Founder's Welcome Message

Hello! Akwaaba! 

It is my privilege to welcome you to the 4th Annual World Diversity in Leadership (WODIL) conference, which will be held from July 2 to 3, 2025. 

WODIL is an initiative of the Centre for Intellectual Excellence (CeFIE), a non-profit organization that seeks to create opportunities for diverse populations, particularly marginalized people, to reach their highest potential. WODIL conference is an annual international event that brings together senior officials/policy makers, researchers, community members and leaders from private corporations to share ideas on how to address emerging issues within the Equity, Diversity and Inclusive (EDI) framework. There have been several discussions on issues related to EDI within a very broad spectrum and WODIL creates the avenue to highlight the benefits of applying these philosophies to specific issues in different fields and specializations.

In recognition of the significant contribution of technology and innovation throughout this pandemic, as well as the growing need for entrepreneurship in economic recovery, this year’s theme is titled “Navigating New Frontiers: Embracing Diversity and Inclusion in the AI & Automation Era. The discussions and presentations would be centered on equity, diversity and inclusion philosophies, and the need to foster diversity in leadership. My hope is that participants will be exposed to emerging critical issues and leading practices, learn new strategies, and be empowered to share valuable resources gained from the conference with others in their organizations. We have invited speakers from around the world to share their diverse perspectives and to learn from each other. 

In closing, I want to express my sincere appreciation to our sponsors for their amazing support. I want to also acknowledge our awesome volunteers, speakers, panelists, and everyone who continues to worked diligently to make the WODIL conference a success. I hope this experience will be impactful for individuals, organizations, and institutions as we strive for a more inclusive society. 


Hilda Fankah-Arthur, PhD


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