Agenda

08:30

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00

Chairperson’s Opening Address

Speakers
Deirdre Lander,
Director, Employee Insights and Talent, Hong Kong
Willis Towers Watson
ADVANCING WOMEN LEADERS IN ASIA

09:10

Opening Keynote: Charting the trajectory to leadership

  • Building a pipeline of women leaders – The roadblocks and how to navigate the journey
  • Women leaders as the status quo rather than a novelty – Key attributes of high achieving leaders
  • “How can we get there?” – Reflections on leadership and advice for leaders of tomorrow
Speakers
Jo Hayes,
Director, Pipeline Initiatives
The Women’s Foundation

09:40

A journey on winning hearts and changing mindsets as a female leader

  • Progressing a career while managing a work-life balance across different countries  
  • A personal journey of moving between industries throughout a career including lessons learnt 
  • Working between cultural differences and gaining respect as a women in leadership 
Speakers
Frances Moffett-Kouadio,
Trade Commissioner, British Consulate General, Hong Kong and Macau
Department for International Trade (DIT)

10:10

Speed Networking Session

This interactive session will provide attendees with an opportunity to share their experiences in the field and interact with numerous peers in an informal setting. The session will see attendees rotate in short intervals where they will have a chance to exchange personal stories, knowledge and insights on current policies and initiatives in a non-intimidating environment.

10:40

Morning Break

11:10

ROUND-TABLE MINI WORKSHOPS

This session will break into four groups, where each group will discuss challenges, share experiences, and leverage tangible takeaways around the topic. 
 
Workshop 1: Developing a road map for your career
  • Challenges faced, career highlights and lessons learnt
  • Setting strategies for effective career advancement, leadership paths, goals, and targets
  • Practical advice for accelerated career progression – how to plan your career forward in the organisation… starting today
  • Creating support networks - how do you build a community with like-minded individuals for support and feedback
Facilitator: Divya Patel, Strategic Director, World Toilet Organisation, Strategic Lead, Ashoka
Facilitator: Irene Tsang, Founder, Metta Works
Workshop 2: Fostering a gender-inclusive workplace 
  • Developing an appetite for change – shifting prevailing mind-sets, attitudes and behaviours to foster a gender-inclusive workplace
  • Championing gender initiatives and key qualities of an inclusive leader
  • Beyond climbing the ladder of success – practical steps women can take to redefine success
  • The reality of the ‘glass ceiling’: What will the future of women’s leadership look like?
Facilitator: Farah Shahed, Principal Consultant, Interact Consulting 
Workshop three: Becoming an influential leader: Living and leading with courage and conviction
  • Knowing who you are, where you come from and what you stand for
  • Identifying your fears, limiting beliefs and challenges
  • Reframing your limiting beliefs into empowering ones
  • Making an impact: Strategies to expand your influence 
Facilitator: Angie Wong, Executive Coach & Founder, Wong Global Leadership
Workshop four: Striving for the right work-life integration to achieve career goals
  • Personal anecdotes: Underlining small changes that could make big differences 
  • Practical tips for pursuing both career objectives and personal fulfilment
  • Designing programs that support female leadership and work family culture
  • Addressing how in high intensity industries flexible work could be made real as a policy 
Facilitator: Irene Tsang, Founder, Metta Works
Facilitator: Janine Manning, Director, Roar Coaching 
Speakers
Angie Wong,
Executive Coach & Founder
Wong Global Leadership
Farah Shahed,
Founder
Interact Consulting
Irene Tsang,
Founder
Metta Works
Janine Manning,
Director
Roar Coaching

12:30

Networking Lunch

CHANGING THE FACE OF GENDER DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE

13:30

Leaders Panel: Exposing the unconscious bias that impacts decision making 

  • Reflecting on the concept of “merit”: who defines and who decides? Does an objective principle of merit exist? Can we truly apply the principle without bias?
  • Evaluating the worth of “merit” – if not “merit”, what else?
  • What can we do to overcome unconscious bias?
Panelists
Clarence Yang,
Director
BlackRock
Rachel Catanach,
Managing Director
FleishmanHillard
Deirdre Lander,
Director, Employee Insights and Talent, Hong Kong
Willis Towers Watson

14:10

The Next Business Revolution: Diversity & Inclusion

  • Shifting from diversity, to diversity & inclusion to make exponential shifts in employee engagement, innovation & business performance
  • Creating purpose-driven leaders and an inclusive culture for todays’ workplace
  • Technology to eliminate bias in the workplace for every individual to be recognised
Speakers
Kate Barker,
Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion Leader
SAP

14:40

Afternoon Tea

WOMEN LEADERS ADVANCING INDUSTRIES

15:00

Entering the Dragon’s Den
Entrepreneurs Panel: Hustling your way to the top

  • Breaking down start-up stereotypes and empowering the next generation of change makers
  • Fostering an entrepreneurial spirit and insights for entrepreneurial success
  • Levelling the playing field for female entrepreneurs 
  • Creating your own entrepreneurial story: challenges faced, leadership styles, lessons learnt and where to from here
Panelists
Aradhna Dayal,
Founder and CEO
AccessAlts Asia
Elizabeth L. Thomson,
Honorary Chairwoman and Founder
The Women Entrepreneurs Network
Michelle Lai,
Founder and Creative Director
MISCHA
Sally Ryder,
Founder
Ryder Diamonds
Deirdre Lander,
Director, Employee Insights and Talent, Hong Kong
Willis Towers Watson

15:30

Industry Panel: Surviving in a male-dominated workplace

  • Why do so few women have real power in male-dominated industries? How can women challenge the status quo? 
  • Key issues in male-dominated industries and practical strategies to move past traditional assumptions and biases
  • Overcoming institutional gender barriers and growing the profile of women within the industry
  • Best practices and strategies in attracting and retaining millennial talent
Panelists
Andrea Fletcher,
Managing Director, Global Head of Client Strategy for Equities and Prime Finance
Citi
Deirdre Lander,
Director, Employee Insights and Talent, Hong Kong
Willis Towers Watson
Elaine Chow,
Principal, Director and Chairman, Development Sub-Committee
Trinity Capital;Island Evangelical Community Church
Kathy Chen,
Former Managing Director Greater China Region
Twitter
Rachel Lam,
Managing Director
MoneyHero.com.hk

16:10

Chairperson’s Closing Address and Networking Drinks

07:00

Morning Yoga

08:30

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00

Chairperson’s Opening Address

LEADING CHANGE IN GENDER EQUITY

09:10

Opening Keynote: Finding your passion and developing confidence in being a female leader

  • How can you reduce the fear of being a female leader and develop young talent?
  • Addressing gender equality in regards breaking down cultural aspects and stereotypes
  • Positioning yourself within the power domain and owning your power, passion, influence and authority 
  • Tricks of the trade to find your voice and present yourself more confidently 
Speakers
Sarah Mathews,
Head of Destination Marketing APAC,Chairperson
TripAdvisor;Pacific Asia Travel Association

09:40

Panel: Encouraging male allies in the workplace to support gender diversity, the mentor challenge and advancing sponsorship

  • How can we encourage male allies to support gender diversity and play a role in advancing women 
  • How can men play a role in workplace equality such as pay gaps, promotions and equitable hiring?
  • Leadership imperative to advancing women and engaging male champions through strategic partnerships
  • The role of sponsorship in advancing and retaining diverse talent and building a culture of inclusive, mindful and decisive sponsorship across the organisation 
Panelists
Adrian Warr,
Managing Director
Edelman
Brian Henderson,
COO
Baker & McKenzie
Janice Lao,
Director – Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels Limited
Linoy Kidd,
Director
HSBC
Steve Wilson,
Talent Sustainability Director, Asia Pacific
PepsiCo

10:20

Morning Tea

INSPIRING STORIES FROM HONG KONG’S MOST INFLUENTIAL LEADERS

10:50

Walking the talk – making gender diversity personal

  • Making it personal – how storytelling and role models go a long way in generating diversity of thought and encouraging an inclusive culture
  • Senior Management as voices of leadership – why attitudes of senior management matter and how employees adopt their mind-set and behaviour 
  • What it means to be a change leader and challenges in imparting the tools required to effect change
Speakers
Paul Young,
CEO
Aon

11:20

Panel: Women who have travelled “the road less travelled”

  • Choosing your own adventure – Key insights from taking the less traditional path
  • Embarking on a fulfilling career and making a difference wherever you are
  • How to successfully wear the many hats of role model, leader, and teacher
  • Making the most of your capabilities and maintaining resilience
Panelists
Fiona Stewart,
Head of Claims
Aon
Jenny Fung,
Chief Compliance Officer
Greater China
Joanna Chin,
Principal,Board Member & Company Secretary
M4W Group,International Coach Federation HK
Piya Muqit,
Executive Director
Justice Centre Hong Kong
Sue Toomey,
Executive Director
HandsOn Hong Kong

12:00

Getting a seat at the table

  • Surviving and succeeding in the world of international finance
  • Experiences of being a female board member 
  • How men and women play a role in leadership for both
  • Challenges faced, career highlights and lessons learnt 
Speakers
Anna-Marie Slot,
Partner
Ashurst

12:30

Networking Lunch

UNRAVELLING AND CHALLENGING UNCONSCIOUS BIAS IN THE WORKPLACE

13:30

Panel: Demolishing gender barriers by normalising workplace flexibility and creating a work-life balance

  • Reflecting on the importance of work-life integration for both men and women
  • Understanding that work-life integration is about people and family – not just women
  • Designing programs to support leadership aspirations and work family culture
  • Understanding the impact career progression has on the home
Speakers
Deirdre Lander,
Director, Employee Insights and Talent, Hong Kong
Willis Towers Watson
Fiona Nott,
CEO
The Women’s Foundation
Lesleigh Groos,
Organising Committee
Women in Sports Empowered Hong Kong (WISE HK)
Louise Corbett,
Head of Marketing Communications
AIG
Karen Eng,
Regional Director of Sales
CLSA
WOMEN LEADERS OF TOMORROW

14:10

A personal career story on aspiring to be a leader and how experiences shape and define leadership styles

  • What does work/ life balance really mean and how do you actually put it into practice in a leadership role
  • Take your career into your own hands – how does it happen, can you really plot your career path, the impact of becoming a mum and having children
  • Paying it forward – the importance of role models and mentorship
  • The challenges and rewards of leading and driving global workplace diversity and inclusion strategy
Speakers
Natalie Ackerman,
SVP Greater China
Jack Morton Worldwide

14:40

Afternoon Tea

15:00

Women in technology – It’s time to transform

  • Understanding the role of women in shaping the digital disruption landscape 
  • If you feel alone in your company, look for outside support 
  • Look for transformational training to transform women to be stars in the technology field
  • Key initiatives in enhancing participation, retention and success of women in today’s smart economy
Speakers
Candy Liu,
Vice-Chairlady; North Asia Sales Director
FACE club,Sevone Inc

15:30

Panel in Closing: Career advice you probably didn’t get

  • To my younger self – the best piece of advice I did and didn’t have
  • The road to success: Aligning your passion, determination and hard work
  • Managing change with resilience and growing through different phases of your career
  • Take-away lessons to put into practice for my future self
  • Take home messages to yourselves, colleagues and family members
Panelists
Sue Toomey,
Executive Director
HandsOn Hong Kong
Anne O’Riordan,
Senior Managing Director – Global Life Services
Accenture
Caroline Darcy,
Group Head – Advertising, Sponsorship & Brand Activation, Asia Pacific
UBS
Diana The,
Chief Counsel, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa
Aon Hewitt

16:10

Chairperson’s Closing Address and End of Conference 

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