The conference took place on 29 September 2016 and was a great success, attracting over 170 corporate professionals and women looking to return to workforce. 

Full Conference 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??”

10.15-10.30                Break

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)
    • Moderator: Trish Meecham, Director, Talent and Development, Talent Gap (HK) Ltd and Board Director, Justice Centre Hong Kong Ltd.

12:00-12.30                Networking Q&A

12:30 – 13:45             Lunch – including special panel

Panel 2: Women’s panel 

‘What women want’

  • Lisel Varley
  • Maggie’s Centre
  • Eliza Mathews
  • 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, 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

17.00-17.30                Conference close & networking Q & A

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.

Keynote: Suzanne Price, Director & Founder Price Global, Top 10 in The Economist Global Diversity List 2015

                    “We know about unconscious bias – but what do we do??”

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.

Community partners

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.

Conference details:

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.