Hotel ICON’s Diversity & Inclusion Conference

Hotel ICON’s Diversity & Inclusion Conference

Thought leaders and trailblazers gather to build a better future

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Hotel ICON and HR Magazine have teamed up to present this year’s Diversity & Inclusion Conference at Hotel ICON on Friday, 16 November 2018.Join this important and thought-provoking day dedicated to the issues surrounding LGBTQ+ and gender-diversity issues, inclusiveness and leveraging cultural diversity.

Hotel ICON’s Diversity & Inclusion Conference


Along with personal insights from industry leaders, the day will consist of three insightful discussions with members from a diverse range of backgrounds, cultural experiences, sexualities and generations. These issues are experiencing watershed moments in history across all industries, especially in the Asia-Pacific region, and businesses need to participate in the ongoing dialogue and developments in order to be able to develop and nurture their own teams in fostering a diverse and inclusive business. Spend the day with peers and thought leaders discussing important matters related to diversity and inclusion and wind down after the conference with complimentary cocktails to ready yourself for the weekend ahead.


Have a look at the comprehensive agenda:


9–9:10AM: WELCOME NOTE

Richard Hatter, General Manager, Hotel ICON, together with Paul Arkwright, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, HR Magazine, kick off the conference, which will look at pressing issues, advances and case studies in the world of LGBTQ+, multigenerational and cultural diversity and people with differing abilities. Through various keynote presentations and panel discussions, individuals will share their experiences with their respective organisations and even everyday life.


9:10–9:50AM: ACHIEVING PARITY IN THE WORKFORCE

Brian Leung, COO, BigLove Alliance, analyses recent trends in LGBTQ+. He will explore how we can achieve parity for persons of all genders and sexual orientations, giving us an update on the case of Angus Leung Chun-Kwong, a gay senior immigration officer who initiated a judicial review against the Civil Service Bureau after it refused to accept Scott Adam, whom he married. Brian will also share candid case studies of overseas gay couples in terms of what they have experienced when taking up employment in Hong Kong. He will examine challenges that gay couples face related to employment parity and share what organisations are doing to ensure that this is achieved.


9:50–10:30AM: LGBTQ+ PANEL: FOSTERING & MANAGING LGBTQ+

The LGBTQ+ panel will move on from Brian’s presentation and explore how organisations and individuals can foster and manage LGBTQ+ topics. In addition to Brian’s personal insights, Brenda Alegre, Lecturer of Gender Studies, The University of Hong Kong, will share her insights on the transgender community in Hong Kong. As an active advocate for the rights for LGBTQ+ and women, Brenda will touch on the views and perspectives held in the Philippines and how they compare to Hong Kong. Joining Brian and Brenda on the panel, Alexandra Maiden, AsiaPac Talent Leader, EY, will compare her experience working with Australian organisations and how their LGBTQ+ and gender initiatives differ compared to a more conservative Hong Kong business environment. Lastly, Tony Tenicela, Global Leader, Marketplace Diversity and Workforce Engagement Services, IBM, will let us take a peek at of one the largest MNCs in the world to discover what they are currently doing to foster an all-inclusive workplace environment.


10:30–10:45AM: MORNING COFFEE BREAK


10:45–11:25AM: D&I INITIATIVES AT HSBC, JACK GUEST, REGIONAL LEAD OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Insights from HSBC


11:25AM–12:05PM: EMBRACING & NURTURING DIVERSE WORKFORCES AT EY, ALEXANDRA MAIDEN, ASIAPAC TALENT LEADER, EY

Alexandra will be back in the spotlight to share how to leverage a globalised workforce and adapt to a team that is becoming younger and more digitally savvy. Alexandra will explore how EY have embraced cultural and generational advances through various initiatives such as internship programmes that enable young, ethnically diverse students to be introduced to the accounting profession. Additionally, career-development programmes that are already well established in the organisation’s operations allow for staff of all levels and ethnicities to connect and learn from other influencers within EY.


12:05–12:45PM: MULTIGENERATIONAL & CULTURAL DIVERSITY PANEL

Leveraging multigenerational and cultural diversity, EY and HSBC currently have initiatives in place to cater to the ever-changing workforce. However, what else should organisations do to leverage multigenerational and cultural diversity? Priyanka Gothi, CEO, Retired Not Out, will explore how, amongst all the chat about millennials and the next generation, we seem to be forgetting the baby boomers. Priyanka will highlight the importance of finding a balance between the generations and argue that older talents have a huge propensity to learn and upgrade themselves, which should be leveraged to build a sustainable pool of talent. Fern Ngai, CEO, Community Business, will contribute to the panel with her experience working with numerous organisations in Hong Kong. She will communicate the importance of leveraging the diversity in generations as well as cultures, especially in a global city like Hong Kong.


12:45–1:45PM: LUNCH BREAK


1:45–2:25: HELPING DIFFERENT TALENTS INTEGRATE INTO THE WORKPLACE – A TRUE STORY OF TRIUMPH AFTER TRAGEDY

Ellen Wong, Human Resources, Daiwa, will talk about Daiwa’s recent disability employment case, involving one of its employees who was seriously injured in an accident abroad and was certified as permanently paralysed below the chest. Along with the occupational therapist involved in the case, Ellen will explain both the two-year recovery and rehab process that the employee had to undertake and the challenges that the organisation had to face to help their staff through the recovery period.


2:25–3:05PM: PEOPLE WITH DIFFERING ABILITIES IN HONG KONG – BUSINESS AND SOCIAL PERSPECTIVES

Fern Ngai, CEO, Community Business, will share insights on Hong Kong’s social and business initiatives related to people with differing abilities. Through the use of case studies and various experiences, Fern will look at what organisations have done and will need to do in order to facilitate inclusivity for persons of differing abilities.


3:05–3:45PM: FACILITATING INCLUSIVITY FOR PERSONS OF DIFFERING ABILITIES

This panel will discuss where Hong Kong stands compared to its global partners when it comes to the subject of different abilities, both physical and non-physical. With the increasing rate of diagnosis of mental health issues in Hong Kong, along with those who have physical disabilities, we ask if businesses, the government and society are doing enough to help to facilitate inclusivity for those diagnosed. Walter Tsui, Co-Founder, CareER, and Keith Lui, Director – Global Prime Finance APAC, Deutsche Bank, will discuss what can be done to help to seamlessly integrate persons of differing abilities into the workplace. They will also share the common attitudes towards disabilities and mental health in Hong Kong and look at whether these attitudes and the responsiveness towards the subjects need to change.


3:45–4PM: CLOSING REMARKS


4–5:30PM: NETWORKING COCKTAILS

A lot will be discussed over the course of the day, so why not take in the content and wind down for the weekend with casual conversations over a cocktail or two?


Date: Friday, 16 November 2018

Time: 8:30am–4pm (cocktails from 4–5:30pm)

Where: Silverbox Ballroom, 1/F, Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Road, TST East

Price: $920/person

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