Mavi Isibor is the founder and current Vice Chairperson of Poise Nigeria Limited the first personality and image consultancy in Nigeria and Author of Nigeria’s first and only Etiquette Handbook, The Art of Refinement. In 17 years, she has grown the organization into a group of four subsidiaries: Poise Business Image Consultancy, Poise School of Communication, Poise Graduate Finishing Academy and Ekobits (ICT Academy). With over 30 years of experience in the corporate world, she is recognized in international circles as an authority in the field of Etiquettes, Personality Development, Corporate Image and Branding, Success Strategies, Ethics, and Elocution and Public Speaking. Her passion to enhancing the image of business executives has seen her spent the last seventeen years equipping and grooming business executives with vital skills necessary in today’s globalized and highly multicultural business environment. She is also dedicated to proffering expert and unique strategies in projecting businesses and ideas plus positioning images of corporate establishments.
As an active propagator of the values of etiquette and ethics, she speaks regularly at international Business Leaders Forum. She spoke at the Howard University African Business Conference in Washington, contributed at the United Nations Global Compact Leaders’ Summit (CEO) Study in the USA and she was two-time Legacy & Legacy’s guest speaker at the Festival of Ideas in Accra, Ghana, two-time speaker at the IOD Women Directors’ Forum. Most recently, here in her country, she has collaborated with several professional bodies such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria ICAN; The Chartered Insurers Institute of Nigeria CIIN; The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria CIBN on the first ever African Female Professional Breakfast Meeting in the World Conference of Banking Institutes 2017; Institute of Directors Nigeria and a host of other professional and business entities.
Her focal point is geared towards enhancing the image of business executives and corporate establishments in such a dynamic and ever changing world perspective. Her passion is to proffer expert and unique strategies in projecting your business and ideas. For her, excellence should be the norm rather than the exception.
Her contribution to professional development has attracted several awards some of which include: Grooming and Life Coach, Primrose Awards 2016, The Great Place To Work Awards Nigeria 2015, the 2013 Nigeria 50 Fastest Growth Companies – Poise Nigeria being in 20th place by Allworld Network; Outstanding African Entrepreneur of the year 2010; Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award 2010; Unique Innovators’ Award for Nation Building 2010; Development in Nigeria Merit Award, 2007; Chevron Women’s Network Appreciation Award 2009 amongst others. Her Company, Poise Nigeria was also listed as one of the drivers of change in Nigeria by The Financial Standards Newspaper.
Under her leadership, Poise Nigeria, through her Graduate Finishing Academy established a communal support foundation and Making an Impact (MAI) project which has in the last five years impacted numerous communities and individuals, providing relief materials such as school materials, food, clothing, school infrastructure, medical supplies, pipe borne water as well as scholarships in a bid to empower the underprivileged. Poise Nigerian is also currently in partnership with the Netherland government through one of its agencies to set up a school in Nigeria which will train young people between the ages of 18-25 from indigent communities on ICT skills, creative & life skills as well as digital skills.
She is the initiator and visionary of the African Female Professionals Breakfast Meeting organized in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria for this year World Conference of Banking Institutes hosted in Lagos, Nigeria. She is also the visionary of the Poise Women Mentoring Women Initiative which is a network for mentorship for Female Professionals across Africa.
Mavi Isibor possesses a top rated Post Graduate Diploma and a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration (MBA), she is an alumnus of The Protocol School of Washington, USA, and a certified etiquette trainer.
She also teaches basic etiquette on her show ProjectYourPoise which airs on Television Continental TVC on Saturdays at 4:45pm. She also blogs at www.poiselady.net
She currently sits as a member of several boards and committees such as:
- NESG Governance and Institutions Policy Commission (Member)
- NESG National Campaign on Ethics and Good Corporate Governance (Member)
- Board of Women Enterprise Achievers Network – WEAN Awards (Member)
- Board of Trustees, Social Reformation Initiative (Member)
- Nigerian National Committee of the United World Colleges – NNC-UWC (Member)
- Christian Women Fellowship International, National Vice President (Programmes)
- Fate Foundation (Mentor and Facilitator)
- LEAP Africa (Facilitator)
- Nigeria Law Students, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (Mentor and Facilitator)
- Poise Nigeria Limited (Director/ Board Member)
- Founder/Initiator Poise’ Club OAU, Ife
- IOD Policy and Governance Committee & IOD Women Directors Forum
- Fate Foundation (Mentor and Facilitator)
- Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme (Mentor)
Mavi Isibor is also the vice president of the Christian Women Fellowship International with a member strength of over 35,000 women spread across the globe which is geared towards empowering women, through knowledge & skill acquisition, provision of relief materials for widows and abused women as well as getting them rooted and grounded in Christ. She has over the years joined strength with others to improve lives by bringing succor and hope to displaced women, stability to broken homes, economic empowerment of women and mobile medical facilities to rural women and their families. She also pastors the Church of God Mission International, House of Praise in Lekki, a metropolitan part of Lagos, Nigeria.
Mavi is happily married with children and resides in Lagos, Nigeria. She is an agent of change in the Nigerian society and has made a great impact in the lives of people around her.