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LDW NamibiaDear Women in Leadership,

Intelligence Transfer Centre hosted their inaugural Annual Leadership Development for Women in Namibia that took place on 12 – 13 February 2014 and was attended by both the public and private sector.

The 1st Lady of Namibia Madam Penehupifo Pohumba delivered the keynote address on equipping women with the necessary tools to enable them to contribute to the economic development of the nations and Africa as a whole.

Madam Pohumba, stressed how women can become leaders on their own, leaders within the community and leaders that will carry Namibia’s economy. “It is my belief that women and young girls are the future of our nation and we have a responsibility to ensure that opportunities are provided to empower them to lead a path clear of obstacles and take Africa to new heights.” Speakers reiterated that through perseverance women can overcome all obstacles and work together to promote social economic development in Namibia.

Top Speakers for 2014 as rated by you:

Joyce Mwangi Nauyoma, Project Coordinator-Women Desk, NAMIBIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY

Umbi Karuaihe-Upi, Head Corporate Affairs, NAMIBIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION

Hilma Haimbili, Group Manager of Employee Wellness, OLTHAVER & LIST GROUP OF COMPANIES

Carol Potgieter, Trainer Facilitator and Member, PD CONSULTANTS

Mia Davids, Head: Corporate Communications, NAMIBIA AIRPORTS COMPANY

Some of the key outcomes after the conference, during the open forum include:

  • Namibian Government has implemented many outreach programs in communities and its up to local leadership and local government to make sure that women enjoy the full benefits of such outreach programs
  • Competition should be there to encourage women to strive for better results, hence women should let go of the “PHD” Push Her Down syndrome
  • By using a monitoring and evaluation tools local government can achieve optimal skills for women development within their communities
  • By building confidence and self reliance women can succeed and overcome the common stereotypes
  • Emotional wellbeing promotes discipline and decreases fear and anxiety
  • By getting rid of negative emotions women can promote a more conscious feeling of freedom and independence
  • Women should practice and perfect the art of self preservation when confronted with conflict
  • Self regulation is about staying in control and not compromising your morals and values
  • Women are natural born leaders, we steer houses and maintain relationships both in our professional and personal lives
  • Building high performance teams within your working environment is the key to maintaining a well oiled machine
The conference was rated as:
70% Excellent, 30% Good

ITC believes in strengthening and empowering women across the SADC region. ITC gave away two free seats to the 2nd  Annual Leadership Development for Women Namibia 2015 as well as the 6th Development for Women in SA. A special congratulations to Blinda Mbanga from the Department of Education who  won a free seat to next year’s conference and Febronia Shapala from Ruacana Town Council who will be joining us in SA this year.

Skills development programs should aim to eradicate poverty and promote suitable economic and social development “It is only through partnerships and collaboration will the social and economic values of our nation be achieved” – Madam Penehupifo Pohumba.

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