MORE FEMALE MENTORSHIP NEEDED
“Based on feedback from our annual Women’s Leadership Conference, we realized that more support for women was needed in terms of mentorship. AMCHAM T&T decided that instead of complaining about the problem, we would be part of the solution.” These were the words expressed by AMCHAM T&T’s CEO Nirad Tewarie as he addressed the successful mentees chosen for the Women’s Leadership Mentorship program.
Done in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), this pilot project, will enable AMCHAM T&T to make a greater impact on the local business environment.
“Studies have shown that having more women in the boardroom, and at senior executive positions within a company is good for business. This is a philosophy that AMCHAM T&T fully supports,” Mr. Tewarie added.
The mentees were paired with both female and male mentors from the IDB’s network of professionals in areas of Science and Technology, Information Technology and Economics. Mentee, Thrizyl Nandoo, Account Manager at TSTT raved with excitement at being chosen for the program. “I think this is an amazing opportunity for me to grow and develop in my field” she said. “I have no problem with being paired with a female or male mentor, in fact, I believe that it is necessary to engage men in the process as men make up most of the leadership positions, so we must enlist their help if we are to create any kind of meaningful change” she added.
The mentorship program will span four to six months, depending on the individual needs of each mentee. Carina Cockburn, Principal Operations Specialist IDB, emphasized that: "The IDB is 100% committed to gender equality and sees this Mentorship Program as a perfect opportunity to further demonstrate this commitment. We strongly believe that women and men are equally capable, and women are fully ready to take on more leadership positions, whether it’s in Government or in the boardroom. By empowering women to share in the responsibility of taking our countries forward, we enable them to be agents of change for the overall betterment of our society."
AMCHAM T&T hopes to expand this program in 2018.
The full list of mentees for the 2017 intake are:
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