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Student wins award for diversity and gender equality

Published on 17 February 2020

Solenn Challard, a 23-year-old studying MSc Project and Programme Management at SKEMA while working at steel company Arcelor Mittal in Reims, received an award from Region Grand Est for her success in a male-dominated industry.

​This award is intended to foster diversity in access to professions and trades and to fight against the persistence of gender stereotypes by encouraging young people still in training.

Solenn has been managing Arcelor Mittal’s logistics division in Reims since September 2019 (40 employees) in addition to running the industrial performance division which rolls out projects relating to the site’s performance.

Her unconventional background is remarkable in more ways than one: a technical diploma in industrial and naval mechanics followed by a year of military preparation with the French navy; an advanced vocational training certificate in production engineering completed while working in supply chain at Mondi; a master 1 in production management and industrial projects, and now an MSc in Project and Programme Management & Business Development at SKEMA, “after which I will have all the recognised international certifications in project management,” she said.

What does the future hold? “After graduating from SKEMA, I want to join an international company to suggest, manage and roll out cross-disciplinary projects (finance, production, purchasing / procurement, human resources, etc.).”

SKEMA’s Women in Business Chair congratulates Solenn: “Through her success, she embodies the diversity of career options now open to women.”

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