Honoring and recognizing women worldwide, ISM APAC, a company known for its diversity and innovation celebrated Women’s day under the theme of “Women Who Lead”. Held at the ISM APAC headquarters, the event was graced by H.E. Joanne Doornewaard, the Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In addition to gracing the occasion, the Ambassador also shared her life story which was both inspiring and indeed illuminating.
Udayangani and success as an entrepreneur
As part of the programme ISM APAC also invited one of their senior employees, Mrs. Udayangani Jayamannah as a guest speaker. She is a senior front-end developer working full time with ISM APAC and is also the mother to a little baby girl.
Udayangani is a successful entrepreneur and runs “Comely wild herbs”. This is a lineup of skin care products that are manufactured free from harmful chemicals. They are also certified against animal cruelty, meaning that these products are not tested on animals. Further, each product comes with minimum use of polythene to promote eco-friendly packaging.
Open culture and diversity
In this open culture that ISM APAC has adopted today, what matters the most is the voice of every employee. As such, this is where ISM APAC truly shines as an organization. They always help their employees not only focus on their career development, but also support and help them to follow their passion.
Workplace diversity not only helps a business in reaching out to new customers, but it also benefits employees as well. With the ever-increasing trends in the global market, ISM APAC is at the forefront in terms of workplace diversity.
Diversity in the workplace is important for employees. Why? Because it manifests itself in building a great reputation for the company. Thus leading to increased profitability and opportunities for workers. It shows that the company as a whole is open to the idea of embracing differences and change. Employees not only reap tangible benefits from workplace diversity but also gain increased respect from co-workers and business gains.
ISM APAC helps men and women to maintain a perfect work life balance. It also provides ample opportunity for women to explore personal opportunities so that they can seize the day, growing both in terms of their company life and also their personal achievements.
Wrapping things up at the Women Who Lead event, there were a few surprise videos and audio clips by a father and two husbands. These gentlemen shared their life stories, going into detail about the support they got from their wives and mothers, all of which helped them reach success. Finally, all the participants, along with the Ambassador gathered and spoke about concrete topics and situations that women face in general, and how they can overcome them.