KUWAIT CITY, April 25: Alghanim Industries and Gulf Bank are pleased to announce that the “Women in the Corporate World: Beyond the Glass Ceiling” conference, which is set to take place on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel, will host two major discussion panels. The first panel, entitled ‘The Work/Life Balance’ will be moderated by Nima Abu Wardeh, Columnist and award-winning broadcast journalist, and the second, ‘The Role Identity’ by Richard Mosley, Vice-President of Global Strategy at Universum, the international employer branding company.
In a recent survey of professional women in the GCC by MCG Group, 76% cited a lack of flexible options as their reason for not returning to work, with more than a third stating they would start tomorrow if the right opportunities were available. ‘The Work/Life Balance’ panel will focus on strategies for maintaining a healthy balance between a successful career and personal life. This issue is faced by both men and women; however women often feel added pressure in striving to achieve this balance.
This ‘Work/Life Balance’ panel is scheduled from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm on May 4, 2016, and will be moderated by Nima Abu Wardeh, with participation from Salma Al-Hajjaj, General Manager, Human Resources — Gulf Bank — Kuwait; Emad Al-Ablani, General Manager, Head of Group Human Resources — National Bank of Kuwait; Kristin Engvig, Founder — Women’s International Networking (WIN); Dr Lubna Al-Kazi, Sociology Professor at Kuwait University and Director of the Women’s Research and Studies Center; and Mona Ataya, CEO and Founder- mumzworld.com and Co-founder- bayt.com.
The second discussion panel, entitled ‘The Role Identity’, focuses on whether or not women need to assume a more masculine role in order to climb the ranks in a corporate environment. This is a common occurrence as femininity is often masked so as not to be the “odd one out”. HBR article “Women, Find Your Voice” 2014 mentioned “Female executives, vastly outnumbered in boardrooms and C-suites and with few role models and sponsors, report feeling alone, unsupported, outside their comfort zones, and unable to advocate forcefully for their perspectives in many high-level meetings.”
This ‘Role Identity’ panel is scheduled from 8:15 pm to 9:00 pm on May 4, 2016, and will be moderated by Richard Mosley with participation from Eaman Al Awadhi, Director of Corporate Communications- KIPCO Group; Khalid Al-Khudair, CEO and Founder — Glowork; Lubna Qassim, Executive Vice-President, Group Company Secretary and General Counsel- Emirates NBD; Najla Al Shirawi, CEO — Securities and Investment Co; and Dr Alanoud Al-Sharikh, author and academic.
Chief Human Resources Officer at Alghanim Industries, George Lambros said: “Alghanim Industries is proud to be co-hosting this conference with Gulf Bank and bringing together inspirational thought leaders from around the region and the world to share their experiences. By understanding the unique challenges that women face in the corporate world, employers will be better equipped to design and implement workplace practices that enable women to build long and rewarding careers. Improving gender diversity in the corporate environment is a global challenge, and Alghanim Industries is eager to push this crucial initiative to the forefront.”
General Manager of Human Resources at Gulf Bank, Salma Al-Hajjaj said, “In partnership with Alghanim Industries, we’ve recently completed a Kuwait-wide survey of women in the workplace and the results will be released at the conference. It will address the issues and obstacles women are facing in the corporate world. At Gulf Bank we are committed to recruiting and retaining the best talent, as well as increasing gender parity. We know that investing in our employees and ensuring the workplace is gender diverse is important for not only us, but all businesses.”
“Women in the Corporate World: Beyond the Glass Ceiling,” is a non-profit conference which will bring together key influential international, regional, and local leaders together to discuss the important issue of gender diversity in the workplace. The conference will include keynote speakers and panel discussions, providing a networking platform to exchange various ideas on achieving success in the corporate environment.
For information about the conference and registration, please visit: www.womeninthecorporateworld.com and follow Instagram account: @GDC2016
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