Jabil Holds Its First Women’s Networking Event

These days being successful in business is not just about having a solid skillset; it is also about who you know. Making connections and maintaining relationships with the people who support you throughout your career can be the key to success for most individuals.

While networking may traditionally be viewed as a means to land a new job, it can also be utilized in building a network with colleagues in your current organization. By doing so you are ensuring that whenever you need a new client, to develop your skills further or just someone to lean on, someone will be there to help.

With this in mind, Jabil’s St. Petersburg, Florida campus hosted their first networking event exclusively devoted to its female employees.

Upon arrival, guests sipped on wine and enjoyed snacks, served by a few of Jabil’s male executives, with the objective of forming valuable connections for their careers and making new friends.

Jabil’s CEO Mark Mondello kicked off the agenda with a few remarks about the power of diversity in business. “You work for a company that believes in diversity. Forty to 45 percent of our employee population and 10 percent of our officers are females,” Mondello said. “Diversification leads to good solutions and without diversity there would be no unique ideas.”

PACE Center for Girls

Once the men exited the building, Sally Zeh introduced attendees to the PACE program, of which she serves as Executive Director. PACE is a Florida based alternative school designed to help girls labeled “At Risk” (or, as Zeh likes to say, “At Promise”) stay school and out of the legal system. Zeh encouraged Jabil females to support the growth and empowerment of the PACE girls by serving as a mentor, fostering their ambition, empowering their confidence and keeping them on track by helping them set goals and working towards achieving them.

Lean In Circles

Toni Jones, Jabil’s Senior Manager of Employer of Choice, lead the charge in organizing Lean In Circles, an idea discussed in Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, where small peer groups meet regularly to learn and share together. Groups were created around various topics including personal development, collaboration and operations. Lean In provides Circle Kits with everything members will need to run their Circle, including agendas, meeting guides and group activities, as well as online lectures that can be watched together.

Jabil Joules

As we approach the one year anniversary of the Jabil Joules blog, Beth Walters, Senior Vice President of Communications and Investor Relations, spoke about its successes and why she took the initiative to start the blog. “I’ve been here for over 20 years. I love this place,” Walters said. “I wanted to leave here giving back something better.”

While the blog began as a way to kick start the conversation around developing a more formalized women’s leadership program, Walters informed the audience that her next goal is to provide access to senior executives through a series of events during which female employees will spend an hour or so with various Jabil execs.

In the meantime, Walters reminded everyone that their continued input and engagement are vital to the success of the blog.

Though this was Jabil’s first networking event devoted specifically to the female employee population, the goal is to hold similar events on a regular basis. Such an event can also be emulated at other Jabil sites worldwide.

We want to hear from you: What feedback do you have from Jabil’s first networking event for women? What topics would you like to hear about during future events?

 

 

4 Responses to Jabil Holds Its First Women’s Networking Event

  1. Toni says:

    This was a gathering of amazing women and it was our honor to arrange for everyone to get together. More to come in a few weeks about the event for Q2 and the groups that have been formed as a result of our first meeting. All you ladies around the globe, keep watching the Joules blog – as we work through this process, I’m sure we’ll end up with something that we would love to see replicated across all our sites! Thanks for everyone’s participation in making this such a great afternoon!

  2. Shiara Gerardo says:

    Hello!
    I will love to participe on those type of events, what can I do to be part of it? or is just by invitation only?

    Regards,

  3. Chaunte Peterson says:

    This was a great event and I’m glad I was able to be a part of it. I look forward to attending future events such as these.

  4. Amanda Wood says:

    Thank you to all the women of Jabil who lead and cum to this event. It is a terrific idea and one I am very glad to be a part of! The turn out was amazing! I believe in the diversity and the culture that we have here at Jabil. Bringing women together to share in experiences and offering support to one another will help empower and inspire us individually. Thank you for doing this and everything we do at Jabil to make a large company more intimate with the men. I am honored to work with such a wonderful company and group of people!

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