LONDON, March 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- International General Insurance Holdings Limited (IGI), the international specialist commercial insurer and reinsurer, today announced plans to support the women in its organization on International Women's Day by investing in their personal and professional development.
As part of its ongoing Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) initiative, IGI will offer Career Excel to every woman within its global organization, which spans five offices. Female employees access the online program from any location, complete it at their own pace and take away actionable strategies to advance their careers.
Backed by principles of psychology and neuroscience, Career Excel is an 18-week e-learning curriculum addressing the challenges women face in the workplace. It helps develop critical soft skills, including confidence, assertive communication, self-advocacy, networking and more. Participants learn through weekly "Insights-to-Action" Masterclasses, exercises and group coaching calls discussing workplace challenges. Career Excel was designed by two successful career women—Jennifer Willey and Hira Ali - who combined their business, HR and training experience with academic and proprietary research to build a program of unparalleled depth.
"IGI is at the forefront of supporting women to ensure they have the same opportunities as men. We are an equal opportunity employer with a 50:50 male to female ratio workforce, and we understand that investing in developing young women's leadership skills will not only change the course of their future, but also that of their communities," said Aaida Abu-Jaber, Head of Marketing and PR at IGI and the company's D&I Champion.
"Diverse and inclusive businesses are more innovative, creative, profitable and fun, but female leaders continue to be under-represented in insurance. At IGI, we like to work with credible and competent entities to tackle the important issue of D&I and combine those efforts with real action. We are delighted to partner with Career Excel to build on our D&I efforts and to help the women at IGI realise their full potential as future leaders," Ms Abu-Jaber added.
Career Excel Co-Creator and CEO of Advancing Your Potential, Hira Ali, said: "IGI has a longstanding commitment to D&I initiatives. Because we share those values, our partnership to empower the women of IGI is even more rewarding. Jenn and I also have diverse backgrounds - Jenn is an American living in New Jersey and I am a Pakistani residing in London. Our varied professional experiences and cultural influences have shaped Career Excel's curriculum, making it relevant for women around the world."
Career Excel Co-Creator and CEO of Wet Cement, Jennifer Willey, stated: "Career Excel's accessible online format is an ideal solution for global companies like IGI that have employees dispersed across multiple offices and countries. We're proud to help IGI support advancement for women at every age and career level."
IGI's D&I programme launched in 2018 and has backed many projects supporting female empowerment. IGI recently partnered with the Jordanian-founded social enterprise "The World of Letters," which spearheaded a collective women's movement called Women as Partners in Progress (WPP). Led by Arab women leaders, the programme highlights gender imbalance in the workplace in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
In 2018, IGI teamed up with Lloyd's of London to host Jordan's first Dive-In Festival – the insurance industry's event highlighting and celebrating D&I initiatives, specifically female empowerment. In 2019, IGI held a second Dive-In Festival, which targeted females at the grassroots level and hosted discussions on harassment in the workplace. IGI also supports other industry-led D&I initiatives, including The Insurance Insider Progress and the Insurance Supper Club.
IGI also supported Equal Playing Field (EPF), an organization dedicated to highlighting female under-representation and inequality in sports by breaking Guinness World Records. Last year, IGI sent an all-female team from the insurance industry to participate in breaking the Guinness World Record for the biggest football game on earth – which lasted five days, with 800+ players from different countries, ages, groups, ethnicities, religions and backgrounds.
ABOUT CAREER EXCEL
Career Excel is the most comprehensive online leadership training program available for women. Its affordable and accessible curriculum covers a broad range of topics—from public speaking to confidence to goal-setting—and provides actionable strategies to help women accelerate their career growth. To discover how Career Excel can empower your team, please visit: www.CareerExcel.US/.
International General Insurance Holdings Limited is registered in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) with operations in Bermuda, Jordan, UAE, Malaysia, Morocco and a wholly owned subsidiary in the U.K. IGI Bermuda is a class 3B (re)insurer regulated by the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA). This subsidiary is the principal underwriting entity for the Group.
IGI Group of companies underwrites a worldwide portfolio of energy, property, engineering, casualty, legal expenses, directors & officers, financial institutions, general aviation, ports & terminals, marine liability, political violence, forestry and reinsurance treaty business.
For more information, please visit http://www.iginsure.com
Aaida Abu Jaber, Head of PR & Marketing, IGI
T: +96265662082 Ext. 407
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Sarah Hills, Director, Rein4ce
T: +44 (0)7718 882011
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Career Excel: [email protected]
In North America: Jennifer Willey +1-917-334-3653; [email protected]
In Europe, Middle East and Asia: Hira Ali +44 7708124323; [email protected]
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