SLFA President to Speak at Global Women’s Executive Summit in New York

Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) President, Madam Isha Johansen will speak in an exclusive program for women in business around the world on the theme “The Art of Disruptive Leadership” in Mandarin Oriental, New York on the 6th and 7th October, 2016.

The FA President left Freetown on Tuesday evening for the United States and is expected to return immediately after the program for another important meeting in Europe.

According to the organizers, the summit will explore the role of women in innovation and times of disruption in their organizations.

“Our keynote speakers and panelists will share their personal stories and bring insights from the public, private, and civic sectors,” the organizers posted on their website.

Isha Johansen currently serves as President of the Sierra Leone Football Association.  She is the only female president of a football association in Africa, and one of only two female FA presidents in the world.  She credits her father’s passion for the sport as her inspiration and the start of her lifelong involvement in football.

In 2004, she founded the internationally successful youth team FC Johansen, using football to provide structure, training, education, and opportunities for children displaced by Sierra Leone’s civil war.

She is a vocal advocate for good governance in the sport and is the first woman to serve on FIFA’s Security and Integrity Committee.  She has recently drawn upon her own experience in the football industry to launch Power Play Africa, an initiative to advance the status of women and girls in Africa through their participation in football, which has the backing of FIFA and the Confederation of African Football.

Other speakers include, Su-Mei Thompson - Chief Executive Officer, The Women's Foundation; Kim Barker - The New York Times Investigative Reporter and Author; Sandra Leung - Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Beth A. Rose - Assistant General Counsel, Product Litigation, Ford Motor Company; Carmen I. Bigles, President and Chief Executive Officer, Coquí RadioPharmaceuticals, Corp; Meagan Fallone - Chief Executive Officer, Barefoot College International; Adrienne Harris - Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the White House National Economic Council; Nancy Larsen Farrell - Chair, Board of Directors, Fountain House; Pamela Rice - Senior Vice President, Technology, OnDeck; Anne M. Foulkes - Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Secretary, PPG Industries, Inc.; Stephanie Sandberg - Managing Director, Advisory & Client Services, Out Leadership and Whitney Johnson - Author.  

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