April 12, 2021
Connection Paired with Support
Recognizing that the pandemic was causing increased stress and feelings of isolation, the Brazil chapter of the Alcoa Women’s Network (AWN) launched a unique program to provide connection and support.
The As Margaridas Program consisted of 40 randomly selected pairs of participating female employees from our three operating locations and corporate office in Brazil. During August and September, each pair met weekly in a virtual format to exchange ideas, offer support and share challenges, fears and anxieties. A group of AWN members provided additional support to all participants through tips, apps and biweekly group meetings that covered mental health, empowerment and other issues.
“This program was a gift to me, as it came at a very difficult time when I had completely changed my routine—starting to work at home, taking care of my children, helping with school activities, among other things,” said Dorliane Silva, administrative assistant at the Juruti location. “It was through the program that I realized that I was not alone. I found the emotional support I needed.”
Added Riane Oliveira, human resources business partner at the Alumar location, “Despite the distances and differences, my paired partner and I had many things in common. This helped us build a strong bond of trust from the beginning. There were moments of welcome, support, advice and great learning.”
Due to its success, the As Margaridas Program is being offered again in 2021.