Women @ Work A Success In KL
Published April 18, 2014 12:11
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The BMW Malaysian Open celebrated the role of women in the sports and nation building through Women @ Work presented by GE. This was the inaugural year for the forum and photo exhibition for the discussion of the role women play across every aspect of life today.
"Women are the pulse of the country and of our families," YB En Khairy Jamaluddin, Malaysia's Minister of Youth & Sports, said. "They mold youth, they drive families and they empower the nation in so many ways that we need to recognize and celebrate. Women @ Work presented by GE, in collaboration with the BMW Malaysian Open, is the beginning of what I hope will be an on-going dialogue and development effort to better support women who will support the nation in every way."
Stuart Dean, the CEO of GE ASEAN, was also in attendance at the forum: "We are excited to have helped create this exciting forum on the backdrop of the most prestigious women's tennis tournament in Malaysia. We hope this inaugural event will kick start an annual forum to bring together women leaders to combine capabilities, share best practices and experiences, and work together to conceive ideas to support the broader objective of promoting women in the national development agenda."
The forum brought together a diverse set of personalities in its inaugural year. Attended by over 150 guests, they were treated to up close and personal presentations and spirited discussions between the speakers and several topical panels that were spread across the day long event. The topics discussed include, Diversity of Success, Women Supporting Women, Enabling Environment and Key of Success.
"Women @ Work presented by GE is the logical next step for the BMW Malaysian Open," said Gerhard Pils, President & CEO of BMW Group Malaysia. "For the past four years we've focused on enhancing the talents and abilities of women in the sport of tennis and this has also highlighted the power that sports plays in empowering every aspect of our young talent's lives. This event celebrates that by showcasing examples of empowered women from all walks of life and their unique stories."
Also among the speakers at the event were Margaret Court, a 24-time Grand Slam champion and WTA legend, Jarmila Gajdosova, a two-time WTA champion at Guangzhou in 2010 and Hobart in 2011 and former World No.25, and Peter Johnston, Managing Director of WTA Asia-Pacific and a former player.