Dig­i­cel Cel­e­brates Women in Lead­er­ship

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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.

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