Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Nigerian Woman Among Leading Women Entrepreneurs Honoured in New York

Yewande Zaccheaus, CEO and owner of Eventful Limited was among the nineteen of the world's most promising women entrepreneurs recognized yesterday at the fifth annual International Women's Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC) awards conference in New York.

Eventful Ltd, a leading events planning and consulting company in Lagos, Nigeria. Eventful Ltd is regarded as a pace setter for both corporate and retail events in Nigeria with an annual revenue of close to 3 million dollars USD.

Yewande recently received an award from Today’s Woman Magazine, the foremost magazine in Nigeria, in recognition of her contribution to the events planning business.

She is the current Chairperson for Women in Management and Business (WIMBIZ) and has inspired many new members to join this very well respected women professional group in Nigeria. She has developed initiatives in WIMBIZ, including mentoring programs with a wide reach. Under her watch, Vital Voices Africa Hub recently conducted a roundtable and networking session in Lagos.

A 1982 Law graduate of the University of Lagos, Yewande obtained an LL.M from Cambridge University, England in 1984. She began her career as a legal officer in the Nigerian-American Merchant Bank and later had a brief stint in private practice prior to joining Ecobank Nigeria Plc as the pioneer Company Secretary and Legal Adviser in 1989 there she obtained firsthand experience in handling corporate events.

Yewande is the author of three inspirational books –“God’s Waiting Room 1, 2 & 3” which were written as a result of her personal testimony, to encourage women experiencing delay in childbearing.

Yewande is married to Teni Zaccheaus and they are blessed with two children, Teniola and Iretidayo.

The following is the detailed report of the global event.

14 Nov 2011 13:00 Africa/Lagos

Leading Women Entrepreneurs from Around the World Gather in New York for Fifth Annual International Women's Entrepreneurial Challenge
Four-day program provides proven female business-owners with opportunities to help scale their ventures globally

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Nov. 14, 2011

NEW YORK, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, nineteen of the world's most promising women entrepreneurs will be recognized at the fifth annual International Women's Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC) awards conference, an initiative of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry Ladies Organization. The event, hosted in New York this year by the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, honors leading female entrepreneurs who are building thriving and growing ventures and beginning to take their businesses global.

Often defying societal and cultural expectations, this talented group of women has transformed localized start-up companies into multi-million dollar organizations. These nineteen CEOs, managing directors, presidents, founders and owners operate their businesses in a variety of regions and across industries ranging from management consulting to retail, organic health and beauty, technology, and hospitality, and others. And these are not small businesses. In 2010 and 2011 alone, IWEC has honored entrepreneurs whose businesses generate upwards of $3 billion in annual revenues and directly or indirectly employ more than 30,000 people.

As part of the conference, the IWEC honorees will be taking part in a four-day networking program held in various locations around Manhattan. They will be introduced to investors, potential commercial partners, trade officials, and more than 500 other entrepreneurs in an effort to expand their businesses and increase their exposure to global business contacts. This is the second time that New York has hosted an IWEC Awards Conference (New York first hosted IWEC in 2008); previous conferences have been hosted in Barcelona (2007), New Delhi (2009) and Cape Town (2010).

Nancy Ploeger, President of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, said, "It is a privilege to host such an inspiring group of businesswomen in New York this year. The breadth and scope of these delegates is remarkable, and our hope is that the connections the IWEC program facilitates will help them to further scale their already successful businesses."

Xavier Carbonell, Managing Director of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, noted, "The achievements of today's honorees are a testament to their innovation, hard work and commitment. Their significant economic and social contributions remind us of the value and importance of empowering women entrepreneurs."

Juan Maria Nin, Deputy Chairman and CEO of CaixaBank, Spain's third largest financial institution and a founding sponsor of IWEC, will be in attendance at the event and will conduct a workshop on Business Leadership with awardees and other participants.

"Year after year, IWEC keeps growing, expanding and providing more and more networking opportunities to members and awardees. We are grateful to these women for their dedication to improving their communities and their local-turned-global businesses. Their achievements are exemplary and la Caixa is proud to support and celebrate them today," Nin said.

IWEC is also supported by leading financial institutions, trade associations and educational institutions including: MetLife, IESE Business School, the Asia Society of New York, SDI International and HSBC.

The 2011 winners are:


* Diane Tompson – Managing Director, The Powercom Group


* Syeda Zeenat Ara Nipun – Proprietor, N.D. Fashion


* Mira Kulkarni – Managing Director, Mountain Valley Springs India Pvt Ltd.
* Namita Raman – Managing Director, Singrimari Tea Estate (P) Ltd.
* Manjula Reddy – Executive Director, The Country Club India Ltd.


* Bolormaa Batbayar – CEO, UEIC of Mongolemimpex Concern


* Yewande Zaccheaus – CEO, Eventful Limited


* Shaheen Afishan – Managing Director, M/s. Summit International


* Marina Bustamante – CEO, Renzo Costa S.A.C.


* Maria Socorro M. Malitao – President & CEO, Standout Group of Companies

South Africa

* Susan Huxter – Owner, Le Quartier Francais
* Barbara van den Bossche – CEO and owner, Vintage Group
* Valerie Mentz – CEO, Greystone Trading


* Rosa Clara – CEO, Grupo Rosa Clara
* Elizabeth Trallero – CEO, Congost Plastic, S.A.
* Adriana Casademont – President and CEO, Casademont, S.A.

US/NYC region

* Dianna Raedle – Managing Director, Deer Isle Capital, LLC
* Sandi Webster and Peggy McHale – Principals, Consultants 2 Go, LLC
* Bonnie Schnitta – President, SoundSense, LLC

Contact – Felipe Ucros, Brunswick Group, 212-333-3810

About the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce (MCC) is a membership organization comprised of a cross section of member businesses ranging from sole proprietors to large corporations and conglomerates. With 10,000 members and subscribers, we represent the voice of over 100,000 companies in Manhattan and partner with over 300 diverse business organizations in the city. Our members are part of one of the largest constituencies in the country representing approximately 1.6 million US employees and approximately 4.5 million employees globally. Locally, our member companies have over 165,000 employees. And, collectively, our member companies account for over $630 billion dollars in annual revenues.

About CaixaBank

CaixaBank is an integrated financial group, with a banking business, insurance operations and investments in international banks and in leading service companies, such as Repsol and Telefonica. It is the leading retail bank in Spain, where it began its financial enterprise more than 100 years ago. CaixaBank shares with Caja de Ahorros y Pensiones de Barcelona-"la Caixa", its main shareholder, a commitment to people and their environment. In this regard, via "la Caixa's" Social Welfare Foundation, finances and maintains social, educational, cultural and scientific programs with an annual budget of 500 million euros, making it the second largest European foundation.

SOURCE Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

Web Site: http://www.iwecawards.com

1 comment:

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