Global Advancement of Women Conference — Singapore 2017 | Working Mother

Global Advancement of Women Conference — Singapore 2017

Date November 14 -15, 2017
Time 8:00am - 4:30pm, 8:00am - 4:45pm
Location St. Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Rd, Singapore 247911


Working Mother Media (WMM) is honored to present this two-day conference in Singapore for the first time! Our Global Advancement of Women Conference will provide professional women with tools and strategies to advance their careers and increase their influence in their organizations. In a time when women leaders have greater opportunities, they also face more challenges. Attendees will hone vital leadership competencies and gain insight into managing work life balance, creating strong support systems, and so much more.

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2016 Global Advancement of Women Event Homepage(Mumbai)

2015 Global Advancement of Women Event Homepage (Hong Kong)

2014 Global Advancement of Women Event Homepage (Beijing)

2013 Global Advancement of Women Event Homepage (Bangalore)


The two (2) day Global Advancement of Women Conference (GAWC) will provide professional women with access to action tools and strategies in order to advance their careers, increase their influence and have positive impact on their companies. The conference will enable participants to hone their vital leadership competencies, gain better insights to managing work-life balance and create stronger support systems through workshops, keynote addresses and panel discussions.

**PAST CONFERENCES ** Mumbai, India 2016 | Hong Kong, China 2015 | Beijing, China 2014 & 2010 | Bangalore, India 2013 & 2009 | São Paulo, Brazil 2012 & 2007 | Shanghai, China 2011 | Johannesburg, South Africa 2008 | Toronto, Canada 2007


Attend this event and be prepared to be motivated, empowered and take away practical insights. Key learning objectives include:
▪ Cultivate essential leadership skills to become a more influential leader
▪ Discover factors needed to create a culture that promotes gender diversity and harness the potential of women for leadership roles of tomorrow
▪ Gain insights on how successful Asian women leaders overcome obstacles and lessons learned
▪ Be inspired by personal success stories from some of Singapore’s and Asia’s most accomplished women leaders
▪ Understand the critical link between one’s own ambition and societal cultural norms
▪ Learn how to become a leader improving the overall workforce in today’s global competitive market

Knowledge Partners


▪ Established, emerging & aspiring women leaders
▪ Corporate Leaders & Board Members
▪ Managers & Directors
▪ Human Resources Leaders & Heads of Talent
▪ Diversity & Inclusion Managers
▪ Women’s Leadership Program Managers

Founded in 2012, GlobalCon Group LLC is a global diversity and inclusion [D&I] conference management firm based in Washington, D.C. GlobalCon Group LLC designs content, produces and executes conferences, furthering innovation and engagement of the workforce leading to business growth across the global marketplace. We work with Fortune 500 companies, creating a platform where business and human resource leaders can leverage their thought leadership by participating in result driven discussions, CEO & Executive roundtables, and award programs.

Asia Society | David Driskell Center for the African Diaspora | Diversity Best Practices | Georgetown University | International Finance Corporation [IFC] | Inter-American Development Bank | University of Maryland | Working Mother Media | The World Bank Group |

Brazil | China | India | Japan | Singapore | South Africa | United States | Europe

2017 Agenda

Since 2007, we shape the future of work and the future of Asia by partnering with leaders to create inspiring work cultures that enable people to excel. We do so by focusing intently on the areas of Contemporary Work Culture, Gender and Generations.

A talent and organization innovation firm, LifeWorkz advise leaders on evolving contemporary, inclusive and agile work culture so that their talent thrives in an ever-changing business environment.

The work of LifeWorkz is based on real-world, Asian-based research, driven by data, conversations and global trends, turning foresight into critical new insights that ultimately lead to action.

Today, LifeWorkz is recognized as the Asian authority in their areas of focus through their advisory, training and research work, awarded with numerous awards and being featured on global stages. Regardless whether it is serving private or public sector global or local entities across the region, the vision remains the same: to enable others to discover a life most excellent.



8:/00 am – 9:00am Registration

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome

Subha V. Barry / Senior Vice President & Managing Director / Working Mother Media
Jackie Glenn / Vice President Global Diversity & Inclusion / Dell Technologies

9:15 – 9:45 am Government Greetings

Opening Keynote & Conversation Where Ambition & Culture Intersect

Join this lively and engaging keynote who challenges women to think more deeply about nurturing and leveraging their ambition and own their role as leaders. Participants will gain insights to the important elements of success.

The Honorable Minister of State Sim Ann

9:45 – 10:00 am Seize the Day

10:00 – 11:00 am Leadership Snapshot Talks: Own Your Success

This high level panel of exceptional leaders across industries offers a variety of perspectives on creating career success. They will share insights that demonstrate an empowering promise: that women can not only gain the tools they need to accomplish their leadership goals, but also actively pursue and cultivate these assets in a way that offers success in both life and career.

Deborah Munster / Executive Director / Diversity Best Practices

11:00 – 11:30 Break


Career Building Leadership Conversations
The Career Building Leadership Conversations are a way to engage attendees in enlightened discussions and hands-on work in order to build tools that can be used in the workplace. Groups will have attendees from different industry cohorts including banking/finance, IT, professional services, and communications/media.

During the Career Building Leadership Conversations, attendees will:

  • identify their own unique traits and how these transfer into hard skills building one’s own leadership style
  • learn how innovation and growth takes place when collaboration among generations come together
  • understand better how to build cultural competency, and grow business acumen
  • gain insights into how to handle difficult situations in the workplace while honing one’s leadership and interpersonal skills
  • learn how to prepare for the next stretch assignment.

FACILITATOR: ** **Rebekah O'Rourke / Founder / Women of the World

12:45 – 2:00 NETWORKING Luncheon

2:00 – 3:00 Creating a Gender Partnership Mindset

Although the number of women in the Asian workforce has increased over the years; the percentage of women in top leadership roles remains low. To increase these numbers, men must sponsor us, open doors for us, and they must step up in bold, perhaps risky ways. Not just because women face gender barriers, but because women have exceptional leadership potential that will launch business operations to new levels.

According to Grant Thornton, new research finds that just 25% of senior management roles in APAC are held by women. The APAC countries with the highest proportions of leadership roles held by women are Philippines (40%) and Indonesia (46%), while the lowest proportions are reported in Japan (7%), New Zealand (20%) and Australia (23%). In Singapore, that number is 30%.

This panel discussion includes female and male executives who will discuss what initiatives are gaining traction in advancing women into leadership positions. It addresses the need of a cultural mindset shift and the role of men as allies in cultivating and retaining female talent in the workplace.

Harsha Basnayake / Asia Pacific Leader Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) / EY Philip Chew / General Manager / IBM SIH, East
Paul V. Lantero / Chief Operating Officer, Integrated Supply & Trading Eastern Hemisphere / BP


Empowerment & Ambition as Competencies

Empowerment. That feeling of confidence, of ownership over one's work and other activities, of control over one's career, ambition, life balance and personal journey. Every woman strives for it but few actually realize it.

During this workshop gain an in depth look at the keys to your empowerment and ambition success.

How can women support one another, at work and at home, in taking the bold and sometimes major risks toward a life of confidence, ambition, ownership and control? When is the optimal time, and what mechanisms can we use, to empower those we mentor and sponsor? What role does your mindset play and what cultural norms keep you from succeeding?

Consider tools and techniques that successful women across all sectors have leveraged to empower themselves and their colleagues. If not NOW, when?

3:00 – 4:30 SENIOR EXECUTIVE ROUNDTABLE (by invitation only)

Women on Boards
A Singapore government-backed group wants to double women’s representation on company boards to 20 percent by the end of the decade. In 2016, Women accounted for 9.9 percent of board members in Singapore.

Hear an insider’s perspective from Boardagender in how they are advancing this important mission overall with the backing of numerous organizations. In tandem participants will learn from an innovative global company about specific initiatives that have proven to succeed in securing more women on boards – based on merit.

Subha V. Barry / Vice President & General Manager / Working Mother Media
Junie Foo / Chair and Co-Founder / BoardAgender


Co-Chairs lead an engaging, interactive forum for participating senior executive and junior leaders to share key themes from their group discussions.

5:00 – 6:00 LEADERSHIP RECEPTION (all invited)

WED. NOVEMBER 15, 2017

8:00 am – 9:00am Registration & Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 OPENING

9:15 – 10:30 PANEL

Next Gen Leaders
Today's young leaders began their ascent at a time when conventional wisdom was colliding with economic upheaval. Hear the values and competencies that millennials believe will be critical to lead in tomorrow's economy. Gain insight into successful strategies of how Gen Xers are providing knowledge transfer to the new generation of leaders. Furthermore, this panel of exceptional competent leaders will showcase how they support their executive management in implementing new ideas to solve real business problems.

Gwendolyn Regina / Head of Strategy / Mashable
Adeline Kim / Head of Core Products & Value Proposition / Asia-Pacific, Visa
ONG Chong Ching / Senior Director, Strategic Accounts, Asia Pacific / S&P Global Platts

10:30 – 10:45 BREAK

10:45 – 12:15 YOU INC.—Taking Charge

Regardless of your position, age, education and/or the function that you are in, you need to understand the importance of taking charge of your own personal brand, You Inc.

You are in charge of your brand and there is no single path to success or one way to create a brand except to prioritize YOU.

For women, becoming more diligent and attentive to their personal brand, and managing that brand wholeheartedly, is a key component to greater personal influence, team impact and overall success.

At the end of this workshop, participants will have:

  • Packaged their strengths as part of an overall personal brand strategy
  • A clear line of sight on “what they want to be known for” inside their organization
  • Increased comfort and confidence communicating across the organization
  • A strategic network map - and action plan - to expand their personal influence and organizational impact

Tracy Ann Curtis, President & Founder, TAC Global

12:15 – 1:30 AWARDS LUNCHEON


This award is presented to a distinguished individual recognizing their relentless personal commitment to empowering women to create healthier lives and build strong communities.

2:15 – 3:30 Leadership Snapshot Panel

Mentoring Wisdom & Women Network Groups– ACT WITH INTENT
Effective mentoring relationships are a definite asset to career advancement for women. BUT the key ingredient to the success comes from the mentee NOT the mentor. Three drivers to a powerful mentorship will be closely examined:
● Intentionally preparing for the mentoring relationship
● Intentionally leveraging mentors’ insights
● Intentionally building relationships to powerful connectors
Join this session, to identify the implications and opportunities of what your mentor relationship CAN be. What role can women Employee Resource Groups/Business Resource Groups [ERGs/BRGs] play in your career advancement? How can rising leaders access opportunities that they otherwise would not be exposed to?

Learn how to increase involvement with key players in order to build a “better line of sight” of the corporate big picture. Gain insights in how to become proficient at enhancing your visibility, and pinpointing the right risks to take


Co-Chairs frame learnings and insights for the day

Hotel & Travel

The St. Regis Singapore
29 Tanglin Rd,
Singapore 247911
+65 6506 6888

Discounted rate is 370 Singapore Dollars/night plus taxes for a single and 400 for a double. To reserve your room please click HERE.

Registration Fees

Individual Tickets $595

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  • Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth & Ministry of Trade and Industry
  • Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Working Mother Media
  • Philip Chew
    General Manager, IBM SIH, East
  • Senior Director, Strategic Accounts, Asia Pacific, S&P Global Platts
  • TAC Global
  • Chair and Co-Founder, BoardAgender
  • Chief Operating Officer, Integrated Supply & Trading Eastern Hemisphere, BP
  • CEO, LifeWorkz
  • Executive Director, Diversity Best Practices
  • CEO, The Global Leadership Practice
  • Head of ASIA PAC, EY
  • Gwendolyn Regina
    Head of Strategy, Mashable


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