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Women in Executive Leadership League


Corporate boards perform better when they include the best people who come from a range of perspectives and backgrounds. The boardroom is where strategic decisions are made, governance applied and risk overseen. It is therefore imperative that boards are made up of competent high calibre individuals who together offer a mix of skills, experiences and backgrounds. Board appointments must always be made on merit, with the best qualified person getting the job. The importance of improving the gender balance of corporate boards is increasingly recognised across the world.

This forum is designed to advance your management and leadership skills. You will have the opportunity to explore best practices and new research, share insights, compare experiences, and try out new ideas with an exceptional group of seasoned leaders in management.


According to a Catalyst Research, Women are good for business. The study was conducted on financial results of 524 public companies, which demonstrated a sustained commitment to competent women in leadership, as measured by the presence of women on their boards for four of the five years analyzed.

Despite a rough economic period, Fortune 500 companies with three or more women in board positions created a competitive advantage over companies with no women on their boards in the following three areas:

  • Return on Sales (ROS) : 84% advantage
  • Return on Invested Capital ( ROIC): 60% advantage
  • Return on Equity: 46% advantage

Strathmore Business School (SBS) invites you to an annual Women in Executive Leadership Summit aimed at raising the standards of excellence and number of competent women at board level. Research and experience shows that the trend towards more competent and virtuous leaders at higher levels of leadership can only be good for the company, society, country, continent and the world at large.

Summit Topics

  • Opportunities for executive women to Lead and Serve effectively
  • Strategic Networking
  • Transformational Leadership & Ethics
  • Competencies to Develop for Boards Service
  • Serving on International Boards
  • The Future of Boards Globally
  • Board Dynamics
  • Why Women Matter
  • Rich panel sessions sharing insightful leadership & board experience

For Who

Women in management from the public, private and social sectors who aspire to join boards.

Course Leader

Patricia Murugami Leadership & Sustainable Change Influencer

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Patricia is the Advisor to the Dean & Program Leader: Women in Business & Leadership.

She was formerly Vice Dean, Executive Talent Development at Strathmore Business School (SBS), the leading Business school in the Eastern Africa region. She has provided strategic oversight and insightful leadership to 2 divisions: Executive Education & Executive Coaching.

She is an experienced, certified Executive Coach and an accredited assessor of the Extended Disc profile psychometric tool and PDA (Personal Development Analysis) tool. Prior to this role, she was the Director of Executive Education at SBS. She has also worked at Bamburi Cement, Deloitte, KPMG and Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouse Coopers). She is a board member serving on the boards of Strathmore Research and Consulting Centre, Elegant Bridal & Breakthrough Consulting Ltd.

Patricia is pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA – Leadership & Management) from the International School of Management ( Her main research interest is in Women in Leadership. She holds a Bachelors degree in Commerce (Marketing), a MBA in Strategic Management & Marketing from the University of Nairobi, a CPA (Certified Public Accountant)-Kenya & IMIS-UK (Institute of Management Information Systems).

She has a vast wealth of knowledge on leadership & management, having developed the potential of over 1000 senior managers across the region. She is an inspiring leadership & change speaker and has spoken at corporate conferences such as Citi Bank for Citi- Women, Safaricom Women in Technology, Equity Wings to Fly Annual Conference, Women in Leadership East Africa Conference, Women Corporate Directors Global Conference (New York), UAP Insurance, British Council (South Africa), PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Timeless Women of Wonder & Women on Boards (TWOB) and Seven Seas Technologies.

Patricia’s contribution has been award-winning and she has been honoured with these awards: Top 40 under 40 Women 2010 by Business Daily for her remarkable achievements throughout her business life. One of the 12 women Impacting Deliberately in the Marketplace award by Jacob’s Well -International Women’s day 2015.

Patricia believes in harnessing your potential. To that end she has revolutionised Executive Education since 2008 and has been a key influencer in the development of the SBS portfolio of over 20 executive programs. She is also a trailblazer having being in the first team to introduce executive leadership and talent programs in this region. She has directly developed the content and outcome of the following SBS programs with a high positively impactful effect on participants. These programs include Women in Leadership Learning Series (WILL), Women in Executive Leadership League (WELL), Women Directors Leadership Summit (WDLS), Senior Management Leadership Program (SMLP) & Advanced Management Program (AMP). She has also developed customised programs for a wide range of corporates in Kenya, Uganda & Ethiopia such as Safaricom Limited.

She has recently began a new initiative called Next by Women- Africa to enable women become their next best self. She is also running the first LeanIn Circle in East Africa- the Next By Women LeanIn Circle (@nextbywomen). Patricia is also social entrepreneur and has run a wedding and events services business and a consulting company focussed on people’s potential, marriage and families. She has designed and held several forums for women such as Women of Substance (2003-ongoing) and Brides for Life, Wives for Life personal enhancement program (2008 to-date) which has directly impacted over 400 ladies so far. She has inspired similar initiatives in Lagos and Tanzania.

In all these facets in her life she believes in applying a leadership formula she has recently developed as part of her DBA research. The formula is G=RH4 where G refers to total growth which can only occur when we make decisions and act based on Raising our Heart, Head, Hand for a Higher Purpose.

She is married to Murugami since 2004 & together they have two daughters they are intentionally bringing up. She enjoys spending time, travelling with her family & has a deep interest in music, reading and cooking.

Contact us

To join, RSVP Eddah Munyi on or call +254 703 034 414/6/7.

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Key Details

Dates: 7th – 10th May 2018

Cost: Kshs. 93,500

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