Vanuatu: The world is celebrating International Women’s day on the 8th of March annually to celebrate women’s accomplishments and to give regard to and to restore women’s dignity in our communities.
National Bank of Vanuatu (NBV) promotes Gender equality in its Executive Managerial Positions within the Bank.
At the National Bank of Vanuatu, Chief People Officer, Mrs. Juliann Williams, started working in the Bank as a Human Resource (HR) assistant to Staff Development Officer to Process Policy Officer and Project Officer between 1997 to 2004.
Mrs. Williams had two primary goals when she joined the Bank, and one was to get her Master’s Degree before then she reached the age of 30. In 2005 she accomplished this study goal and graduated with a Master’s Degree from the University of the South Pacific.
Mrs. Juliann William’s second objective was to become HR Manager, and in she became one in January 2006, she took over from her successor-Mr. Lazarus Kenni.
Until now, she still holds the HR Manager position, now called Chief People Officer. Mrs. Williams’s slogan for this year’s International Women’s Day is “she will celebrate achievements by women.”
Mrs. Juliann Williams comments that whether it is big, minor, seen, heard, documented, or not, being a leader starts with a person.
“The fundamental personal habits that shape a woman to stand out as a leader start from knowing who she is, knowing her objectives in life, knowing her strengths, and most importantly, setting a career path for herself. It appreciates her roots, appreciating the community that supports her initial life’s journey and appreciate all the lessons learned along the direction”.
Mrs. Juliann Williams message to young girls
She stated, “So, her advice to young girls out there is following your dreams. Having a kid and a family at early age shouldn’t be an obstacle to achieving your dreams and career objectives if you are determined, focused, and work towards your objectives. Again, becoming a good leader initiates knowing who you are, being genuine, and allowing yourself to be improved. But always have your aims at heart.”