Girls Night Out

Gucci and Dawood Global Foundation, with the support of SHRM Forum Pakistan and Sensation, held an evening seminar for 100 women professional and entrepreneurs, representing sectors of pharmaceutical, medical, financial, multinational, art, fashion and beauty industries.

This women empowerment and educational event – which expanded upon Gucci’s world famous Chime for Change campaign – was created to bring career women together with opportunities for mutual respect, glamour and to create a community of pride for working women in Pakistan.  Gucci launched its new fragrance Gucci Bamboo nationwide, underscoring the importance of working women to its target market as well as the economic power of women business owners and professionals.

>Hamza Ali Abbasi spoke on the importance of integrity and authenticity in the workplace, despite peer and work pressures.  The band members of Fuzon – Emu, Shallum and Khurram – spoke about approaching your career as a human being not as a male or female.  Scentsation Founder Mohsin Feroze taught strategy on brand development.

A special Harbourfront Marketplace had been created to feature an exhibition of the works of women entrepreneurs including social enterprise Lucknow sey (which works in developing designs and introducing the craft from across borders to local artisans), ADORN-Artisans Development On-line Retail Network (which has transformed the way handicrafts are looked at), Nishan (home decor and gift items), Khakay (handwoven fabrics and rugs), Délice designer handmade candles, Travel Lite luggage, and so forth, to provide an opportunity for them to market and gain exposure for their products.

There was great  business development from the event with women professionals placing orders from entrepreneurs, mentorships formed, strengthening of the Pakistan Beauty Alliance and many professional friendships made.   The seminar was also a fundraiser for Educate a Girl, an award-winning charitable initiative to vocationally train deserving girls to become journalists, with the event helping the initiative cross 786 scholarships funded to date!

Spotted at the seminar were Zeba Bakhtiar, Sarwat Gillani, Anam Tanveer, Amna Aqueel, Russian Vice Consuls Alexey Grolov and Vladimir Grin, comedian Mani, Pomme Gohar, Dr. Parveen Kanji, First Women Bank President Emeritus Shafqat Sultana, Fuzzy Faruque, Salina Taqi, Tara Uzra Dawood, Moneeza Butt, among others.