After six months of leadership and management training, 18 Guyanese women graduated from the Global Women in Management (GWIM) program.
The ExxonMobil Foundation-sponsored program was launched last September and participants came from NGOs, community institutions, women’s groups and businesses.
ExxonMobil Guyana said in a statement that GWIM is designed to build the capacity of the individual so that they can build the capacity of their institutions and businesses by implementing high quality replicable projects that advance their own communities. .
At the recent graduation ceremony, leadership coach and guest speaker Rawle Dundas urged attendees to make sure they put their newfound knowledge to use.
“My challenge to you is to move forward confidently with these new tools, understanding that the tools are only as good as the hands of the person using them. But because you special women have embraced this initiative to ‘Being leaders, and not just another person in a leadership position or in a position of responsibility, you know your role as leaders is to make a difference,’ he said.
Meanwhile, ExxonMobil Guyana’s community relations manager, Suzie De Abreu, noted that the company’s support for the program was in line with her core beliefs.
“Improving the communities in which we live and operate is an important aspect of ExxonMobil Guyana’s social responsibility. Providing opportunities like this program is part of our commitment to women’s empowerment and knowing, as we know, that empowered women empower others, I’m so excited to see how you instill that in your communities.
The program, which was offered weekly, featured live sessions as well as self-guided assignments, group work and workshops.
The participants also received mentoring and are now part of a global and national alumni network of nearly 1,000 women from 77 countries, according to the statement.
The ExxonMobil Foundation has invested some $40 million in the local GWIM project to empower women.