This was the message received by Digicel staff during an inaugural leadership program graduation.
Digicel ASPIRE is a development program designed to provide high professional Digicel staff support, and prepare them to move into future leadership roles within the business.
The head of Digicel PNG Human Resource, Helen Gegeyo, said the program received overwhelming response from interested staff after it was launched on April 13th, 2018.
Staff were invited to apply for the program, where 50 were selected; 30 from Digicel PNG and 20 from Digicel hub markets covering Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and Nauru.
In last week’s graduation, Gegeyo told participants that they are successful because of the different opportunities presented to them.
“You stood out, you were selected among many applicants,” said Gegeyo.
“When we are given a chance, it is equally important to make the most of it.”
Gegeyo told participants that they have been empowered through this year-long training to make a difference, encouraging them to leave a mark.
Ending with a quote from Michelle Obama, she encouraged the team to reach out to others as empowered citizen. “When you’ve worked hard and done well, and walk through the door of opportunities, you do not slam the door shut, you reach back.”
Representing the ASPIRE program participant was Susanne Pala, who said it has been a humbling yet exciting journey, but even more exciting to see what lies ahead.
“Our pledge as leaders is that we believe in change, and we are committed to empowering our people to overcome challenges and drive towards greater success,” Pala pledged to the Digicel Senior Management Team, thanking Digicel for offering this capacity building training for the ASPIRE team.
Digicel Foundation’s Kaye Taputu said she was honoured to be part of the program and has already been seeing changes in her personal and profession approach to situations. “ASPIRE is really good. It has taught me values of life and skills to utilise,” Taputu stated.
Receiving special awards were Arthur Tane of Digicel Media Ventures, who was nominated by the class of 2018 as the most outstanding student, Susan Pala who took the ‘greatest contributor to class award’ and Jeffery Mauri who was awarded the most progressive student.
Also announced were two mid-management ASPIRE members who were promoted in their respective departments, Joseph Wanogilly of customer care and Solange John of human resource.