Mauritius: MCB marks Women’s Day; launches MCB Glow for professionals
The MCB provided the platform for an interactive dialogue spearheaded by successful businesswoman Catherine Chouard that allowed many women in search of answers to be blessed by the speaker’s valuable insights. (Image: Cecilia Samoisi)
Mauritius’ financial services major, the Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB), celebrated women across the island in anticipation of International Women’s Day on March 08, 2015, and also launched the MCB Glow, an exchange platform for professionals, at the MCB St Jean, Quatre-Bornes, on Friday, March 06, 2015.
Entitled ‘Equilibre(s), performance et bien-être’ which translates to ‘Balance(s), performance and well-being’ the interactive dialogue spearheaded by successful businesswoman Catherine Chouard allowed many women in search of answers to be blessed by the speaker’s valuable insights.
After a rich career in the DHL Group, Catherine Chouard founded Catherine Chouard Consulting in 2009 to provide leadership coaching to senior executives.
Planned more as a dialogue-sharing exercise than a formal conference, the platform provided by MCB was more about Catherine Chouard sharing the life experiences which have enabled her to become a fulfilled woman.
“The first thing that I realised in my journey to self-fulfilment is that I need to rely on myself. Not on my parents, because one day they will pass away, nor even on my children because one day they will be living their own life,” said Catherine Chouard.
“Another self realisation was that we need to learn to accept ourselves and stop looking at ourselves through the eyes of others. This is one of the biggest mistakes that prevents us women from fully developing our professional skills, as we are always looking for the approval of a third party — either our boss, our family or our spouse,” she added.
During the dialogue sharing exercise, she also gifted the women with precious advice that she noted “women are aware of, but take for granted.”
Her recommendations, which are not strictly reserved for women, are simply taking care of themselves first and foremost, be it physically or emotionally, so that women can take care of others and give their best professionally as well.
Taking time out for themselves includes taking care of their health which means eating and sleeping well; taking care of their emotions by expressing them well, as many women tend to ignore or hide their feelings; using their energy effectively so as to be more productive both at the professional and personal level; taking care of their mental health; taking time to recharge themselves; and finally, to stop doubting and start building up their self esteem.
“Even if we are women and take primary responsibility for our family, we must always remember that is possible to have a balanced life. The only way to know that we have achieved balance in our lives is to experience the sense of inner joy that accompanies that sense of ‘equilibrium’,” she concluded.
- By Cecilia Samoisi