USAID’s SEED organized the Women Entrepreneurs Network
(WEN) Steering Committee Capacity Building Workshop from Feb-13 to Feb-15 in
Alexandria governorate. The workshop brought together the Steering Committee
members to plan for the upcoming year through developing a work-plan and
reaching a common agreement on the next steps concerning WEN’s sustainability.
During the first day of the workshop, the facilitator,
Noha Abdelhamid from Assela Foundation, focused on the transformative
leadership model to engage the steering committee members into translating
their respective leadership styles into the sustainability of WEN.
Throughout the following two days, the facilitators,
Ms. Abdelhamid and Mr. Ahmed Naguib, assisted the steering committee into
coming up with two initiatives that the steering committee believes WEN can
carry out during 2020 through identifying who will lead said initiatives and
hence identifying who is accountable. WEN’s initiatives were based on their
vision statement which entails that “WEN is the leading network
synergistically advancing Egypt’s prosperity by empowering women entrepreneurs”
Furthermore, steering committee elected the board and
the president of the network who will work on the sustainability plan of the
WEN. Through the elections, the committee has assigned Ms. Sahar Mounir from
Nile University as the Executive Director and Secretariat of the network in
voluntary bases, Ms. Basmah Osman from FEI as the President, Ms. Azza Mahfouz
from ABWA as Deputy of the President, and Ms. Rania Ayman from Entreprenelle as Secretary-General.
SEED approached the Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI), which will host
and incubate WEN under the FEI as a strategic entity to overcome the legal
framework complexities and prove WEN with a separate band account.
Finally, Mr. Naguib, finalized
the WEN bylaws that were developed earlier in 2018. Mr. Naguib went through the
bylaws with the steering committee members as they added their final comments
to the document, including the membership fees, membership duration and nature.