Meanwhile Land Rover UK hosted an all-girls coaching session
in Bath, with the help of England Rugby World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi and
rising English young coach Jade Whale.
The training session was put on to support female
participants of Hitz, a national social inclusion programme that uses rugby to
inspire and motivate young adults back into education and employment.
Jade suffered from low confidence before joining, the Land
Rover supported Hitz programme, and now plays for Bath Rugby Ladies and is collecting
her coaching badges as an apprentice of the Bath Rugby Foundation.
Maggie was impressed by what she saw, saying: “What is great
about International Women’s Day is we get the chance to tell the stories of fantastic
individuals who are doing amazing things; Jade is absolutely one of them.
“Jade’s story inspires me so much, to think that she’s come
from not being very confident to working her way through Hitz and standing here
today leading a rugby coaching session with 20 girls. To me that is brilliant,
Jade’s story can inspire so many people.”
Across the UK and
Across our UK and Ireland sites, women from across the
business got together to celebrate the day.
In Halewood, Global Manufacturing Director Grant McPherson
held an engagement session with a group of female associates from across the
plant. During the session he talked about the challenges and opportunities
facing Halewood and shared his views of wanting to see more women in senior
At the EMC, local MP Emma Reynolds visited the plant to meet
with apprentices and female colleagues to speak about their experiences working
for Jaguar Land Rover. While she took the opportunity to answer questions about
life as an MP.
Female colleagues in Shannon, Ireland, also got in the
spirit of International Women’s Day by hosting a session exploring women in the
automotive industry and engineering. The discussion, chaired by Senior
Programme Manager Kareena McMahon, looked at how they could improve the
percentage of women working in the office.
Across North America
Our North American colleagues also celebrated International
Women’s Day by hosting a panel of female speakers who discussed what it means
to build and lead diverse teams.
The #BetterForBalance panel led by New York Times Director
of Strategy, Kathleen Diamantakis, included three-time Olympic medallist Meghan
Duggan, Jaguar Land Rover’s Dawn Canes, Google Automotive’s Anya Estrov and New
Yorker Editor Helen Rosner.
Meanwhile the future technology innovation hub in Portland
in Oregon, saw female colleagues come together to share their experiences and
successes they have been involved in with Jaguar Land Rover North America.
Watch the video.