In recent times, Ghana’s corporate landscape has seen the rise of a number of high-performing women occupying some of the most strategic positions in their places of work. This positive development gives credence to the strides being made by the nation at bridging the gap in education between the male and female sexes, especially at the basic and secondary education levels.
As the old adage goes “if you educate a woman, you educate a nation”, and this new paradigm shift is particularly refreshing news for gender advocates and progressives. Not only are women naturally seen as better managers than men, but they add the human feel and touch needed for growth and output.
For young ladies looking for inspiration and career guidance, one of the high-flying ladies to look up to is Anne Brown – the smart, hardworking Human Resource Director of Ghana’s Forestry Commission, an agency under the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources. Anne holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Ghana Institute of Public Administration (GIMPA) and has been at the employ of the commission for over a decade now. Through hardworking and dedication, she has risen through the ranks to her current position.
At the helm of affairs of this all-important institution is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, and helping Mr. Afriyie achieve his goal and vision for the commission by providing critical human resource support and training is Anne Brown.
Anne possesses knowledge and expertise needed in managing the manpower needs of an institution as strategic as the Forestry Commission which oversees the forestry sub-sector of Ghana’s economy. This sub-sector accounts for 6% of the nation’s GDP, 11% of export earnings and employs a labor force of over 100,000 people – an indication of its strategic importance to national development.
Managing the Commission’s Human Capital
From planning, directing, and coordinating the administrative functions of the organization, Anne oversees the recruitment, interviewing, hiring and training of new staff as well as consulting with top executives of the commission on strategic planning. She also serves as a link between the commission’s management and its employees. Thus, the day-to-day management of the needs of the staff of the commission falls squarely at the doorstep of Anne.
Women in Leadership
Although there is more to be done in terms of women empowerment in Ghana, the rise of women like Anne through the corporate ladder gives hope to the fact that the nation could soon get to the point where female appointments to high offices will be commonplace and become no major a news item than, perhaps it is today. As women take positions in the corporate space, they must also be encouraged and supported to take up roles in other public spaces to affect effective change in the country.