Ivory Coast: GE Hosts Women In STEM To Mentor Students


General Electric (GE) has hosted women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at a roundtable discussion to advance mentorship and leadership for female students at the Institute of National Polytechnique Félix Houphouët-Boigny (INPHB) in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, West Africa.

The session was led by four leaders in energy with exemplary resumés and combined decades of wisdom. 

They included Kristin Carvell, Global Communications Leader, GE Gas Power; Kadidjatou Diallo, Managing Director, La Compagnie Ivoirienne de Production d’Electricité (CIPREL), Aphi Amoussou Nanan, Director of Generation, CI ENERGIES; and Bethel Nwaneri, Chief People Officer for GE Gas Power Sub Saharan Africa.

Participants discussed all things STEM including, why they chose a career in STEM, the value they feel it brings to our communities, and advice they would give to young women seeking to enter the field.

The roundtable discussion also focused on highlighting the need for strategic initiatives to sustain women in STEM-related careers to advocate for more diversity in energy and technology sectors and how this era of accelerated technological progress characterised by new innovations create a greater sense of urgency for companies to tap into the entire technical talent pool to realise sustainable, competitive advantage.GE has been a committed partner in diversity, inclusion and skills development in Ivory Coast.

In 2018, GE Power partnered with INPHB in Yamoussoukro to train engineering students.

During a six-month period, selected Ivorian students participated in technical and English Language proficiency internships at the GE Ghana office giving them exposure and training to ensure they can compete in the rapidly evolving global market.

Most recently, GE commissioned an English Language technology laboratory for the institution.

Speaking at the roundtable, Bethel Nwaneri, Chief People Officer for GE Gas Power Sub Saharan Africa, said that the initiative was a continuation of the ongoing partnership between GE and Ivory Coast aimed at investing in technical skills and talent particularly for women.

“Companies that seek to change the world should reflect the world. Beyond skills and talent development, mentorship is also important in increasing the representation of women in engineering, manufacturing, IT and product management roles. This is not just the right thing to do; it’s a necessary strategy to inject urgency into recruiting more women for technical roles.

“Our goal is to inspire the next generation of leaders and cultivate lasting interest in STEM careers,” she added.

GE is a historical player and a pioneer in the power sector in Ivory Coast.

The roundtable reflects GE’s commitment to building on the company’s strong presence in the region and continue to provide value for its customers.



Source: www.energynewsafrica.com



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