News > UAE Armenians > Gulizar Jonian honoured by the Abu Dhabi International Centre for Organisational Excellence
The Abu Dhabi International Centre for Organisational Excellence – ADICOE, is an organization affiliated with the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
In its pursuit of excellence, ADICOE has now established a Women’s Excellence Group – WEG. Thirty professional women, acclaimed leaders in their respective fields, have been invited to be part of a unique initiative called the Big Sister/Little Sister Program, in order to provide mentoring for young women who are moving up their career ladders.
To launch this group, ADICOE organized a 2-day “Women’s Excellence Workshop” at the Chamber of Commerce, directed at young and rising managers identified by their respective organizations as "high potential."
Dr. Catherine Norton was invited from Australia to present workshop on effective leadership.
On Wednesday, 03 March 2010, six high profile professional women took part in a panel discussion focussing on how they have reached the current point in their careers, the challenges they faced and ultimately how they triumphed.
Member of the Abu Dhabi Armenian community Gulizar Jonian was chosen to be one of the six inspirational women invited to the panel.
Gulizar Jonian (left) and Dr. Catherine Norton
Over 150 people attended the event. Dr Catherine Norton the moderator, introduced Gulizar as “a Canadian Armenian known for her commitment to her profession and the many other businesses she has undertaken, in addition to her volunteer work and being a local media and TV personality.” The latter was in reference to Gulizar’s appearance on a prime time TV program showcasing as a model leader, inspiring team members to keep high their optimism and excel, even under stressful conditions.
Gulizar introduced herself by saying “I’m an Armenian, born and raised in Iraq, where I studied Architecture against the advice of many who considered it a male dominated industry.” She then went on to talk about the various stages in her life, the challenges she faced, the countries she lived and worked in, and what she learnt from each experience. In conclusion, Gulizar noted, “As the epic author says, the journey is just as important, if not more than, the destination…”
During the question and answer session, the audience asked the panellists their views about how to overcome the challenges facing working women and the invisible ceiling that hinders women’s progress, to which Gulizar replied, "I do not believe that there is such a ceiling, and if there is one, it is there to be broken…"
See part of Gulizar Jonian’s introduction in a video clip on Youtube: