ANDOVER, Mass., March 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, announced that Iram Shah, Schneider Electric's Senior Vice President of Customer Transformation, will be delivering the keynote address on Wednesday at WorldChicago's International Women's Day Fair & Luncheon. She will also speak as an honoree at Chicago Woman magazine's International Women Leaders' Luncheon today. Coinciding with the 40th annual International Women's Day, a day observed on March 8 to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women worldwide while calling to action the acceleration of gender parity, Shah has been selected by WorldChicago and Chicago Woman for her work as a leading figure in transforming business cultures, driving change and giving back to communities.
Shah's speeches will detail the transformation Schneider Electric has undertaken in recent years to support and implement policies that advance and empower women in the workplace. The company has developed a proactive, 4 pillar strategy to include women at every level of the company, including serving as one of 10 corporate champions for the United Nations' #HeForShe global solidarity movement. The strategy puts key issues such as gender equality on the top of its agenda, making diversity not just a human resources focus, but a key business strategy.
"Diversity is not a buzzword; it's an essential, inescapable element of our society," said Shah. "Through meaningful collaboration, we can empower women to join the conversation about gender parity and support them in our call to action to move closer to true equality. Schneider Electric continues to progress in taking a stand for diversity and offering equal opportunities to women at every level of the company, demonstrating a commitment to forging a more gender inclusive world – and supplementing the efforts of other leaders represented at WorldChicago's International Women's Day Fair & Luncheon."
Shah is an accomplished businesswoman and humanitarian with 25 years of experience working for Fortune 500 companies across five countries to innovate how they promote cultural diversity and conduct meaningful business. At Schneider Electric, she has led efforts to build upon and expand the company's culture of inclusivity, where all forms of diversity are seen as driving real value for the company. In addition to her corporate efforts, Shah also contributes to philanthropic causes and serves on several nonprofit boards. Currently she is a board member for Habitat For Humanity Chicagoland and is chairwoman of the Sonia Shah Organization, a non-profit foundation started by her late daughter.
The International Women's Day Fair & Luncheon is hosted by WorldChicago, a nonprofit that hosts citizen diplomacy programs that connect the Chicago community with international professional and youth leaders participating in U.S. Department of State exchanges in Chicago. A core value of WorldChicago is supporting women's empowerment and equality by creating opportunities for women in entrepreneurship, technology, social sectors and others. Many initiatives focus on elevating the potential of women and girls in STEM fields. WorldChicago's International Women's Day Fair & Luncheon starts Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. ET at the Union League Club of Chicago. For more information about WorldChicago and Wednesday's event, please visit www.worldchicago.org.
Chicago Woman is a magazine that speaks directly to professional women who live, work and socialize in Chicago. The magazine was created to serve as a platform for the women who make a difference in Chicago, sharing stories of empowerment and inspiration. The International Women Leaders' Luncheon will celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of Chicago women who are committed to improving the lives of women internationally. For more information about Chicago Woman magazine and today's event, please visit chicago-woman.com.
For more information on International Women's Day, please visit www.internationalwomensday.com.
For more information about the Sonia Shah Organization, please visit soniashahorganization.com.
About Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of ~$26 billion US dollars (25 billion euros) in FY2016, our 160,000+ employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. From the simplest of switches to complex operational systems, our technology, software and services improve the way our customers manage and automate their operations. Our connected technologies reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives. At Schneider Electric, we call this Life Is On.
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