Monday, April 12, 2021

FIFA’s Morris: Women should be proud and bold

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“It’s important to work for the same goal and achieve the same vision to bring football to the world.”

FIFA Chief HR & Services Officer Kimberly Morris, who believes diversity of staff is a huge strength for FIFA, spoke to about the role of women at FIFA and the values they add to the organisation.

Born in Canada, Morris studied law and after graduating and working with several international law firms, she started her own firm. She then moved to London before finally settling in Zurich, where she joined FIFA TMS GmbH in 2012.

Since then, Morris played a big role in several initiatives to grow and develop women at FIFA, including co-founding the FIFA Women’s Network and sponsoring FIFA’s Family Network.

“When I first joined FIFA, I didn’t know anyone in Zurich,” Morris explained, “and I got advice from a friend to start a women’s network at FIFA TMS where I was working to develop my female network.

“We were all part of FIFA and we started to meet together to support each other before the women’s this network became more formalised at FIFA in 2016-2017. Our goal was to learn from each other, to discuss topics of interest to the group and to engage in informal mentoring with our staff.”

Morris also revealed that there are several initiatives in place to help women grow and develop in the organisation.

“I think these initiatives are important. The ‘family’ network is a staff lead initiative to help support employees who may have challenges integrating into life in a new country. As we see things progress, we should see more initiatives,” said Morris, who was the president of Canadian NPO organisation METRAC (Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence against Women and Children) for six years.

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