Lahore Programme

WomenX offers a comprehensive, 2-phase programme package to its selected participants:

Phase 1 | Duration: 3 months

Phase 1 is a 3-month certificate course with 12 days of in-class Business Education sessions,  4 Soft Skills sessions, Peer-to-Peer group coaching, and monthly networking events. Each batch is divided into 2 groups that meet once a week; Group A meets on Fridays and Group B on Saturdays.

Business Education

Three-month training led by the faculty at GCU focusing on core business skills: Entrepreneurial Accounting, Marketing, Operations Management, Business Law, Business Growth Strategies, etc.

Soft Skills

Professional business training workshops that focus on self growth, such as confidence building, branding, leadership skills, and business pitching.

Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Coaching

Small-group sessions with discussion and exchange of ideas that will help each woman gain clarity on her business.

Networking

Events to facilitate access to markets, supply chains and other networks, leveraging on existing initiatives and developing new ones.

Phase 2 | Duration: 5 months

Around 40% 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, participants are able to engage in implementation of new practices, improve upon business strategies; identify their challenges and develop skills to find solutions, etc. in order to reach their growth targets.

Business Clinics

With the support of a mentor, participants are able to engage in implementation of new practices, improve upon business strategies; identify their challenges and develop skills to find solutions, etc. in order to reach their growth targets.

Networking (cont’d)

Events to facilitate access to markets, supply chains and other networks, leveraging on existing initiatives and developing new ones.

Peer-to-Peer Coaching (cont’d)

Small-group sessions where participants talk about their learning from the mentorship phase.


Business Education – Government College University

The Business Education classes are held at the prestigious Government College University (GCU). Facilitated by some of GCU’s top entrepreneurial faculty members at the Management Studies Department (MSD), our BE sessions offer something for everyone: marketing (including social and digital media marketing), operations management, accounting, business growth strategies, law and taxation, among others.

WomenX participants have access to the facilitators’ weekly office hours as well as GCU’s library, computer lab, and sports facilities. 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 with the School of Leadership (SOL) and GOAL (Get Organised to Achieve & Learn) to arrange trainers from the country’s top corporate platforms to conduct tailored workshops on themes including branding and marketing, leadership skills, communication & negotiation, and business pitch. Trainers include: Kamran Rizvi (Founder SOL), Umair Jaliawala (Director SOL), Faisal Sherjan (Director LUMS NIC) and others.


Peer-to-Peer Coaching

At WomenX, we believe in the power of peer-to-peer counseling and collective brainstorming. Thus, the peer-to-peer group discussion sessions made up of 8-10 participants and 1 facilitator are designed to provide our women 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!


Networking Opportunities

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

Around 40% 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 a 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, and Business Clinics and Advanced P2P sessions, along with continued networking opportunities.