COL launched the CommonwealthWiseWomen mentorship project to build a foundation for female leadership. Mentoring is a tested strategic tool, used to improve individual performance, accelerate leadership development, create networking opportunities, and increase readiness for the world of work.
The trajectory to female leadership starts at an early stage and can be defined by key influences throughout a woman’s life (KPMG 2019). This webinar will explore these influences and provide guidance to aspiring female leaders on ways to identify and use opportunities and influences in their lives as they embark on their leadership journey.
Join us to listen to our panelists who will offer insights on their journeys to leadership, including:
Professor Asha Kanwar
COL President and CEO
Dr Paulette Henry is the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Guyana. She has a doctoral degree in higher education leadership. She held several administrative posts within the University of Guyana and contributed to the establishment of the Institute for Gender Studies and the Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning. Her professional career spans education and professional social work practice; from being a teacher to a social work practitioner and a social work educator, before becoming actively engaged in educational leadership.
Dr Gurdip Kaur Saminder Singh brings with her more than 20 years of experience in leadership and educational management. Her areas of expertise include educational management, open, distance and technology enabled learning, children and language acquisition, culture and ethnic engagement and organisational development. From a very young age, she has held several top management positions at various international and private universities and organisations and has actively published in international journals, national and international books, and contributed book chapters.
Ms Frances Ferreira is COL’s Education Specialist: Gender. She has more than 25 years’ experience in education management and leadership. She held various management positions, including being the founding director of the Namibian College of Open Learning, Chair of the Namibian Open Learning Network Trust, and the Distance Education Association of Southern Africa (DEASA). Frances was the first female mayor of Grootfontein, Namibia. Some of her most significant achievements at COL have included her leadership of the multi-country OER4OS and GIRLS Inspire Projects.