PenOp pledges support to women in pension sector

* Launches women’s network

Chuks Udo Okonta

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The month of March popularly known as Women’s Month has been an interesting one with females across the globe initiating and engaging in conversations on the International Women’s Day theme of the year – Break the Bias. The Nigerian pension industry was not left out of these engagements and conversations.

The high point of the month was a webinar hosted by PenOp. The event which featured a number of senior executives within the pension industry was fun, light hearted and engaging. The panelists included Idu Okwuosa; CEO of Access PFC, Joy Ojakovo General Manager at Progress Trust CPFA, Ighojovbe Oghenekaro CEO of Agip pensions, and Blessing Ogwu CEO of UBA Pensions.

The female leaders spoke about challenges on being in a leadership position as a woman and how professionalism, tenacity, great support and continuous learning got them to where they are. The audience, mostly drawn from females within the pension industry, had a lot of questions on this subject matter as various women want to learn and advance in their careers.

Advising young women during the panel discussion, Idu said ‘take the highway, choose your fight and don’t let the distractions get to you and you’ll make it to the top. ’As a woman, you can’t do it alone, you need to build alliances, have a support structure to be able to grow and to lean on when need arises,” Joy added.

To conclude the session, PenOp announced its plan to launch a pension women’s network to enable the females in the industry interact with each other more, network and build a strong community for career advise and support as the need arises.

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