Al­ghanim In­dus­tries launches its own Women’s Net­work

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Al­ghanim In­dus­tries, one of the largest pri­vately owned com­pa­nies in the re­gion, an­nounced the cre­ation of the com­pany’s first women’s net­work. The Al­ghanim In­dus­tries Women’s Net­work (AIWN) was launched to pro­vide fe­male em­ploy­ees in the com­pany a solid plat­form to con­nect with peers, gain ex­po­sure, and pro­mote op­por­tu­ni­ties for up­ward ca­reer mo­bil­ity.

The AIWN launch event was held on Tues­day, 8 Novem­ber at Al-Hamra Tower. Chief Hu­man Re­sources Of­fi­cer, Ge­orge Lam­bros, kicked-off the event, say­ing “On be­half of the ex­ec­u­tive team, I con­grat­u­late you on launch­ing the Al­ghanim In­dus­tries Women’s Net­work to­day. This is an ex­cit­ing step in our jour­ney to build a more di­verse work­force and en­sure that we pro­vide sup­port to help our fe­male em­ploy­ees suc­ceed. I look for­ward to watch­ing the Al­ghanim In­dus­tries Women’s Net­work grow and thrive in the fu­ture.”

The in­au­gu­ral meet­ing cov­ered com­pany di­ver­sity ini­tia­tives and poli­cies, em­ployee feed­back from sur­veys and fo­cus groups, and how to share on the net­work’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels. Though it is the ini­tial stage, this net­work will serve as a strong base for fu­ture dis­cus­sions and proac­tive brain­storm­ing meet­ings. It pro­vides fe­male staff from all busi­nesses a plat­form through which they can di­rectly com­mu­ni­cate with com­pany lead­ers.

It also al­lows em­ploy­ees to have a more cen­tral role in shap­ing the net­work by sug­gest­ing and driv­ing fu­ture gen­der di­ver­sity ini­tia­tives. Over 200 fe­male em­ploy­ees at­tended the first of many meet­ings to come. Dur­ing the launch event of AIWN, the com­pany in­tro­duced the mem­bers of the Di­ver­sity and In­clu­sion Steer­ing Com­mit­tee, which fo­cuses on is­sues re­lated to gen­der di­ver­sity in the com­pany.

Di­rec­tor of Mar­ket­ing and New Ve­hi­cle Sup­ply Chain - Ford, and mem­ber of the Di­ver­sity and In­clu­sion Steer­ing Com­mit­tee, Ka­reen Al Haf­far spoke to the at­ten­dees dur­ing the event and said: “When I started my ca­reer 9 years ago in the mar­ket­ing di­vi­sion of the au­to­mo­tive busi­ness, I was one of the few fe­males there. I’m happy to see more fe­males work­ing with the dif­fer­ent au­to­mo­tive brands we have in Al­ghanim In­dus­tries, and to see more women in the com­pany over­all. I’m proud to be part of this cor­po­rate cul­ture shift and I look for­ward to con­tribut­ing to the gen­der di­ver­sity ini­tia­tives through my role on the steer­ing com­mit­tee.”

Al­ghanim In­dus­tries has ac­tively pri­or­i­tized gen­der di­ver­sity at the com­pany, and worked on mul­ti­ple fronts to address is­sues re­lated to re­cruit­ing and re­tain­ing fe­male tal­ent. The com­pany in­tro­duced im­proved ma­ter­nity leave poli­cies, in­clud­ing ex­tend­ing the paid ma­ter­nity leave up to 90 days. The com­pany also co-or­ga­nized a gen­der di­ver­sity con­fer­ence that hosted lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional guest speak­ers, along with Al­ghanim In­dus­tries CEO Omar Al­ghanim who high­lighted the com­pany’s com­mit­ment to fe­male tal­ent dur­ing his key­note speech.

Al­ghanim In­dus­tries’ fe­male em­ploy­ees pose for a group photo af­ter launch­ing the AIWN.

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