NBV Human Resource (HR) assistant to Staff Development Officer Juliann Williams

International Women’s day is celebrated around the world on the 8th of March annually to celebrate the achievements of women, to give regard to and to restore dignity of women in our societies.

National Bank of Vanuatu supports Gender equality in its Executive Managerial Positions within the Bank.

Meet Mrs. Juliann Williams, Chief People Officer at the National Bank of Vanuatu.

She started working in the Bank from an Human Resource (HR) assistant to Staff Development Officer to Process Policy Officer and Project Officer between 1997 to 2004.

Mrs. Williams had 2 goals when she joined the Bank, one was to get her Master’s Degree before she reached the age of 30, and in 2005 she achieved this study goal and graduated with Master’s Degree from the University of the South Pacific.

Her second goal was to become HR Manager and in January 2006 she took over from her successor who at that time was Mr. Lazarus Kenni.

To date she still holds the HR Manager position now called Chief People Officer.

Mrs. Williams slogan for this year’s International Women’s Day is “I will celebrate achievements by women.”

She comments that whether it is big, small, seen, heard, documented or not, but being a leader starts with an individual.

“The key personal habits that shape a woman to stand out as a leader starts from knowing who she really is, knowing her goals in life, knowing her strengths, and most importantly setting a career path for herself. It is appreciating her roots, appreciating the community that supports her initial life’s journey and appreciating all the lessons learnt along the way”.

“So, my advice to young girls out there, is follow your dreams. Having a kid and a family at an early age, shouldn’t be a barrier to you achieving your dreams and career goals if you are determined, focused and work towards your goals. Again, to become a good leader starts with knowing who you are, being genuine and allow yourself to be corrected. But always have your goals at heart,” she added.