Category Archives: Announcements

WSWI 2018 Connections Conference – Nairobi, Kenya

Registration Now Open !

Dear Friends and Protégés of Women Sharing Wisdom Institute

Over the last five years, you’ve touched WSWI in some special way; as a trainee in our business growth or leadership development workshops, a mentee in the mentoring community, a current or potential partner, or an appreciated advocate of our work to empower women in East Africa. We thank you deeply for enabling the WSWI community to share and gain wisdom.

We’re bringing the US-Kenya mentoring community together again!

WSWI invites you to attend or support our second WSWI US-Kenya Connections Conference, Oct 31 – Nov2, 2018 in Nairobi at the Methodist Resort and Conference Center. The two and a half day conference includes five keynote speakers and 15 workshops and breakout sessions. Seven of the speakers and workshop facilitators are traveling from the US to share their diverse expertise. Click here for the flyer.

Group Photo – WSWI Connections Conference 2013

Our target audience is the many young, aspiring leaders, professionals, and entrepreneurs we’ve met and reached out to during the five years since the first Nairobi WSWI conference in 2013. We are truly excited about bringing US and Kenyan leaders together again to explore the possibilities to collaborate and support each others’ passions.

Conference $100

Conference and full board $300

Conference Tracks
Businesses Growth & Sustainability
Leadership Development
Spiritual Growth

Click here for the complete program

To Register
East Africa participants, go to
US participants and facilitators, it’s not too late to join us! We even have a few slots left for workshops. Conference fees are included in the travel plan. Click here for more information.

We hope we can count on your continued support by joining us, spreading the word, and/or sponsoring a deserving attendee with a donation.

In gratitude,

Olivia Herriford

Executive Director – WSWI


New WSWI Partner

This fall, WSWI is working with a new partner, the Daughters of Nyeri Association. DONA brings together Nyeri women, born or married, interested in the development of Nyeri County, Kenya, youth and young women. The key objectives of the Association are to

  • Provide opportunities for girls and young women to develop their fullest potential as responsible citizens of the world;
  • Support youth in improving their livelihood through entrepreneurship training, ICT literacy training and start-up capital;
  • Develop and implement a mentorship program by members to specific disadvantaged groups that may include single mothers, the boy child, persons with disabilities, and persons living with HIV/Aids; and
  • Educate DONA members on pertinent issues affecting youth and young women in Nyeri County.

DONA is a new organization and WSWI will facilitate planning retreats for its Nyeri and Nairobi chapters in November 2016.

Successful WSWI Friendraiser and Launch



Thanks to all of you that attended and supported the August 7 launch of Women Sharing Wisdom Institute. We made lots of new friends who we hope will spread the word about our work fueling the dreams of marginalized women and transitional aged youth here and abroad. The donation and proceeds from the event has allowed WSWI to hire a grant writer and virtual assistant, getting us back on track with three-year growth plan. And a little less is coming out of our board member pockets to support the upcoming entrepreneur and leadership workshops in Nairobi the end of the September.


We’re finding there’s lots of interest in what we’re doing and real reason to get even more excited about our first micro-business course at the Bayview YMCA. So keep checking back here for our quarterly updates and other blog posts about adventures!

WSWI Confirms June 2015 Workshops in Nairobi!

WSWI has finalized plans for business planning, coaching and professional development workshops in collaboration with The Youth Banner and eMentoring Africa. Graduates of TYB’s entrepreneurship training and returning WSWI-trained business owners will participate in business planning and coaching workshops June 2-4.  In addition to facilitating these workshops, Kirsti Tcherkoyan, WSWI board member and Options4Growth CEO, will also spend her last day in Nairobi working with eMentoring to provide college students and young professionals with a workshop on career planning.

TYB Workshop 5

This will be WSWI’s third series of workshops in Nairobi. A fourth is being planned for September/October 2015. For more information, contact Olivia Herriford at