Inside Look at AGWN
AGWN (AGCO Global Women's Network) is a business advisory group that develops, promotes and advocates leadership of women as growers of profitability, collaboration and a diverse culture at AGCO.
Inside Look at AGWNAGWN (AGCO Global Women's Network) is a business advisory group that develops, promotes and advocates leadership of women as growers of profitability, collaboration and a diverse culture at AGCO.
Currently, our diversity and inclusion approach places a strong focus on balancing the number of women at every level of the Company, with a special emphasis on increasing the number of women in leadership positions. With this in mind, the AGCO Global Women’s Network (AGWN) is dedicated to training and developing women as promoters and growers of profitability. To promote hiring and advancement of women leaders AGCO also partners with external organizations, such as Women in Agribusiness and Women in Engineering, whose objectives align with our own goals to build a more gender-diverse pipeline of future leaders.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, let’s take a look at some terrific AGWN meetings and events held around the world recently!
The Manufacturing Institute’s STEP Ahead Awards
The STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead initiative launched in 2012 to bolster manufacturing’s attractiveness to women and to help improve the perception of careers in the industry among younger generations. The Institute champions diversity and works to empower women leaders. Since 2013, it has annually awarded the STEP Ahead Award to honor women who demonstrate excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory floor to the C-suite.
Since the Award program’s inception, AGCO women have been recognized each year. Most recently, the Institute will recognize 100 Honorees and 30 Emerging Leaders, including three AGCO women, with the 2018 STEP Ahead Award at a gala in Washington, D.C.
“I’m proud of this important recognition as the STEP Ahead program supports the same diversity and inclusion approach as the AGCO Global Women’s Network (AGWN),” said Lucinda Smith, Senior Vice President, Global Business Services at AGCO.
Thanks to AGWN Argentina, AGCO Career Week 2017 successfully launched at the AGCO Academy Training Center on September 11, 2017. The five-day event focused on strengthening and integrating the company’s career tools and helping employees prepare for professional self-development and growth. AGWN Argentina leadership integrated all of AGWN ́s pillars—employer branding and recruitment cycle, women’s development & mentoring, networking discussions, and flexibility at workplace—into this one initiative.
AGWN Ibirubá members developed a charitable campaign to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of AGCO Ibirubá, which was celebrated September 14-15, 2017. As part of the initiative, employees received a 10-year anniversary shirt if they donated 3 kg of food to a food-collection campaign. The program raised more than 400 kg (882 lbs.) of non-perishable food that was donated to the institution Annes Dias Hospital in the city of Ibirubá!
AGWN Duluth Hosted Leadership and Networking Event
The AGWN Duluth, Georgia chapter hosted a Leadership and Networking Event on November 16, 2017 which featured a distinguished panel of business leaders from AGCO, SAP and Leadercast. Panelists shared advice and answered questions on leadership skill development, career acceleration, work-place con dence and work-life balance.
AGCO and AGWN Duluth co-hosted the Women in Manufacturing (WiM) Leadership Day on September 21, 2017 at AGCO’s corporate headquarters. The WiM Leadership Day was headlined by Shan Cooper, Chief Transformation Officer of WestRock, and Constance Dierickx, PhD, author and founder of CD Consulting Group. These award-winning business leaders shared powerful leadership tools and advice specifically targeting women in male-dominated industries. Constance shared her six steps to “Amplify your Personal Brand,” and Shan, a breast cancer survivor, shared her personal strategies for balancing family, faith and career.
AGCO piloted an AGWN mentoring program at the global headquarters in Duluth, Georgia which consisted of 18 partnerships (36 participants). Due to its success and interest in the program, we are now launching a North America mentoring program which is comprised of a total of 42 partnerships (84 participants) and runs throughout this year.
Building on the fantastic success of the Duluth mentoring pilot, also starting this year, each senior vice president will also be engaging formally with a key leader in AGCO to support that leader’s ongoing development through a formal mentoring relationship. By leveraging ongoing meetings and sharing experiences, each mentee will benefit from a broader understanding of how AGCO works and what can be done to bring additional value to the organization.
AGCO Parts Million Gallon Challenge
In November 2017, AGCO Parts achieved its year-long goal of selling one million gallons of AGCO lubricants. This initiative was led by Greg Sanderson, Senior Marketing Specialist. To drum up excitement within AGCO Parts, Sanderson and the marketing team involved AGWN and the entire Parts organization by incorporating a food drive for a local food bank.
“For every 100,000 gallons we sold in 2017, AGCO Parts employees filled and donated a 55-gallon drum of non-perishable food,” said Sanderson. “Because of this initiative, AGCO Parts has donated hundreds of pounds of food to those in need.”
In addition to the local donations, AGCO Parts committed to making a cash donation to a chosen charity in the sales region that sold the most gallons. The recipient of the donation is the Breakfast Club of Canada in Quebec.
Europe & Middle East
AGCO Budapest Shared Services Centre sets Milestones for Women in the Workplace and in Leadership
At the Budapest, Hungary, Shared Services Centre, there has been an evolution of skill sets since it opened in 2011. Not just for development anymore, information technology (IT) services at this location have expanded to include enterprise technology services, enterprise application services, engineering, purchasing, finance and more. But there is another story to tell about the composition of the Budapest team. The gender diversity achievements for the Budapest, Hungary Shared Services Centre are more than noteworthy: the headcount until the end of January 2018 will be 187 employees—which includes 66 female and 121 male (that means 35 percent of its workforce is female), in the past 12 months the Budapest team has increased the ratio of female employees by 25 percent, and (to date) women account for 42 percent of the leadership team.
AGWN EME Members Go the Distance for a Good Cause in Paris
AGWN GSI Penang Holds Blood Donation Event
AGWN GSI Penang organized a blood donation event on August 8, 2017 to support Penang Seberang Jaya Hospital’s blood bank. Thanks to volunteers and impactful promotion, 31 donations were collected from our AGCO GSI family.
AGWN GSI Changzhou Invites Children to Work-life Balance Activity
Work-life balance is a big challenge for everyone, especially for women. On August 25, 2017, AGWN GSI Changzhou held a “Super Mom, Super Women” event. Women were encouraged to bring their children to work so they could learn more about what their moms do at AGCO. It was a fun and educational experience for everyone.