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Women in Management, IFC launch 11th Professional and Career Women Awards

Marking its 11th year of honouring inspiring Sri Lankan women, Women in Management (WIM), in collaboration with Women in Work, a partnership between IFC and the government of Australia, has opened nominations for the ‘Top 50’ Professional and Career Women Awards 2021.

This will be IFC’s seventh consecutive year – fourth under the IFC-DFAT Women in Work program – in co-hosting the awards, which recognises and celebrates Sri Lankan women who have excelled in their careers, businesses, and everyday life, inspiring others.

Spanning over a decade, the Top 50 Professional and Career Women Awards has recognised over 470 Sri Lankan women representing a wide array of professions, including banking and finance, hospitality, media, legal, logistics, and supply chains.

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Panel of Judges - Leading Pofessionals to Judge ‘Top50 Professional and Career Women Awards 2021’ by Women in Management and IFC

The highly anticipated annual ‘Top50 Professional and Career Women Awards 2021’, has received an outpouring of applications since it opened for entries in September. The 11th edition of the Awards that champions gender equality and recognizes leading women professionals, has assigned to its judging panel a line-up of formidable forces in the workplace.

Initiated in 2010 by Women in Management (WIM), the ‘Top50 Professional and Career Women Awards’ is now supported by Women in Work –a partnership between the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the government of Australia. The Awards aim to identify and honor the trailblazing achievements of women and women-led organizations in Sri Lanka. With a new bar being set every year, the task of evaluating the strong line up of applicants becomes an increasingly difficult feat.

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WIM Top50 Conference - Empowered Women for Resilient Future

WIM Top50 Conference - Empowered Women for Resilient Future

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Peace Building and Inner Resilience

Date : September 7, 2021
Time : 16:30 Islamabad, Karachi, Tashkent Maldives
17:00 pm Colombo, Sri Lanka
19:30 pm Perth, Australia AWST
12:30 pm London, UK

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International Foundation Course

Study in Sri Lanka and UK
Online-Blended Foundation Course from SQA at Affordable Pricing and Payment Plans
This program offers you attractive after A/L and graduate entry pathways with early bird discounts.
Apply today for 20th July 2021 intake - 0772307356 or 4886811/14

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Launch of Women Top50 Digital Magazine

Magazine featuring Sri Lanka's Top Professional Women inspiring others to achieve all that they can be and more.

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WIM ExCo Member of the Week - Chandima Dunuwila

'I am passionate about Human Rights'
Attorney-at-Law engaged in Legal Practice in fields of Human Rights, Civil Law, Administration Law and Commercial Law. She has wide experience in Administration, Evaluation and Monitoring of foreign funded projects and Rights based Advocacy Programmes. She holds Masters Degrees in Sociology and Public Management. She has Bachelors Degree in Peace and Conflict Resolution.

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The Art of Negotiating the Best Deal

The Art of Negotiating the Best Deal - WIM Breakfast Meeting, 5th May 2021 from 7.30 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. at Jetwing Colombo Seven

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The Heart of Resilient Leadership: Responding to Covid-19

The rapid global spread of COVID-19 has quickly eclipsed other recent epidemics in both size and scope. In the face of certain challenges and a still-uncertain set of risks, business leaders are rightly concerned about how their companies will be affected and what they have to do next. A discussion to guide organization team leadership through the COVID-19 crisis. Date : 22nd June 2021 Time : 3.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m

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Mental Health Awareness by Dr. Memet Isik

Mental Health Awareness - Free online virtual session to make an awareness of mental health issues related to stress, anxiety, & depression by Dr. Memet Isik.

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Speech by Dr Sulochana Segera - Founder and Chairperson, Women in Management at the Top50 Professional & Career Women Awards

Beyond our borders, Women of Sri Lankan origin achieve tremendous success in their careers and in politics. As Sri Lankans, we have and are celebrating their achievements. But I deliberate on the question - would they have achieved the same success had they been in Sri Lanka? Their achievements clearly demonstrate that a woman does not lack skills or competencies, rather it is our culture that is not yet ready to accept the fact that a woman can run a business and a country as well as she can run a family and a home.

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Women in Management, IFC and Govt. of Australia honour Sri Lankan Women

The awards - now in their 10th year - saw inspirational business and career women honoured for the roles they have played in their industries, along with Sri Lankan corporates which have supported the growth and empowerment of women in the workplace.

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New Generation Awards 2020

Women in Management, National Youth Services Council Launch Inaugural and Inimitable Opportunity for the Sri Lankan Youth. - 'New Generation Award 2020' under the theme of "Leaders of Tomorrow"

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WIM Top50 Annual Conference Kicks Off Next Week, with a Focus on Leading through Crisis

The third WIM Top50 Conference titled under the theme ‘Leading Through Crisis,’ organized by Women in Management (WIM), in partnership with IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and Australian Government will be held as a virtual forum on 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th of December.

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'Top 50' Professional and Career Women Awards 2020

Colombo, Sri Lanka, August 18, 2020 - Marking the tenth year of honoring inspiring Sri Lankan women, Women in Management (WIM), in collaboration with Women in Work, a partnership between IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the government of Australia, today launched the 'Top 50' Professional and Career Women Awards 2020.

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Be a Professional Online Trainer

Endorsed by ISM Education UK OFQUAL approved organization. Free access to Klaspad Education Management System. Six hours course - 2 Hours per day for two days. Followed by 2 hour session on mentoring and coaching on final assignment submission. Includes resources for additional self-guided study. 2 Trainers and 1 Training Assistant per session.

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The Impact of Personality on Leadership

"The Impact of Personality on Leadership" presented by DIG AJith Rohana - 3 hour workshop

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WIM endows micro, small and medium entrepreneurs with digital marketing platform

Women in Management (WIM), a social enterprise with the vision of empowering micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Sri Lanka, has launched a digital marketing platform (www.mangoparrot.store). The initiative is to embark on the mission of increasing local and global market reach of Sri Lankan origin products and services owned by micro, small and medium entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka.

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Be a Professional Online Trainer - International online certification for Trainers

Endorsed by ISM Education UK OFQUAL approved organization. Free access to Klaspad Education Management System. Six hours course - 2 Hours per day for two days. Followed by 2 hour session on mentoring and coaching on final assignment submission. Includes resources for additional self-guided study. 2 Trainers and 1 Training Assistant per session.

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Covid-19 Impact on Women owned Businesses Globally

Women in Management in Partnership with International Finance Corporation conducted a insightful online panel discussion with eight (8) professional and business women leaders from Sri Lanka, South Asia, Maldives, Malaysia, USA, Canada and UK.

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The Global Banking & Finance Awards® UK Recognizes WIM Chairperson as the 'Business Woman Of the Year Sri Lanka 2020'

The Global Banking & Finance Awards® UK recently announced Dr. Sulochana Segera as the winner of 'Business Woman of the Year Sri Lanka'. 2020 marks the first time a Sri Lankan female entrepreneur has been recognized as a winner of the Awarded and listed on the Global Banking & Finance Review website.

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Define Success: Does it have to be about the C Suite?

We want to break barriers and become successful as they can both personally and professionally. But, does success look the same to everyone? While many assume all women are striving for the title of CEO, does that have to be your main aspiration? How can we support women who want to take a break on their trek up the corporate ladder? How do we support those that prefer to stop altogether on a mid-level rung? How does work/life balance play into your notion of success?

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Launching of the Women Advisory Committee by the Ministry of Skill Development and Vocational Training

Dr. Sulochana Segera sharing her experience with regards to generation gap and explaining why we should accept millennial leadership styles in our organizations at the launch of the Women Advisory Committee.

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Women Career and Leadership Mentoring

The WIM Mentoring Program is a structured 2 day, program that combines informal mentoring sessions with formal mentoring sessions facilitated by experts in inclusive leadership. It aims to support middle management women in the corporate sector to reach careers and to progress into leadership positions. It is also provides male and female leaders the opportunity to develop their mentorship skills as well as increase their awareness of the value of a diverse and inclusive workplace and the role they play in achieving this.

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Message from the Top50 Asian Awards Chair

I consider myself privileged to be appointed as the chairperson for the first Top50 Asian Awards organized by Women in Management, which is yet another great idea of our chairperson and founder Dr. Sulochana Segera. Since 2009, Women in Management has organized and hosted the Professional and Career Women Awards in Sri Lanka, which has become an influential and inspiring awards programme in Sri Lanka.

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Top50 Asia Awards 2020

WIM Top50 Professional & Career Women Awards will be celebrating a decade in the year 2020. In line with that WIM will be organizing the Top50 Professional & Career Women Asian Awards 2020 in partnership with the International Finance Corporation- a Member of the World Bank (IFC) and NAWEM (National Association of Women Entrepreneurs Malaysia) to recognize Top50 Women in nine countries.

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WIM Canada Awards 2020

The Exco and members of Women in Management Sri Lanka - Canada Chapter (WIM Canada) wish to invite all Canadian Sri Lankans living in Canada who have excelled in their fields of profession and business to send in their nominations for the aptly titled “WIM CANADA AWARDS 2020”. The nominations are closing on January 30, 2020. The Awards ceremony is scheduled to be held on March 27, 2020 in Toronto, Canada.

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WIM celebrates its decade of work in Sri Lanka

Women in Management celebrated its 10th anniversary under the theme "Creating Impact". WIM ExCo Secretary Kushlani Perera said, "It is a decade long journey. WIM has brought change to women networking and women’s empowerment. WIM became the role model for many women’s organizations in Sri Lanka. Within a decade of passionate work, WIM has been able to make a positive change in attitudes and mindsets of men and women in this country."

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WIM Top50 2nd Annual Conference - Being a Corporate Athlete at Work

The Second WIM Top50 Conference titled under the theme - Being a Corporate Athlete at Work was held on the 26th of July at the Galle Face Hotel Colombo, attended to by close to 170 participants comprising of both genders and across middle and senior management of many diverse organizations. The Conference provided the platform for 4 guest speakers and 5 panel discussions to deep dive into topics and areas not spoken and discussed out in the open, and comprised of experienced senior professionals as well as the new Gen Millennials.

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WIM Top 50 Awards 2019: Encouraging women to dream big

The year's ‘Top 50’ Awards Ceremony, its ninth edition, will be held on 6 September at Colombo’s Shangri-La Hotel. The Chairperson of the Panel of Judges for 2019 is Hemas Pharmaceuticals, Hemas Surgical and Diagnostics, and Hemas Logistics and Maritime Cluster Managing Director Kasturi Chellaraja Wilson. In this interview with DailyFT, Wilson throws light into the judging process and relates her experience as the Chair of the 2019 Panel.

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WIM Maldives Chapter recognized 29 women at its WIM 2nd Professional & Career Women Awards 2019

WIM Maldives which is a Chapter of WIM Sri Lanka celebrated its Second Annual WIM Awards, Maldives on the 13th July 2019 in Male. 29 women received the Professional and Career Women Awards 2019 the awards were given out during a ceremony held at the auditorium of Faculty of Health Science.

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Women in Management, IFC Launch Ninth Professional and Career Women Awards 2019

Women in Management (WIM), in partnership with IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has launched, and is inviting nominations for, the 'Top 50' Professional and Career Women Awards 2019. Now in its ninth year, these annual awards recognize Sri Lankan women who excel in their careers, businesses and everyday life, while inspiring others.

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Dr. Sulochana Segera : An inspiration to women around the world - News 1st Interview

From a tomboy to a well known social entrepreneur, Dr. Sulochana Segera is the go-to person if you are interested in women empowerment. Sulochana is the proud founder and Chairperson of Women in Management, a private limited company dedicated to uniting Sri Lankan career and women entrepreneurs.

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Women on Wednesday

Don't sell me Pink panel discussion organized by WIM and Colombo City Centre - Free Entrance

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WIM Maldives Awards - Nominations are now open for 2019

Women in Management Maldives has opened applications for the annual "Professional and Career Woman Awards 2019".

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WIM Canada took another giant step forward, by formally recognizing and awarding 44 Sri Lankan Origin Women in Canada for the second successful year

Women in Management was found in Sri Lanka by Dr. Sulochana Segera in 2010 and has been exporting its brand to many countries as the first Women Organization to export a women brand from Sri Lanka to recognize women leadership and women contribution to the economy and society and especially, to recognize Sri Lankan origin women globally.

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WIM Celebrates Women’s Day by empowering next generation workforce with career awareness in Ampara

Women in Management who always leads change for women and youth celebrated International Women’s day by taking traditional women forums out of Colombo.

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Possible joint collaboration between NCE and WIM

NCE officials met with Dr Sulochana Segera, Founder and Chairperson of Women In Management (WIM) and the Director Administration Mr. Nilam Samsudeen to discuss a possible joint collaboration between NCE and WIM to facilities women entrepreneurs of the country.

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WIM Single Mother Programme lends a hand to deserving students

Women in Management contributed books and stationery to 100 students in Mihintale and Mulaitivu on the 17th and 18th of January 2019, a CSR Project of the WIM Single Mother Programme.

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WIM signs with partners of "Run with Us 2019"

The organization held a special signing with partners of "Run with Us 2019" at Unima Grand yesterday. The all women obstacle run is set to be held 1 March 2019 in Hulhumale'. Chief guest at the signing for "Run with Us 2019" was Minister of Gender, Family and Social Services Shidhatha Shareef.

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Most Influential Women - Women Top50 Forum 2018

A cross section of 'Top 50 Women' that have been recognized over the last eight years by Women in Management (WIM) were featured recently to discuss the key social issues that "Career Women" face today in Sri Lanka.

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WIM Awards Canada 2019 - "Talk of the Town in Canada" Amongst Sri Lankan Origins Living in Canada

Recognizing Sri Lankan women who have excelled in their careers, professions and businesses in Canada; and thereby pave the way to further promoting their businesses and practices among all Canadian Sri Lankans and other communities.

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WIM, IFC, Government of Australia Celebrate Sri Lankan Women's Successes

The 'Top 50' Professional and Career Women Awards 2019 were conferred recently, with Sri Lankan women leaders recognized for their contributions to sustainable and inclusive economic growth in the country. Achievements like these, within corporations, communities, or livelihoods, have led to more inspiring stories of Sri Lankan women entering the global market, and have spurred more women to enter the workforce.

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කාන්තාවන්ට සමාජය වෙනස් කරන්නට හැකියාවක් තිබෙන බව මේ වසරේදී පෙන්විය හැකියි

තවත් වසරක් ගතවී නව වසරක් උදාවී අවසානය. කාන්තාවක් ලෙස නව වසර උදාවේදී කිරි උතුරණ කර්තව්‍යයේ සිට ආරම්භ කරන්නේ තවත් වගකීම් සමුදායක් කර මතට ගත් වසරක ආරම්භයයි. මෙලෙස වගකීම් දරන කාන්තා පාර්ශ්වයට තමන් අතින් පසුගිය වර්ෂයේ සිදු වූ අතපසු වීම් අවබෝධ කර ගැනීම ඉතා වැදගත් වේ.

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WIM Sri Lanka Makes History with Toronto edition of Professional & Career Women Awards

Recognizing Sri Lankan women who have excelled in their careers, professions and businesses in Canada; and thereby pave the way to further promoting their businesses and practices among all Canadian Sri Lankans and other communities.

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WIM Member of the Year 2016/2017

"The awards will be an encouragement and recognition for women to come forward and make their presence felt. It will be an attempt to find out the best out of the best women in their chosen fields of excellence. It is fitting to award women as they comprise over half of the population,” Founder Chairperson, Women in Management (WIM), Sulochana Segera said.

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Speech by Dr. Sulochana Segera Founder/Chairperson of WIM at the Top 50 Awards

I was honestly not prepared to give a speech because I was not sure weather I could climb the stage. Anyhow since I am here let me share a few thoughts about women and awards. Common knowledge is that women want to be appreciated. But with my personal experience of WIM Awards I think that its just a myth.

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WIM Winning Two Awards at the Sri Lankan Leadership Awards

WIM wins Two Awards at the The Sri Lanka Leadership Awards are presented by World CSR Day, CMO Asia as its Strategic Partner and Stars of the Industry Group as a research partner. The Awards of the highest stature are presented to Individuals and Institutions who have surpassed several levels of its excellence and set an example of being a role model and exemplary leadership.

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