TOPIC: CHOOSE TO CHALLENGE
Gender parity is still a goal. While the proverbial glass ceiling is being broken, it isn’t yet shattered. In this session, we heard from women who have punched through and men who are in positions to help or hinder efforts to achieve gender parity.
Our esteemed panel addressed the following issues:
Lt Col Jozette McLean, Director of Strategic Logistics Defense & Gender Advisor Chairperson at the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force on facing gender bias as a woman in a senior leadership position in the military and how other women can challenge gender bias to succeed.
Isabel Quiroz, Executive Director of the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA) on how companies and organisations can bring awareness to gender bias.
Vyana Sharma, Head of the Anti-Terrorism Unit at the Office of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs on the legal strategies to challenge systemic inequality in Trinidad and Tobago.
Stephen Bagnoral, Senior Vice President & Managing Director at Scotiabank, Trinidad and Tobago on what we can do to make men more aware of their gender bias.
TOPIC: COVID-19 IMPACT ON WOMEN'S PARTICIPATION IN THE LABOR FORce
Women have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This session explored the following issues:
Stacy Homer, Director of Human Capital at UNICOMER (Trinidad) Ltd on creating a healthy work/life balance for women impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Shola Agoro, Diversity & Inclusion Leader at IBM (Canada) on how companies can address childcare needs to assist women during COVID-19.
Shelly Mohammed, head of ACCA Caribbean on how companies can enforce key workplace measures to assist women during COVID-19.
Dominic Rampersad, President of Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited (PPGPL) on how men can assist women in workplace during COVID-19
TOPIC: BOSS LADY
We often hear that being a female leader is tricky.
Session explored the following issues:
• Different leadership styles. Are female leaders expected to demonstrate leadership in stereotypical ways?
Andrea Davis, Country Manager of DHL, Trinidad on how women can find their voice in the workplace.
Aliyah Jagessar Hamel-Smith, CEO of Global Financial Brokers Limited on how women can capitalise on their leadership strengths.
Debra Brown, President & CEO of Governance Solutions Ltd on how we can change the narrative and remove the negative labels often assigned to female leaders.
Gregory Hill, Managing Director at Ansa Merchant Bank Limited (AMBL) on how men can assist women's progression in the workforce.
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