Hi, I’m Ebere Akadiri
An entrepreneur, business strategy advisor and an advocate for women in leadership. I have built 3 successful businesses from scratch in 2 countries.
In 2018, I launched Rise and Lead, having recognised a gap in the number of women entrepreneurs building successful and scalable businesses in Europe and the lack of international networks that support ambitious women.
Rise and Lead (known as Rise and Lead Women) started as a women empowerment brand but has now expanded to create events and programs that drive diversity and inclusion in workplaces and the marketplace.
Rise and Lead Women hosts several events each year and have built a community of ambitious women, a business podcast, and a media platform for brand collaborations.
I’ve had the honour and privilege of interviewing top industry leaders from companies like Accenture, Aon, Salesforce, Insight, UPS, Mastercard and many others.
Read my story of resilience…
I believe that leadership development is a tool that helps us embrace our full potential and make space for others to embrace theirs.
For over 20 years, I have run and managed my own business – first, a clothing boutique for women and then a restaurant that grew into a multi-branch company with 2 locations and 7 sales outlets with a large catering branch, employing over 56 team members and over 20 external suppliers and consultants.
Here’s my story.
I was 7 months pregnant when I lost my corporate job. I immediately started a business – a female clothing boutique – which failed twice within 6 months due to my lack of business and leadership skills. Instead of giving up, I decided to learn how to build a business – because you don’t know what you don’t know.
Applying my learned skills into the clothing business, it became successful, and I recovered all my losses within 6 months. Remembering my childhood dream of owning a restaurant, I launched my first restaurant business. This grew into a multi-branch company with 2 locations and 7 sales outlets with a large catering branch, employing over 56 team members and over 20 external suppliers and consultants.
My restaurant business became successful and continued growing until I relocated to the Netherlands with my family in 2013.
Arriving in a new country with a different culture, different language, zero networks, and not knowing where to start, I restarted my career from scratch. Refusing to give up on my dream, I launched a food business where I packaged spices and offered cooking classes.
First, I embarked on a spiritual journey to rediscover myself – my values, visions, and purpose. In the process, I reinvented myself, found my leadership voice, and launched a new business, while taking care of my 5 children.
I recognised a gap in the number of women entrepreneurs building successful and scalable businesses and the lack of international networks that support ambitious women. As a result, I launched the Rise and Lead movement to increase women’s representation in leadership positions in the workplace and the marketplace.
I now connect women leaders with tools, education, and the platform to help them show up, be visible with their leadership voice, build and lead successful companies.
I’m highly result-oriented and believe that partnerships and collaborations will help us achieve our business goals. I’m driven to help others achieve their goals, and so I’m using my platform to share knowledge and resources to help women start and build successful businesses and careers.
I would love to hear from you.
Here’s what I’m currently working on:
Organizing a yearly women’s leadership event, called ‘Rise & Lead Summit: Leadership. Inclusion. Equity.’ The date is September 22 – 24 2021.
Consulting for organizations on leadership development and Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. And mentoring women small business owners on business growth strategies.
Leading the Founder Table Club for high potential female entrepreneurs.