Celebrating Women in the Workplace, November 15th

Taking the time to acknowledge, celebrate, share and learn from both men and women is often something we don’t build into our corporate lives. Celebrating Women in the Workplace will bring together men and women from all over Hong Kong to talk about the numbers behind diversity, the challenges of finding a place to work that suits you and your situation and navigating the internal and external obstacles if that path should ever change course. Our experts from across industry, gender and background will openly share their insights/experiences in the hopes to inform, inspire and enlighten.

Date: Thursday, November 15th 2018
Time: 2 - 6.30pm (Registration will open from 1.15pm)
Location: The HKEX Connect Hall, 1/F One and Two Exchange Square, Central, Hong Kong


- Single Tickets (By Donation You decide what you would like to donate for your ticket) –recommended donation amount 400HKD
- Corporate Bundle (10 tickets) – 4000HKD
- Corporate Bundle (20 tickets) – 7500HKD


The Vision

The second of its kind, Celebrating Women in the Workplace is an event that intends to inform and inspire through hard facts and stories from professionals and their organisations. An event that brings forward experts from across many industries and that aims to give back to those who are less fortunate. Due to the generosity of the individuals and organisations involved, all money raised through ticket sales will be donated to the ‘Women’s Foundation Financial Literacy Program’.


Topic More Information Speakers Time Speakers
Opening Address   Louise Corbett - Head of Marketing Communications, Asia Pacific – AIG
20 minutes 2 - 2.20pm
Welcome and Thank you from AIG and HKEX A warm welcome and thank you from both AIG and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. 

Tomi Latva-Kiskola - President and CEO - AIG Hong Kong

Vanessa Lau - Chief Financial Officer, Hong Kong

The Women’s Foundation Financial Literacy Program overview.  A quick overview of what The Women’s Foundation Financial Literacy Program is and how each attendee’s donation is making a difference.  Fiona Nott – CEO - The Women's Foundation Limited
Why Diversity makes business sense 

McKinsey Research – The Power of Parity. Looking at why diversity makes a difference to the bottom line.


Violet Chung - Partner, Corporate Finance at McKinsey & Company 20 minutes 2.20-2.40pm
Keynote – A look at the Gender Status Quo  Where are we now in the year 2018? Do we lean in, lean out, honour who we are or conform. Is it about Gender or is it something more?

Keren See - Co-founder, Embrace worldwide

10 minutes

2.40 – 2.50pm

Keynote and Panel - Glass Ceiling or Sticky Floor?


Are women hitting a road block at the top or…holding themselves back?

How can women lean in more in the day to day (not just when it is time to sit on a board)?

Are women a part of the gender bias? Are women getting in their own way?

Are the roles on offer not suited to the modern day employee and what changes do we need to make to accommodate that?

This panel will share real life stories of how to lean in, be seen and change the status quo. 

Keren See - Co-founder, Embrace worldwide

Kevin Patric – Head of Asia - D. E. Shaw & Co. (Asia Pacific) Limited

Kirsten Molyneux – Partner at Brunswick Group

Andrea Fletcher – Global Head of Equity Client Strategy - Citi

30 minutes 2.50 – 3.20pm
Keynote - The perfect match – when your authentic self and your values find the perfect place to be So often we only take a small percentage of who we authentically are to the workplace and unfortunately more times than not, it isn’t our best percentage. We also tend to adapt to the values of an organization without appreciating the importance of the employee/organizational value match. What are the long term effects of this compromise on our health, wellness and productivity? Lale Kesebi – Founder and CEO – Human at Work 15 minutes 3.20 – 3.35pm
Panel - Being Me in the Workplace This panel will shine a light on the importance of finding out who you are, honoring that and taking ‘you’ to work every day. We will also discuss the importance of really identifying your values and finding a place to work that will support them. 

Moderator: Louise Corbett – Head of Marketing Communications, Asia Pacific - AIG

Lale Kesebi – Founder and CEO – Human at Work

Tomi Latva-Kiskola - President and CEO - AIG Hong Kong

Frederik Gollob – CEO Mercedes, Hong Kong

Leonie Valentine – Managing Director, Sales and Operations, Google Hong Kong. 

30 minutes 3.35 – 4.05pm
Brief break     15 minutes 4.05 – 4.20pm
Panel - To comeback or reinvent – reentering the workplace after time out or choosing a completely new path. 

Why does a career break often strip women of all of their confidence to step back in and how are companies losing out if not encouraging this resource stream of talented women? How do we help this talent and organizations to see the worth of this pool of resources that feel like they no longer have a place in the corporate world (nor deserve one).

OR what about the Women who yearn to do something else? How do they execute if at all?

In this panel we will hear from amazing women who have left and come back to work but also the organisations that have seen the value in this talent and found a way to appreciate and accommodate them.


Moderator: – Anne Marie Roantree - Hong Kong Bureau Chief, Reuters

Claire Goodchild – Morgan Stanley – Asia Head of Diversity and Inclusion.

Pamela Tseng - Global COO Citi Cross Asset Solutions, Markets and Securities Services 

Susheela Rivers - Office Managing Partner - Head of Real Estate Asia Pacific

Partner – DLA Piper

30 minutes 4.20 – 4.50pm
Sharing – A look back at ‘What really matters’ Senior executives look back on their career as they read out a brief the top 3-5 things that really matter when it comes to ‘Career and the Workplace’. Panel attendees will read their Career Eulogies to the audience.
10 minutes 4.50 – 5.00pm
Panel - What really matters – a deep dive panel During this panel, a series of seasoned professionals will step up to share the stages of their career, how they have changed and what really matters. 

Moderator: Karen Koh –Founder/Owner, Intermedia

Nicky Bunce - Director of Materials – Hardware at Tapestry (Coach/ Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman)

Jonathan Slone –  Global CEO, CLSA Ltd

Pat Healy –Managing Director – Swire Beverages

30 minutes 5.00 – 5.30pm
Networking Drinks       5.30-6.30pm

Meet the speakers

Nicky Bunce
Director of Materials – Hardware at Tapestry (Coach/ Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman)

Nicky has been working in the Fashion Industry for almost 30 years as a Raw Materials Specialist. She moved to Asia 17 years ago to work in a garment factory in China and has since managed materials at Nike, Next, Tory Burch and is currently working for Tapestry and taking care of hardware for Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman. A chance encounter with a CV writer 20 years ago led to landing two previously unimaginable dream jobs!  This has made her passionate about mentoring woman and helping them realize that the idea of having their “dream job” is not as unrealistic as what they may think!

Violet Chung
Partner at McKinsey Hong Kong

Violet is a core member of the Corporate Finance Practice and Financial Institution Group in Greater China. Over her 8 year career at McKinsey, Violet has served life insurance, banks, and securities firms in topics such as strategy, M&A, commercial due diligence, JV support, and organization topics. Violet is also a core member of McKinsey Corporate Finance Practice in Asia Pacific and McKinsey Financial Institution Group in Greater China.

Louise Corbett
Head of Marketing Communications, Asia Pacific 

Louise is the Head of Marketing Communications, Asia Pacific at AIG. In her role she is responsible for consumer and commercial product communications, the AIG Corporate Brand and Thought Leadership initiatives throughout the Asia Pacific region. Louise has been working in Marketing and Communications for over 10 years starting her career in Sydney, Australia and then moving to work in the markets of the Middle East, Singapore and now Hong Kong.

Louise holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with majors in Marketing and Management from the University of Sydney.

The Empowerment of Women is a lifelong mission for Louise. Louise established ‘Women Empowered (WE)’ in May 2017. WE is a global community of women with a focus on the three main pillars of the Financial, Physical and Emotional empowerment. WE was created to reach as many women all over the world as possible and help them to understand that ‘all women have options’.

‘Women Empowered’ is focused on supporting, encouraging and nurturing women to come together and  support each other. The Empowerment of Women is not a man’s job. Men can certainly support the effort but when we look to men to solve this for us, it makes us victims. Women first need to come together to identify the unique gifts we can bring the world (of which there are many), celebrate them and then…stand together to confidently bring them forward to collaborate with men.’

Louise believes that this approach is empowering for all and is centered around a celebration for the beautiful (and important) differences between genders.

Andrea Fletcher
Managing Director, Citi Global Equities

Andrea Fletcher is a Managing Director at Citi and is the Global Head of Client Strategy for Equities and Prime Finance. Andrea works extensively with the US, Europe and across Asia. She joined the Investment Banking industry in London in 1994 as a graduate with UBS and moved into European Equity Sales before re-locating to Sydney with Citi in an Equity Sales role in 1998. In 2010 she moved to the Asia region and in 2015 was asked to lead a newly created Global Client Strategy team spearheading the Equities Sales strategy to help drive Citi’s global growth strategy in equities.

Mr. Frederik Gollob
President & Chief Executive Officer
Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Ltd

Mr. Frederik Gollob has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong since May 2018. Mr. Gollob first joined Daimler in 2004 and has spent many years in the China market. During his service at Mercedes-Benz in China, he played a pivotal role in facilitating the rapid expansion and growth of the dealer network and drove the innovation of digital solutions for further development of the retail system.

Claire Goodchild 
Morgan Stanley 
Asia Head of Diversity and Inclusion

As Asia Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Claire works closely with the Firm’s leaders to develop Morgan Stanley’s regional diversity and inclusion strategy with an emphasis on the hiring, retention, development and advancement of key talent.  Through this work, Morgan Stanley has been recognized as one of the 100 Best Companies for Women in India by Working Mother, as one of the  Best Workplaces for Women in Japan by Great Place to Work® Institute and has received a Gold Standard for LGBT Inclusion in published indices in Hong Kong and Japan

Pat Healy
Managing Director of Swire Beverages

Pat Healy joined the Swire group in 1988 and worked initially for the group’s industrial arm in Hong Kong and Germany before joining Swire Beverages in 1997. Pat has worked with Swire Beverages in Beijing, Nanjing, Xian and Xiamen between 1997 and 2008 and was also the Chief Executive Officer of Taikoo (Xiamen) Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (TAECO) for some years before returning to take on the role of Managing Director of Swire Beverages.

Lale Kesebi
Founder and CEO of Human At Work

Lale Kesebi is Founder and CEO of Human-at.work.  She is a strategist, innovator, and transformation coach.  Her work focuses on how to create high performance cultures and how to make transformation stick for companies. Prior to her current venture, she worked in both profit and not-for profit sectors in leadership roles culminating in nearly 15 years at Li & Fung, the last 8 of which she was a member of the executive team leading transformation, building out innovation and designing the social impact of the company through purpose across teams in 40 countries.  

Karen Koh 
Founder/Owner, Intermedia

Karen Koh is a broadcast media professional and familiar face and voice to many viewers and listeners in Asia. Her background is in television news and current affairs, and she has anchored and reported for BBC World, CNBC Asia, CNN International, STAR TV, Thomson Reuters and WSJ Digital. She’s also a regular co-host on RTHK Radio 3’s flagship current affairs show “Backchat” and produces and hosts a series on gender issues called “The Agender Café”.

Tomi Latva-Kiskola
President and CEO – AIG Hong Kong

Tomi currently holds the position of President and CEO for AIG Hong Kong. Prior to this role, Tomi was the Country Manager and CEO of AIG Thailand from December 2014 – October 2018. Tomi joined AIG in New York in 2008 and has held several strategic and operational leadership positions in AIG’s international general insurance operations.

Vanessa Lau
Chief Financial Officer (Hong Kong), Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing

Vanessa joined HKEX in 2015 and is currently a Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of the Hong Kong office.  She spent the early years of her career in PricewaterhouseCoopers London where she was qualified as a Chartered Accountant before moving into the consulting industry with McKinsey & Company for another six years.  Vanessa is well versed in the commodities space through her service as the Chief Financial Officer of Global Rolled Products at Alcoa and later as a Senior Research Analyst and Vice President specializing in Asian metals and mining research at Sanford C. Bernstein.  Vanessa holds an MA in Mathematics & Computation from the University of Oxford.

Sandra Leung
Chief Operating Officer and Head of Product Execution
Market Development Division | HKEX

Sandra joined HKEX in October 2015, and is currently the Chief Operating Officer and Head of Product Execution of the Market Development Division of HKEX.  Prior to joining HKEX, Sandra spent almost 10 years in Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Division in Hong Kong.  She last served as Executive Director in the Consumer Retail Group, participating in the IPOs of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group, Prada, Samsonite, etc. 

Sandra is passionately involved in social and diversity-related initiatives, and provides support to a wide range of NGOs and schools in Hong Kong and globally.  She current serves as the Chair of the HKEX Women's Exchange, Board Member cum CFO of Time Auction (an NGO focused on youth mentorship in Hong Kong), and is part of the Enhancement Board Committee of the Hong Kong Ebenezer School & Home for the Visually Impaired as well as the Alumni Council of Phillips Academy, Andover (USA) .  Sandra was awarded the American Chambers Women of Influence Young Achiever of the Year Award in 2016.

Kirsten Molyneux
Partner – Brunswick Group

A capital markets and investor relations specialist with over 24 years’ experience Kirsten has been with Brunswick in HK since 2011 advising some of Asia’s most significant and transformational companies. Kirsten actually started her career on the equity trading floor at UBS London in 1994.

Fiona Nott 
CEO, The Women’s Foundation

Fiona joined The Women’s Foundation as CEO in September 2017, combining her senior leadership experience with a passion for TWF’s mission to serve marginalised women and girls in Hong Kong. A former lawyer and Hang Seng Index company secretary, Fiona has lived in Hong Kong for nearly two decades having cultivated a career as a senior legal professional and adviser to a number of leading corporations in Hong Kong and around Asia including PCCW, AIA, AIG, Aviva, Chow Tai Fook Jewellery as well as SMEs, start ups and non-profit organisations.

Kevin Patric 
Head of Asia - D. E. Shaw & Co. (Asia Pacific) Limited

Kevin Patric is a senior vice president and member of the Board of Directors of D. E. Shaw & Co. (Asia Pacific) Limited, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of D. E. Shaw Private Equity Investment Management (Shanghai) Co., Limited.  Mr. Patric has trading and risk monitoring oversight responsibility for the Asia-Pacific portions of the firm’s global equity strategies, including primary and secondary markets.  He joined the D. E. Shaw group in 2003 as a member of the firm’s Treasury department and began trading U.S. equities on the firm’s New York desk in 2006.  Mr. Patric has focused on the Asia-Pacific region since 2007 and has operated from the firm’s Hong Kong office since 2008.

Susheela Rivers
Office Managing Partner
Head of Real Estate, Asia Pacific

Susheela Rivers is the Office Managing Partner of DLA Piper Hong Kong, Head of both the Real Estate Group and the Hospitality & Leisure Group in Asia Pacific. She is a solicitor of England and Wales and also admitted in Hong Kong. With 25 years of experience in real estate investments, developments and operations across asset classes and across jurisdictions, Susheela has been instrumental in advising some of the landmark developments throughout the Asia Pacific region as well as the United Kingdom.

Anne Marie Roantree
Hong Kong Bureau Chief, Reuters

Anne Marie is Bureau Chief of Reuters in Hong Kong, where she oversees a team that reports on everything from political and general news, to corporate and financial markets coverage. Anne Marie formally took on the bureau chief role in the spring of 2014, having helped run the bureau from mid-2012 as chief correspondent and acting bureau chief. Anne Marie joined Reuters in Singapore in 2002, having previously worked at the Irish Times in Dublin as well as the South China Morning Post and Eastern Express in Hong Kong. 

Karen See
Co-founder - Embrace Worldwide

Karen has 25 years experience in marketing communications specialising in public relations, advertising and media strategy - and with regional roles in both Europe and Asia Pacific. Dissatisfied with the lack of women in leadership, Karen co-founded Embrace worldwide in 2015. As a professional coach, Karen utilises her past experience in management, leadership and corporate branding to help her clients build their personal brand story. Living with the mantra of being, ‘happy, confident and successful every day’.

Jonathan Slone
Global CEO -  CSLA

Jonathan Slone is the Chief Executive Officer of CLSA. He oversees CLSA's global operations which include broking, corporate finance & capital markets and asset management services in world-wide. This includes significant research and sales teams across Asia, Australia and Japan, as well as large sales centres in the Americas and UK. Jonathan Slone was appointed Chief Executive Officer in January 2008 and from July 2009 until December 2016 also held the role of Chairman. Jonathan led the negotiations with CLSA’s shareholder, CITIC Securities resulting in CITICS becoming the first Chinese bank to successfully acquire a global broker. He was appointed to the board of CITIC Securities International in January 2014 and co-CEO in August 2014.

Pamela Tseng
Global COO Citi Cross Asset Solutions, Markets and Securities Services 

Pamela Tseng is the Global COO of Citi’s Cross Asset Solutions team within Markets and Securities Services.  Previously, she was the APAC Investments COO for Citi Private Bank. Earlier successive roles in Citi include the Global Consumer Bank, Risk Management, and Investor Sales in Markets and Securities Services.  Pamela is a native mandarin speaker and has lived and worked in Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, New York and Melbourne. Pamela has a BA from Yale University, and holds an MBA from the Wharton School. 

Leonie Valentine
Managing Director, Sales & Operations, Google Hong Kong

Leonie Valentine is Managing Director, Sales & Operations of Google Hong Kong. She has over 20 years of experience in marketing and sales, and has served as Director of Customer Experience for Asia Pacific at Google for the past two years. Prior to joining Google, Leonie was Executive Vice President, Customer Service & Operations at CSL Limited. Earlier, she held the position of Chief of Staff for Telstra International Group, and was a member of the Executive Leadership Team charged with managing Telstra Corp’s business growth and assets outside of Australia and New Zealand.

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