Posted on March 10, 2017

To commemorate International Women’s Day, Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) and the How Women Work (HWW) Qatar organised a 'Women’s Success and Wellness in Aspire’ event at the Torch Ballroom in Aspire Zone. 

Welcoming guests at the event, Evridiki Iliaki, a Certified Business and Life Coach and Head of the How Women Work Qatar, said: “This event aims to raise awareness among women that success at work is closely related to achieving a balanced lifestyle, which starts with a having healthy body and mind. I would like to thank the amazing ladies at Aspire Zone Foundation who came together and helped us make this occasion very special.”  The event featured local entrepreneurs and prominent personalities, including by Ms. Lolwa Al Marri, President of the Qatar Women Sport Committee and Head of Events at Aspire Logistics. The event also featured local entrepreneurs including Ghanem Al Sulaiti and Khalifa Saleh Al Haroon, aspiring Qatari writer Shorooq Al Malki, and the first female president of the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC), Milan Arun.  

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Guest speaker Ghanem Al Sulaiti talked about the spiritual and health journey he embarked on, which led to him adopting a vegan diet four years ago. Speaking to a large number of women attendees at the event, Al Sulaiti said that he found the vegan diet and healthy lifestyle spiritually enlightening and encouraged the audience to seek out the options that work best for them and fit with their daily habits. He added, “I owe my success to my mother, who has been my biggest supporter and inspiration. Women play such an important part in all our success. I’m proud to say that 70% of my businesses are staffed by women.” 

Khalifa Saleh Al Haroon shared an emotional memory about his late grandmother at the event, who he described as "one of the first entrepreneurs in his life, and his biggest inspiration." He also shared the keys to his success with attendees, encouraging them to always start with the ‘why?’ when embarking on any venture to help you stay on track, quoting a popular inspirational TEDx speaker, Simon Sinek. In her speech, Lowla Al Marri shared details of her success from working in the sports industry and explained her ambition to promote sporting activity among women. She also shared tips on how to overcome the challenges that people inevitably face from time to time. 

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Meanwhile, Shorooq Al Malki, spoke about the importance of finding the right balance between work, family, and one's individual needs. She shared examples from inspiring CEOs on how to achieve this balance, emphasizing the significance of having a good support system from family and friends. A number of sessions were also held at the event, including a unique stretching and breathing exercise that helps improve posture and confidence, as well as a session on self-defence and an introduction to the world of martial arts. The a 'Women’s Success and Wellness in Aspire’ event jointly organized by AZF and the How Women Work Qatar was aimed at expanding the Foundation’s goal of promoting healthy lifestyles among the varied communities in Qatar.

HWW is a community group founded in 2009 under the patronage of H.E. Sheikha Alanoud Bint Hamad Al-Thani to empower women to grow and succeed in Qatar. It brings together women with aspirations and ambitions to share knowledge, ideas and enable them to find sustainable ways to succeed.