Whole Woman Network, WWN, is an Empowerment and Leadership Social Enterprise founded by two Nigerian Canadian women, Diana Barikor-Wiwa and Juliet ‘Kego Ume-Onyido, while both were undertaking their Masters degree programs at the University of Toronto, Canada and Manchester Business school, University of Manchester, UK, respectively.
WWN was initially started as an informal Networking group for a few African women in the diaspora. The objectives were simply to provide a safe space to thrive; hold one another accountable on their various goals and dreams, to motivate and share peer-to-peer support and strategies on living a healthy lifestyle (‘Business-Financial-Spiritual-Leisure-Health-Work-Life’ integration).
As the membership base expanded to include all BIPOC demographics, the group soon morphed into a registered social enterprise on December 4, 2010 with a formal launch event at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. The organization’s head office is still currently based in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. However, several programs are also delivered in different countries in Africa.
WWN is a membership based organization and the membership fees are paid on an annual, rolling calendar basis. WWN training, coaching, consulting services, programs, projects are delivered via several channels. They include: collaborative projects partnerships with different value partners (Individuals, Corporate entities, Not-for-profit groups, Cooperatives, and Government agencies); certification trainings, personal development seminars, webinars, workshops, keynotes, creative and fun networking opportunities and inspirational learning sessions, all facilitated by our network of dynamic professional subject matter experts (SME). Presently, WWN membership base extends to over eleven (11) countries across Africa, Caribbean and North America.
WWN runs a sustainable social enterprise model, in which at least fifty percent (50%) of the organization’s profits are reinvested back into projects and programs that enhance equity, social justice and socio-economic freedoms for people, especially for BIPOC women and girls.
Our Proprietary Programs and Services:
i) SEED4Her Initiative – Sustainable Education and Empowerment Development programs for young girls in secondary schools and universities. (It includes a unique ‘Signature Style’ program, Leadership, Empowerment and Community Development trainings).
ii) FLOW: Financial Literacy for Women – A holistic approach to understanding money and the financial environment, build resilience and create sustainable economic empowerment for individuals, households and communities.
iii) POETRY4Change – An initiative that uses the power of poetry, spoken word and creative writing to create awareness about issues in the society and thus effect change. It empowers the youths (especially girls), to develop communication skills by finding, embracing and using their voices.
iv) Lifestyle Loan Program (LLP) and Peer-2-Peer Loans – Making your money work for you by applying common-sense to money-sense! A focus on creating sustainable economic empowerment for women by directly providing community-based, peer-2-peer loans to fund business expenses, skill acquisition training and other lifestyle needs. We currently offer two streams: Whole Woman Network Lending Circle for members based in Canada ($500 to $5000), and Nwanyibuife Peer-to-Peer Loans for members based in Africa and the Carribean (The range varies).
vi) WWN Life Transformation and Business Coaching Programs –
i. “UN-Locking Your HeART of Leadership”
ii. “90-Days to a Happier, Healthier, Sexier, Sassier, Wealthier & Whole YOU”
WWN coaching programs uses an integrated approach which is broadly divided into two streams:
i. Business Coaching Programs (Holistic Business Strategy Sessions, Personal, Business Development, Coaching on how to access Capital & Business Coaching);
ii. Leadership Coaching Programs (Personal Development & Transformation, Relationship Building, Community Development and Social Responsibility), thus building up a ‘Whole WoMan’. Our Leadership programs are a fusion of top mind-body tools and unique indigenous and proprietary frames: #BridgingTheIntegrityGap and #TRACE and #ABCD Community Development models.
At Whole Woman Network, we take a unique approach to Training and Coaching. Our programs are based on: Universal principles, Indigenous African cultural values and sciences, Strategic Intervention (SI) Principles, Science (Behavioural and Neuro-Sciences), Top Industry Leadership Principles and Frames and Plain Old Common Sense!
Our unique approach is results-driven and based on measurable deliverables. It focuses more on sustainable behavioural re-patterning and ACTIONABLE steps! We aim to provide our members, clients and value-partners, with a compelling ‘call-to-action’ on issues affecting their overall well-being by empowering them with tools to gain mastery over ALL facets of their lives.
Programs are delivered through customized one-on-one and/or group experiential coaching sessions, via online and offline (on-site, face-to-face) channels. We believe that no matter what your income level and background are, it is everyone’s Fundamental ‘WoMan’ Right to live an empowered, joyful, whole, authentic and fulfilling life, and transform their communities!
WWN platforms, coaching and training programs are tour guides on a journey to co-create empowered individuals, families and communities. WWN is committed to delivering sustainable leadership coaching and training programs that enhance the achievement of peak performance by unlocking untapped Human Potential. Our goal is to engage, educate & empower WoMen and Youths, especially girls in under-served communities, to become catalysts of transformation in their environments.