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AUS celebrates International Women’s Day
The School of Business and Management (SBM) at American University of Sharjah (AUS) began its celebration of International Women's Day yesterday, March 9, 2014 with a panel discussion on women's empowerment and participation in the work force.
Entitled Conversations on Women's Advancement, the event featured a discussion lead by Imelda Dunlop, Executive Director, Pearl Initiative; Khulood Qayed, AUS alumna and Communications and Government Relations Manager, Shell Markets; Dr. Linzi Kemp, Assistant Professor of Management, AUS; and Tony Macrae, Executive Vice President Business Support, United Arab Bank. It was moderated by Linda McLoughlin, Senior Lecturer and Director of Placement at SBM.
The lively discussion, which included input from students, focused on a variety of topics, such as the empowerment of UAE national women in light of the country's Emiratization policies, and the role of families and their support to women in the workplace. The panelists also deliberated on the role of societal perceptions in encouraging or hindering women in their career paths, as well as on the importance of women mentoring each other. Panelists also shared their opinions and experiences concerning how women can manage their careers and find balance between their work and family life.
"It was a great opportunity to see women talk about and celebrate International Women's Day. It is good to share best practices from organizations and look at how women can achieve their potential by sharing these practices and learning from other successful women in the workplace," said Qayed.
"This is the start, we hope, of many such events where we honor women. We are getting organizations to think about how they can encourage women to reach their full potential in the workplace," said Dr. Kemp.
This panel discussion was the culmination of a weeklong series of events organized by the School of Business and Management to celebrate International Women's Day. These activities included a poster exhibition and a charity fundraiser.