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Harris Corporation Joins AmCham Abu Dhabi ‘WOMEN ACHIEVE’ Initiative

Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. - AmCham Abu Dhabi announces that Harris Corporation has become the latest signatory of WOMEN ACHIEVE, an innovative program established by its Women in Business Committee that promotes the professional advancement of women. The program was developed to encourage companies and organizations to give women more opportunities to advance their careers by offering them positions of greater responsibility and leadership.

Harris is now the 54th organization that has joined an expanding list of leading companies that support the WOMEN ACHIEVE initiative including Accenture, AECOM, AMIDEAST, Bechtel, Boeing, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, CH2M, ExxonMobil, Institute of Management Accountants Middle East, Lockheed Martin Global Inc., MetLife, New York Institute of Technology, Northrop Grumman, Parsons, Raytheon, Reed Smith LLP, Squire Patton Boggs (MEA) LLP, UPS and others. As a supporter of the WOMEN ACHIEVE program, Harris highlights its commitment to provide a work environment that is favorable to women’s development by empowering women to refine their leadership skills and flourish in their respective jobs and areas of expertise. Moreover, Harris pledges to provide greater opportunities for women’s participation in training and career advancement.

“Harris values the diverse ideas, perspectives, experiences, backgrounds and lifestyles in our workforce. Building, maintaining and expanding a globally inclusive culture is central to our organization's continuing success,” said William Brown, Chairman, President and CEO, Harris Corporation. “Bringing together a variety of backgrounds and perspectives generates the innovation that fuels our growth.”

Sharief Fahmy, Chairman of AmCham Abu Dhabi, remarked, “We are delighted to have AmCham Abu Dhabi Platinum Member Harris Corporation join WOMEN ACHIEVE as the 54th signatory company. AmCham Abu Dhabi is proud to support innovative initiatives, such as WOMEN ACHIEVE, that foster positive change in the business community.”

Left to Right: Dareen Zoughbi, Chairperson, Women in Business Committee, AmCham Abu Dhabi; 
William Brown, President, Chairman, and CEO, Harris Corporation

Established in January 2013, WOMEN ACHIEVE emphasizes seven key ideals, which direct companies towards acquiring a supportive work environment for the professional advancement of women. These ideals include encouraging women to grow through training, shadowing, coaching, mentorship and internship programs, as well as considering female candidates for new opportunities and the support of ‘rising stars’ into leadership positions. WOMEN ACHIEVE also encourages the induction of women to serve on boards of various organizations and advocates the importance of fair remuneration for female employees.

Participation in WOMEN ACHIEVE is open to entities of all sizes. Companies that are interested can elect to become signatories by contacting AmCham Abu Dhabi. Interested participants may also visit AmCham Abu Dhabi’s recently launched Women Achieve website, and pledge their company online to support the advancement and empowerment of women in the workplace. For more information, visit www.WomenAchievePledge.org. In addition, WOMEN ACHIEVE signatories receive a certificate of acknowledgement from AmCham Abu Dhabi for their support and are eligible to use the WOMEN ACHIEVE seal on their communication collateral.

Front Row Left to Right: Theresa F. Weber, Executive Director, AmCham Abu Dhabi; Dareen Zoughbi, Chairperson, Women in Business Committee, AmCham Abu Dhabi; William Brown, President, Chairman, and CEO, Harris Corporation; Kholoud Saeed Al Kendi, Business Development Manager, Harris Middle East Regional Office.

Back Row Left to Right: AmCham Abu Dhabi representatives: Jules Lewis, Women in Business Committee Co-Chair; Christina Struller, Membership & Events Director; Anna Heystek, Women in Business Committee Co-Chair; Harris Corporation representatives: Ed Zoiss, President, Harris Electronic Systems; Wes Covell, Vice President and General Manager, Harris Middle East Regional Office; Angela Mackenzie, Administrative Supervisor, Harris Middle East Regional Office; Sara Al Wahedi, Human Resources and Finance Support, Harris Middle East Regional Office; Kristine Chandler, Human Resources Manager, Harris Electronic Systems and General (ret) Peter Chiarelli, Harris Board of Directors.

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