WiPGM Newsletter August 2022
Aug 2022 Wilma Swarts
Dear WiPGM subscribers,
While it has been quite a while since we engaged with you electronically, we are happy to confirm that so far, in 2022, we have seen many of you in person. First, at our flagship event in London in May, then at the superb IPMI Conference in June in Orlando and at our Brainstorming Breakfast in South Africa in July. Is it just us, or has 2022 zipped through the first half of the year at a supersonic pace? Perhaps after two years of virtual sessions and working from home, we are finding it a little more challenging to adjust to the in-person engagements.
Aside from celebrating our third year of existence, our member portal is also coming up to its first anniversary. We now have 80 members who have signed up for the WiPGM charter, intending to actively participate in developing the PGM industry, their skills and those of other women within the sector. We have also made significant progress following feedback from our members on the shape of a mentor/mentee programme, and we look forward to developing this programme in the coming months. In addition, we have also gained excellent traction with our regional chapters, with new members joining the committees, helping us to put together more local activities and outreach programmes and strengthening the depth and talent within our organisation.
Finally, we are so proud to announce that we have gained a new global sponsor, Gerald Group. We are excited about this new sponsorship which enables us to create more frequent engagement opportunities for our network.
New Global Sponsor!
We are delighted and grateful that Gerald Group has agreed to become a global sponsor of the Women in PGMS network initiative.
Patricia Nikolopoulos, Gerald Group’s Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Group’s Board of Directors, said, “As we celebrate the Group’s sixtieth year of successful metals trading, we believe that a diverse and talented organisation is essential to our continued success and growth. While there are more women working in the metals value chain today, we recognise that there is still more to be done, and we look forward to working with WiPGMs and other sponsors to raise awareness and to help attract more female talent to our industry.” Gerald Group has forty percent women in its commodity trading business and women comprise forty-five percent of the Group’s management.
About Gerald Group
Gerald Group aims to contribute to world trade and economic development in a sustainable and responsible manner. Founded in 1962 in the U.S. and headquartered in the U.K, the Group is the world’s oldest and largest independent and employee-owned metals trading house. Gerald is a dedicated and trusted partner to leading miners and processors, industrial consumers and financial institutions. The Group operates trading hubs in Shanghai, Stamford and Morges for the merchanting of non-ferrous, ferrous and precious metals, and related concentrates and raw materials. Gerald’s global footprint, strong risk management, expert market intelligence, experienced and innovative trading desks, combined with logistics, storage and structured finance solutions, are complemented by strategic relationships, enhancing the business’ capability to provide customers with a diverse and steady supply of resources. Gerald employs a multinational workforce with a strong focus on gender diversity and inclusion. For more in the company go to https://www.gerald.com