African Women’s Leadership Conference

Wellesley College

African Women's Leadership ConferenceThe African Women's Leadership Conference at Wellesley College is a first-of-its-kind convening of some of the most influential voices in African women's leadership.

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THURSDAY MARCH 8–FRIDAY MARCH 9, 2018

 

 

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

The African Women’s Leadership Conference at Wellesley College is a first-of-its-kind convening of some of the most influential voices in African women’s leadership—from education and politics, health and technology, entertainment and the law.

 

Organized by Wellesley College in collaboration with the Mastercard Foundation, this timely and important conference will expand our understanding of the many ways women leaders are transforming their communities and their nations; it promises to advance thought leadership and provide opportunities to learn from the women who are making a difference not only across Africa but around the world. In lectures, breakout sessions, and informal discussions, attendees will explore what women’s leadership looks like through the lens of four key leadership competencies—confidence, creativity, courage, and resilience—leading to a deeper appreciation of the challenges African women leaders face and offering productive strategies for addressing them.

Speakers

KAKENYA NTAIYA
Kenyan educator and social activist
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Agnes Binagwaho
Vice chancellor, University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), and former minister of health, Rwanda
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ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF
President of Liberia (2006–2018) and Nobel laureate
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KANSIIME ANNE
Ugandan comedian and actress, known as “Africa’s Queen of Comedy”
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Farida Bedwei
Ghanaian software engineer and disability rights advocate
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Hauwa Ibrahim
Nigerian international human rights and Shariah law attorney
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Mfoniso Udofia ’06
First-generation Nigerian-American storyteller and educator
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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

Mar
7
Wednesday, March 7 | 4:30 PM–5:00 PM
Scholar Registration
Hampton Inn Hotel, Hospitality Room

This is a pre-conference event for Mastercard Foundation Scholars only.

Mar
7
Wednesday, March 7 | 5:00 PM–6:30 PM
Scholar Networking Session and Dinner: Harnessing the Power of Networking
Hampton Inn Hotel, Lexington Room
Moderator
Maame Afon Yelbert-Sai
Director, Global Programs and Partnerships, Moremi Initative
Moderator
Abigail Burgesson
Special Programs Manager, African Women's Development Fund

This is a pre-conference event for Mastercard Foundation Scholars only.

Mar
8
Thursday, March 8 | 7:30 AM–9:00 AM
Registration and Light Continental Breakfast
Alumnae Hall Foyer
Mar
8
Thursday, March 8 | 9:00 AM–9:30 AM
Welcome
Alumnae Hall Auditorium
Master of Ceremonies
Joey Cole ’99
Senior Producer, MSNBC
Speaker
Paula A. Johnson
President, Wellesley College
Speaker
Sandra Ohemeng ’20
Mastercard Foundation Scholars Council Representative, Wellesley College
Performer
Wellesley Yanvalou Drum and Dance Ensemble
Mar
8
Thursday, March 8 | 9:30 AM–10:30 AM
African Women’s Leadership Through the Ages
Alumnae Hall Auditorium
Speaker
Filomina Steady
Professor, Africana Studies, Wellesley College
Moderator
Lidwien Kapteijns
Elizabeth Kimball Kendall and Elisabeth Hodder Professor, History Department, Wellesley College
Mar
8
Thursday, March 8 | 10:45 AM–12:00 PM
Perspectives from Young African Leaders
Alumnae Hall Auditorium
Speaker
Tanyaradzwa Chinyukwi
Mastercard Foundation Scholar, EARTH University (Costa Rica)
Speaker
Eunice Adjoa Yeboah Adu
Mastercard Foundation Scholar, Ashesi University (Ghana)
Speaker
Leah Nakaima
Mastercard Foundation Scholar, Arizona State University
Speaker
Jennifer Amuah
Mastercard Foundation Scholar, University of Ghana
Moderator
Ivy Mwai
Senior Program Manager, Education and Learning, Mastercard Foundation

The four speakers are winners of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Baobab contest, in which scholars responded to the question, “How has gender influenced your leadership journey?”

Mar
8
Thursday, March 8 | 1:15 PM–3:00 PM
The Challenges Faced by African Women Leaders in the Health Sector
Alumnae Hall Auditorium
Speaker
Agnes Binagwaho
Vice Chancellor, University of Global Health Equity, and Former Minister of Health, Rwanda
Moderator
Paula A. Johnson
President, Wellesley College
Mar
8
Thursday, March 8 | 3:15 PM–5:00 PM
Creating Movement: African Women’s Bodies in the American Theatre
Alumnae Hall Auditorium
Speaker
Mfoniso Udofia ’06
First-generation Nigerian-American storyteller and educator
Moderator
Lois P. Roach
Senior Lecturer, Theatre Studies, Wellesley College
Mar
8
Thursday, March 8 | 6:30 PM–7:30 PM
Empowering Girls, Transforming Communities: My Journey to Live a Bold Vision for Change
Alumnae Hall Auditorium
Speaker
Kakenya Ntaiya
Kenyan educator and social activist
Introduced by
Paula A. Johnson
President, Wellesley College
Moderator
Layli Maparyan
Executive Director, Wellesley Centers for Women

This event is open to the public. Please register if you are not already registered for the full two-day conference.

Mar
8
Thursday, March 8 | 7:45 PM–8:30 PM
I am Kansiime
Alumnae Hall Auditorium
Performer
Kansiime Anne
Ugandan comedian and actress, known as “Africa’s Queen of Comedy”

This event is open to the public. Please register if you are not already registered for the full two-day conference.

Mar
9
Friday, March 9 | 9:00 AM–9:30 AM
Young Women Leading the Way: Transformative Leadership in Africa
Alumnae Hall Auditorium
Speaker
Ann Miles
Director, Thought Leadership and Innovation, Mastercard Foundation
Introduced by
Karen Zuffante Pabon
Director, Slater International Center, Wellesley College
Mar
9
Friday, March 9 | 9:30 AM–11:15 AM
Coding My Way to an Empowered Life
Alumnae Hall Auditorium
Speaker
Farida Bedwei
Ghanaian software engineer and disability rights advocate
Moderator
Kellie Carter Jackson
Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, Wellesley
Mar
9
Friday, March 9 | 11:30 AM–1:15 PM
Mothers Without Borders: Steering Youth Away from Violent Extremism
Alumnae Hall Auditorium
Speaker
Hauwa Ibrahim
Nigerian international human rights and Shariah law attorney
Moderator
Tracey Cameron
Assistant Dean of Intercultural Education, Director of Harambee House, and Advisor for Students of African Descent, Wellesley College
Mar
9
Friday, March 9 | 2:30 PM–3:30 PM
Conference Insights and Reflections
Alumnae Hall Ballroom
Moderator
Shona Bezanson
Senior Program Manager, Education and Learning, Mastercard Foundation
Mar
9
Friday, March 9 | 3:45 PM–4:45 PM
The Kenner Lecture: If Your Dreams Do Not Scare You: A Conversation on Advancing Women's Leadership in Africa
Alumnae Hall Auditorium
Speaker
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
President of Liberia (2006–2018) and Nobel laureate
Moderator
Paula A. Johnson
President, Wellesley College
Introduced by
Linda Thomas-Greenfield
Senior Counselor, Albright Stonebridge Group; U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (2013–2017)

A conversation on advancing women’s leadership in Africa.

This event is open to the public. Please register if you are not already registered for the full two-day conference.

 

Mar
9
Friday, March 9 | 5:00 PM–6:00 PM
Explore African Culture at Wellesley
The Davis Museum, Harambee House, Wellesley College Archives

The Davis Museum, Tours that feature artwork from Africa and the African Diaspora from the permanent collections as well as the special exhibition on Siddi quilts

Harambee House, Tour featuring a history of a unique Bubinga carved door

Wellesley College Archives, Cindy Coffee ’16 narrates the highlights of her thesis, “African Presence at Wellesley College” 

Shuttle service provided

FAQS

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Is the conference open only to women and girls?

No. All are welcome to attend the conference.

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How much is the registration fee?

The conference is generously sponsored by Mastercard Foundation. No fees are associated with registration; however, guests must pay for their own travel and accommodations.

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Where can I receive details about the hotel?

Once you register for the conference, you will receive details about how to reserve your hotel room. We have partnered with a local hotel for conference rates.

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Are meals included with registration?

A light continental breakfast and light meals will be provided for registered conference attendees. If you anticipate needing extra meals, there are a variety of restaurants within a five-minute drive of the campus.

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What should I wear to the conference?

The conference attire is business and business casual. The weather in New England in spring is often unpredictable, and March can be chilly and even snowy. Prepare by bringing a warm coat, wearing snow/rain-ready shoes, and carrying an umbrella.

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How far is Wellesley College from Logan Boston airport?

If you are arriving at Boston Logan International Airport, allow at least one hour by taxi to the campus and/or hotel. Taxi rates are typically $50 to $100 each way.

Advisory Board

Shona Bezanson
Program Manager, Education and Learning, Mastercard Foundation
Karen Meyer
Associate Program Manager, Education and Learning, Mastercard Foundation
Nura Yunus
Associate Program Manager, Education and Learning, Mastercard Foundation
Tracey Cameron
Assistant Dean of Intercultural Education, Director of Harambee House, and Advisor for Students of African Descent, Wellesley College
Ophelia Dahl
Trustee, Wellesley College; Co-founder and Chair of the Board, Partners in Health
David Lindauer
Stanford Calderwood Professor of Economics, Wellesley College
Joanne Murray
Founding Director of the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs, Wellesley College
Karen Ossen
Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Wellesley College
Karen Zuffante Pabon
Director of Slater International Center/International Student & Scholar Advisor, Wellesley College
Elizabeth J. A. Siwo-Okundi
Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Coordinator, Wellesley College
Lynne Payson
Director of Events Management, Director of Wang Campus Center, Wellesley College
Filomina Steady
Chair and Professor of Africana Studies, Wellesley College
Layli Maparyan
Katherine Stone Kaufmann ’67 Executive Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women; Professor of Africana Studies, Wellesley College
Candice Manatsa '07
Wellesley College Alumna, Class of 2007
Lidwien Kapteijns
Elizabeth Kimball Kendall and Elisabeth Hodder Professor of History, Wellesley College
Elizabeth Gildersleeve
Chief Communications Officer, Communications and Public Affairs, Wellesley College
Catia Confortini
Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Peace & Justice Studies Program; Affiliated Political Scientist, Department of Political Science, Wellesley College
Christine Halle Rubera ’19
Mastercard Foundation Scholar, Class of 2019, Wellesley College

 

With Thanks

The African Women’s Leadership Conference is funded in part by the Mastercard Foundation. We also thank the following individuals and Wellesley organizations for their generous support: The Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs, Career Education, Communications & Public Affairs, History DepartmentHyunja Laskin Kenner ’88 and Jeffrey Kenner, The Suzy Newhouse Center for the Humanities, Office of the President, Office for Resources, and Wellesley Centers for Women.