Tuesday 21 January, 2020

AMCHAM T&T, IDB launch Women in Leadership Mentorship Program

There’s a need for more women in leadership positions in the ICT sector for young women and girls to see that it is possible to be successful in senior positions in the sector.

That’s the view of Nuria Simo, Chief Information Officer, and General Manager Department of Information Technology of the IDB, who yesterday paid a visit to AMCHAM T&T.

She met with senior female ICT executives of AMCHAM T&T’s member companies, and the business organisation as the IDB launched their Women in Leadership Mentorship Program.

Addressing the group of leading women in the field of Information Technology she led a discussion on the challenges that she and many other women face when navigating the ladder of success.

The program which will be done in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank seeks to pair five mentees with senior regional professionals in the fields of Science, Information Technology, and Economics. The mentors were selected from the IDB’s vast network of professionals.

While applicants can only be selected from the AMCHAM T&T membership base, it is important to note that the business chamber’s diverse membership covers all sectors of business.

AMCHAM T&T’s CEO Nirad Tewarie said the initiative is an extension of the theme of its recently concluded Women’s Leadership Seminar held in February #Be Bold For Change.

“We are ensuring that we make a conscious effort to not only add to the discussion but to be part of the solution.”

“We are fully committed to seeing this through along with our partner the IDB, and it is our hope that this pilot project can serve as a template that other business service organisations can adopt and that we can expand.”

Carina Cockburn, Chief of Operations for the local IDB office, echoed this sentiment and reiterated the IDB’s position that promoting gender equality is pivotal to its goal of accelerating the process of economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean. 


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