Shell is the only oil and gas company in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2015. It’s an impressive accolade and one that inspires the organisation to continue to strive for greater gender equality. It’s with this aim in mind that two training programmes were set up. A decade in, the results are impressive.
The two programmes are the Women’s Career Development Programme (WCDP) and its sister programme Senior Women Connect (SWC), which is specifically designed for women in leadership positions. Both give women at Shell the opportunity to form networks and help one another develop their careers, learn leadership qualities and overcome the obstacles they could face in the workplace.
Kadeen McGregor-Green, a Contracting and Procurement manager in the US completed the WCDP in 2015: “The opportunity to interact and network with other women with similar goals and aspirations was invaluable,” she says.
Along with the networking opportunities, she found it instrumental in helping her develop her communication skills, something she felt had room to improve.
“I learned a more effective way of saying no, which helps me cultivate the right relationships and communicate more honestly,” she says, adding that it’s something that has helped her manage her workload better.
It had an immediate effect. With the guidance of the network she built on the course and the skills she picked up, Kadeen applied for a new ambitious role, and got it.