(March 31, 2017) Marsha Firestone, Founder and President of the Womens' President Organization, announced Femi Olayebi as the co-winner of the Best Mentor and Role Model Award at the inaugural WEConnect International Gala on March 30 in Washington, DC. She shares the honor with Dana Denis-Smith of the UK. The Best Mentor and Role Model Award recognizes WEConnect International certified women business owners that have not only developed successful businesses, but have also helped those around them do the same. Shade Ladipo, Director for WEConnect International in Nigeria, accepted the award on Femi's behalf.
Femi became an accidental entrepreneur after making a baby bag for her first baby. With no formal training, and solely driven by passion, she registered her bag company, creating and sewing up bags of every kind in her garage. Her brand, FemiHandbags, has become a must-have amongst a select few and taken on a somewhat iconic nature. In 2016, she was awarded the Exclusive Women's Award for Best Accessory Designer of the Year.
Femi's business was certified in 2014, and she has since then been an active participant in WEConnect International's network in Nigeria, currently led by Country Director Shade Ladipo. Shade is a social activist and travel and media entrepreneur, who has been recognized by several organizations and corporations, including Goldman Sachs, for her work as a change agent and businesswoman.