Speaking Engagements | 24 Jan 2018

Women in Leadership Summit - Hong Kong


The 3rd Annual Women in Leadership Summit Asia in Hong Kong is a 2-day forum specially designed for experienced women leaders and managers, aspiring “next generation” leaders, and entrepreneurs who want to advance their career and learn from successful female and male leaders. This event gathered key stakeholders serving in various leadership roles in an intimate setting to discuss the challenges and opportunities for women in the workplace today.


Fern spoke on the following panels: 

  • Leaders Panel: Exposing the unconscious bias that impacts decision making

    24 January, 1:30 - 2:10pm
    Fern shared the importance of redefining meritocracy and tackling unconscious bias in decision making to progress gender diversity.

    Key Takeaways:
    Reflecting on the concept of “merit”: who defines and who decides? Does an objective principle of merit exist? Can we truly apply the principle without bias?
    Evaluating the worth of “merit” – if not “merit”, what else?
    What can we do to overcome unconscious bias?

    Moderator: Deirdre Lander, Director - Employee Insights and Talent, Hong Kong, Willis Towers Watson
    Panelists: Rachel Catanach, Managing Director, Hong Kong, FleishmanHillard; Clarence Yang, Director, Blackrock; Stephanie Leung, Deputy CIO, Caravel Asset Management; Fern Ngai, CEO, Community Business
  • Panel in Closing: Career advice you probably didn't get

    25 January, 3.30 - 4.10pm
    Women leaders shared their career journeys and what they would have said to their younger selves.

    Key Takeaways:
    To my younger self – the best piece of advice I did and didn’t have
    The road to success: Aligning your passion, determination and hard work
    Managing change with resilience and growing through different phases of your career
    Take-away lessons to put into practice for my future self
    Take home messages to yourselves, colleagues and family members

    Moderator: Sue Toomey, Executive Director, HandsOn Hong Kong
    Panelists: Diana The, Chief Counsel, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa, Aon Hewitt; Anne O'Riordan, Senior Managing Director - Global Life Services, Accenture; Caroline Darcy, Group Head - Advertising, Sponsorship & Brand Activation, Asia Pacific, UBS; Fern Ngai, CEO, Community Business.