LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, has gone through recent changes to become the place to be for professional networking. One of such changes is the community initiated wave of in-person local networking events for professionals on LinkedIn. Organized under the hashtag #LinkedInLocal, many meetups are taking place in cities across Australia, the US, Europe, Canada, the Middle East and Africa (Nigeria and South Africa).
On Thursday 7th December, the LinkedIn Local networking event in Rwanda, and the first of its kind in East Africa, took place at the Ubumwe Grand Hotel.
The event, hosted by the Career Women’s Network Kigali (CWNK), a local community of professional women, aimed at empowering participants in the pursuit of excellence to positively impact the world.
It brought together influential speakers who included Mariam Muganga, the CEO of Academic Bridge, a software service provided to schools for the information management and parental engagement; Alex Kapungu, the executive chairman of DMM. Hehe and executive director of AC Group; Fabrice Shema, the CEO of Africa Medical Supplier Limited; and Grace Mugebakazi, curator of the World Global Shapers Hub in Kigali.
Also present were Cynthia Butare, creative director of CB Production; Ephraim Rwamwenge, CEO of Rwa Business Group; Christopher Nkurunziza, founder of Yubeyi Online Shopping; and the LinkedInLocal Kigali organizer and co-host, Lucy Schalkwijk, the Founder and Chair of CWNK.
The speakers not only shared their success stories but also discussed different themes provided in addition to networking with participants, who also got to ask questions to the speakers as to how they achieved their success and their plans for the future.
Schalkwijk said the key goal in hosting such events was to get more people connected to one another and to get to meet your LinkedIn connections offline. The benefits can be multiple from individual professional opportunities to creating good economic impact in society.
Based on the success of this first edition, the organizer announced that the event will be recurring. Whether it will be held on a quarterly or annual basis is yet to be confirmed.
Photos: LinkedIn Local Kigali