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Gender Equity Conference: Fixing the leaking female pipeline

FLEXImums & Back to Work Hong Kong

Thursday, 21 September 2017 from 09:00 to 18:00 (HKT)

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FLEXImums and Back to Work Hong Kong bring the second Gender Equity Conference to Hong Kong on Thursday, 21 September 2017 at The Swire Centre of Excellence, Oxford House in Taikoo Place.

GENDER EQUITY – Fixing the Leaking Female Pipeline

Following the success of our inaugural Gender Equity Conference in 2016, the feedback from our 180+ attendees made it clear that the most pressing issue they face in achieving gender equity – from both an employer and an individual perspective – is improving the pipeline of female talent. For some industries, it starts at the entry level, but even for those with equal entry points, talent will get stuck or disappear, either in the middle or at the top. 

Our second Gender Equity Conference examines each of these sticking points and looks at what has worked and what hasn’t in moving towards Gender Equity. As in 2016 we have focused on organisations that are taking action here in Hong Kong and recognising the different challenges that apply in our region compared to Europe and the U.S.


8:30 – 9:00                  Registration

9:00 – 9:10                  Welcome Remarks

9:10 – 10:00                Keynote: Jo Lyon, Managing Director at Talking Talent:

                                    "Change, Stereotypes and Fear: Challenging the barriers to gender Equity"

10.05 – 10:50              Headline Speaker: Adrian Warr, Managing Director at Edelman Hong Kong

                                    “The War for Hearts and Minds. Rational and Irrational Plugs for the Pipeline”

11:00 – 12:00              Panel 1: Recruiting to improve the Pipeline

  • Jane Morgan, Managing Director at Golin

  • Olivier Masdebrieu, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley

  • Olivia Wong, Human Resources Director at SWIRE Properties 

  • Tanya Menzel, Assistant Director – Career & Professional, Development - Experienced Professionals & Alumni, MBA Programs at HKUST Business School

  • Moderator: Anna Champion, Founder at The Talent Lighthouse   

12.00-12.30                 Networking Q& A – opportunity to join selected panelist for targeted Q&A and moderated                                          networking session.

12:30 – 13:00              walking lunch

13:00 – 14:15              FACES – special training approach by Community Business

14:30 – 15:15              Headline Speaker: Phebe Cho, Founder at Accelus

                                    “Future of work perspectives to fixing the leaking female talent pipeline”

15:20 – 16:20              Panel 2: From the Middle to the Top – what moves the needle?            

  • Amy Tye, Diversity and CSR Manage at Freshfields

  • Gour Ly, DirectorFinancial Institutions Trade Finance at Commonwealth Bank of Australia

  • Katrina North, APAC D&I Leader at EY

  • Anne Audebrand, Market Risk Manager at BNP Paribas and Deputy Chairwoman of BNP MixCity HK.

  • Molly Wu, Human Resources Director at Roche Hong Kong

  • Moderator:  Gregor Miller, Managing Consultant & Director at Visions Learning HK                        

16:20 – 16:50              Networking Q& A – opportunity to join selected panelist for targeted Q&A and moderated networking session.

17:00 – 18:00              Panel 3: Next steps – how do we take it forward?

  • Jo Hayes, Director of Pipeline Initiatives at The Women's Foundation

  • Sanjeev Chatrath, Co-Chair at Male Allies & Managing Director, region Head – Asia, Financial & Risk at Thomson Reuters

  • Sarah Dyer, Director – APAC at 100 Women in Finance

  • Stephanie Sheng, Chairwoman at Women in Law Hong Kong (WILHK) & Executive Director and Senior Counsel, Legal Department at Goldman Sachs

  • Moderator:  MaryAnn Voli, Managing Director at Voli Leadership Consulting

Sponsored by:

Swire and Swire Properties

Supporting partners:



Community Business

Great Place to Work 

Male Allies

The Women's Foundation

Women in Law 

Women in Finance in Hong Kong

100 Women in Finance

Do you have questions about Gender Equity Conference: Fixing the leaking female pipeline? Contact FLEXImums & Back to Work Hong Kong

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Swire - Centre of Excellence
13/F Oxford House Taikoo Place
979 King's Road
Hong Kong SAR China

Thursday, 21 September 2017 from 09:00 to 18:00 (HKT)

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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 women and 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.

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