourselves accountable for Africa’s growth, and to influence those around us to higher standards of excellence.” These were the opening remarks by Peggy Mativo, Harvard Graduate, Founder and Executive Director PACE Maker International and friend of Akili Dada, at this years Dadas Lead Conference.
The Dadas Lead Conference is held annually, bringing together our sisterhood of Dadas, celebrating their achievements while looking outward for inspiration from African women trailblazers who continue to break barriers and exemplify leadership. This year’s conference specifically took on the theme of mentorship, exploring its role and significance in shaping the future of African Women's Leadership. The aim of this annual conference is to continually inspire our primary constituents - girls and young women across our different programs - to think outside and without the box. The Dadas Lead Conference creates a platform for learning and sharing from accomplished women leaders in the different stages of their leadership journeys.
In line with this year's theme 'Mentorship that Matters' we had the pleasure of hosting a line up of key speakers who shared their mentorship stories highlighting the role mentorship played in their leadership journeys. Dr. Eddah Gachukia – founder of Riara Group of Schools and well-respected African educationist, challenged our Dadas to explore beyond known territories and exploit the opportunities available in today’s world of unlimited potential. She encouraged them to always perform at their best and likened mentorship to education and emphasized the importance of the two for the empowerment of girls and young women in Kenya and, indeed, Africa.
A cross-generational panel of speakers made up of our very own alumna Sharon Ng'anga, media personality Yvonne Maingey, long serving magistrate in the Kenyan judiciary and listed ICC counsel Dr. Juliet Oseko and Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate School at Kenyatta University Prof. Elishiba Kimani encouraged our girls to seek out the guidance and advice of mentors to keep them on track and hold them accountable in their pursuits in life – academic, social and professional.
The day closed with an empowering and challenging address by Harvard Graduate, and founder and Executive Director of PACE (Promoting Access to Community Education), Kenya, Peggy Mativo who charged our Dadas to change the narrative of African Women's Leadership by building up communities and networks so tight and so powerful that they would accelerate girls and young women to the great destinies that they are each called to. Additionally, she challenged our Dadas to position themselves as spheres of influence for those around them and calling them to mentorship and to higher standards of excellence.
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