LINKAGE Q1 (2021) - Choose To Challenge
by AMCHAM T&T Staff Writer
At AMCHAM T&T, we do everything to ensure we are building a progressive and democratic society, where every person has an equal and fair chance to succeed in life. We know a society such as this cannot materialise in the absence of women having a strong voice and access to opportunities that will advance their roles and positions in society.
Empowering women to fulfil their highest potential in their chosen career paths would help us to quickly realise the vision for this progressive and democratic society. That's why AMCHAM T&T in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) has hosted a Mentorship programme for young female professionals seeking to advance their careers.
At the recent closing ceremony of the third Women in Leadership Mentorship Programme, AMCHAM T&T President Patricia Ghany underscored this belief and encouraged the class to continue to build support for other women. “If we want gender equality in the workplace and beyond, it is up to women to share knowledge, offer support and guidance and increase the opportunities for other women if they are in a position to do so.”
Ghany said the one takeaway she hopes the mentees learn from their mentorship experience is the belief that women supporting other women will create the safe spaces they need to shed their fears and doubts and build their trust and confidence. “Once this happens, they are inspired to speak out more, step out of their comfort zones and aspire to senior and leadership roles. Essentially, when women support each other, we are building the next generation of female CEOs and global leaders,” she said.
Even though the programme was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, that didn’t prevent women from chasing the opportunities that comes from mentorship with the hope to accelerate their careers. Last year, AMCHAM T&T recorded the highest class of mentees with 37 young female professionals enrolled in the programme. Each mentee was assigned to a mentor in their respective field and who could provide them with professional guidance and advice aligned to their career and life goals.
We encourage all female professionals who are looking to advance their careers but unsure of the next step to join our Women in Leadership Mentorship Programme. Here's a little of the feedback we have received from some of the mentees and mentors who participated in last year's programme.
Administrative Assistant I
“The Mentorship Programme helped me to remain on track with pursuing and achieving my goals. It also helped me to discover what my true passion is and how I can use my skills, experiences and knowledge to help others. My Mentor was able to provide expert knowledge and guidance and I am truly grateful for the experience. Thank you AMCHAM T&T!!!”
Fianna Lalla-SeenathDirector Advice Centre Pan Caribbean
RBC Financial (Caribbean) Limited
“Connecting with my mentee proved very engaging. We were able to leverage from each other's experience and share best practices especially during this COVID period. I hope to maintain some connection with her and maybe meet in person sometime soon.”
Director, Acuitas Caribbean Ltd.
“This was an excellent programme which benefited me as the mentor as much as it helped my mentee. I used the GROW method (Goal, Current Reality, Options/Obstacles, Will/ Way Forward) to help my mentee develop and execute her professional development plan going forward. Time very well spent.”
“My experience was very fulfilling and enjoyable.
A great mentorship match. My mentor was vital in helping me align my goals and objectives both professionally and personally. I improved my time management skills as well. I would definitely recommend this programme to all young women.”
Mary FullertonOrganization Consultant/Executive Coach, Caribbean Group Relations Consulting Ltd. General Manager of annual Caribbean Group Relations Conferences delivered by The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations UK and Caribbean Group Relations
“My mentee was a divine fit. She is a very diligent worker and engages fully. A real gem to work with. I benefitted immensely from her resilience, courage and ‘stickto-it-ness’. She is a growth person. The programme amplifies that mentorship is valuable in all our lives to stimulate our growth and fulfill potential.”
“The programme helped me both
professionally and personally. I was
able do a lot of introspection, which
helped align my goals professionally.
My mentor was able to give good
practical and motivating advice that I
was able to quickly implement. Overall,
the programme gave me a boost of
confidence and experience that would
assist me in my journey moving
forward. The “Building Your Personal
Brand” session with Golda Lee Bruce
was the highlight of my experience.”
Caroline Toni Sirju-Ramnarine
Vice President Corporate Operations
Atlantic LNG Company of Trinidad and Tobago
“I very much enjoyed the interactions with my assigned mentee. It is uncanny how much history repeats itself and how you can see similarities in another individual's experiences from which you both can relate and share. The orientation provided was very useful and the sessions with my mentee were very productive. She was very mature, open and reflective, all great qualities to make the mentoring process even more effective.”
Farah Mariyah Ali
“The online sessions were great. I could not ask for better. The sessions were enlightening and really got me thinking about my way forward and putting things into perspective. Golda Lee Bruce, Dale and Richard were excellent in their sessions.”
Vice President - Human Resources
“This was a fantastic experience for me. My mentor was full of insight and very open in his sharing of experiences and knowledge.
The value that I have gained from this has already made a difference in my personal and professional life. Thank you.”
Risa BasdeoManager - Legal
Legal, Compliance & Governance Unit
First Citizens Bank
“Being able to serve as a mentor was an incredibly humbling experience. It afforded me the opportunity to reflect and utilize my own experience in the working industry to assist another young female professional who is determined to keep learning and developing herself as a professional and as a person.”
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