Careers

Women in Nexans: One year on

Mar 8, 2019

“ We have launched a local mentoring program with a first group of four mentors and four mentees from different departments, where mentors share their professional and personal experience with mentees. ”

Maria Elena Ruiz

WiN country leader Peru

Today, Nexans is celebrating the first anniversary of the Women in Nexans (WiN) network. Launched on March 8, 2018, this initiative aims at creating a professional community of women, raising awareness about the importance of gender diversity from a business performance perspective as well as launching HR initiatives both for building a pipeline of future women managers and improving well-being at work on Group level.


Over the past 12 months, WiN representatives have been appointed in all countries where Nexans operates. This month, meet Maria Elena Ruiz, WiN country leader in Peru.

 

Could you briefly introduce yourself?

My name is Maria Elena Ruiz and I am Country Manager’s Assistant at Nexans Peru. I have held various assistant positions in Sales, Finance and Legal departments, which helped me to learn more about the company. 


Last year, I also became the country leader for WiN community in Peru, which gives me a chance to develop the women professionals within the company.


How do you encourage other women to chase their dreams at Nexans?

When I joined Nexans Peru, almost all women were assistants. Now it has changed and we have women in managerial positions too. 


We need to keep working on changing mindsets and promoting diversity. As women, we must add value in everything we deliver and that is what helps us to leave a mark. We should take opportunities, not be afraid of challenges and never give up. It is also important to take new positions in different spheres of our career. 


Through our WiN initiatives in Peru, we empower women by conducting seminars on strengthening communication skills. We have launched a local mentoring program with a first group of four mentors and four mentees from different departments, where mentors share their professional and personal experience with mentees. Last year, we organised roundtables with successful women from other companies and institutions, inviting them to speak about how they made a difference in their work and inspire women in Nexans with their stories. To strengthen our local WiN community, we also meet every week after work in the class of the Peruvian dance called Marinera. Obviously, our male colleagues are also welcome to join.

 
How did you balance your personal and professional life?

It is never easy being a full-time working woman and a mother, so it can be a bit tricky. However, it is important to spend quality time with family and I do that. Asking for help and advice from fellow women helps me a lot as well. To balance my life, I usually give sometime to myself, go to the gym, share a coffee with colleagues and read books.

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