Digicel Celebrates Women in Leadership
In support of initiatives that encourage women to take an active role in global economic development, Digicel hosted its own ‘Women in Leadership Learning’ (WILL) programme. This culminated in a grand graduation ceremony held on Friday August 26 at the St. James Club Morgan Bay resort. The objective of the WILL programme is to encourage young women to aspire to be leaders and to encourage those already involved to continue to be game changers in their respective areas.
The forum was held under the theme ‘Developing and Empowering our female talent in the Caribbean’ and saw over fifty young women having the opportunity to be empowered by a panel of speakers who shared stories of the challenges they had faced on their way to being successful in life and how they overcame those challenges.
The speakers included, the Honourable Dr.Gale Rigobert, Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development; Mrs Margaret Monplaisir, General Manager of Barbay Limited; Mrs Debra Tobierre, Managing Director of True Value Building and Hardware Supplies; Dr. Sonia Alexander, Dean of Academics, Monroe College, and Mrs Arletta Huntley-Wells, Country Manager, First Citizens St. Lucia.
The “Women in Leadership Learning” power series is a leadership development programme which was launched in December 2015 to support and empower women as leaders in Digicel. To date, 196 women across the region have been trained under the programme. Saint Lucia’s programme extended from May to August 2016 with over seventy participants. This initiative focused on developing women leaders through intense leadership development workshops, executive coaching and a mentoring programme that matches them with more senior leaders within the business.
Packed into dynamic days of lectures, simulations, techniques and tactics, the WILL power series was designed to build and strengthen leadership and confidence skills, helping with career navigation planning as well as exposing participants to role models for success.
Also in attendance were students from Sir Arthur Lewis Community College and Monroe College plus women in Information Communications Technology (ICT) programmes from around Saint Lucia. These young women were elated to take in the knowledge and experience of the esteemed speakers, pose questions to them and interact with them and the female Digicel staff members who all shared experiences from their professional journey into leadership.
Country Manager Digicel St. Lucia, Mrs Siobhan James-Alexander, who spoke passionately to the audience at the graduation ceremony said, “The evidence-based business case for gender diversity is well documented and widely accepted internationally. There is a concerted global effort to increase the numbers of women in leadership and this is happening in Digicel too. As a participant of this six-module course, I think we would agree that each module was designed to focus on oneself unapologetically and to own our paths and chart our own course, a very liberating feeling for most of us and a defining moment for many. We are elated to have such an incredible group of panelists with us today who represent a cross-section of women leaders in Saint Lucia. One of the important steps is the acknowledgement of the role we play for younger females in our society and the possibilities which come to the fore when we can identify with others and learn from their experiences.”
Minister of Education Dr Gale Rigobert leads the pack of powerful women.