GENDER EQUITY: RETAINING & RETURNING FEMALE TALENT IN HONG KONG
Thursday, 29 September 2016 at Butterfields, Tai Koo Place, Quarry Bay
For the first time a unique conference will be held on the gender equity effort in Hong Kong. This conference is for both organisational representatives interested in what can be done and individuals who are seeking a role with an employer who is actively addressing this issue.
International gender equity experts, senior representatives of organisations who have made changes to improve gender balance and professional women will openly discuss how to improve gender balance and women in leadership in Hong Kong. The situation in Hong Kong has been static for a while – how can this be improved?
Four panels will showcase what has and can be done to change corporate culture, structure and hiring processes to enable organisations to become more gender-diverse at all levels in the organization. This is a challenging issue with no one answer, so come to learn and contribute your own experience and view.
Retaining Female Talent:
Senior Executives from American Express, KPMG, Telstra and Zurich Insurance will speak openly during the panel discussion about the initiatives their corporations have taken in order to create an attractive workplace for their employees in Hong Kong. They have been able to retain senior female talent throughout the years by launching efficient initiatives that have led to be an employer offering good work-life balance.
Returning Female Talent:
There are many reasons for women to take a break from the workforce, the most common one being children. Re entering the workforce is not always easy because traditional recruitment patterns don’t work well for these women. In order to initiate change, companies like AXA, Bernstein, Bank of America Meryll Lynch and Kering Group have been working hard to make change to recruitment strategies and looking at different approaches to assist those who have taken a break reintegrate into the workforce.. Meet Senior Executives from the above companies during their panel discussion.
Keynote Geoff Wilson, International Ambassador of Male Champions of Change & COO APAC of KPMG HK will introduce Male Champions of Change, launched in Australia in 2010 when a group of senior men met with Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick to explore the idea of a group focused on increasing women’s representation in leadership. The heart of The Male Champions of Change strategy involves men of power and influence forming a high profile coalition to achieve change on gender equality issues in organisations and communities. They are now working on setting up a Male Champions of Change Asia Pacific.
“What women want”
It’s not all about the employer… Suzanne Price, MD of Price Global, a leading organisation in the field of diversity, inclusion and unconscious bias, will interview a diverse panel of female professionals who have taken a break from work, continued with their career after maternity leave or who are having to face similar decisions in the future. They will share their experience and insights into the factors that shaped their decisions and what organisations could do that would make a difference.
There are many individuals and organisations who work passionately on supporting gender equity in Hong Kong & Asia. Meet representatives from Price Global, Community Business, Male Allies and The Women’s Foundation and found out how with less money but a lot of drive they work with organisations and individuals to drive improvements in gender balance, particularly in leadership roles, within the region.
Theme: Gender Equity – Retaining & Returning Female Talent in Hong Kong
Date: Thursday, 29 September 2016
Location: Butterfields, Tai Koo Place, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
Check our blog for more details on the panelists.
Attendee profile: This event will be attended by Business and Team Leaders, Leadership team, Diversity & Inclusion team, Senior Human Resources, Chief Operation Officers as well as professional women.
Thought Leadership Partner:
Australian Chamber of Commerce
Back To Work Hong Kong
British Chamber of Commerce
The Women's Foundation
Women in Law Hong Kong
Global Head of Learning and Development
Senior Deal Advisory Partner & In House Legal Counsel.
Laura Nelson Carney
Ellevate’s Hong Kong chapter
Geoff Wilson - Male Champions of Change
Chief Operating Officer, APAC
Beth Ann Day
Chief Talent Officer, Global Director of Research
AXA Hong Kong
Chief Executive Officer
The Women's Foundation
Director of Pipeline Initiatives
COO, Baker & McKenzie
Co-Chairman, TWF Male Allies
Vice President & Head of Human Resources, Asia
Talent and Development, Talent Gap (HK) Ltd and Justice Centre Hong Kong Ltd.
Vice President of Human Resources
President and Managing Director of Inclusion and Diversity Consulting, Training and Coaching
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Asia Pacific Preparedness and Response Executive
Zurich Insurance & EDGE Representative
Chief Claims Officer, General Insurance Hong Kong
Co-Chair of Women in Finance
Full Conferene Programme
8:30 – 9:00: Registration
9:00 – 9:10: Welcome Remarks
9:10 – 10:15:
Headline Speaker: Suzanne Price, Director & Founder Price Global (Top 10 Consultant in The Economist Global Diversity List 2015)
“We know about unconscious bias – but what do we do?”
10:30 – 12:00
Panel 1: Engaging Women & Women in Leadership- Marc Scheidegger, Chief Claims Officer, Zurich Insurance & EDGE Cert. representative
- Lynne Barry, Global Head of Learning and Development, Telstra
- Sarah Bower, Partner, Chief Legal Counsel, China, KPMG
- Kabir Julka, Vice President & Head of Human Resources, Asia, American Express (AMEX)
12:00-12.30: Networking Q&A
12:30 – 13:45: Lunch – including special panel (light lunch options provided)
Panel 2: Women’s panel: ‘What women want’- Returner – short break: Lisel Varley
- Returner – long break: Rebecca Clayton
- Gen-Y – Eliza Mathews
- Stayer – Sam Gaudois
Moderator: Suzanne Price, Director & Founder, Price Global
13:45 – 14:30: Headline Speaker: Geoff Wilson, International Ambassador, Male Champions of Change and Chief Operating Officer, KPMG Asia Pacific
‘What can men do?’
14:30 – 15:45
Panel 3: Returning Women – bringing female talent back into the workforce- Beth Ann Day, Chief Talent Officer, Global Assoc. Dir. of Research, AB Bernstein
- Alessandro Paparelli, Vice President of Human Resources, Asia Pacific, Kering
- Stuart Harrison, Chief Executive Officer, AXA Hong Kong
- Liam Quinn, APAC Head of Business Continuity & Recovery, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Moderator: Anna Stephenson, Chief Executive Officer, Inflection Point Solutions Limited and Co-Chair of Women in Finance Asia
15.45 – 16.15: Break & networking Q & A
16. 15 – 16.55
Panel 4: Supporting partner panel
“Who else can help”- Fern Ngai, Chief Executive Officer, Community Business
- Jo Hayes, Director of Pipeline Initiatives, The Women’s Foundation
- Laura Nelson Carney, Co-Chair of Ellevate HK and Senior Research Analyst, Asia-Pacific Healthcare, AB Bernstein
- Brian Henderson, Co-Chair, The Women’s Foundation Male Allies Initiative and Chief Operations Officer, Baker & McKenzie Asia
Moderator: Caroline Carson, Founder, Back to work Hong Kong
16.55-17.00: Conference close
17.00 – 18.00: Networking drinks with special guests from Morgan Stanley Return to work program
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When & Where
FLEXImums & Back to Work Hong Kong
Back to Work Hong Kong
In 2015 Caroline Carson set up Back to work Hong Kong to offer a range of short programs and personal coaching to assist anyone wanting to return to the workforce.
The aim is to provide a structured and supportive environment for individuals to determine their career goals and then go out and achieve them. This was extended in 2016 to assist organisations who wish to attract returnees and BTWHK also offers short programs and coaching to employees.
FLEXImums stands for mums who want to work! We offer flexible work arrangements for mothers looking for a better work-life balance.
FLEXImums was established during 2015 by Marie Swarbreck with the vision to empower and connect working mothers and mothers returning to work with full-time and part-time jobs.
We offer recruitment and consulting services as well as back to work programs in collaboration with BTWHK.