‘P&G on Wall Street’ Empowers Saudi Women
First competition of its kind gives student competitors hands-on experience to
overcome challenges the P&G way
Dubai, UAE, 19 June, 2012: Procter & Gamble (P&G) Jeddah is proud to announce that a team of enterprising female students from Effat University has won the first ‘P&G on Wall Street’ Challenge.
Procter & Gamble’s first Saudi inter-university competition, targeted top female talent from leading colleges /universities and featured intensive, gruelling activities that gave participants hands-on experience on how P&G overcomes challenges, that enable and lead it to operate with excellence.
Competitors from leading Saudi female universities (Effat University, Dar Al-Hekma College and College of Business Administration) participated in the three-phase competition, which began in April 2012. In which they were presented with a number of 360 degree business analysis, brand building and General Management simulation case studies that incorporated finance, marketing, business strategies and analytical thinking into real life brands. They were also given customized P&G trainings on the necessary skills they would need for building successful careers, taken on tours at the Company’s facilities and were given a rare opportunity to have educational open ended discussion sessions with P&G’s managers.
“The P&G on Wall Street Challenge not only focuses on building and developing local female talent, but also equips students with the right tools, to prepare them for the competitive market place they will enter upon graduation.” Commented Kindah Sais, Senior Saudi Talent Practice Leader… “This competition goes beyond emphasizing P&G’s long term commitment in continuing & solidifying its strategic partnerships with highly qualified academic institutions and taking our engaging university activities to a higher level, through creative means and never done before activities “added Fahad Abdulkarim, Arabian Peninsula & Pakistan HR Director.
The winning team received a unique “Money-can’t-buy” experience of two months’ training at the Company’s facilities, which would equip them with the necessary tools and learnings, they would need when entering the business world upon graduation, by working on some of the Company’s leading billion dollar brands.
Tariq AlAmoudi, Human Resource Manager-Jeddah, further commented, “P&G will continue its commitment to invest in developing local talented students and help them to release their full potential. In return, this will help us to maintain our position of being the Employer of Choice in our targeted colleges and universities ”
Upon the competition completion, one of the students stated “This experience added to what was missing in our educational curriculum in Saudi… it added the real life experience to our basic theoretical textbooks”. Her class mate continued “it was GREAT and beneficial, filled with learnings and experiences that transform life”.
“We are delighted to have played a part in enriching the education of these incredibly talented women, empowering them with P&G insight that is a key factor in our Company’s success,” said Al Rajwani, Vice President and General Manager, P&G Arabian Peninsula and Pakistan. “This is the first time that we have had such top talent presented to our Arabian Peninsula Leadership Team, who were very impressed with the calibre and professionalism of the female participants. They demonstrated an advance understanding of business acumen, and on behalf of P&G I wish them all well in their future careers.”
He added, “I would like to offer congratulations to our winning team from Effat University, and thank our dedicated P&Gers Kindah Sais, Runaas Daheem, Hussain Assaggaf and Tariq Alamoudi for developing and contributing their time and effort to this competition to make it a resounding success.”