Yawa works to prepare African women to occupy seats at every leadership table including businesses, government, and civil society. As a certified Competent Communicator of Toastmasters International, Yawa shares her passion for public speaking by hosting speech and communication training workshops that help people build the confidence and skills necessary to become effective communicators. In 2007, Yawa was inducted into the British
Council's Pan-African Network of Emerging Leaders. Yawa holds a degree in Business Administration from Ashesi University College, Honors in Entrepreneurship and New Product Development from The American University of Rome, Italy; and a Certificate in Radio and Television Presentation from the Ghana Institute of Journalism. In addition to being a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers Community, Yawa serves on the Advisory Board of the Women's Institute for Global Leadership at Benedictine University, USA. Yawa is an avid reader who enjoys wordgames and mystery novels.
Areas of Expertise
Social Enterpreneurship, Radio & Television
An idea worth spreading
What would Africa look like if we were to recruit, equip, mentor, and connect young African women to realize their leadership potential, and leverage them to improve their circumstance and the circumstance of others? African women demonstrate a remarkable ability to improve their own situations – and the situation of others – when given the tools and opportunities to do so. I'm convinced that by nurturing servant leadership and social entrepreneurship among women who are often overlooked by traditional top down and bottom up measures, we can empower them to become the catalysts for positive change in communities across Africa and the world.
I'm passionate about
Women + Leadership, Social Entrepreneurship, Mentoring, Philanthropy, Compassionate collaboration in the service of positive social change
Talk to me about
Why women’s empowerment + servant leadership + social entrepreneurship = positive transformation of Africa and the world at large, Why you must visit Ghana
People don't know I'm good at
Word Games and Speed Reading.
My TED story
Speaking at TEDGlobal in 2007, Patrick Awuah told the story of an ambitious young woman who made history by becoming the first female president of a college-level student government in Ghana. I am that woman. Today, through the Leading Ladies' Network, I am leveraging my achievements to nurture a new generation of competent and socially conscious female leaders to bring positive transformation to Africa. I want to network with others who, like me, believe that Africa's women hold the key to Africa's future.