Thursday, March 8, 2018

International Women's Day - Best Practice Competition


Are you running International Women's Day activity? Could it be an example of 'best practice'? Might other groups benefit from seeing and understanding your success? Can you provide engaging content and photographs as evidence of your activity and its impact? If so, the International Women's Day 2018 "Best Practice" Competition could be for you.
For the very first time, the IWD is asking groups to step forward and share best practice.  How did you champion International Women's Day 2018 in a meaningful way that inspired others to #PressforProgress and help forge gender parity?
Competitions have winners so, in true competition style, a team of respected professionals from across industry worldwide will collectively review and decide the leading examples of Best Practice that truly made an impact celebrating International Women's Day 2018 and strived to #PressforProgress. A number of Best Practice Champions will be selected across categories, and their achievements overtly celebrated.

IWD best practice categories

From around the world, best practice case studies will be featured across a number of important categories to demonstrate how groups championed International Women's Day and supported the #PressforProgress campaign. The winning case studies will inform and inspire audiences worldwide as the #PressforProgress campaign continues throughout the year.
  • Private Sector: Impact and Innovation
  • Public Sector: Leadership and Progress
  • Charity Sector: Awareness Raising
  • Education Sector: Knowledge and Impact
  • Community Services: Local Engagement
  • Sporting Sector: Social Leadership
  • Associations/Networks: Member Participation
  • Marketing/Design Agencies: IWD Campaign Work
  • Best IWD Grassroots Impact
  • Best IWD #PressforProgress Videos
  • Best IWD #PressforProgress media activity
  • Best IWD #PressforProgress photographs
  • Best IWD Event Pack use
  • Best IWD Cakes
Entries open March 8 2018 and close on April 30, 2018 - with judging through May to June, followed by winner announcements in July 2018. Entries must be no more than 1,000 words and must address certain given criteria. Entries must also contain engaging images showing evidence of activity. Further assets such as videos, social media assets and so forth are also invited if available. All images submitted must be under the condition that they may be used on the International Women's Day website, with acknowledgment.

The prize

Detailed case studies will be featured on the International Women's Day website and via its social media and further communication platforms, as well as promoted on further relevant websites and channels. And, because giving is the best way of receiving, we encourage each of the winners to consider making an elective donation directly to one of the International Women's Day Charities of Choice.


To register interest in potentially participating in the International Women's Day 2018 Best Practice Competition and to receive further details in coming weeks, please create an IWD account and submit the form.
For more information, Please see HERE

Friday, January 26, 2018

McKinsey Next Generation Women Leaders

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McKinsey invites female students and professionals with fewer than 6 years of experience based in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for their 5th Next Generation Women Leaders event.
Take the next step in your leadership journey and apply to the Next Generation Women Leaders event, to be held May 24-26 in Paris.

You will be asked to list up to 4 offices or practices which you would like your application to be reviewed by. You should choose locations to which you have strong ties (e.g., you have lived, studied, or worked) as well as locations for which you are fluent in the local language(s). If you choose an industry or functional practice, make sure you have relevant experience.
The selection of offices you choose for this event does not limit your future location options should you apply for a position at McKinsey.

To apply, submit the following documents in English: 


Your CV should include details of your education and grades, work experience and any extracurricular activities and achievements.

Cover letter

A cover letter (1-page maximum) should include a description of a challenging situation where you were able to demonstrate your leadership skills.


Your office/practice preferences define which academic transcripts are required. Transcripts do not need to be in English.
  • Africa, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden require academic transcripts from high school onwards.
  • Asia and Pacific, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland require university transcripts.
  • For any other offices, academic transcripts are optional, but please include relevant grades in your CV.
McKinsey will cover accommodation and travel costs to Paris from locations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. 

Application deadline: March 8, 2018.
To apply, visit Apply Here and for more information,

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year

2017 has come to an end in some parts of the world while others are counting the hours to when it goes away and never to return. For some, it was a year of joy, addition, and all-round goodness, but for others not quite. Whichever side of the divide you fall, it is always exciting to see a new day. There's something about a new day that brings fresh hope and optimism. 

The year 2018 begins a new day, a new chapter, a new opportunity to dream afresh and to start again if you must. 2018 is already feeling 'golden', so much excitement in the air and there's that palpitating sense that it is going to be an awesome year. 
So here's to all of you schooling mum readers, welcome to your most awesome year yet. May your dreams come true and may you enjoy the results of your hard work. I look forward to your testimonies.

Happy new year 💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas

It's the most wonderful time of the year 💃💃💃

Here's wishing all schooling mums and friends of the schooling mum family a Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Understanding and Designing Flanking Homology DNA Assembly Experiments (WEBINAR)

If you are anything close to what I was about a year ago in the field of genome assembly - (an 'olodo' meaning I didn't know anything), then this webinar may be good for you. Of course, this is only for people whose research have anything to do with assemblies and bioinformatics. See an invite from Nick Oswald below:

Hi Bitesizers,
You're invited to join us for a webinar this Wednesday on DNA assembly methods—including design and helpful software tools.
who: Dr. Nathan Hillson, Director of Synthetic Biology Informatics at the Joint BioEnergy Institute
when: Wednesday, Nov 15 4PM London, 11AM Boston, 8AM San Diego
Here's what will be discussed
* How flanking homology DNA assembly methods work
* How to use web-based software to design experimental methods for flanking homology DNA assembly methods
* How synthetic DNA fragments fit in to the DNA assembly process
Which of your colleagues, or social media buddies, would benefit from attending these webinars? Help them out by forwarding them this email or sharing it via TwitterLinkedIn or Facebook.
Best wishes,
Nick Oswald PhD

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

INSEAD Fully-Funded PhD in Management Program

INSEAD is offering fully-funded fellowships for international students. INSEAD scholarships are available for the first five years of Ph.D. study and renewed annually dependent upon satisfactory progress in the programme.
The Ph.D. in Management program at INSEAD is the only two continent program providing huge diversity and yet intimacy. The program offers close relationships with industry experts, a stimulating interdisciplinary environment, full financial support and an outstanding career potential.

INSEAD Ph.D. Fellowship - Tuition Fee
The tuition fee is fully covered for the first 5 years of the programme - coursework fees for the first 2 years of the programme, and dissertation fees for the last 3 years. 

INSEAD Ph.D. Fellowship - Stipend
For AY 2018, annual stipend covers 35,200 € for Singapore-based students and 32,000 € for Fontainebleau-based students, which includes accommodation and living expenses. Research and conference budget support is provided in addition to the annual stipend, averaging SGD 4,080 or approx. 2,500 € annually for Singapore students, and 2,000 € for Fontainebleau students, along with a comprehensive health insurance coverage that covers student, spouse, and children.

INSEAD Ph.D. FELLOWSHIP - Health Insurance Coverage
Students are also covered with an international comprehensive health insurance coverage. This covers not only the students but also spouse and children. 
Once admitted to INSEAD, you will be automatically offered the full Fellowship, and need not worry about associated costs of postgraduate studies. This is offered annually (for full 12 months) and renewed every year contingent upon satisfactory progress in the programme. This is given to all Ph.D. candidates, regardless of background, nationality or need. 

Application Deadline: December 15th, 2017
Start Date: September 2018

For more information on Ph.D. Program and how to apply please see Fellowship link

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Happy Birthday Nigeria

yay!!! Nigeria is 57!! 

I remember being at a workshop in the United States sometime last year and all the participants had to introduce themselves, where they are from, what schools/organization they are affiliated to, and the research interest. When it reached my turn, I did introduce myself and I remember clearly the odd stares I got when I mentioned that I was Nigerian. Note that even though I was the only black person in this group, there were many international participants who chose not mention their home countries but rather claimed their host countries. A few days after, I got talking to a lady and while chatting about my research, we started talking about Canada and I began to share with her how much I love being in Canada. I was surprised when she suggested that I shouldn't have mentioned Nigeria while introducing myself a few days before. It was subtle but I understood it - the image of me, the perception of me was a tiny bit colored by the current realities of my country. However, despite the deep-seated issues that we have as a nation, I know that we are good people, who are sincere, smart, intelligent, loving, patriotic and passionate. I know this because I have met them and I have met me.

I believe in Nigeria,
I believe in our unity,
I believe we are stronger together,
I believe we NEED one another -North, South, East, West
Talk if we must but we must not Quit
I am that Delta-Igbo chic ( sometimes I wonder why I need that 'Delta' qualifier -topic for another day)
I am that Yoruba wife,
I am a proud Nigerian girl and I wear that like a peacock

Enjoy one of my favorites, It's an oldie but a goodie - The future by TY Bello.
Happy birthday to my Country Nigeria.

International Women's Day - Best Practice Competition

#PressforProgress Are you running International Women's Day activity? Could it be an example of 'best practice'? Might othe...