DOHA, Qatar – ExxonMobil Qatar’s Professional Women’s Network, EMRA’A, recently partnered with INJAZ Qatar to hold its inaugural Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at the Al Bayan School for Girls in Doha. The event is an extension of an annual program ExxonMobil hosts in the United States that is designed to increase young girls’ awareness of careers related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and provide real-life examples about what a career in these fields could mean for them.
More than 30 female students from grades seven to nine took part in activities led by a group of 15 ExxonMobil volunteers. To introduce the students to concepts of engineering, budgeting and project management, the volunteers organized a team competition that challenged them to build a load-bearing bridge out of raw spaghetti and marshmallows. After the activity, volunteers spoke extensively about their own professional experiences as females in STEM fields and explained the importance of engineering in today’s world.
“Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is all about inspiring a generation who might grow up to be the great innovators and problem solvers of the future,” said Jumana Larri, Senior Developer for ExxonMobil Qatar. “Being an economist is so rewarding to me because economics is a creative enterprise that makes a tangible difference in the world. I enjoy math -- playing with numbers and solving equations -- and love the fact that I am actually applying what I have learnt from university in my daily work routine as I help the company in evaluating deals. It’s fun!”
“I met a lot of bright and talented young women today, and I hope I was able to inspire at least one of them to consider a career in engineering, or any of the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields,” she added.
“We are very pleased to partner with ExxonMobil Qatar on this inaugural Introduce a Girl to Engineering event,” said Emad Khaja, Chief Executive Officer, INJAZ Qatar. “This joint effort is about inspiring girls with the possibilities of engineering and all the interesting, fun and unique things engineering can empower them to do.”
“As we work to develop our programs at INJAZ Qatar, we understand we must expand our vision to prepare more than just the future members of our workforce – we want to prepare the leaders of tomorrow and provide them with as many learning opportunities as we can. In classrooms across Qatar, there are thousands of young bright minds with untapped potential. There are also endless possibilities for our students to succeed. This event can help inspire many girls to choose an extremely rewarding and enriching career path, and we are grateful for ExxonMobil Qatar’s help and support in furthering our mission,” added Khaja.
Each year, EMRA’A hosts an event that aims to serve the needs of the community. This year, the ExxonMobil Qatar women’s network chose to highlight STEM education, a priority area for ExxonMobil worldwide. In Qatar, ExxonMobil works with valued local partners such as INJAZ Qatar to develop programs that educate and nurture the scientists, engineers and mathematicians that will help sustain Qatar’s future knowledge-based society. ExxonMobil Qatar has been supporting INJAZ Qatar since 2007, harnessing the mentorship of Qatari business leaders to help inspire entrepreneurialism and innovation among Qatari youth. INJAZ Qatar is an affiliate of Junior Achievement Worldwide, the world's largest non-profit business education organization reaching 9.7 million students annually.
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ExxonMobil Qatar’s women’s interest network, EMRA’A, was founded in 2009 to provide women working within the company and its joint ventures with skills training, mentoring, career guidance and networking opportunities. EMRA’A, meaning ‘woman’ in Arabic, also stands for ExxonMobil Reaching, Aspiring and Advancing, and is modelled off of other ExxonMobil professional women’s networking groups around the globe.
Since establishment, EMRA’A has functioned as a platform from which opportunities for professional women can surface, and where trending topics related to women in the workplace can be brought to the table. The network strives to connect with the Qatari community and hosts events with development opportunities, valuable networking opportunities and team-building activities. Additionally, EMRA’A hosts community events for ExxonMobil to support the needs of the Qatari community.