Breaking the glass ceiling: Petrofac’s female Board Directors share insights
More than 60 of Petrofac’s talented women engineers joined three female Board Directors for a candid discussion to mark International Women in Engineering Day (INWED).
Non-executive Directors Sara Akbar, Andrea Abt, and Francesca Di Carlo spoke openly about issues such as the impact of ‘Imposter Syndrome’, juggling a work/life balance, and breaking the ‘glass ceiling’ during a virtual coffee break organised for our female engineers.
They also shared advice on the importance of mentoring and shadowing initiatives, which they all agreed is the most effective way to ensure women in engineering flourish and to also develop a leadership pipeline.
Anna Douglas, Global Diversity & Inclusion Manager, and Lakshmi Venkatesh, General Manager of our Mumbai office, hosted the event. “What impressed me was how down to earth the Board members were,” said Lakshmi. “They shared their experiences freely, not hiding where they went wrong when they were young and how they managed the circumstances. This created the right atmosphere where everyone on the call felt connected, even though they were located across different continents.”
"They shared their experiences freely, not hiding where they went wrong when they were young and how they managed the circumstances"