Thursday 26 November, 2020

Sagicor hosts week-long activities in observance of Int'l Men's Day

Karl Williams, Senior Vice President, Group Human Resources and Corporate Services, Sagicor
Group Jamaica.

Karl Williams, Senior Vice President, Group Human Resources and Corporate Services, Sagicor Group Jamaica.

Sagicor Group Jamaica has rolled out a week-long empowerment series geared at promoting the holistic development of the company’s male team members by improving their leadership skills and facilitating meaningful conversations on topics impacting men. This is being done in celebration and recognition of International Men’s Day, which is observed on November 19.

The virtual series of activities, dubbed Rated M, is being hosted under the theme: ‘Moulding Mighty Men’, and started on Monday, November 16 and will culminate on Friday, November 20.

The Rated M initiative is also the launching pad for a skills training programme tailored for males, which is set to start in January next year. That programme will provide training in areas including presentation and public speaking, critical and strategic thinking, mentorship and leadership skills, as well as job-specific training.

Karl Williams, Senior Vice President, Group Human Resources and Corporate Services, Sagicor Group Jamaica, said the initiative builds on the company’s promise to provide a place for all team members to experience holistic growth.

“We want to be deliberate in the development of our team members and we understand that men have a unique perspective and specific developmental needs and concerns, as such we aim to provide a space where they can learn, grow and have discussions that propel them towards self-awareness, general wellness and a positive outlook,” he said.

He noted that the skills training programme is the result of an internal survey done this year, which highlighted the training needs of the men in the company, adding that he expects the experience will have far-reaching impact on the men, as well as those they interact with at work and in their homes and communities.

The Rated M series kicked off with a launch ceremony called ‘His Story – the Journey of our Jamaican Men’, with special guest Dr Orville Taylor, Head of Department in Sociology, Psychology and Social Work at University of the West Indies Mona.

He reflected on the historical context that has shaped the male experience locally. This is followed up on Tuesday with a presentation by social anthropologist and lecturer, Dr Herbert Gayle, who will highlight the challenges faced by men and how they can overcome. Attorney-at-law Issat Buchanan is also set to share his perspective on men overcoming challenges in the forum.

On Wednesday, the series will take a financial wellness spin with the topic ‘Men, Money and Becoming a Financial Success’, through a presentation by Martin Nesbeth, Financial Management Analyst with the Inter-American Development Bank. Dr. Stanhope Maxwell, general practitioner, will then lead the conversation on Thursday on the topic of ‘Men, Manhood and Masculinity’.

On Friday, the series will conclude with ‘FWD’, an online party and sound clash.

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