Iyalode Alaba Lawson is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of US-Nigeria Trade Council USA, and the National President of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), the umbrella organization for all Chambers of Commerce in Nigeria.
With the establishment of the Lawson’s Group of Schools, consisting of Lawson’s International Private School – 1977, Lawson’s Continuing Education Centre -1992, Alaba Lawson Royal College Abeokuta – 1995, Alaba Lawson School of Advanced Studies – 2003, she’s a pioneer of the Private School system in Nigeria. She established a trading / distributing firm known as Capricorn Stores Ltd, 1968- 1996. She had chains of distributing outlets with Nigerian Breweries Ltd. Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd, Guinness Nigeria Ltd, West African Portland Cement Ltd etc. She is a major distributor in major cities in the Southwest of Nigeria.
From 2013 till date she has been the Chairman Board of Governing Council, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Ogun State (MAPOLY). From 2012 to 2015, she was President, Odu’s Chambers of Commerce between 2000 and 2002, she was President, Ogun Council of Chambers of Commerce between 1995 and 2000, she was President Abeokuta Chambers of Commerce since 2005 till date, she has been Chairperson NACCIMA Business Woman Group (NAWORG). Since 2010 till date. She has been President, Federation of Economic Community of West African States Business Women Entrepreneur (ECOWAS FEBWE).
Since 2010 till date, she has been a Member, Institute of Directors (IOD). Since 2008 till date, she has been a Member Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI). Since 2011 till date, she has been a Council Member Nigeria British Chambers of Commerce (NBCC).
She has just established a Microfinance Bank known as ABESTONE MICROFINANCE BANK to boost SMES. She is the Chairman of the bank.
Iyalode Alaba Lawson has demonstrated herself as a beacon of hope, educationist, philanthropist, industrialist, community leader, opinion leader and a tower of strength for womanhood. In February 2017, in recognition of her enthusiasm and mobilization of the women entrepreneurs, Iyalode Alaba Lawson was decorated as an Ambassador of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal. A mobilizer of the informal trade sector, she encourages them to form trade associations and be affiliated with the chamber of commerce and also form cooperatives to enhance access to finance.