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Fostering inclusive culture, upskilling must for women empowerment: Grameenphone 

The webinar was held as part of the company's 'Platform SHE,' a mentorship programme for female students.

Dhaka has organised a session titled ‘Mentoring Future Leaders’ to shed light on how proper guidance and mentorship can help young female professionals improve their skills to become tomorrow’s leaders.

The webinar was held as part of the company’s ‘Platform SHE,’ a mentorship programme for female students. Following the completion of its first season, telecom major has begun Season 2.0 with a 6-month mentorship programme, 1-to-1 mentorship with 15 mentors from all divisions of Grameenphone.

According to the company, the programme will pair each mentee with a capable female mentor to help her realise her full potential based on her strengths and prepare for future challenges through goal-driven mentor-led sessions, soft skills development, and networking.

The platform’s goal is to increase the number of successful conversions of female students to female professionals, bridging the gap between academia and industry readiness. It will contribute to Bangladesh’s future being stronger and more balanced, said the company.

Selina Lomholdt, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Learning and Development at Telenor, Mohammad Sajjad Hasib, Chief Marketing Officer at Grameenphone, Syed Tanvir Husain, Chief Human Resources Officer at Grameenphone, and Nadia Kader, Head of HR Strategy & Talent Management at Grameenphone all took part in the conversation.

“Telenor believes in gender diverse and inclusive society and has been exemplary in creating a stellar working environment for women,” said Selina Lomholdt, SVP Head of Global Learning and Development at Telenor.

“However, there is no denying that life and career guidance can help shape development better. “Especially when you are at the beginning of your professional life, a platform like this is critical to equip yourself with the skills necessary to shine in your field,” she added.

“Times have changed, and the job market has changed with them. Previously, women in our country lagged behind in the corporate sector. However, they are now reviving the labour market.

“In order to grasp future critical competencies and understand the changing job scenario, female professionals must be aware of market trends.” According to Mohammad Sajjad Hasib, Chief Marketing Officer at Grameenphone, “proper mentoring may help women deal with dilemmas at work, build confidence, benefit from diverse workplace knowledge, and develop effective professional skills.”

“We need to further foster an inclusive culture that is conducive to the development of female talent,” said Syed Tanvir Husain, Chief Human Resources Officer at Grameenphone, adding that while policies and culture will help women grow, one focus area here is to prepare females for more challenging roles.

“To accomplish this, relevant upskilling and empowerment must be provided in the workplace. This is motivated by the fact that embracing gender diversity is not only the right thing to do but also a requirement for businesses to remain inclusive and relevant.” Husain said.

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