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Hana's WAVEs program trains women for leadership

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Female leaders pose after receiving certificates for completing Hana Financial Group's WAVEs program at its headquarters in Seoul, Tuesday. Courtesy of Hana Financial Group
Female leaders pose after receiving certificates for completing Hana Financial Group's WAVEs program at its headquarters in Seoul, Tuesday. Courtesy of Hana Financial Group

By Lee Min-hyung

Thirty-six new female leaders have completed Hana Financial Group's woman leadership program, Hana WAVEs, the financial group said Tuesday.

Program participants undergo a five-month career training course covering areas such as leadership, strategy and communication.

"WAVEs" stands for women's actions, voices and emotions. Hana Financial Group launched the program in 2021, with a view to fostering more female leaders for its diverse financial affiliates. Last year, the program trained a group of 34 women, four of whom have since been promoted to executive-level positions within the group and its key affiliates.

"Nurturing female leaders with a focus on diversity and professionalism is an important task for Hana to achieve sustainable future growth," Hana Financial Group Chairman Ham Young-joo said. "We expect the female leaders to show sacrifice and dedication, while at the same time challenging themselves beyond conventional work boundaries."

The participating women presented a set of strategies for the group's digital transformation and better customer management during the ceremony in celebration of their completion of the program.

The WAVEs program is also part of Hana's group-wide drive to upgrade environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) management. It expected the program to foster a culture of diversity and gender equality within the group.

Hana Financial Group is one of the nation's major financial holding firms that has been more active in its drive for ESG. In April, the group also joined the United Nations Women's Empowerment Principles.


Lee Min-hyung mhlee@koreatimes.co.kr


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