I’m Ebere Akadiri.
I’m a founder, mentor and business consultant for change makers.
CO-FOUNDER, ATARO GROUP
Founder, Rise & Lead Women
I’m an entrepreneur, event strategist and business consultant with over 23 years of business management and leadership experience in the food and event industry.
As the founder of Rise & and Women and Ataro Consulting, it’s been a privilege to create platforms for women, young leaders and entrepreneurs to receive the education, resources and strategic connections they need to confidently show up with authenticity and grow their careers and businesses.
I want to see a world where women have equal opportunity as men to make the difference they want to make – whether it’s financial freedom, occupying decision-making positions or building a successful business that makes an impact.
I have designed, developed and managed high-end experiential in-person and virtual events for organisations like the United Nations, the Organisation of African First Ladies (OAFLAD), UPS Europe, Saipem Contracting, ILead Conference, and Rise & Lead Women, amongst others. I have spoken at several corporate events on leadership, business growth, entrepreneurship and inclusion.
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I’m Ebere Akadiri, a business leader and consultant with experience in entrepreneurship, corporate and non-profit sectors. Over the past 22 years, I have developed 2 successful businesses, created a global platform for women and organisations and helped several women achieve their dreams.
I have gained enormous leadership experience and insight in each of these positions. As a businesswoman, I had two restaurants and a catering operation that employed over 56 employees and served an average of 1,400 customers daily. Restaurant and catering are both lucrative in nature. In trying to expand my business, I was forced to grow my leadership capacity and learned skills that helped me to navigate the complexity and challenges associated with running a restaurant business and managing a large team. I had the vision to expand my restaurant business to 10 additional locations within 3 years. That vision was cut short when I had to follow my husband on an international assignment to the Netherlands. After I relocated to the Netherlands, I brought the vibrancy and taste of my culture with me to offer cooking workshops and package my signature spice blends, called Ataro Foods & Spices.
At the same time, I was searching for networks and conferences that were having conversations around ambition and women’s leadership. Unable to find conversations encouraging women to be more ambitious and rise, I launched the Rise and Lead Summit to connect corporate leaders, entrepreneurs and policymakers to share progressive ideas that inspire and encourage women leadership. 5 years later, the event-based initiative became a non-profit called Rise and Lead Women, connecting and supporting women in Europe and corporate organisations through leadership masterclasses, leadership podcasts, mentorship programs and Summits. The Rise and lead Women organisation has a branch in Africa and plans to expand into other regions.
Every day, I encounter situations that remind me that being a mother of 5 children (most of them now adults) has prepared me to lead.
My years of experience at entrepreneurial, non-profit and corporate consultant positions have taught me that everyone has the potential to lead and make an impact.
In 2020, I set out to interview top women leaders in my community. I was curious and wanted to know what prepared them to lead. Is it their mindset, education, upbringing or external support? I launched a podcast through that interview to speak to more women outside my community. I interviewed influential leaders such as Hanneke Faber (the global president of Unilever Foods and Refreshments), Marguerite Soeteman-Reijnen (Global chair on the Board, Aon Holding), as well as CEOs from Fortune 500 companies and several other senior female executives.
I’m currently writing a book to share the insights I gained from my research, my personal experience as a leader and from designing leadership programs for several organisations.
This book will equip women with a 12-step career strategy framework to help them rise.
My core strengths are problem-solving, connecting people, Strategy and Planning, and designing change programs and events. To learn more about me and how I can support you or your team, Click here.
My work is based on:
- My over 23 years of experience building and leading a successful multi-branch restaurant and food business brand.
- My education as a management and leadership consultant and later building an international platform that connects leaders and empowers women.
- Years of experience partnering and designing corporate and non-profit events and program curriculum
- Training and mentoring women and interviewing several Fortune 500 corporate executives and leaders.