Increasing gender equality in the workplace has become a priority for organisations around the world, and research shows gender diversity is correlated with improved company performance. Today, most organisations are working to recruit and retain more women in order to improve productivity, build resiliency, and improve their brand and reputation. Increasing gender equality in the workplace requires the commitment of both organisations and individuals. Organisations must address the structural barriers that inhibit general equality, while individuals must acquire the knowledge, tools, and behaviours known to promote workplace gender inclusion.
The Workplace Gender Accelerated programme prepares managers to become the agents of change within their organisations by developing the skills needed to:
- Identify gender inequality gaps within their organisations
- Develop a business case that demonstrates how gender equality will benefit the organisation’s botton-line
- Take targeted, tangible and strategic action grounded in assessment, to increase gender equality in their organisation
- Strengthen leadership and change management skills and exercise more influence to create and equitable and diverse workplace
- Effectively engage other male and female leaders within their organisations in support of desired change.
Learning Objectives and Benefits
Who Should Attend
The accelerated course is designed for female and male managers who wish to develop their gender equality expertise, boost their influence, and spearhead change within their organisations, operation leaders, HR managers, and managers of other support functions who are strategically placed within their organisations to influence change are encouraged to apply. Each course accepts up to fifty participants, and organisations are required to send two to three employees.
The course prepares leaders to become agents of change in their organisations by developing the necessary activities to initially identify gender equality gaps in their organisation, then they must develop a business case that demonstrates how gender equality will benefit the reference point of the organisation and create strategic and tangible actions, based on evaluations, to increase gender equality in your organisation; and with it to be able to take action targeted, tangible and strategic, based on evaluation, to increase gender equality in your organisation, to strengthen leadership and change management skills and exert greater influence to create an equitable and diverse workplace, engaging other men and women who are leaders in their organisation in support of the desired change.
Introduction to the course
2. Gender Equality: The vision.
Session 3. Gender Equality: Obstacles
Session 4 and 5. Gender Equality and the Role of Male Leaders as Allies
Session 6. Gender Equality: The benefits
Session 7 and 8. Gender Strategy and Change Management
Session 9. Personalized corporate coaching
Session 10. Gender Equality, Organizational Culture and Corporate Communication
Session 11. Personalized corporate coaching
Session 12. Gender Equality and the Role of Male Leaders as Allies
Session 13, 14 and 15. Gender Equality in the Labor Force
Session 16. Personalized corporate coaching
Session 17. Empower Yourself and Lead the Change
Session 18, 19 and 20. Gender Equality in Team Management and Leadership
Session 21. Personalized corporate coaching
Session 22. Build your Gender Equality Action Plan
Session 23. Personalized corporate coaching
Session 24. Closing
Meet our Facilitators
Dr Oparison is a senior fellow at Lagos Business School with over 25 years’ management and leadership experience in blue-chip multinational companies. Oparison obtained his master’s degree and Doctorate in Business Policy and Organisational Development from the University of Wales, Cardiff. He was a management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he worked on a wide range of assignments including Organizational development and change management interventions, executive resourcing, performance and talent management in private-sector organisations ranging from FMCG companies, financial service organisations, banks, pharmaceutical companies, as well as public-sector client organisations. For over seven years, Oparison was HR Vice President for Shell’s Downstream Business in Africa, a member of the Executive Management Team for Shell Oil Products Africa, and the Shell Downstream Global HR Leadership team based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He also held senior executive HR positions in Sterling Winthrop and British American Tobacco, which have seen him working in Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya, Russia and South Africa.
Olayinka David-West is a Professor of Information Systems with almost three decades experience in the IT and financial services industry and is a passionate advocate for digital transformation and inclusive finance. Her research and practice engagements involve policy and strategic management interventions towards digitally transformed businesses and society. Professor David-West is Associate Dean at the Lagos Business School (LBS), the premier business school in Nigeria and sits on the school’s Management Board. She leads the Sustainable and Inclusive Digital Financial Services (SIDFS) initiative, a research and advocacy initiative dedicated to enhancing financial inclusion in Nigeria. Olayinka has expert certifications in financial inclusion policy and digital money, is a governing council member of the Fintech Association of Nigeria and a member of the African Women in Finance and Payments. She is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), and the academic advocate to the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). She is also a qualified practitioner of the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA).
Yetunde Anibaba (Ph.D.) is a management educator and organisational development professional. She teaches Analysis of Business Problems (ABP) and decision-making on full-time and Executive MBA, as well as other senior executive education programmes at Lagos Business School. She has designed and taught on several highly-rated, short-focused seminars and custom executive programmes in the School, including the yearly Problem Solving and Decision Making for Executives and Driving Digital Revolution. Prior to joining LBS, she occupied several positions in the Information Technology sector, with experience in the areas of ICT and Human Resource Management. Yetunde holds a BSc & MSc Degrees in Sociology, MILD as well as a Ph.D. in Management (Organisational Behaviour). She is an alumna of the University of Lagos, LBS, IESE Business School and the Wharton School, and provides advisory services to a number of organisations. She is also a member of the Humanistic Management Network (HuMaNet) and is an ad-hoc reviewer for conferences such as the Academy of Management and the Southern Management Academy.
Henry Onukwuba teaches Human Resource Management, Organisational Behaviour and Management Communication on the regular and executive MBA classes, Owner Manager Programmes, custom programmes and other executive programmes at Lagos Business School. He has held various senior administrative positions at the School as Director of Executive Education, MBA Director and Director of Alumni Relations, prior to joining the full-time faculty team. Before joining Lagos Business School in 2008, Henry was Managing Director of Hebon Consult, a human resource consulting firm, and taught People Management at the Enterprise Development Center (EDC) of the Pan-Atlantic University. He was Group Head, Corporate Resources and Communication at Finacorp Building Society Limited, in charge of the human resource, administration and public relations functions of the mortgage bank from 2000 – 2006. While at Finacorp, Henry was seconded as Chief Executive Officer of Consolidated Business Support Services Limited, CBSSL, the human resource management subsidiary of the then Bank PHB. He was also the National Publicity Secretary of the Mortgage Banking Association of Nigeria (MBAN) from 2004 – 2006. Henry won the Best Graduating Student Prize in Political Science at the University of Jos, Nigeria. He holds an Executive MBA from Lagos Business School and an Advanced Management Programme (AMP) certificate from IESE Business School, Barcelona. He also holds an MSc in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations and a PGD in Mass Communication both from the University of Lagos. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria and a Certified Behavioural Consultant.
Dr Tunde Ekpe lectures on the MBA, and Executive Education programmes at Lagos Business School. She is an accredited Executive coach, psychometric profiler and also the Director of Optimentus Ltd based in Oxford, United Kingdom. Her research and teaching interests include Psychometric Profiling, Strategic Human Resource Management, Leadership, Teambuilding, Communication, Organisational Learning and Development, and Assessment and Development centres. For over 30 years, she has consulted in Africa and around the world, delivering services to multinationals in the private sector as well as multilateral organisations such as the United Nations and Africa Capacity Building Fund. Her global consulting work covers executive leadership assessment and development, executive coaching, organisational development and organisational transformation. She has also trained HR managers, coached women for Board positions and run leadership development workshops. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Manchester University, a postgraduate diploma in Psychology from the Open University UK, Masters in Organisational Psychology from City University London and her Doctorate with the Work and Organisational department of Aston University. She is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow registered with the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. She also holds a Non-Executive Director diploma facilitated by the Financial Times of London.
Eventually, the University may be forced, due to force majeure, to change its professors or cancel the programme. In this case, the participant may choose to return their money or reinvest it in another Continuing Education course that is offered at that time, assuming the difference if any.The opening and development of the programme will be subject to the number of enrollees. The Department/Faculty (academic unit that offers the course) of the Lagos Business School reserves the right of admission depending on the academic profile of the applicants.