Alghanim Industries launches its own Women’s Network
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.