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The 12th annual AmCham Women of Influence Conference & Awards - What is the future of work? This year's conference will focus on how the internet of things and technology will shape our future in a boundary-less global setting, how men are engaging to encourage a more diverse workplace and what that will mean for you, and how media and our perceptions shape our expectations of the future.

In keeping with the successes of previous conferences, this year will feature a number of panels for participants to attend and derive practical tools for advancing their own careers.

Once again, the culmination of the conference will be the presentation of the 12th Annual Women of Influence Awards which will recognize; six high-achieving women, a man who has demonstrated support for the advancement of women and one outstanding company for women.


Date: November 6, 2015
Time: 8:00am - 2:30pm
Venue: Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, Grand Ballroom, Level 2, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong


*Opening Keynote

Ronald Lee

Managing Director, Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC


*Luncheon Keynote

Deborah Kan

New Media Entrepreneur


*Presentation of Awards Remarks

Clifford A. Hart, Jr.

Consul General,
The United States of America to Hong Kong and Macau


*Three Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Panel 1: He for She and What will be?

What is happening currently in the efforts to drive equal opportunity and equal treatment in the workplace and what impact will that have on the workplace in 2030? To achieve real change, the fight must be fought by men and women together.

This panel discussed current efforts, reasons why and future opportunities as a result of a more diverse workforce. Men active in the efforts today will also discuss the critical role of men in making change happen.

James Quinnild Financial Services Consulting –
Asia Pacific Leader, PwC
Lily Ng Director, Typhoon Consulting
Richard Nicoll Chief Shopper Marketing Officer,
Saatchi & Saatchi HK
Ben Way CEO, Macquarie Group Asia
Sophie Guerin APJ Diversity & Inclusion Lead, Dell (Moderator)


Panel 2: How media is addressing gender diversity

Every day, we are bombarded by television commercials, bill boards, social media posts and music video clips that objectify - or worse sexualise - women, reduce women to stereotypes and promote the thinness ideal for women and girls. 

The way that the Hong Kong media stereotypes women as home-makers and in more passive roles, combined with institutional glass ceilings and persistent old boys' networks, may also explain the leadership ambition gender gap and the under-representation of women in senior roles and boardrooms across industry and professional sectors.

This panel examined how traditional media players and new social media influencers are part of the problem but can also part of the solution, drawing on leading voices from the media industry, academia and women’s groups.

Nicola Fan Director, She Objects
Carlo Imò President, Kering Asia Pacific
Dr. Mario Liong Assistant Professor, Centennial College
Su-Mei Thompson CEO, The Women’s Foundation (Moderator)


Panel 3: The Future of Work

The internet of things, rapid shift to cloud and social media, will shape our future behaviors to work in a boundary-less global setting. Traditional physical barriers of work are breaking down, and we are adapting to new ways of working and engaging with a multi-generational and virtual workforce, requiring a high “DQ”.

To compete and excel, this prompts us to rethink and restructure how work is done; reshape work environment that engages, enables and energizes; think more broadly and creatively where and how talent is sourced; Invest more heavily in retraining and reskilling; and embrace the virtual workplace and maximize mobility and flexibility.

This panel focused on how technology, communication, branding, and work place spaces will be changing over the next 15 years.

Michelle Lam Founder, The Spoilt Experiences Group
David Lynch Managing Director and Head of Technology & Operations,
HK & Mainland China,
DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited
Emma Reynolds Co-Founder & CEO, e3Reloaded
Stella Abraham Head, Residential Leasing & Relocation Services, HK, JLL (Moderator)


2015 Women of Influence Awards Winners

2015 Awardees

Professional of the Year: Kimberley Cole
Head of Sales Specialists Asia
Thomson Reuters
Young Achiever of the Year: Michelle Sun
First Code Academy
Entrepreneur of the Year: Karin Ann
Co-Founder and Principal
The International Montessori School
Non-profit Leader of the Year:
Su-Mei Thompson
The Women's Foundation
Master of The Arts: Claire Hsu
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Asia Art Archive
Lifetime Achievement: Anne Marden, BBS, JP
Director, AVP HK Foundation Limited
Champion for the Advancement of Women: Anthony A Rose
Chairman & CEO
House of Rose Professional
Best Company for Women: State Street Bank & Trust


Distinguished Judges 

Anne O’Riordan Global Senior Managing Director, Accenture Life Sciences (Co-Chief)
Elaine J. Cheung VP and CFO, Asia Sourcing, VF Asia Pacific Sourcing S.a.r.l. (Co-Chief)
Jacqui Algar VP, HR Asia, HR & Facilities Management,
VF Asia Pacific Sourcing S.a.r.l. 
Adriana Alvarez-Nichol Founder, Puerta Roja Ltd.
Sara Yang Bosco President, Asia Pacific, Emerson Electric Asia-Pacific
Brian Brenner Regional Director & Head of Tenant Representation Hong Kong Markets, JLL
Jennifer Carver Chief Investment Officer, Nest Investments
Rachel Chan CEO, Junior Achievement Hong Kong
Diana David Corporate Development Director, Asia Pacific, Financial Times (HK) Ltd.
Stephen Golden Head of Global Leadership & Diversity, Asia Pacific, Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC
Joanna Hotung CEO, KG Group
Susan Hutchison Head of HR, Asia Pacific, KKR (Kohlberg Kravis Roberts)
Daphne King Director, Alisan Fine Arts Limited
May Knight Managing Director, Financial Services, Asia Pacific, Accenture
Christine Lam Head of Operations & Technology, Citi Asia Pacific
Jessica Lau Customer Success Consultant, LinkedIn
Ronald Lee Managing Director, Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC
Belinda Lui Managing Director, Public Policy, Asia Pacific, Time Warner Inc.
Esther Ma CEO & Founder, Prestique Ltd.
Shalini Mahtani, MBE Co-Founder and Chair, The Zubin Foundation
Alistair Scarff Managing Director, Asia Pacific Country Risk Executive
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Elizabeth Thomson Chairwoman & Founder, The Amber Foundation Ltd.
Michelle Vosper Former Director, Asian Cultural Council
Nancy Yang Executive Director, Asian Charity Services
Anna Yip Head of Hong Kong and Macau, MasterCard
Catherine Zhu Partner, Egon Zehnder


Past Winners