Who We Are



To ensure women from across the globe have equal access to professional opportunities, feel empowered to reach their full potential, and become leaders to drive positive, sustainable change in the world.


to increase the representation of women leaders from diverse backgrounds in the workplace, marketplace and in our respective communities.



How We Do It

We help organizations advance gender-balanced leadership and inclusion in the workplace through sharing cross-industry insights, advocating for change and providing leadership development programs for professional women.


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.

Our Community