Who We Are



To see diverse women having equal opportunities as men, maximise women’s potential and drive positive, sustainable change in the world.



To increase the representation of women leaders in workplaces and the marketplace.


How We Do It

We achieve our goals by designing and delivering leadership development programs for women, advocating for inclusion in workplaces through executives’ roundtables and interviews, and creating events that connect leaders and senior executives. 


Our Story

Gender diversity has been a central topic of discussion for years, but progress has been slow. Women are redefining what it means to be a leader with the skills and perspectives they bring to the table. Businesses with at least 30% of women in leadership roles are 12 times more likely to excel financially (DDI). Yet only 29% of women make up the senior leadership roles globally. How do we bridge the gender leadership gap?

 We believe that leadership is not about what you do but about who you are and how you leverage your gifts and others around you to effect change.

Frustrated by the lack of resources, leadership events, and networking options available for women in her community, Ebere Akadiri was inspired to fill the void. So, she launched Rise and Lead Women in 2018. Since then, Rise and Lead Women has grown from a local empowerment initiative to a global platform focusing on driving gender inclusion and equity in the workplace and marketplace to close the gender leadership gap.

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