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Rethinking Women in Leadership

Day 1 - 5th Oct | 14:35 - 15:15

Location: Sustainable Communities Theatre

People & Purpose

Overview

Having more women on the board will have trickle-down effects on the rest of the workforce. It could break down stereotypes on women in leadership. It can also bring a broader collection of experience, viewpoints and backgrounds, which result in better decision-making. Having more women in more senior roles is also financially material.

Learnings

  • In 2020, 49 per cent of companies did not have a woman on the board, an improvement from 60 per cent a year earlier. Women make up 13.7% of the board seats on HSI.
  • Simply focusing on appointing more women at the board level is not enough to achieve gender equality across companies. There is a persistent lack of women in leadership positions, with women representing just 27% of all manager positions.
  • Having more women on the board also tends to curb excessive risk-taking, decrease aggressive tax strategies and improve firm reputation, earnings quality and sustainability performance.

Post Event Actions

  • Initiate peer-to-peer conversations among current board members or via third party advisors. Boards are increasingly recognising that gender diversity is imperative to a successful business.
  • Educate staff about unconscious bias, and get more women on boards and into leadership positions.
  • Shine a light on the women in your organisation. Prioritise raising their visibility by making sure qualified female employees are leading critical strategic efforts and representing the company. Engage with external organisations that can advise further.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Maria Blanca

Co-Founder

Womentors

Maria Blanca

Co-Founder

Womentors

María Blanca is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACCA) with Double Degree in International & European Business from France and Mexico. With over 15 years of experience working with banks and MNCs in Europe and Asia, María has acquired extensive management accounting and budgeting knowledge. She has also specialised in ESG and B-corp framework. Previously she has successfully established strategic alliances for multiple international companies in ASEAN. María also held positions as CFO and Finance Director with SME’s in Hong Kong. She contributed her knowledge in corporate governance and financial controlling to assist companies in achieving business goals.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

1. To increase the representation and inclusion of women in the workforce. Eliminate unconscious bias and stereotypes by providing training and assisting companies in implementing higher criteria around HR procedures and policies such as hiring, promotion and appraisal reviews. Create more inclusive workplaces where quotas are not the primary driver, rather implementing these changes at their overall core objectives.

2. To drive a positive impact in the workforce by implementing more creative and tailored D&I strategies that can trigger a more inclusive and diverse organisational culture.

3. Create corporate awareness and keep working with the government in addressing gender equality issues, especially around working mothers.

Tamsin Heath

Deputy Head of Mission

British Consulate-General

Tamsin Heath

Deputy Head of Mission

British Consulate-General

Tamsin Heath currently serves as the Deputy Head of Mission at the British Consulate-General.

She arrived in Hong Kong in August 2019 as Deputy Consul General. Tamsin joined the Diplomatic Service in 2005 as a diplomatic service economist working on economic issues, and as the economist in the Iraq Policy Unit in 2006-2007.  Her first posting was as 2nd Secretary Economic and Trade Policy in Beijing, working on the UK/China Economic and Financial Dialogue, as well as intellectual property issues.

After Beijing, she worked as First Secretary Economic, Energy & Climate Change at the British Embassy in Riyadh, and then as Head of Yemen policy in London, where she acted briefly as Charg d’Affaires in Sana’a in 2013. Between 2013 and 2015 Tamsin was Private Secretary to the FCO Permanent Under Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service.

She moved to Hong Kong from The Hague after three years working for the Dutch Development Bank FMO, as Senior Strategy Advisor and Head of Public Affairs.

Before joining the FCO, Tamsin worked for the Chief Economist of the Royal Bank of Scotland group and at HM Treasury. She studied Economics at the University of Cambridge.

Tamsin is married with two children, Emily and Thomas.

Shalini Mahtani, MBE

Founder & CEO

The Zubin Foundation

Shalini Mahtani, MBE

Founder & CEO

The Zubin Foundation

Shalini Mahtani is one of Hong Kong’s most authoritative and respected voices on social issues, particularly diversity and inclusion and the plight of Hong Kong’s ethnic minorities. Shalini has been a pioneer in civil society working in areas previously untouched in Hong Kong.

She is the founder of The Zubin Foundation, a charity that works to improve the lives of Hong Kong’s marginalised ethnic minorities by providing opportunities and reducing suffering. They are mostly Hong Kong’s poorest Indians, Pakistanis and Nepalis. The Zubin Foundation is among the city’s most accomplished and recognised on issues related to ethnic minorities. The Zubin Foundation works with women and girls in crisis and has the only helpline for them called “Call Mira”, it has the only mental health centre for ethnic minority children and adults in Hong Kong, works with families with special needs children in public schools and offers yearly scholarships for the financially needy to enter tertiary education. Simply put, Shalini works with those that lack visibility and opportunity in Hong Kong who are mostly of South Asian and South East Asian descent. The Zubin Foundation is named after Zubin Mahtani Gidumal, Shalini’s first child who died tragically in 2009.

Ada Wong

Chief Executive Officer

Champion REIT

Ada Wong

Chief Executive Officer

Champion REIT

Ms Ada Wong is the CEO of Champion REIT, overseeing its strategic development as well as asset management and enhancement. She was honoured with the titles of Best CEO by FinanceAsia and Best IR by CEO by HKIRA. She is the Chairperson of APREA HK and Fellow member of RICS.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

As influencer, together with our stakeholders, we aim at creating positive ripple effects and bringing lasting impacts to our community.

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