Groundbreaking Training Program in Cameroon Will Enable Women to Push Economies Forward

  • The Global Women in Management program is the first of its kind in Cameroon
  • Twenty-six women from Cameroon, Chad and Equatorial Guinea will participate
  • Since 2005, ExxonMobil Foundation has sponsored more than 250 women leaders from over 35 countries in other Global Women in Management programs
Oct 27, 2009 - 04:38 PM EDT


DOUALA, Cameroon

DOUALA, Cameroon--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ExxonMobil and Cameroon Oil Transportation Company (COTCO) announced today the start of the Global Women in Management program in Douala. The training program will focus on enhancing the organizational and entrepreneurial skills of African women leaders.

The Global Women in Management program is designed to prepare women leaders to assume increased responsibilities and accountability in their personal, institutional and community lives by bolstering skills in program and financial management, leadership, fundraising and proposal development, strategic communication, supervision, and advocacy.

“Women are critical to advancing economic development in their countries,” said Lorie Jackson, director of ExxonMobil’s Women’s Economic Opportunity Initiative. "ExxonMobil is proud to support the expansion of this important program to Cameroon and help equip more high-potential African women leaders with valuable skills to improve economic opportunities for women in their communities.”

The four-week program, the first training initiative of its kind to be held in Cameroon, will be offered from October 26 to November 20 for 26 mid-career women managers from Africa. Global Women in Management strengthens the leadership and management skills of women managers working in community organizations in developing countries and pairs them with alumni coaches for one year. The participants – 10 from Cameroon, 10 from Chad, and six from Equatorial Guinea – will examine and adapt best practices that advance women’s economic opportunities and meet the needs of their own communities and countries.

ExxonMobil’s Women’s Economic Opportunity Initiative provides women with full scholarships to attend this African regional training workshop. The training program is run by the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA), an international non-profit organization that has worked worldwide for more than 30 years. Graduates of the Cameroon training will join CEDPA’s alumni network of more than 5,200 leaders who are working to improve communities in over 150 countries worldwide.

“COTCO is also pleased to support this program as it provides a powerful means to improve living conditions for people in the communities where we operate,” said Peter Matthys, general manager for COTCO.

The Global Women in Management workshop builds on the success of an ongoing partnership between ExxonMobil and CEDPA. Since 2005, ExxonMobil has provided support to more than 250 women leaders from over 35 countries to receive in-depth training from CEDPA. In addition to strengthening individual women leaders, the program has had ripple effects throughout the communities where these women work.

ExxonMobil’s Women’s Economic Opportunity Initiative is a global effort launched in 2005 that helps women in developing countries fulfill their economic potential and serve as drivers of economic and social change in their communities. The Initiative has invested more than $20 million in programs that have involved women from 64 countries.

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