AmCham Abu Dhabi announces that the Institute of Management Accountants Middle East (IMA) has become the latest signatory of WOMEN ACHIEVE, an innovative program established by its Women in Business Committee that promotes the professional advancement of women. The program was developed to encourage companies and organizations to give women more opportunities to advance their careers by offering them positions of greater responsibility and leadership.
Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) has now joined an expanding list of leading companies that support the WOMEN ACHIEVE initiative including Boeing, ExxonMobil, F&E Aerospace, Lockheed Martin Global Inc., Mubadala GE Capital, New York Institute of Technology, Olgoonik Global Security, Parsons, Patton Boggs LLP, and others. As a supporter of the WOMEN ACHIEVE program, IMA reassures its commitment to provide a work environment that is favorable to women’s development by empowering women to refine their leadership skills and flourish in their respective jobs and areas of expertise. Moreover, IMA pledges to provide greater opportunities for women’s participation in training and career advancement.
“IMA Middle East and Africa is excited about joining the Women Achieve initiative. Management Accounting is an important profession, contributing to the success of organizations and the vitality of societies. There is a world of opportunity for women in our profession and we are committed to supporting women in their personal and professional goals,” said Hanady Khalife, Director of IMA’S Middle East and Africa operations. “The Women Achieve initiative is an excellent addition to our member offerings, especially with our female membership accounting for 25 per cent of our overall member base.”
Matthew E. Byrd, Chairman of AmCham Abu Dhabi, remarked, “We are delighted to have the Institute of Management Accountants Middle East and Africa, sign WOMEN ACHIEVE. AmCham Abu Dhabi is proud to support innovative initiatives, such as WOMEN ACHIEVE, that foster positive change in the business community.”
Established in January 2013, WOMEN ACHIEVE emphasizes seven key ideals, which direct companies towards acquiring a supportive work environment for the professional advancement of women. These ideals include encouraging women to grow through training, shadowing, coaching, mentorship and internship programs, as well as considering female candidates for new opportunities and the support of ‘rising stars’ into leadership positions. WOMEN ACHIEVE also encourages the induction of women to serve on boards of various organizations and advocates the importance of fair remuneration for female employees.
Participation in Women Achieve is open to entities of all sizes. Companies that are interested can elect to become signatories by contacting AmCham Abu Dhabi. In addition, WOMEN ACHIEVE signatories receive a certificate of acknowledgement from AmCham Abu Dhabi for their support and are eligible to use the WOMEN ACHIEVE seal on their communication collateral.