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WiLAT Sri Lanka celebrates fifth anniversary of ‘Ignite’

A speaker at ‘Ignite-2018’
A speaker at ‘Ignite-2018’

Women in Logistics and Transport Sri Lanka (WiLAT Sri Lanka) celebrated the fifth anniversary of its flagship mentoring program ‘Ignite - 2018’, at The Kingsbury, recently.

Ignite provides a platform for mentors and mentees to launch and continue a mentoring relationship under a well-structured procedure. Mentors extend their effort on a voluntary basis towards unearthing talents, developing soft and hard skills and unleashing the potential of the mentees.

The mentees are selected through an application process. Undergraduates offering Transport, Logistics and Supply Chain degrees and young professionals can send in their application and be paired with a mentor.

Maersk Lanka (Pvt) Ltd., Country Manager Zeeshan Mukhi,the chief guest, praised WiLAT SL for striving towards striking a balance in the industry.

Maersk Lanka partnered with WiLAT SL on BacktoWork program for women and is recognised for their commitment and initiatives towards women empowerment in the local industry.

Ignite 2018/2019 Project Chairperson and WiLAT Sri Lanka Vice Chairperson Anoma Ranasinghe outlined the objectives of the Ignite mentoring program. She acknowledged endeavours of Gayani de Alwis, Chairperson of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Sri Lanka (CILT SL) for her initiative in launching the ‘Ignite’ mentoring program.

Keynote speaker, Group Finance Director of John Keells Holdings, Gihan Cooray shared his experience with the audience.

He stressed the importance of emotional intelligence, the need to harness courage and boldness to take up projects and challenges and the need to be patient for the right opportunities.

This was followed by a panel discussion and a Q & A session moderated by Chairperson of WiLAT Sri Lanka, Dhashma Karunaratne.