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From Program to Possibility: Favia Marisol Consoro, Knitting Mechanic at Gildan

For International Women’s Day, Favia shares how Gildan’s professional development initiatives have supported her career growth and empowered her as a woman working in Mechanics

Published 03-13-20

Submitted by Gildan Activewear

Favia has worked at Gildan in the Dominican Republic for over 15 years, and during that time, she participated in a variety of Company programs for professional development. In honor of International Women’s Day, she reveals how her experiences in these initiatives have supported her career-development while empowering her as the only woman working in Mechanics at her facility.

“At Gildan, there are many programs and courses offered to employees, and I have been lucky to have participated in a variety of these programs over the years. In taking them, I’ve been able to grow in my career and learn new skills, allowing me to do things I’d never imagined before: from taking courses in mechanics and understanding complex machinery, to learning about management in my field. All these skills have given me more confidence in myself as well as in what I do – especially as a woman in my line-of-work.

These programs helped me to recognize that with the proper training, I could accomplish anything in my profession, which became important during the beginning of my career at Gildan when I started out as an operator. At the time, I was curious about trying something else. Mechanics caught my attention, and it was thanks to these initiatives that I felt inspired to pursue a position in that field. Two years later, I became a mechanic, and I have been working as one ever since.

Through my experiences here, I learned that I could be just as successful as men in my line-of-work. I am grateful for Gildan’s efforts to allow anyone access to opportunities for growth and development. Seeing that makes me feel full of hope and pride.”

– Favia Marisol Consoro, Knitting Mechanic

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Gildan is a leading manufacturer of everyday basic apparel which markets its products in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America, under a diversified portfolio of Company-owned brands, including Gildan®, American Apparel®, Comfort Colors®, Gildan® Hammer™, Gold Toe®, Anvil®, Alstyle®, Secret®, Silks®, Kushyfoot®, Secret Silky®, Therapy Plus™, Peds® and MediPeds®, and under the Under Armour® brand through a sock licensing agreement providing exclusive distribution rights in the United States and Canada. Our product offering includes activewear, underwear, socks, hosiery and legwear products sold to a broad range of customers, including wholesale distributors, screenprinters or embellishers, as well as to retailers that sell to consumers through their physical stores and/or ecommerce platforms. In addition, we sell directly to consumers through our own direct-to-consumer platforms.

Gildan owns and operates vertically-integrated, large-scale manufacturing facilities which are primarily located in Central America, the Caribbean Basin, North America, and Bangladesh. With over 46,000 employees worldwide Gildan operates with a strong commitment to industry-leading labour and environmental practices throughout its supply chain in accordance with its comprehensive Genuine Responsibility® program embedded in the Company's long-term business strategy. 

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