18 Nov 2020

The Effect of COVID-19 on Gender Equity

A fireside chat between Peter Sargant, CEO of Community Business & Lorraine Hariton, President & CEO at Catalyst


Community Business is delighted to be the Asia partner of Catalyst, facilitating workshops across the region and collaborating on new research. Learn more about the partnership here


To celebrate and announce this partnership, we are pleased to bring you this fireside chat between Community Business CEO Peter Sargant and Catalyst President and CEO Lorraine Hariton. In this engaging conversation, Peter and Lorraine will come together to outline the details of the partnership, reflect on progress towards global equity both globally and in the Asia region and discuss the impact in the short and long term that COVID-19 will have on achieving gender parity. There is also opportunity for a relaxed, collaborative discussion where we encourage participants to share their organisation’s experiences, insight and practices around this subject. 

Who Should Attend: 

  • Business leaders 
  • HR 
  • D&I professionals 

Key Takeaways: 

  • What progress is being made, globally and regionally, towards gender equity?
  • What impact is COVID-19 having on progress? 
  • How can we utilise expert insight and recently published research to move the needle? 
  • What next steps can organisations take to increase gender equality in their own workforces? 
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Event Speakers

  • Peter Sargant

    Peter Sargant

    CEO, Community Business
  • Lorraine Hariton

    Lorraine Hariton

    President & CEO, Catalyst Inc.

CEO, Community Business

Peter Sargant

Peter Sargant is Chief Executive Officer of Community Business, a Hong Kong based not-for-profit organisation dedicated to advancing responsible and inclusive business practices. 

Peter joined Community Business following a short career break, prior to which he was an Executive Director of Standard Chartered Bank. Throughout his career, Peter has been a dedicated diversity and inclusion (D&I) advocate and a champion for minority groups. As a founding member of Standard Chartered Bank’s D&I Council in Hong Kong, Peter was instrumental in establishing the Hong Kong LGBT+ Interbank Forum. Peter has had a long association with Community Business, participating in the Community Business Leadership Team (later known as the Responsible Business Network), the Diversity and Inclusion in Asia Network (DIAN) and the Hong Kong LGBT+ Inclusion Index and Awards, since their inception, and has become a recognised speaker and advisor on D&I issues within the workforce. 

Peter worked for Standard Chartered Bank for 23 years, across the consumer, wholesale and investment banking businesses in Asia, with his final role as Executive Director, Employee Banking Sales, Corporate Partnerships, within Group Retail Banking. Peter was born in the United Kingdom, but has been a Hong Kong resident since 1997.

President & CEO, Catalyst Inc.

Lorraine Hariton

Lorraine Hariton is CEO of Catalyst where she works with CEOs of some of the largest corporations to promote the advancement of women in the workplace. Previous to that she spent 25 years in various senior-level positions in Silicon Valley including CEO of two venture-backed start-ups before being appointed by President Obama to be Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs at the US Department of State (September 2009 – February 2014). More recently she is SVP for Global Partnerships for the New York Academy of Sciences where she has been instrumental in establishing the Global STEM Alliance. She has served on numerous public, private, nonprofit and government boards of directors. She began her career at IBM in sales.

Ms. Hariton’s expertise includes technology (cloud computing, telecommunications, IoT, retail POS, music technology, speech recognition, and cybersecurity), entrepreneurship, enterprise sales and marketing, global board service, business, diversity, and inclusion, government affairs, STEM and digital transformation.

Ms. Hariton has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences from Stanford University. She has two grown children and resides in New York City. She loves to cycle, play tennis, enjoys the out of doors and international travel.

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