Women continue to blaze trails in business and entrepreneurship, despite the many challenges that they face. Especially in Africa, women are constantly inventing new solutions and practices to alleviate the numerous issues that plague the continent. And just recently, some of the best female entrepreneurial minds came together to share what they have learned from their experiences and knowledge.

The Double Tree Hotel in San José, California was host to the African Diaspora Investment Symposium (ADIS 2017), by the African Diaspora Network (ADN, from January 27 to 28, 2017. It saw a wide variety of speakers with businesses in Africa covering various industries from technology to finance. Among the list of distinguished speakers, there was Ms. Almaz Negash, founder of the AND, Eclectics International Ltd founder and chairman Paul Mbugua. The symposium saw topics concerning the growth of Africa’s business climate and how the African diaspora in more developed countries, such as the United States can affect it.

Women had a major role in the symposium with the formation of a women’s panel to address various issues, as well as innovative solutions that are unlocking new markets within the continent and increasing productivity.

ADIS Women's Panel

Women’s Panel discussing key issues surrounding roles that female entrepreneurs are playing in Africa during ADIS 2017.


In addition, several business owners were guest speakers that were able to give an account of their own experiences while starting or running their own businesses. Among the speakers were Thando’s owner Taffi Ayodele, Jo Addy, principal of Continuum Advantage and Heather Grady, Vice President of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisers.

In addition to insightful discussions, participants were encouraged to network with others in attendance, in a means to encourage a more connected business climate within the African diaspora. There were also workshops geared at securing investment for African companies and integrating education for budding business owners.

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