Welma Blaye Sampson is an Assistant Minister for Labour Standards, Ministry of Labour, Republic of Liberia, a position she serves in promoting decent work, strengthening employers – employees’ relationship and advancing positive labour standards in the employment sector. Atty. Sampson is a Liberian who was born and raised in the outskirts of the nation’s capital -Monrovia. Her humble upbringing forged her strong commitment to education, women and girls’ empowerment and leadership. A Graduate of the Getting Ready to Lead (GRTL) Women Leadership Program, she has a deep interest in redefining women’s leadership in society.
Atty. Sampson holds two bachelor’s degrees in Law and Business Administration from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law (2013) and the African Methodist Episcopal University (2006) respectively. She is also a holder of an Insurance and Risk Management Certificate from the West African Insurance Institute in the Gambia. Prior to her appointment as Assistant Minister, she served in several leadership capacities: Managing Director, Reliance Insurance Broker; First Head of Legal Department, Global Bank Liberia Limited; and Associate Attorney at the Yonah, Obey & Associates Law Offices where she horned her legal practices in advocacy and human rights. Her passion for advocacy moved her to co-found Girl Advancing – an organization that inspires girls to complete 12 years of basic education, become college bound and career focused.
Atty. Sampson was a participant at the 2017 African Youth SDGs Summit. She believes that Decent Work is not just a Goal; it is a driver of sustainable development. This belief prompted her quest to serve as co-chair on Workforce, a sub-committee of the Human Development Committee (HDC) on the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) side of the Joint Presidential Transitional Team that led to the smooth transition of power from Former President Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to His Excellency President George Manneh Weah.
She is a recipient of a Certificate of Honor from the Brewerville City Women Association, a member of the Liberian Women Humanitarian Network (LWHN); a member of the African Women Leadership Organization (AWLO – Liberia Chapter); and a member of the Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA). At leisure, she focuses on mentoring and volunteerism.