Last weekend, I went to the Superwomen Leadership Conference 2018 organized by JEADER, which stands for Jeunes Entrepreneurs Africains + Leader. The Conference was at Novotel next to Ibis in downtown Dakar. It was my first time attending an event that focused on (super)women in Senegal. In addition, I heard that certain superwomen from Wakanda would be present. Which meant that I definitely wanted to attend. Obviously, it is pretty inspiring to attend an event for women. I have been to many events in my life, but they always give me a new source of energy. Some would claim it could be motivation, but I’d rather call it Vibranium mixed with #BlackGirlMagic. Read further if you want me to transmit some of the Vibranium and #BlackGirlMagic!
Jeader is a Do Tank dedicated to young African entrepreneurs focused on Economic Development. On March 17th, Novotel Dakar hosted the Superwomen Leadership Conference of 2018. Jeader acts like more than a circle of relection on challenges and opportunities of the African youth. Emphasis lies on training and preparing the future leaders of tomorrow and building a solid foundation surrounding entrepreneurship.
I was able to go to this event thanks to two of my female colleagues, Fadieye and Ndeya, who are a part of Jeader. Not only are they a part of Jeader, they are part of other initiatives that organise such events. Which I’llhopefully be able to highlight more on the blog.
The conference consisted of two parts: presentations by successful women and a musical part. The presentations were dedicated to successful female entrepreneurs in Senegal. The musical part consisted of a group of women singing in Wolof or Pulaar. Which created a balance between traditional and modern.
It started around 15h and finished around 19h. This year’s theme was Transmission. Of course, this can mean a lot of things. However, focus lied on how to transmit experiences and success over to the next generation. How can women actively influence others, and what effect can they have on others?
Of course, there were great guests present at the Superwomen Leadership Conference 2018 that shared their experiences with us. They all tried to transmit something like positivity, empowerment and motivation. Each and every woman decided to share her experience with us. Which is what I do too! There were writers, journalists, CEO’s and a lot of Doctors that shared their experiences with us. They all transmitted resilience, courage and dedication. One quote I loved was: “Go look for what has not been given to you.” I mean, we cannot just sit around, do nothing and expect what we want to come to us.
I have to say, on Facebook there were teasers going around that Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright would come. Of course that made me hyperexcited. However, they did not come but, we did get a great surprise from WAKANDA! Below, you can see what the Wakandan surprise was. Just look at what Black Panther has inspired other people to do! It is amazing.
I think that the Superwomen Leadership Conference 2018 was really empowering and inspiring. The common message was to keep sharing our experiences with others. Which is exactly what I do. It also made me reflect on what I could do to share more experiences and it also made me think about why I started this website. When I started in 2014, I already had my tagline: “I aspire to inspire others by sharing my experiences.”. Which means that my primary goal is to share my experiences in the hopes of helping others. I am proud of what I am doing here, and the content that I create. Of course, I will continue to create even more and better content.
This was the Superwomen Leadership Conference of 2018. If you interested in reading about similar events, check out Digital Economy Symposium. Don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube channel and follow me on IG: @senegalesetwisted and @sntwistedphoto for photography and video’s and check out my Facebook page @SenegaleseTwisted. See you in my next post :).