Agenda

08:30

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00

Chairperson’s Opening Address

Speakers
Corinna Lim,
Executive Director
AWARE Singapore

09:10

Opening Keynote: Empowering women to orchestrate change

  • 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?
Speakers
Assoc Prof Fatimah Lateef,
Member of Parliament,Marine Parade Group Representative Constituency,Senior Consultant
Parliament of Singapore,Department of Emergency Medicine, Singapore General Hospital

09:40

Keynote: Charting the trajectory to leadership

  • Taking care vs taking charge – Recognising roadblocks that detour and how women can move past traditional roles 
  • Women leaders as the status quo rather than a novelty – key attributes of high achieving leaders
  • Positioning yourself within the power domain,owning your power and influence 
Speakers
Yuko Nakahira,
Managing Director
3M Singapore

10:10

Speed Networking Session

10:40

Morning Tea

CHANGING THE FACE OF GENDER DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE

11:00

Orchestrating change and leading with success 

  • The journey towards becoming one of the most influential leaders in Malaysia 
  • Championing gender initiatives and key qualities of an inclusive leader
  • Breaking the glass ceiling and projecting the future of women’s leadership 
Speakers
Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz,
Senior Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Air Asia X

11:30

Leaders Panel: Busting the myth of “merit” – does true meritocracy exist?

  • 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?
  • Exposing the unconscious bias that impacts decision making 
  • Evaluating the worth of “merit” – if not “merit”, what else?
Speakers
Grant Coombe,
Senior Manager, Head Global & APAC Key Accounts / APAC FX Sales Strategy / Electronic Trading
Bloomberg
Max Loh,
Managing Partner, Asean and Singapore
Ernst & Young LLP
Susan Cheong,
Managing Director, Head of Distribution
POSB, DBS Bank
Noor Quek,
Chief Executive Officer & Founder
NQ International
Dr June Goh,
President
Singapore Council of Women's Organisations
Jayne Plunkett,
CEO Asia
SwissRe

12:20

Shifting the dial - moving from diversity to inclusion

Speakers
Maya Hari,
Managing Director Asia Pacific,
Twitter

12:50

Networking Lunch

WOMEN LEADERS ADVANCING INDUSTRIES 

01:40

Entering the Dragon’s Den: 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, lessons learnt and where to from here
Speakers
Rachel Lim,
Co-Founder,
Love, Bonito, Forbes 30 under 30
Su-Lyn Tan,
CEO & Co-Founder
The Ate Group
Valenzia Yap,
Founder & CEO
PolicyPal, Forbes 30 under 30
Sandra Yeow,
Founder, 2017 Singapore Women Entrepreneur Award
Nucleo Consulting
Georgette Tan,
Senior Vice President, Communications
MasterCard Worldwide

02:30

Industry Panel: Rebalancing the gender divide in male-dominated sectors

  • 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
Speakers
Seow-Chien Chew,
Partner
Bain & Company
Vivien Jong,
Managing Director Asia, Chief Digital Officer
BNP Paribas Wealth Management
Yean Fee Ho,
Vice President of Product and Innovation
SAP Asia Pte Ltd
Yim Cheng Siew,
Chief Information Officer
JTC Corporation
Robin Rheaume,
Lead Trainer
Catalyse Consulting
Superintendent Aileen Yap,
Head Investigation, Central Division
Singapore Police Force

03:20

Afternoon Tea

03:40

  • Roundtable sessions

How it works: 
There will be 3 roundtable sessions, each 20 minutes in length and focusing on a different topic.
Delegates will be split into 3 groups and each session typically begins with a 5 minutes introduction by the moderator followed by 15 minutes of discussion and feedback.
The 3 sessions will be run by 3 different moderators who will rotate among the 3 groups so that at the end of the entire session, all delegates would have had the chance to discuss the 3 different topics.

Roundtable A - Developing a road map for your career
  • How to plan for and continuously develop your leadership path
  • Challenges faced, career highlights and lessons learnt
  • Setting strategies for effective career advancement, goals and targets
  • Practical advice for accelerated career progression – how to plan your career forward in the organisation… starting today
Kim Underhill, Regional Head S.E.A. & India, Electrolux S.E.A Pte Ltd 

Roundtable B - Managing conflict with authenticity, courage and transparency
  • Sharing real issues and how to face them
  • How to communicate with influence and develop relationships and networks
  • Developing key practical skills to lead through conflict – persuasion, influence, negotiation, resilience
Preeti Dubey, Founder & Director, STRIVE HIGH

Roundtable C - 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 
Anthonia Hui, Chief Executive Officer & Co Founder, AL Wealth Partners
Speakers
Anthonia Hui,
Chief Executive Officer & Co Founder
AL Wealth Partners
Kim Underhill,
Regional Head S.E.A. & India
Electrolux S.E.A Pte Ltd
Preeti Dubey,
Founder & Director
STRIVE HIGH

04:40

Chairperson’s Closing Address and Networking Drinks

07:00

Morning Yoga

08:30

Welcome Coffee

09:00

Chairperson’s Opening Address

Speakers
Noor Quek,
Chief Executive Officer & Founder
NQ International
LEADING CHANGE IN GENDER EQUITY

09:10

Opening Keynote: Male Champions of Change – Engaging men as inclusive leaders and champions of gender diversity

Speakers
K Shanmugam,
Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law
Parliament of Singapore

09:30

Keynote: 21st century women leadership

  • Transitioning from an “ordinary” life to an extraordinary career 
  • “How can we get there?” - Reflections on leadership and advice for leaders of tomorrow
Speakers
Claire Chiang,
Senior Vice President, Diversity Action Committee Member
Banyan Tree Holdings

10:00

Panel: The mentor challenge – What male mentors need to know about mentoring female mentees and vice versa

  • How do women and men's experiences in mentoring relationships tend to differ?
  • Recognising and overcoming unconscious bias for an effective relationship 
  • Developing cross-gender mentoring skills and tips for successfully mentoring a protégé of the opposite sex
  • Making cross-gender mentoring the norm in your organisation
Speakers
Cindy Lau,
Group Chief Financial Officer
SMRT Corporation
Guillermo Cabeza,
Managing Director and Head of FX Trading, Asia and Rates Trading
Barclays
Joon Heem Kham,
Director, Head of Asia Operation
Barclays
Corinna Lim,
Executive Director
AWARE Singapore

10:50

Morning Tea

INSPIRING STORIES FROM SINGAPORE’S MOST INFLUENTIAL LEADERS

11:10

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
Jean-Philippe Charrier,
President Asia Pacific Region
Shiseido

11:40

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
Speakers
Cindy Tan,
VP, Display – APAC
TripAdvisor
Esther An,
Chief Sustainability Officer
City Developments Limited
Theresa Goh,
Swimmer and Paralympic Medallist
Singapore
Dr Radiah Salim,
Founder and President
Club HEAL
Elisa Kang,
Trainer
Catalyse Consulting

12:30

Networking Lunch

UNRAVELLING AND CHALLENGING UNCONSCIOUS BIAS IN THE WORKPLACE 

01:20

Reinventing the space: Creating a gender inclusive workplace culture 

  • Fix the culture, not the women 
  • Recognising that unconscious bias plays a part in hindering the progression of high potential women 
  • Rejecting the “group think culture” – Casting aside the restrictive model that requires aspiring leaders to fit in with prevailing management and communication styles
  • Adopting a broader definition of leadership capability that is gender inclusive
Speakers
Sunila Shivpuri,
Managing Director, Head of CISO – APAC
Deutsche Bank

01:50

Panel: Demolishing gender barriers by normalizing workplace flexibility 

  • 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
Speakers
Elaine Heng,
Managing Director and Head of Customers and Finest
NTUC FairPrice
Tan Lay Hoon,
Chief Operations Officer
Manulife
Lim Teck Yin,
Chief Executive Officer
Sport Singapore
Corinna Lim,
Executive Director
AWARE Singapore
Eugene Wee,
Editor
The New Paper
Vincent Magnenat,
Chief Executive Asia
Lombard Odier
WOMEN LEADERS OF TOMORROW

02:50

Afternoon Tea

03:10

Women excelling in disruption

  • A nuanced approach to disruption – Understanding the role of women in shaping the digital disruption landscape 
  • Embedding innovation into the fabric of the organisation and why women are at the centre of it
  • Key initiatives in enhancing participation, retention and success of women in today’s smart economy
Speakers
Angela Hunter,
Chief Customer Officer
Prudential Singapore

03:40

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
Speakers
Prof Koh Tai Ann,
Senior Associate, Advisor
Nanyang Technological University, UN Women Singapore

04:10

Chairperson’s Closing Address and End of Conference 

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