ABCK Speaker Series – April 2019

The American Business Council Kuwait– AmCham Kuwait held its April Speaker Series on 50 Ways to Fight Bias on Tuesday, April 23rd, at Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa, in attendance of 30 ABCK Members and Non-Members.

In his opening statements, ABCK’s Chairman Oswaldo Rueda thanked the guests for attending then introduced ABCK’s guest speaker- Lieutenant Colonel Melody Mitchell, Regional Leader and Founder of Lean In Kuwait, an initiative created to support every gender in order for them to pursue their dreams without bias or other barriers that could interfere with their goals.

Lt. Col. Mitchell initiated the workshop as she explained that this activity would help individuals confront gender bias at work, as she would be providing concrete steps to address different forms of bias. In her workshop she provided an explanation for 6 types of biases: Likeability, Performance, Maternal, Attribution, Affinity, and Double Discriminatory & Intersectionality biases.

It was an interactive session where the attendees had the chance to debate among each other followed by filling out commitment cards with an action to confront any type of bias. Workshop concluded with a group photo of the attendees.

Mr. Rueda then thanked Lt. Col. Mitchell for her workshop and called on to ABCK’s Executive Director- Mrs. Esra Cavdarli Menke, and Vice Chair- Fred Shuaibi to recognize and thank the Lieutenant Colonel for her contribution to ABCK.


Guests then enjoyed a fabulous buffet and networking.