17 Jun 2020 - 18 Jun 2020
2020 DIAN Meeting 2
This is a 2-day, closed-door, virtual members-only meeting joined by HR, D&I, and business leaders from leading companies across diverse industries
DAY 1: Inclusive Allyship in Asia
Explore the power of allies as it is understood and put into practice in Asia, and how effective allyship can and should move away from the siloed approach to D&I, extending beyond a narrowly defined demographic. We will also hear how organisations might build a strong culture that sees everyone as potential allies.
- Understand allyship from an intersectional perspective.
- Examine the strengths and limitations of allyship within the Asian context to explore what works and what does not in the region.
- Discuss strategies to localise the concept for Asia to encourage personal commitment to inclusion.
Trivia & Games (6pm-7pm)
Invite your colleagues to this D&I-themed Trivia & Games Virtual Networking Event!
Day 2: Inclusive Leadership in Crisis
Reflect on the changing demands on leadership in turbulent times and on how we can help our leaders and our organisation to remain committed to inclusion and lead authentically. We will also explore how organisations might support and reinforce inclusive leadership both by providing leaders with tools to better manage themselves and by empowering everyone to take the lead, regardless of their title.
- Explore how companies can drive and leverage inclusion efforts during challenging times.
- Gain practical ways of empowering leaders to improve habits and work practices in times of stress.
Join up to three Special Interest Breakout Rooms to engage with other like-minded on the issues and challenges that are top of mind for you. (Pre-registration required)
We are extending up to 4 seats to each DIAN member organisation.
This event is for DIAN members only. Please login or contact the DIAN representative of your organisation to register.
Gulnar VaswanimoreChief Culture Officer at Gulnar Vaswani
Marla AlvarezmoreDiversity & Inclusion Lead at Thomson Reuters
Melissa SohGlobal Diversity & Inclusion Specialist at Standard Chartered
Nikki DaviesmoreHead of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) for Asia Pacific at Credit Suisse
Patricia DwyermoreFounder and Director at The Purpose Business
Penny BarshamoreCorporate Responsibility Manager – Asia at Linklaters
Peter ReadingmoreSenior Legal Counsel at Equal Opportunities Commission
Robbie M GelizonmoreSenior Digital Marketing Specialist, Retail Banking and Wealth Management at HSBC
Shalini Mahtani, MBEmoreFounder of The Zubin Foundation and Community Business
Sophie GuerinmoreHead of Diversity & Inclusion APAC at Johnson & Johnson
Stephanie Oueda CruzmoreHead of Diversity and Inclusion at IDB Invest
Sudesh ThevasenabathymoreChief Operating Officer at Heals Healthcare
Tracy Ann CurtismoreFounder, Executive Coach and External Consultant at TAC Global LLC
Chief Culture Officer at Gulnar Vaswani
Diversity & Inclusion Lead at Thomson Reuters
Before this role, Marla has had over 20 years experience in corporate communications and PR, with seven of these at Thomson Reuters as former manager for strategy, communications and corporate responsibility in Manila. She was responsible for the Manila Leadership Team strategic initiatives, internal and external communications, and the execution of Corporate Responsibility programs in the Philippines. She was also responsible for executing the company’s employee volunteer program and CR partnerships with other companies and non-government organizations.
Prior to joining Thomson Reuters in 2009, Marla was with Environments Global/Cirdia Group as internal communications manager; Intel Corporation as operations manager for the Asia Employee Communications group; San Miguel Corporation as internal communications officer, responsible for internal publications and media relations. She started as senior associate at Orendain & Associates, a public relations firm, where she was a consultant to multinational banks, drug companies, and non-government organizations. Marla took up BA Mass Communications, with a major in Journalism and a minor in History, at the University of the Philippines.
Global Diversity & Inclusion Specialist at Standard Chartered
Head of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) for Asia Pacific at Credit Suisse
Founder and Director at The Purpose Business
With over 20 years sustainability leadership experience, including as Ayala Land’s first CSR Manager and as global head of CSR and Sustainability for Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, she has worked across the spectrum from NGOs to corporate boardrooms and start-ups to make them purposeful and impact-driven.
Pat is a regular keynote and conference speaker on topics including purpose, responsible leadership and sustainability.
She is an experienced moderator, having led panels including at the Obama Foundation Asia Pacific Programme and the World Economic Forum in Vietnam.
She is a fellow of the Asia Society and the Royal Society of Arts, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and sits on the Boards of Enrich, a Hong Kong - based charity promoting the economic empowerment of migrant domestic workers.
Corporate Responsibility Manager – Asia at Linklaters
Senior Legal Counsel at Equal Opportunities Commission
Senior Digital Marketing Specialist, Retail Banking and Wealth Management at HSBC
Robbie M Gelizon
Founder of The Zubin Foundation and Community Business
Shalini Mahtani, MBE
In addition, Shalini has championed for the inclusion of ethnic minorities in Hong Kong advisory and statutory bodies. Diversity List, established in 2016, puts forward worthy candidates for such roles each year. Since 2016, over 30 appointments have been made by the HKSARG of ethnic minorities. In addition, her policy recommendations many have been adopted by the administration, particularly on ethnic minority special needs children. Shalini is also founder and the first Chief Executive Officer of Community Business, the first organisation in Asia that brings together companies and their management around women, LGBT and disabilities at work.
Shalini serves on the board of a few advisory and statutory bodies and a number of local NGOs. She is also a co-host on Backchat on RTHK Radio 3, the only English language current affairs radio program me in Hong Kong.
Head of Diversity & Inclusion APAC at Johnson & Johnson
Currently residing in Singapore, Sophie is a recognized expert on diversity & inclusion in Asia and speaks frequently at industry and thought leadership forums. She is co-author of "Examining Diversity & Inclusion from an Asian Perspective" and “Developing Dependency” which explores special economic zones in the Greater Mekong Sub-region. She is a member of the Diversity & Inclusion in Asia Network Advisory Council and a Founding Member of the American Chamber of Commerce Singapore Women's Steering Committee. Sophie is the first recipient of the American Chamber of Commerce China Committee of the Year Award and is the Founder of Women in International Public Affairs based in Paris, France.
Head of Diversity and Inclusion at IDB Invest
Stephanie Oueda Cruz
She supports clients developing a diversity and inclusion strategy, identifying new markets and developing inclusive value chains that will include women and minority owned companies.
Before joining IDB Invest, Stephanie was the Associate Director for Diversity& Inclusion in Coca-Cola European Partners in London. And before that Stephanie was Head of International Diversity at L’Oréal in Paris where she led the D&I strategy among 60 subsidiaries of the company.
Stephanie has received numerous awards for her work in diversity: Diversity Leader by the USA diversity Journal and Head of Diversity by the European Diversity Awards. She was also recognized as one of the top 40 diversity professionals in the world by The Times in 2017 and 2018.
Chief Operating Officer at Heals Healthcare
Sudesh was the founding member of the AXA Hong Kong Diversity & Inclusion Council, specifically supporting the LGBT+ and Origins workstreams, and won the 2019 LGBT+ Ally Award by Community Business and named 2019 Global Top 50 LGBT+ OUTstanding Role Model through his work for the LGBT+ community. He is a true believer and advocate of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and with customers. He has been actively working with the organisation to support differently-abled, ethnic minorities, gender and multi-generational employees.
Sudesh is an Electronics and Computing engineering graduate and is Six Sigma, Lean, and Human-centred Design trained. A change agent at heart, he is passionate about delivering the best customer experience possible at every level of any organisation.
Founder, Executive Coach and External Consultant at TAC Global LLC
Tracy Ann Curtis
She attributes this to working globally throughout her career as well as having positions within Human Resources, IT Operations and Asia Pacific Sales. Tracy Ann’s most exciting role was relocating to Bangalore, India to lead the change management work associated with Cisco’s expanding IT Development Center. A six-month assignment in India turned into seven years of Tracy Ann leading Cisco transformation work across the Asia Pacific region. After which Tracy Ann remained in Bangalore to set up her consulting practice.A core focus of Tracy Ann’s global work is across fast changing emerging business regions.
Tracy Ann is a lifelong learner with an education and understanding of behavior change, adult learning, psychology, emotional intelligence, appreciative inquiry, fitness, emotional wellbeing, mindfulness, yoga and philosophy – all of which contribute to her unique consulting approach, perceptiveness and sensitivity.
Her work is anchored by the experience and insight of working and living around the globe and her commitment to purpose and meaning. She believes encouraging talent development, building inclusive environments, advancing women and diversity builds healthy cultures, delivers business results and makes the world a more peaceful place.