Two of the Pacific region’s leading beverages companies have teamed up to launch a new female leadership initiative as part of a commitment to nurturing a culture of authentic and inclusive leadership.
The initiative, titled Sisterhood Fiji, is a collaboration between Paradise Beverages and Coca-Cola Amatil Fiji and aims to unite the women from both the businesses to provide leadership development opportunities and a professional network to help them achieve their potential.
The launch event was a one-day forum held at the Fiji Brewery last week and brought together home-grown leaders, both male and female, to speak authentically about their time in the business and their career journey.
Among them was Paradise Beverages General Manager of Marketing Rowena Taito, who said: “It was wonderful for Amatil women to all get together and begin the journey of empowerment, learning, trusting and respecting each other.
“Participants built on their networking skills, shared best practice and the importance of being mentors for each other. We also explored the synergies between our businesses, and found new ways and opportunities to collaborate and share ideas, both internally and externally.”
Speakers also pointed to the need to empower each other, breaking the perceived glass ceiling, and how to sharpen your personal branding.
“I am very happy with what I have learned here, the leadership series was essentially listening about the life lessons learned by these seasoned panellists and how we, as women, can contribute and empower each other,” said Coca-Cola Amatil Commercial Manager Monal Singh, another one of the attendees.
The launch event was facilitated by Paradise Beverages HR Business Partner Max Wahid, who said the forum had been successful in helping bring women from both businesses together and be a voice for each other, a goal that is reflected in the ‘Sisterhood’ title.
“Inclusion also means taking a small step in the right direction, first within your business and that is what we set out to achieve by bringing this initiative to life,” he said.
A similar initiative is being organised for the Amatil and Paradise teams in Lautoka.