Rise And Lead Professional Mentoring Program: Customized programs for women and men focused on building capacity and developing their talents to create a pipeline of female talent ready to move up the leadership ladder of your organisation.

The time for women to take the lead is now.

At Rise and Lead Forum, we create opportunities to harness the potential of a large pool of underutilized talent. We foster best practices for women in the workplace and marketplace and advance women in leadership positions for inclusive growth.

The RISE AND LEAD Professional Mentoring program responds to this compelling opportunity to harness the power of gender in shaping the present and future of business. A successful outcome will unleash the potential of women to benefit a large community of stakeholders. The Program is designed to usher the next generation of high potential women to succeed as individuals, team leaders, and organisational visionaries.

This program is led by Ebere Akadiri and invited expert guests.

Day 1

Align Vision + Mission

  • Aligning personal vision with an individual growth plan into top leadership positions.
  • Change your mindset, change your outcomes: Reclaim your self-worth and overcome negative limiting beliefs and barriers

Day 2

Presence, power and visibility in the Workplace and marketplace

  • Build your brand, and understand your one true gift
  • Learn relationship and connection skills needed for strategic networking.

Apply thought-leadership for impact and influence

Day 3

The Art Of Speaking Up

  • Communicate with impact, negotiate and influence effectively.
  • Amplify your voice with technology

Day 4

Charting the course for your leadership career

  • Create a Strategic Vision for action and long-term career success
  • Create a plan for personal and corporate leadership growth.

Bonus: Three months of follow-up mentorship + mastermind support

Become our foundation member for one year

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Keynote Speaking

Ebere speaks in corporate workshops, conferences, and Social Networking Meetings. Topics include Rise and Lead For Women In Business; The Art Of Speaking Up; Leading with Your One True Gift.

Rise and Lead Mentoring Circles

Facilitated conversations that encourage personal reflections, perspectives, support and accountability. Bring one of our facilitated circles to your women leadership network, or teams to meet in small circles to have deep conversations around the topic of leadership advancement and personal leadership skills. We meet once a month during a break in a lunch and learn format and share our leadership wisdom, listen to your talents, mentor and support their aspirations to grow and move forward. We will meet ten times per year with a possibility of renewal after one year. Afterwards, we’ll assist your organization to design a peer-led facilitator’s guide.

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Enrol your team members into the Rise and Lead Professional Mentorship Program, or bring Ebere or her team to your organization. The impact of this program include mindset shifts, increased confidence, increased productivity, more resourceful and better leaders who are willing to share their gifts in the workplace, and better suited to enter executive positions.

Upcoming Workshops

(Dates To be advised)

  1. Power, Presence and Possibilities
  2. The Art Of Speaking Up: You can build wealth and create change by sharing your knowledge and expertise or teaching what you know. Use your gifts, talents or skill to change your life and your world. Learn how to offer a workshop, create training or services, become a taught- leader or build your brand.

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About Poonam Barua

Poonam Barua is an accomplished business leader, Economist, Founder Chairman of the “Forum for Women in Leadership” , CEO of WILL Forum India, Author of the pioneering Book “Leadership by Proxy”, and a Global Influencer of Women in Leadership

Ms. Barua launched the distinguished “Forum for Women in Leadership” in 2007 – that brings together senior women executives from leading companies in India and multinationals on the mission and mandate for leveraging the vast talent-pool of women, sharing best practices for women in the workplace, and mentoring women for leadership positions. Over 6,000 senior women and men professionals, from across 250 companies, and over 750 WILL Mentees – are participating in the WILL Forum programs and mission. Founding members of the WILL Forum India include Tata Consultancy Services, KPMG, Infosys Technologies, and Aditya Birla Group.

Ms. Barua is Author of the pioneering Book “Leadership by Proxy: The Story of Women in Corporate India” (Bloomsbury) and has written several Research Reports on “WILL Handbook:50- Best Practices for Women in the Workplace,” “Differentiating Styles of Women in Leadership” and the bestselling report “Balanced Boards for Good Governance.” She is presently writing the landmark Report on “Creating Digital Women – for the Digital Era!” – with distinguished sponsorship from Capgemini.

For over a decade, Ms. Barua has been Regional Director – India, The Conference Board, New York, providing thought-leadership on best business practices for companies in India. She is actively committed to bringing transparency and corporate governance, and serves as an Independent Director on corporate boards, leads the pioneering “WILL Women on Corporate Boards: Series” in India, and is a Member of the Joint Electricity Regulation Commission Advisory Board, of the Indian government.

Ms. Barua has been awarded a Visiting Scholarship at The Wharton School Advanced Management Program for her work on women in leadership. She also holds a Ford Fellowship at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, for her work on conflict resolution in South Asia. She is a Visiting Fellow at the Henry L. Stimson Center (Washington D.C.) and the Salzburg Seminar in Austria. Ms. Barua has also served as Special Consultant for distinguished international institutions – including the Eisenhower Fellowships, London Business School, and East-West Center.

Ms. Barua is a trained Economist with a Master’s Degree from the prestigious Delhi School of Economics, and has served as Chief Program Specialist for over a decade at the United States Information Service in New Delhi. She has also been a Lecturer in Economics at Delhi University and Research Associate at the Indian Institute of Public Administration.

She has given keynote address and Session Presentations across more than 300 meetings, around the world – across Netherlands, Paris, Austria, Slovenia, San Diego, Seattle, New Jersey, New York, Toronto,


About Ebere Akadiri

Ebere Akadiri, founder of Ataro Marketplace, helping entrepreneurs develop sustainable businesses and business professionals gain the courage to rise and take the lead in the workplace and marketplace. Ebere Akadiri is a Food Entrepreneur, Brand Development Advisor, Women In Leadership Advocate, writer and keynote speaker. She is a change maker and champion for inclusion and diversity.

Mrs Akadiri is the visionary founder of the annual Rise and Lead Summit, which promotes the empowerment of women for leadership and impact.

She holds a Master’s degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University in the Netherlands, where she took a keen interest in women leadership, organisational culture and change management, and digital marketing. She is passionate about business development, leadership development, and content marketing.

Mrs Akadiri founded two restaurants and a catering operation that employed over 56 people and also founded Ataro Food and Spices, a premier West African food brand that promotes West African cuisine and culture in the Netherlands.

Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and podacste in the Netherlands, Nigeria, the UK and USA. She’s a thought-leader who writes about her personal stories on leadership, entrepreneurship, self-worth, and brand building strategies.

She has spoken at various conferences and workshops in the Netherlands and Nigeria.

Ebere is married with five children and loves to connect people through events.

To invite Mrs Akadiri to speak and inspire your team or for your upcoming conference or podcast, visit HERE