TİM CHAIRMAN GÜLLE: WE WILL BUILD 'TÜRKİYE RISING WITH EXPORTS' WITH WOMEN
Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM) organized the 4th of the “Women Export Talks” webinar series, where successful businesswoman exporters share their advice for the business world and how they started exporting. The webinar, which aims to encourage women entrepreneurs to export and is titled “How We Started Exporting, How Did We Do It?”, was held with the participation of Sultan Tepe, Vice President of TİM Women's Council, and Zeynep Bodur Okyay, Chairman and CEO of Kale Group as the speaker.
Speaking at the opening of the program, TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle said, “We will achieve to increase the power and share of our women in exports as soon as possible and we will build “Türkiye Rising with Exports” with our women. With the vision of “Strong Women, Strong Exports, Stronger Türkiye”, we are increasingly focusing our efforts targeted to women exporters. We believe that the fact that our women are involved in the economy and exports is a must for the strong tomorrows of our country.”
The TİM Women's Council, which was established as a first in 2018 within the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM), the only umbrella organization of 100 thousand exporters with 61 exporter associations and 27 sectors, and has 54 members, is working to increase the number of women exporters, make them more effective, to raise their awareness about access to support and financing. TİM also continues its “Women Export Talks” webinar series to encourage women entrepreneurs to export.
Okyay and Tepe shared their experiences
The 4th webinar series, organized with the title "How We Started in Exports and How We Succeeded?", was held with the participation of Sultan Tepe, Vice President of TİM Women's Council, and Zeynep Bodur Okyay, Chairman and CEO of Kale Group. The seminar was broadcast live on TİM's corporate internet address and social media accounts. Tepe and Okyay shared with the participants how they started exporting and their advice for the business world.
“We will organize Türkiye Women Exporters Workshop”
Speaking at the opening of the program and emphasizing that TİM Women Export Talks series with inspiring stories served as a bridge between women exporters, TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle said, “Our Women's Council, which operates within TİM, has done great things in a short time. TİM Women Export Talks, South American Virtual Trade Delegation specific to our women exporters, Zero Waste in Export Project, Sustainability Report, Women Entrepreneurship Program, and many other projects have successfully revealed the vision of our Council. We have many projects that we plan to carry out during the year. We will organize the Turkish Women Exporters Workshop by saying “Strong Women, Strong Exports, Stronger Türkiye”. We will design the 'Sustainable Roadmap' for our women exporters by making a report of the data that emerged because of our workshop. Also, for the development of our country's economy, we will evaluate our women exporters who have significant contributions to production, employment, and exports according to their annual export performance and reward them at the “Strong Women of Export Award Ceremony”. We believe that we will make an important contribution to the promotion of the achievements of our women exporters with our “Strong Women of Export Movie” project, which is also among our visionary projects.
“Our women exporters will make a virtual landing in Africa on March 8th”
Gülle said that on March 8, International Women's Day, they will carry out the African Virtual Trade Delegation for women exporters. Noting that even in the first weeks of the pandemic, while all projects were suspended, TİM Women's Council constantly put forward new projects and new ideas in all circumstances, Gülle said: “Today, we reap the fruit of those works carried out in the most challenging days. With this strong team, we will achieve to increase the share and the power of our women in exports which is our main goal, as soon as possible and we will build 'Türkiye Rising with Exports' with our women. With the vision of “Strong Women, Strong Exports, Stronger Türkiye”, we are increasingly focusing our efforts targeted to women exporters. We believe that the fact that our women are involved in the economy and exports is a must for the strong tomorrows of our country.”
Okyay: Creating innovative ideas is essential to make a difference in life
Zeynep Bodur Okyay, Chairman and CEO of Kale Group, said, “I grew up hearing from my father that there will be no development without industrialization. That is why I think it is such a privilege to be an industrialist. I suggest our women not to be discouraged, to make more effort." Zeynep Bodur Okyay continued, “It is very important to learn from mistakes and continue undeterred. There can always be failures in life, but you must learn by evaluating this process. We need to pay great attention to the concept of family and protect the health of the family. We are supposed to be respectful of people at heart. We need to work to address inequalities. Creating innovative ideas is essential to make a difference in life. We are trying to be inspired in different fields. In our business, we work for a world where technology is the vehicle and happiness, and the well-being of people is the goal. We need to move towards a system in the management levels where more women are supported.”
“We have very successful female executives”
Okyay continued his speech:
“The more we achieve the balance in the ratio of women and men in a company, the more I think we can generate ideas and make a difference on the innovation side. In the beginning, it is the important thing is education and qualified people, we must encourage them. According to a study, women's awareness is high due to different problems they deal with. The research on profitability has been conducted in the world, and according to this research, it has been seen that companies with a high number of female managers have high profitability. So, our companies should be able to do that. Especially since I am an engineer, I want the number of female engineers to be increased. We have very successful female executives. We need to support them on this issue. If we keep awareness high, if there is encouragement in this direction and successful businesswoman role models increase, then I think we will encourage it."
Tepe: We are working to increase the number of female exporters
Expressing that TİM Women's Council is working to increase the number of women exporters, make them more effective, to raise awareness about access to support and financing, Tepe said, “The aim of our committee is; to develop projects to increase the number of women entrepreneurs, managers and employees in the business world in our country in line with the goal of gender equality and to change the perception that the business world is the 'Men's Job'. I believe that in the new world order, women's place in business will be greater than ever. It is very important to increase the awareness and steps to be taken about the contribution to women's entrepreneurship. We need to bring our women producers and exporters more into the system and support them both in terms of financing and in terms of finding markets. What we need to do is increase the number of women with an entrepreneurial spirit, encourage them to take part in the business world, ensure that they have the knowledge they need. We need to encourage our women to be here. We should encourage our women to work.”
“Advice to female exporters for success”
Tepe, for women entrepreneurs, advised: “You have to work hard by enjoying what you do. You must work hard and constantly renew yourselves. Especially make good use of technology and make a catch of opportunities. Do not be afraid to try and be bravely open to innovation. I believe that the main reason we are successful abroad is to adopt our production logic as a 'produce for the world' strategy. For this reason, it is very important that you follow the world. Especially because of the pandemic, the fairs are held in a virtual environment, not physically. I recommend that you participate in the fairs. I believe that if you work patiently, one day you will achieve your dreams. You must constantly improve and imagine yourselves.”