AbbVie concludes training program for pharmacy students

The five-week program will help students acquire workplace knowledge and skills.
Updated 14 January 2017
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AbbVie concludes training program for pharmacy students

AbbVie, a global research-based biopharmaceutical company, successfully concluded a five-week training program for soon-to-graduate students at King Saud University’s College of Pharmacy.
The AbbVie training program was designed to provide participants with the practical knowledge and personal skills to be successful contributors in the biopharmaceutical workplace. The most recent program follows a series of training programs that AbbVie has developed for Saudi youth, in line with the Saudi Vision 2030.
“The AbbVie training program is a real asset for the local pharmaceuticals industry in Saudi Arabia,” said Rami Fayed, AbbVie Saudi Arabia general manager. “It helps young Saudi pharmacy students to start out on their careers with a firm grasp of what to expect once they enter the pharmaceuticals workplace.”
“This training program adds an extra layer to our students’ education that could only be learned with global biopharmaceutical companies such as AbbVie,” said Dr. Haitham Al Rabiah, interim Dean of the College of Pharmacy at King Saud University. “It provides an invaluable introduction to what to expect once they leave school and enter the pharmaceutical profession.”
The training program covered work topics such as Supply Chain Management, Governmental Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, Pharmacovigilance, Compliance and Public Affairs. Other sessions focused on self-improvement and assessment processes including memory improvement, communications, active listening, innovation and emotional intelligence, all part of the worldwide standard of instruction for those entering the medical profession.


PepsiCo. launches region’s first Million Women Mentors chapter

Updated 21 August 2018
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PepsiCo. launches region’s first Million Women Mentors chapter

PepsiCo., the global food and beverage company, has launched the region’s first Million Women Mentors chapter in Riyadh. Million Women Mentors is a global movement designed to support the engagement of millions of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) mentors, both male and female, to increase the interest and confidence of girls and women to succeed in STEM programs and careers.
With female representation in the STEM fields still lower than that of their male counterparts, Million Women Mentors (MWM) aims to be a platform to give women early in their careers the boost they need to thrive in their professions and form the future of the society envisioned by Saudi Vision 2030. The pillars of Vision 2030 support a thriving economy in which men and women have the capacity to contribute to the community’s growth and successes.
“Vision 2030 aims to increase women’s participation in the workforce to 30 percent, and encouraging more women into the male-dominated STEM industries will significantly contribute to this goal,” said Satyavrat Pendharkar, general manager and vice president, Saudi Snacks Foods Ltd, PepsiCo. Saudi Arabia. “PepsiCo. has a global commitment to empowering communities, as well as to creating equal opportunities for anyone to succeed within our company. By deploying the principles of our Performance with Purpose philosophy here in the Kingdom, we hope to provide women with the backing they need to be confident when entering STEM careers.”
MWM started in 2014 and had more than 2 million mentor commitments by 2018 with a goal of reaching 3 million by 2020. The new chapter in Riyadh is the first in the MENA region, with 12 mentors and mentees signed up so far across the fields of supply chain, information technology, research and development, and finance. New mentees will be enrolled into the annual program each year.
Within the coming five years, PepsiCo. aims to have at least two of the program participants in leadership positions.
“PepsiCo. walks the talk when it comes to providing women with opportunities to thrive within the company,” said Delel Chaabouni, chief information officer, PepsiCo. Middle East and North Africa. “I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to launch this important initiative in Saudi Arabia. As a woman in a traditionally male-dominated field, I have first-hand experience in forging a career within a STEM sector, and believe that MWM has the potential to give women the boost of confidence they need to realize they can achieve success in whatever industry they want.”