Raytheon International Inc. joins AmCham Abu Dhabi ‘WOMEN ACHIEVE’ Initiative


Raytheon reassures its commitment to provide a work environment that is favorable to women’s development
AmCham Abu Dhabi announces that Raytheon International Inc. has become the latest signatory of WOMEN ACHIEVE, an innovative program established by its Women in Business Committee that promotes the professional advancement of women.
The program was developed to encourage companies and organizations to give women more opportunities to advance their careers by offering them positions of greater responsibility and leadership.
Raytheon is now the 38th organization that has joined an expanding list of leading companies that support the WOMEN ACHIEVE initiative including Accenture, AECOM, Al Noor Hospitals Group, AMIDEAST, Bechtel, BrandMoxie, Boeing, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, ExxonMobil, Institute of Management Accountants Middle East, Lockheed Martin Global Inc., Mubadala GE Capital, New York Institute of Technology, Northrop Grumman, Olgoonik Global Security, Parsons, Squire Patton Boggs LLP, and others.
As a supporter of the WOMEN ACHIEVE program, Raytheon reassures its commitment to provide a work environment that is favorable to women’s development by empowering women to refine their leadership skills and flourish in their respective jobs and areas of expertise. Moreover, Raytheon pledges to provide greater opportunities for women’s participation in training and career advancement.
“Our company strongly values the diversity of our global workforce around the world as a proven means to delivering success for our customers,” said Christopher J. Davis, President, Raytheon International Inc., in the U.A.E. “We are proud to support the AmCham Women Achieve initiative to help advance women in business, and spur new ideas and innovations for the U.A.E. in the global marketplace,” he added.
Bob Harward, Chairman of AmCham Abu Dhabi, commented, “We are delighted to have Raytheon sign WOMEN ACHIEVE. AmCham Abu Dhabi is proud to support innovative initiatives, such as WOMEN ACHIEVE, that foster positive change in the business community and realize the full capacity of talent available to grow industry.”
Established in January 2013, WOMEN ACHIEVE emphasizes seven key ideals, which direct companies towards acquiring a supportive work environment for the professional advancement of women. These ideals include encouraging women to grow through training, shadowing, coaching, mentorship and internship programs, as well as considering female candidates for new opportunities and the support of ‘rising stars’ into leadership positions. WOMEN ACHIEVE also encourages the induction of women to serve on boards of various organizations and advocates the importance of fair remuneration for female employees.
Participation in WOMEN ACHIEVE is open to entities of all sizes. Companies that are interested can elect to become signatories by contacting AmCham Abu Dhabi. In addition, WOMEN ACHIEVE signatories receive a certificate of acknowledgement from AmCham Abu Dhabi for their support and are eligible to use the WOMEN ACHIEVE seal on their communication collateral.

Louis Berger, AmCham Abu Dhabi host “WOMEN ACHIEVE” event

ABU DHABI, UAE — Louis Berger welcomed a diverse group of businesswomen and men to discuss career management best practices and personal experiences at the WOMEN ACHIEVE “Managing Your Career” event last week, under the banner of AmCham Abu Dhabi’s WOMEN ACHIEVE Initiative. The event was jointly hosted by Louis Berger’s Women at Louis Berger Committee and AmCham Abu Dhabi’s Women in Business Committee, who created the WOMEN ACHIEVE Initiative to support women’s advancement into positions of higher responsibility and leadership.
Featuring leaders in planning, construction management, brand management and business operations, event panelists shared opportunities, challenges and decisions made throughout their career as experience-based examples of how organizations can better support leadership development across gender lines.
The panel was moderated by Sofia Berger, vice president of Latin America and the Caribbean for Louis Berger, and featured business executives and women managing some of the largest programs currently underway in the region.
• Kylie Bladen, project controls manager on the Doha Metro program for Louis Berger
• Virginia Borkoski, director on the Doha Metro program for Louis Berger
• Kathy Cusack, head of city design, sustainable planning and approvals for Masdar City
• Sana Bagersh, CEO of BrandMoxie and Chair of AmCham Abu Dhabi’s Women in Business Committee
• Thomas Topolski, Louis Berger executive vice president and managing director for the Middle East and North Africa, who also served as the executive sponsor for the event
Louis Berger, an AmCham Abu Dhabi member, hosted and sponsored the “WOMEN ACHIEVE” event as part of its Women at Louis Berger employee-led initiative, established to help women achieve their highest potential and contribute to the firm’s overall success. The initiative provides an open forum and support system through which all the firm’s employees can advance their careers.
“Identifying and retaining top talent is difficult, especially in the Gulf Cooperation Council region,” said D. James Stamatis, International president at Louis Berger, who provided the panel introduction. “Employers have a clear business case for supporting the development, acknowledgement and growth of leaders across gender lines. This is why Louis Berger has prioritized resources for the Women at Louis Berger initiative internally and for our partnership with AmCham’s Women in Business Committee.”
This is the third Women at Louis Berger Speakers’ Series event the company has organized, following the first in Morristown, New Jersey, and a second in Bucharest, Romania.

SMEs urged to set high goals in 2015

Tamakkan ushers in New Year with inspiration

Abu Dhabi — Tamakkan launched its 2015 seminar season with a bold challenge to entrepreneurs to become inspired, to plan intelligently, and to set goals higher this year. The entrepreneurship and innovation platform, now in its sixth year, focused on inspirational guidance and success stories, to motivate business owners towards greater success.

Tamakkan, a knowledge-sharing platform established by BrandMoxie, a leading advertising agency in the UAE operates under the patronage of Fatima bint Hazza Cultural Foundation (FHCB), and is supported by Aldar and AmCham Abu Dhabi.

Empowerment coach Randa Al Zein started the seminar with a presentation that “Resolutions don’t work, commitments to yourself do!” in which she debunked prevailing assumptions about resolutions and goal keeping.

“Knowing what you want to do in life is not enough. You have to have a strong reason — one that resonates with you emotionally. That is the only way that you will move forward and take real action towards achieving your goals,” said Al Zein, who is founder of the Be You International Educational Consultancy.

Jules Lewis, a motivational speaker specializing in leadership, adventure and wellness, outlined: “The four keys to peak performance how to think, eat, move and sleep like a winner”.

“The ability to manage your personal energy is the key to success in business, sports and life. You can do this through tips, tools and strategies that can be effective for enhancing peak performance,” said the founder of Jules Lewis Consulting.

Tamakkan’s monthly seminars offer guidance to entrepreneurs on topics ranging from financing, marketing and product development, all the way to international business expansion, integrating new technologies and the importance of maintaining health and balance.

“Each January Tamakkan always focuses on kicking-off the year to a terrific start, and getting excited entrepreneurs focused on goal-setting, innovating and also on achieving a healthy balance between work and family,” said Sana Bagersh, Founder of Tamakkan, and CEO of BrandMoxie.

Maysoon Barber, business director at Fatima bin Hazza Cultural Foundation, added: “At the foundation, we believe that spiritual and personal well-being go hand-in-hand with sustained entrepreneurial performance and commercial success. Entrepreneurs thrive in a community such as Tamakkan that not only covers business matters, but also acknowledges fears, hopes and aspirations.”

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