The maiden Edition of the Women in Energy conference organized by MiDA was held at the plush Labadi Beach Hotel on the 26th and 27th November 2019. The women in Energy Ghana Platform is a network of women in the Oil, Gas and power sectors that seek to encourage, mentor and celebrate women who have chosen to pursue a career in the above sectors.
The conference was attended by Influential women in the Oil, Gas and Power sectors namely Mrs Eunice Bri-Twum- CEO of CENIT power, Ms Angela Olanrewaju from Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, Ms. Pearl Essel of ECG, Mrs Ivy Mawuko – Country Head, Learning and Development, Stanbic Bank, Mrs Vyodean Quansah, Chemical Engineer and Mrs Doris Safo of the planning department represented Sunon Asogli Power.
Participants were lectured on participating in leadership programmes, revision of organizational policies and work culture which can be achieved when the entire work force has a changed mindset on women and their abilities in these sectors. Topics that were touched included Networking, Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring.
The formation of an all women Association in all the Organisations was encouraged. This will be important because it will improve workplace environment by providing a safe space for women and also provide an opportunity to solve problems, innovate, develop and showcase their leadership skills regardless of their position in the organization. Participants also engaged in educative Panel discussions on the contribution of women’s Leadership to governance and organizational performance, Promoting women’s leadership through coaching and mentoring, and experiences from the Ghana power Compact Internship and Mentoring programme.
Mrs Doris Safo, who has been with Sunon Asogli Power for 12 years was one of the representatives at the conference. When asked about what she took from the conference, she said “I learnt so much and what I can simply say is that it is advisable to include women in leadership roles, since women have natural skills in management and interpersonal skills”.
Mrs Vyodean Quansah, our second representative has been with the company for 9 years and is a Chemical Engineer. Her advice to the company is that “The company has to set targets on the ratio of women to men in operations. When women are empowered, they give their all”
Sunon Asogli Power is very keen in supporting women in the Energy Industry and continues to support MiDA in their women internship and mentoring programme.