#LEVELUP LADIES FORUM
#LevelUp Ladies Forum is the first HR Master Class in Kenya and a brainchild of Mwikali Muthiani a seasoned & renowned HR Professional, founder & CEO of MillennialHR.
The forum has been informed by some observations she has made over her career:
That there is no doubt that women are underrepresented in senior roles in all sectors of employment. Globally as at 2018, there are only 22 women CEO in the Fortune 500 companies, a big drop from 2016 when there were 35. In Kenya, only a handful of women lead firms listed at the Nairobi Securities Exchange while women only occupy 21% of board positions in such corporates according to KIM report on Diversity & Inclusion of July 2017.
That our market lacks solid data that can be used to amplify and promote women issues at the workplace for employers to be true partners in providing the right solutions.
That the society admires and encourages professional ambition in men but tends to be less enthusiastic when similar ambition is seen in women. Silent questions like whether her marriage is going well, or if her children are getting good parenting to she must be aggressive cross many people’s mind.
The elephant in the room remains equal pay. Though women may tend to undersell themselves during interviews, there is no justification for pay gaps between men and women for equal work done. Women in many parts of the world earn far much less than their male colleagues for equal work. In Kenya, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap report 2017, a Kenyan woman is paid Sh55 for every Sh100 paid to a man for doing a similar job. We need more women in leadership to champion women issues and influence favourable decisions.
The Forum targets women at senior or middle management levels and our past participants have come from the business and NGO sector. Since inception in November 2018, over 100 women have attended our forums.
The Forum is structured to hold four forums per year. During each forum, we invite a male guest speaker, usually CEOs or HR Directors to share their perspective on what holds women back at the workplace. Our past guest speakers have been Fred Gituku Head, Linus Gitahi, Toms Shivo and Martin Kimani.
The #LevelUp Ladies Forum was inaugurated in November 2018 when 30 professional women gathered at Vila Rosa Kempinski to explore ways of elevating their careers. The Premier event was a rousing success, with ladies in attendance asking for more nuggets of wisdom to hone their career advancement prospects.
As our Lead Consultant Mwikali Muthiani aptly delved into actual realities that many professional ladies contend within the workplace, she confidently addressed the question that baffles many, "just why do so many talented women never make it to the top?"
"VERY INSPIRING, MOTIVATING AND A GOOD FORUM FOR GROWTH AND WOMEN EMPOWERMENT"
"AN EYE OPENER IN TERMS OF CAREER PROGRESSION"
"I HAVE LEARNT HOW TO RISE UP IN MALE DOMINATED POSITION"
"I HAVE LEARNT TO NEGOTIATE MY SALARY AND SELL MYSELF"
"THANK YOU FOR THE MALE PERSPECTIVE ON WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE"