IFLR Asia Women in Business Law Forum 2017


April 27 2017, Cliftons, Hong Kong

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8.30 Registration

9.00 Chair’s Introduction

9.10 Keynote address

Bénédicte Nolens,
senior director, head of risk & strategy, Securities and Futures Commission

9.30 Navigating work-life balance in your career

• Personal experiences regarding managing work-life balance in Asia
• Time management, maternity and paternity leave issues
• Family life v career: can a career and a family run in parallel?
• Flexible work arrangements- how companies can support new mothers when they return to work

Kirsty Dougan,
head of Asia, Axiom (chair)
Catherine Kardinal, general counsel, Siemens
Tina Tsui,
managing director and managing counsel, BNY Mellon
Nadine Maurellet, 
general counsel, The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels
Sarah Oliver,
legal counsel, BNP Paribas
Joanne Low,
head of legal and compliance, RRJ Capital

10.30 Networking and coffee break

11.00 Promoting diversity and inclusion in senior management

• Why is there still a glass ceiling for top management positions?
• The business case for diverse teams: how to change the way your organization approaches diversity and inclusion
•  Ensuring targets are set at every level of the pipeline
• How can companies ensure that women are properly represented in boards, decision making and promotions
• How to build support structures within law firms and in-house – e.g. women’s groups
• Effective talent retention methods

Melody Chan, partner, White & Case (chair)
Farzana Aslam, principal lecturer, faculty of Law, HKU
Angelina Kwan,
managing director and head of regulatory compliance, HKEx
Lynne Barry,
global head of learning and development, inclusion and diversity and leadership strategy, Telstra
Fiona Phillips, associate general counsel, HSBC

12.00 Mapping your path to partnership and the boardroom

• Personal stories of Asia’s leading female and partners
• Moving up the career ladder: practical advice on meeting your workplace goals
• Utilising leadership training and experience to build your skillset for a leadership role
• The importance of developing commercial awareness
• Characteristics of a good team
• Leveraging your job to give back to the community
• Negotiating your way to the board

Betty Yap, partner, Paul Weiss (chair)
Vanina de Verneuil, global general counsel, RCOM Enterprise & Global Cloud Xchange, Reliance Communications
Angelina Kwan,
managing director and head of regulatory compliance, HKEx
Fiona Nott,
director, Aesop Hong Kong
Sophia Chan-Yap PK,
chief investment officer, Trackmore Ventures

13.00 Networking luncheon

14.15 Building your own personal brand

• How to build and maintain your network internally and externally
• Why building your personal brand is vital for business development
• Is there unconscious gender bias in a business development environment?
• Practical tips on business development and communication skills, e.g. leading a pitch, speaking at meetings and events
• Creating and defining your personal brand online and in person

Alex Bidlake, partner, Linklaters (chair)
Sharyn Ch'ang,
director and global counsel, PwC
Stephanie Sheng,
executive director and senior counsel, Goldman Sachs
Yea Ji Sohn,
senior counsel, Uber
Sophia Chan-Yap PK,
chief investment officer, Trackmore Ventures

15.15 Networking and coffee break

15.45 Making the most out of mentoring in your organization

• How to be an effective mentor in your organisation/ how to find the right mentor
• Ensuring that senior management create an inclusive environment for women
• Practical tips on dealing with conflict in the workplace, effective communication and resolving differences
• Mentor and mentee sharing experiences
• Best practices in empowering and supporting mentees
• How can you cultivate potential sponsors and break through the glass ceiling?

Karen Tan, business development director, HKIAC
Susan Wong,
senior legal counsel, Standard Chartered Bank
Anaick Summers,
manager and legal counsel, Fox Networks Group Asia
Martine Vanasse,
head of control room APAC, Credit Suisse
Sun Kim,
head of regulatory risk, Asia, Macquarie Group

16.45 Close of conference










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