Women Leaders from U.S. Private Sector and Government Empower Students to Succeed as Part of the Competitive 21st Century Workforce

Women Leaders from U.S. Private Sector and Government Empower Students to Succeed as Part of the Competitive 21st Century Workforce (State Dept. / Con. Gen. Surabaya)

(Surabaya, Indonesia) – On March 10, U.S. Consulate General Surabaya collaborated with the University Ciputra Surabaya and Cargill in Indonesia to elevate the importance of women empowerment and in learning, labor, and leadership as part of Indonesia’s 21st century workforce development.

Held in conjunction with International Women History Month, the event gathered over 00 students of business management at Ciputra University for an opportunity to hear directly from U.S. government and private sector how investment in local talent, community, and inclusive workplace helps drive business success and global competitiveness.

Ms. Chika Hutauruk, Global HR Solutions Market Lead for Cargill Indonesia, Philippines and South Korea demonstrated with her personal example that Indonesian women can lead international Fortune 500 companies and drive success of others.  Ms. Chika shared with the participants her personal success tips and explained that Cargill’s corporate strategy for success is based on creating an inclusive working environment with flexible working arrangement, a work-family balance, and learning and mentorship opportunities to capture the strength and scale up talent capability that comes from diversity.  “A diverse workforce brings diverse thinking and ideas that strengthen organization’s capability. Within an environment that is inclusive, individuals have a sense of belonging and a desire to unleash their potential to the fullest. Diversity is a fact and Inclusion is an act!”

Representing women leaders in U.S. Government, Acting U.S. Consul General Angie Mizeur stressed that empowerment begins with equal access to quality education. Ms. Mizeur highlighted U.S. Government programs, such as EducationUSA and MyAmerica Surabaya, that help Indonesian students with access to U.S. high education and innovative technology. “We want to help more Indonesian students archive their goals of gaining the education and life skills that will help them succeed in today’s complex global world.”

The United States is a leader in championing gender equality as well as women’s and girls’ rights around the world. Societies that empower women to participate fully in civic and economic life are more prosperous and peaceful.

During International Women’s History Month, U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya hosts events highlighting Indonesian women who have displayed exceptional courage and leadership. This is one example of enduring a partnership between the United States and Indonesia and shows our commitment to empower women in Indonesia.

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