WomenX Karachi successfully ran from Sept. 2014 to Feb. 2017, and offered a comprehensive a 2-phase programme package:
Phase 1 | Duration: 4 months
Phase 1 is a 4-month certificate course with 16 days of in-class business education and soft skills training, in addition to small group MasterMindTM sessions (peer-to-peer coaching) and access to monthly networking events. Classes meet once a week on Saturdays.
Four-month training led by IBA Aman-CED faculty focusing on core business skills: Entrepreneurial Accounting, Marketing, Operations Management, Business Law, Taxtation, etc.
Professional business training workshops on leadership, communications, HR management, negotiations, and organizational well-being.
Small-group sessions with activities and exercises that will help each woman gain clarity on her business.
Phase 2 | Duration: 5 months
About half of Phase 1 participants are selected for the 5-month Phase 2, which offers more tailored business support services, including mentoring and business clinics.
One on One Mentoring
With the support of a mentor, implementation of new practices and business strategies; develop skills to find solutions to challenges faced by participants.
Specialized small group sessions with local ‘expert’ practitioners, to address specific questions relating to participating businesses.
Events to facilitate access to markets, supply chains and other networks, leveraging on existing initiative and developing new ones.
Business Education @ IBA Aman-CED
IBA Aman-CED’s state-of-the-art academic building located at the IBA Main Campus on University Road is the venue for the Business Education component of WomenX. Facilitated by some of IBA’s top entrepreneurial faculty members, our BE sessions offer something for everyone: topics include marketing (including social and digital media marketing), operations, accounting, human resource management, law and taxation.
WomenX participants have access to the facilitators’ weekly office hours as well as IBA’s library, computer lab, and sports facilities. IBA also offers opportunities to work out of Aman-CED’s business incubators to eligible participants.
Participants are welcome to bring their children along with a responsible caregiver to stay with them in a designated room during sessions. Lunch and refreshments are provided.
Soft Skills Training
The WomenX philosophy is not only to build on our participants’ business acumen, but to also inculcate crucial soft skills for day-to-day business management. Therefore, an integral part of the programme is the soft skills training component, where our programme partners Minding HER Business arrange trainers from Karachi’s top corporate training schools to conduct tailored workshops on themes including leadership, communications, negotiations and professional positioning in the workplace. Trainers include: Shireen Naqvi, Umair Jaliawala, Urooj Mazhar (all from the School of Leadership) and Yasir Taak (of Funverks).
At WomenX, we believe in the power of peer-to-peer counselling and collective brainstorming. Thus, our programme partners Minding HER Business deliver MasterMindTM sessions, which are small group peer-to-peer sessions made up of 8-10 participants and 1 facilitator. MasterMindTM sessions provide our women participants with a safe space to discuss their business challenges and build an intimate network of business allies. Each group’s individual participants bring their own twist to each session, creating an exciting, one-of-a-kind entrepreneurial experience!
From weekly interactions in large and small group settings with fellow WomenX participants, to guest speaker series with industry leaders, to monthly collaborations with large entrepreneurial networks within Pakistan’s business eco-system, WomenX offers business building opportunities to participants from any business sector, giving them the ideal platform for creating linkages and identifying new business opportunities.
Mentoring and Business Clinics
Approximately half of WomenX participants from Phase 1 are selected to continue on to Phase 2 of the programme. Phase 2 is designed to provide advanced business guidance on a more individual level, based on each participant’s Business Growth Action Plan (which all participants develop by the end of Phase 1), with the aim of implementing changes in their business. Phase 2 services include: one-on-one mentoring, Business Clinics and Advanced MasterMindTM sessions, along with continued networking opportunities.