The life of the successful modern woman is often a delicate balancing act between work and home. Understanding this dynamic in detail and learning from the experiences of others can help young women looking to build a career for themselves. In this light and to mark Women’s Day, Nations Trust Bank recently organized a forum for young career professionals within its ranks to engage with successful senior women leaders, of which the bank has many.
Five women speakers delivered inspiring talks about their own journeys to success and this was followed by an active Q & A session, with young women who are building careers at Nations Trust Bank engaging with the speakers. Many important questions received insightful answers and pressing issues were discussed openly and within a framework of respect and security.
The speakers, all in top ranking positions within the bank, have successfully navigated the delicate balancing act of building a successful career, whilst maintaining a fulfilling home and private life.
Renuka Fernando – Director/Chief Executive Officer, Ramanika Unamboowe-Executive Vice President – Human Resources, Shaan Wickremasinghe –Senior Vice President- Marketing, Kushlani Allis –Vice President – Management Reporting & Planning spoke about‘Building Confidence in Yourself as a Woman’, ‘How to Meet the Challenge of Continuously Building Skills and Knowledge’, ‘What Women Leaders Bring to the Table Vis a Vis Men’, ‘Do We Need to Make Personal Choices along the way as Women’ and ‘Balancing Home & Work as a Young Mother’, respectively.
Speaking about the event, Shaan Wickremasinghe-Senior Vice President – Marketing said, ‘At Nations Trust we seek to create an environment conducive to career building for everyone. Part of this effort is addressing issues that are particular to women and what better time to provide a platform for this discussion than Women’s Day. Women around the world are building successful, fulfilling lives both at work and at home and we want to provide our women with a chance to do that as well. The only way forward is to communicate and discuss important matters and provide guidance, inspiration and confidence building. Everyone must have a chance at their dreams and this is what we strive to give our customers, so why not members of our own Nations Family!’
Nations Trust Bank conducts numerous internal events to develop their staff and this forum was one such initiative. What set it apart was its focus on women’s concerns and the fact that it provided a platform for young women to speak about matters that are important to them and that often remain unaddressed.
The event was held on the 8th of March 2018 at the Hive, Nations Trust Bank’s nerve center. It was followed by refreshments and fellowship. The moderator for the evening was Mr. Theja De Silva – Executive Vice President & Group Company Secretary of Nations Trust Bank.
Nations Trust Bank PLC is amongst the top 30 business establishments in Sri Lanka, ranked by Business Today Magazine and is the benchmark for customer convenience, ably providing a host of financial products and services to a wide range of customers. Nations Trust is also the bank behind Sri Lanka’s first fully digital banking and payments platform, FriMi. The bank operates 93 branches across the country, boasting an ATM network covering 137 locations plus more than 3,500 ATMs on the Lanka Pay Network and is the issuer and sole acquirer for American Express® Cards in Sri Lanka.