The Astrient Foundation supported by Ashesi University has developed the monthly Women's Forum as a component of its Women's Initiative and Ashesi’s commitment to keeping alumni connected with the university.
The Astrient Foundation, founded in 2007 by Rashid Mayes and Karlyn Hunter, is a non-profit organization established to support the dissemination of technical knowledge, software and expertise in economically disadvantage communities. The foundation aids students who demonstrate acumen or potential in areas of social responsibility and entrepreneurship. Some Ashesi students who have benefited from their scholarship and fellowship programs include Kwei Quaye-Foli, Diamond Kpesese, Nii Ayertei Tettey, Ernest Appiah and alumnus Samuel Asumadu. Please see, www.astrientfoundation.org.
The Women’s Forum serves as a platform for Ashesi students to interact with successful business women as well as alumnae. It seeks to inspire and encourage the development of future female leaders by connecting them with today's highly regarded female change-drivers. This inter-generational connection is accomplished through monthly interactive sessions which address different themes, including personal financial management, ethics in the work place, women's assertiveness in male dominated environments and brand management.
According to Rachael Agyemang-Duah, “the Women’s Forum is a step in the right direction. I look forward to these monthly sessions because they are both invigorating and empowering. I always leave feeling inspired about my life and all the great things I can accomplish. I also get to interact with all these amazing women!”
Past speakers have included Ms. Allison Bethel, Knight International Journalism Fellow; Mrs. Patience Quaye, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Ghana Police Service and Ret. Lt. Col. Georgina Mensah of the Office of Security, U.S.A. Embassy, Accra.