Svitlana Khrapova: "You can realize anything you want if you have the strength and desire to do so."
How do you motivate yourself? How do you find a balance between your career and family? How crucial is male support for women, and how can setbacks be managed? Ukrhydroenergo employees discussed these questions in a relaxed atmosphere during a motivational meeting with Svitlana Khrapova, Deputy CEO of the company, and Nataliya Mykolska, member of the Supervisory Board of Ukrhydroenergo.
Nataliya Mykolska, the moderator, emphasized that gender equality and women's empowerment are more than just rules and regulations. They are about setting examples, providing motivation, and mentorship. She expressed that life is challenging and beautiful, and everyone's unique journey includes successes and failures.
Svitlana Khrapova shared her life experiences and practical advice. She recounted a story from her school days when a teacher doubted a girl's capability in exact sciences. Another incident during her student years, where a teacher gave her a low grade, only fueled her determination to excel. Svitlana stressed that women should understand their needs and be proactive:
"Anything you want to achieve is possible! If you have the strength and desire, you can achieve anything!"
Svitlana offered additional valuable tips: adopt a systematic approach, establish personal boundaries and rules, find inspiration in hobbies, prioritize self-education, and keep progressing.
Nataliya Mykolska highlighted that gender equality means enabling women to follow their aspirations. She emphasized the importance of choice and a systematic approach to women's success in any field.
The discussion also covered handling setbacks and the significance of male support in both family and work contexts. Svitlana pointed out that male managers were pivotal in her professional life as primary motivators.
The participants engaged in a fruitful dialogue, and the meeting garnered positive feedback and significant interest, with over 250 company employees participating.
Yulia Tolchinina-Burunska, Director of the Legal and Property Relations Department, concluded the meeting by announcing that this motivational event was the first within Ukrhydroenergo's month of gender equality and women's empowerment. She revealed plans for an online seminar on socio-cultural diversity and equal opportunities on August 10, followed by another motivational meeting on August 15, titled "Gender Equality through the Eyes of Men."