Nigerian Women are “Walking to Inspire”
The Geraldine Mentor Walk is always a highlight of our Generation WOW events–which is why we were are always so thrilled to see that this initiative has inspired a global movement to emphasize the value of women’s leadership and the transformative impact women have when they come together to promote positive change in the world.
On November 15th, The Global Women Mentoring Walk Nigeria–themed “Walking to Inspire”–kicked-off at 9 AM simultaneously across numerous locations in Nigeria including Calabar, Enugu and 3 locations in Lagos State–Ikeja, Gbagada and University of Lagos. Highlighting the resolve of leading Nigerian companies to invest in women development, mentoring and leadership, the ‘Walks’ in Nigeria were sponsored by Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC), Nestle, and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to match several established Nigerian women leaders with young professionals to engage in transformative dialogue as they walked and talked.
The idea for mentoring walks originated with Founder and former CEO of Oxygen Media, Geraldine Laybourne, who developed these events across the United States, and inspired alumnae of the FORTUNE/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership to do the same in their home communities.
The inaugural mentoring walks held on November 29th, 2008 were spearheaded by Nigerian leader Lucy Kanu (Idea Builders Initiative), and were met with tremendous success, reaching hundreds of women across four continents. Today mentoring walks are organized by key members of Vital Voices Global Leadership Network and continue to reach thousands of women annually.