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Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT) Sri Lanka celebrated the fourth anniversary of its flagship Mentoring Program on the 16th of November at The Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo. “Ignite” is a planned Mentoring Program where both Mentors and Mentees are selected after a careful evaluation. This year 11 Mentors from the Logistics, Transport and Supply Chain industry, in both the corporate and academic fields pledged their support to mentor the 25 young undergraduates who were inducted to the Mentoring Program 2017.

Mrs. Gayani De Alwis, the Advisor and Co-Founder of WiLAT Sri Lanka and the Vice Chairperson of CILT Sri Lanka, in her welcome addressed and enlightened the audience on the objective of the Mentoring Program, “Ignite”. She stated, “Ignite was launched with the initiative of developing and supporting young professionals and undergraduates to harness their talents by providing learning and development opportunities.”

Major General Channa Goonetilleke, Vice President CS & HRM at Lanka Century Investments PLC was the Chief Guest for the event and Major General Channa spoke of how important mentoring can be and related his military experience in how they have coached and mentored military personnel in all stages of their lives.

The Keynote Speaker for the event was Mr. Samitha Perera, Director/CEO, CBL Foods International Pvt Limited. Samitha emphasized on the supply chain industry and how mentoring becomes a key ingredient in connecting everyone together. His speech was followed by a very impactful video on the relationship of a mentor and mentee and how a mentor could support his/her mentee to reach greater heights.

The keynote speech was followed by a panel discussion and a Q&A session moderated by Mrs. Gayani De Alwis and this was an interactive session, which gave audience an insight into the essence of mentoring and how to carry out an effective professional mentor-mentee relationship and make use of the valuable experiences and skills of one’s own mentor.

The audience was then entertained to a Bharatha dance performance. All Mentors and Mentees were then invited to light the official “Ignite” oil lamp to join hands to pledge their commitment towards this initiative. “Ignite” has received Global recognition since the launch in 2014 and this year at the CILT International Convention held in Macau, WiLAT Sri Lanka’s beautifully conceptualized “Ignite” Mentoring Program won the poster competition at the Global Convention. To conclude the day’s proceedings Miss. Shakkya Perera from Ocean University, who was the scholarship winner at “Ignite” 2016 shared her mentoring experience and her International exposure at the CILT Global Convention held in Macau in June 2017.

“Ignite” has been providing countless opportunities to young undergraduates and professionals and WiLAT urges all Mentees inducted this year to reap from the opportunities they behold. WiLAT Sri Lanka is the women’s body of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka and is growing from strength to strength ever since its formation in 2013.

Mrs. Gayani De Alwis delivering the welcome address

Major General Channa Goonetilleke addressing the gathering

Mr. Samitha Perera delivering the keynote address

Panel discussion in action

Mrs. Niroza Gazzali Vice Chairperson WiLAT Sri Lanka and “Ignite” Project Chair delivering the vote of thanks