Women leaders honoured at gala dinner


(From left) Narimah, Prof Leong, Hartini, Gnanalingam, Tuanku Zara, Datuk Dr Nellie Tan-Wong, Neoh, Prof Adeeba and Jasmine.

SIX women leaders representing six sectors have been honoured with the inaugural Women’s Institute of Management (WIM) – Tan Sri Datuk Napsiah Omar Women Leaders Award.

They received their trophies from Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Zara Salim at a gala dinner held at Four Seasons Hotel in Kuala Lumpur recently.

The recipients are Dr Jasmine Begum (Corporate Management), Prof Datuk Dr Adeeba Kamaruzaman (Education), Rina Neoh (Entrepreneurship/Business), Datuk Dr Narimah Awin (Public Service), Datuk Dr Hartini Zainudin (Social & Community Service) and Prof Dr Leong Wai Yie (Technology).

Hartini also received the Overall Woman Leader Award.

“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see,” said Hartini upon receiving her awards.

“How we treat our children and the poor and marginalised is a reflection of who we are as a society, as well as our beliefs and values. So treat them well.”

Organising chairman Puan Sri Siew Yong Gnanalingam said: “These women leaders will inspire more women to move up the ladder and break the glass ceiling to be women leaders themselves.

“They will also serve as mentors to bring out the best in other women who wish to contribute back to society.”

The award, named in honour of the late Tan Sri Datuk Napsiah Omar, who was National Unity and Social Development Minister and WIM founder, recognises great women leaders serving in various sectors in the country.

These women have also demonstrated values like integrity, honesty, courage and humility. They were selected by a judging panel from 46 public nominations received.

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