DAY 2: BREAKOUT SESSIONS
BREAKOUT SESSION 3A: 11am - 12.30pm
LGBT: Engaging Allies in Asia
Best Practice Sharing by Companies
This Breakout Session is sponsored by:
Leading companies are recognising that when it comes to addressing LGBT inclusion in the workplace in Asia, developing a robust ‘ally strategy’ is critical. The cultural sensitivities are such that many Asian LGBT employees may not be comfortable disclosing their identity or openly engaging in LGBT network type activities. An ally programme that seeks to foster greater understanding and proactive support for LGBT inclusion – engaging people at all levels, can be instrumental in creating an environment that enables Asian LGBT employees to feel safe and supported. In this session we will explore best practice approaches to engaging LGBT allies in Asia. An ally programme that seeks to foster greater understanding and proactive support for LGBT inclusion – engaging people at all levels, can be instrumental in creating an environment that enables Asian LGBT employees to feel safe and supported. In this session we will explore best practice approaches to engaging LGBT allies in Asia.
Professor of Sociology and Co-director of the Gender Research Centre
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Head of Diversity & Inclusion
Asia Pacific, Google
Operations Regional Management - APAC
Global Leader Workforce Diversity and LGBT Markets
Barclays Investment Bank
BREAKOUT SESSION 3B: 11am - 12.30pm
Religion - Should it be on Your Diversity Agenda in Asia?
Asia is one of the most culturally and religiously diverse parts of the world. Yet due to uncertainties and sensitivities, most companies in Asia shy away from proactively addressing religion as part of their diversity agenda. This session seeks to provide the opportunity for a safe and open discussion – exploring how religion impacts the workplace, why companies should address religion as an integral part of their D&I strategy, and how to do this in a way that is sensitive and appropriate to the local market context.
Advisor for Faith and Global Engagement Program for University of Hong Kong and Managing Director / CEO Hong Kong, United Overseas Bank
Managing Director of Programs,
Director & Principal Consultant,
Harmony Works SDN BHD
Head of Talent Development, Bangalore,
BREAKOUT SESSION 3C: 11am - 12.30pm
The LGBT Inclusion Journey - What Can Asia Learn From Global Experiences?
When it comes to promoting LGBT inclusion, Asia is just at the start of its journey. Much can be learnt from the experiences of other countries – in particular the UK, US and closer to home Australia. In this session Community Business will facilitate a discussion with leading LGBT advocates Stonewall, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Pride in Diversity. Sharing experiences and lessons learnt, these leaders from around the world will explore the key role that their workplace inclusion indexes play in pushing this agenda forward and driving the adoption of best practice in their markets.
Head of Workplace Stonewall
Director, Workplace Equality
Program Human Rights
Director, Pride in Diversity
BREAKOUT SESSION 4A: 2pm - 3.30pm
LGBT and Religion in Asia
Religion can be an obstacle for many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in Asia. In various countries in Asia, outspoken religious groups are active in thwarting efforts to progress LGBT inclusion whilst strongly held religious beliefs of individuals can create tension in the workplace. How do companies handle these dynamics - respecting the religious views of their employees whilst reinforcing their broader values and promoting a culture of tolerance and acceptance? This session will explore this dilemma and seek to provide companies and managers with practical advice on how to respond in a way that is sensitive and appropriate.
Managing Director of Programs, Tanenbaum
Executive Director, Solidarity Foundation
Executive Director of Oogachaga Counselling and Support
BREAKOUT SESSION 4B: 2pm - 3.30pm
Generations: Leveraging Different Perspectives for Competitive Advantage
Best Practice Sharing by Companies
When it comes to discussion of generational diversity and competitive advantage, the focus tends to be on Gen Y. Many companies are exploiting their new ways of working and thinking to drive greater creativity and innovation. But with an ageing population in Asia, how are companies also leveraging perspectives and insights of older generations to reflect the markets they serve? This session will look at how companies are harnessing the contributions of different generations to drive competitive advantage.
Managing Director, Avril Henry Pty Ltd
Vice President, Technical Services Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China, Cisco
Lyn R Lee
Global Vice President, Human Resources, Shell Business Operations