Hale Celebrates Its First Anniversary: Women’s Rights, Health, Education and of Course…Mobile
This month, Beth and Zoe celebrate the official one-year anniversary of Hale Advisors, inc. – a partnership that stemmed from shared savvy business acumen and a similar vision for company growth and success.
As a way to commemorate, it was decided that a company off-site was in order. And what better way for a women owned and operated business to celebrate than to attend the Women for Women International* Annual Luncheon in New York City?
The event kicked off with a warm welcome and expression of sincere gratitude for the generous corporate sponsor and private donor support. Immediately following the introduction, Ngozi Eze, a WfWI country director from Nigeria took the stage. The focus of her talk was the tremendous role that mobile communication plays in developing countries around the world.
Working in the digital healthcare space, we’ve often heard how instrumental mobile is in helping populations of developing countries get access to proper healthcare. It was affirming to hear first-hand information from the field about the universal need for people to stay in touch and communicate on a regular basis almost above all else.
Panel discussion between Isobel Coleman and James Wolfensohn
The afternoon panel was a discussion between Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy, and James Wolfensohn, Former President of the World Bank Group. The central topic of conversation was the connection between food and health; there are direct relationships between women’s rights, food production, and economic development.
For example, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has some the richest soil in the world, yet violence dominates the political landscape and most of the population is either malnourished or starving. WfWI provides education and support to women community leaders who also strive for betterment by teaching commercial organic farming skills for sustained income generation and food security. Local women learn crop and animal husbandry, as well as how to choose marketable products to grow and sell.
Our celebratory day inspired deeper thinking about how Hale Advisors, in addition to providing value for our clients, can provide scalable value to the community. Which issues (women’s rights, food, health, education) contributing to the development of economic prosperity do we focus on?
How do we go about it?
1) The power of mobile communications is largely untapped
2) Consulting as a more collaborative effort, inspiring change from within and providing value as a partner
3) Scale the issue of economic development and apply it within our local community – marketing and communications that can help add value to grassroots initiatives and developing businesses (especially women owned)
*Now in it’s 19th year, WfWI envisions a world where no one is abused, poor, illiterate or marginalized; where members of communities have full and equal participation in the processes that ensure their health, well-being and economic independence; and where everyone has the freedom to define the scope of their life, their future and strive to achieve their full potential.