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Graduates ready for board positions

Manasa Kalouniviti
Saturday, December 02, 2017

TWENTY-FIVE professional women graduated from the 2017 Women in Leadership program at the Nasese FNU campus on Thursday.

The program, which was organised by the South Pacific Stock Exchange and supported by the Asian Development Bank's Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative, was delivered over three two-day workshops starting in July 2017.

"The exchange had taken up the opportunity to partner with ADB's PSDI for this program with serious thoughts and an expectation of tangible results given that women's lack of representation in positions of leadership has been broadly acknowledged throughout the business world," Krishika Narayan, the SPSE chief executive officer said.

The program provided skills training on topics such as governance, risk management and resilience, effective communication, constructing support systems, and managing the transition to leadership/directorship roles. Ms Narayan said: "I would like to tell the listed companies, yes, we now have a data base of very fine women and we are going to post that database into our website which you can then use to have them to participate at board level or senior management level."

She congratulated the graduates and also acknowledged the ADB's PSDI and the Reserve Bank of Fiji for supporting SPSE in its progress towards gender diversity.

Atelina Muavono, 57, the chief operating officer at BSP Life, also graduated from the program. She had also recently been awarded the Manager of the Year Award at the 2017 Women in Business Awards held earlier this year.

Meanwhile, training co-ordinator and ADB's PSDI gender specialist Professor Vijaya Nagarajan said the response from the Fijian ladies was great.

"The thing that this program's supposed to build is confidence; to know that all doors can be opened; and all it takes is networks, a sense of confidence or belief in ones self."

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