Updated: Dec 12, 2019
Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT) Sri Lanka the women’s forum of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) held their flagship “ignite” mentoring program in its 6th edition in grand scale on 7th November at the Winchester, Kingsbury Hotel.
The theme of the panel discussion was “Mentoring and Beyond – Paving your way to success”. Major Gen (Rtd) Ubaya Madawala, H
ead of Compliance & HSES Expolanka Holdings who was the Chief Guest delivered a delightful and appropriate keynote speech on personal values and individual social responsibilities.
The panelists were Eranthi Premaratne, Director Sustainable Business MAS Kreeda, Nilushi Jayathilake, Marketing Director Beauty and Personal Care Unilever Sri Lanka, Kshanika Ratnayake, CEO Great Place to Work (GPTW), Charles Conconi, Project Director, YouLead. All panelists drew from their first-hand experiences on mentoring, coaching and development and contributed to an interesting and informative discussion. Ibrahim Saleem, Director of Haylese Advantis moderated the panel discussion.
Mentoring is one of the main strategic thrusts of WiLAT and Sri Lanka is the lead country for rolling out WiLAT globally. WiLAT has enrolled 32 undergraduates who are following the education stream of Transport & Logistics for Ignite 6. Undergraduates were selected from university of Moratuwa, University of Kelaniya, University of Sri Jayawardenapura, Ocean University, Cinec Maritime Campus and Kothalawala Defense University. Ignite 6 mentoring undergraduates represented 11 male students. 20 of experienced and qualified mentors from the industry is selected for Ignite 6 and for the first time since WiLAT has commenced Ignite, 8 male mentors are included.
Tharushi Galkanda from the University of Moratuwa won the most outstanding mentee of Ignite 2018/19 and was awarded with a scholarship as a token for her good work whilst Hansani Jayasundara from Ocean University won the best poster in the poster competition carried out depicting ones mentoring journey and learning.