Boardroom Series for Women Leaders
Hong Kong is a major financial centre with an abundant talent pool of highly qualified women, yet women are still underrepresented in boardrooms, with the latest figure of women on HSI company boards still at 13.7%.
TWF & 30% Club HK Boardroom Series for Women Leaders aims to:
- build the pipeline of women for board roles
- connect highly qualified women to the right people and positions
- provide the skills necessary for the transition to the boardroom
- develop board-specific skills and build your portfolio
- engage in simulated board discussions with Board Chairs, members and nominating committees
- discover alternative pathways to company boards
- network with industry leaders, executive search firms representatives and other highly qualified women
- be recognised as a senior leader in your organisation and community
Exclusively for Women to Watch, the third cycle of the Boardroom Series runs from September 2020 to June 2021.
Who is organising?
The series is hosted by the 30% Club Hong Kong and The Women's Foundation, kindly sponsored by the Lead Sponsor - Standard Chartered Bank, Associate Sponsor - Bloomberg, and Contributing Sponsors - KPMG and Swire Group.
Workshops are delivered by leading boardroom programme experts including facilitators from the Financial Times NED programme, Meraki Executive Search & Consulting and Herbert Smith Freehills.
What does it include?
1. THE DIVERSITY FORUM (Virtual, October 2020)
Objectives: Driving the important discussion on challenges and opporunities arising out of the Covid-19 crisis and how we can accelerate our progress for more gender balanced boards.
Format: A virtual webinar featuring two panel discussions: "Surviving and thriving during Covid-19: the case for greater board diversity" and "Accelarating Change: Hong Kong's role as a global financial centre".
Audience: Select group of high achieving women in Hong Kong, Directors, Investors and Senior Corporate Executives
2. MEET THE DIRECTOR - CHRISTINA GAW (Virtual, March 18 2021)
Objectives: Connect a target group of Women to Watch with Company Board Directors to further bridge gaps and expand networks.
Format: Join us for a fireside chat with Christina Gaw, Managing Principal of Gaw Capital Partners and an experienced board member, for an open conversation about being a board director in Hong Kong. We will discuss her journey to the boardroom, what aspiring directors should be aware of, the differences between certain boards, whether NGOs or listed companies, boardroom dynamics, and more.
Audience: Women to Watch, Board Directors
Speaker: Christina is a Managing Principal of Gaw Capital Partners and in charge of global capital markets activities. She also serves as Executive Director of Pioneer Global Group (0224.HK) and Independent Non-executive Director and Member of the Finance and General Committee and the Sustainability Committee of CLP Holdings Limited (0002.HK). Prior to joining Gaw Capital, Christina had an investment banking career with Goldman Sachs and UBS as Managing Director for over 15 years. She has deep experience in covering some of the largest institutional investors globally. Christina is also active in community and educational sector capacity work in Hong Kong. She is currently a board member of InspiringHK Sports Foundation and Teach for Hong Kong, finance committee member and board member of Hong Kong International School, board member of Stellart International School of Arts, executive committee vice chairwoman of St. Paul’s Co-educational College Alumni Association, corporate member of the Cheltenham Ladies College UK, school supervisor for TWGHs S. C. Gaw Memorial College and the council member of Lingnan University, Hong Kong. She has also served as the board member of The Women’s Foundation for over 10 years from 2009 to 2019 and the board treasurer of The Hong Kong Ballet Group from 2010 to 2017.
3. BOARDROOM SERIES Workshops (Virtual, March - May 2021)
Workshop A: Making an Impact in the Boardroom - Led by Meraki Executive Search & Consulting Limited
Workshop B: Financial Reporting for Board Directors - Led by FT Non-Executive Director Programme
Workshop C: ESG Trends for Boards Directors - Led by Herbert Smith Freehills
Objectives: To provide skills and tools to secure a board position; to be an effectively director; and to understand the responsibilities.
Format: The interactive workshops will be delivered by three Knowledge Partners: FT Non-Executive Director Programme, Meraki Executive Serach & Consulting Limited, and Herbert Smith Freehills.
Audience: Women to Watch, by invitation only
4. THE BOARDROOM LUNCH (June 2021)
Objectives: Bringing together accomplished and highly qualified women directors with board chairs and board members of Hong Kong’s leading companies
Format: Simulation of boardroom discussion, guests engage over lunch in a structured exchange of views on the hot topics facing boards today. Each sponsoring organisation can invite five corporate representatives from their Board or C-Suite and select one of the four to facilitate the table discussion. The table will also comprise four Women to Watch, selected by The Women’s Foundation and one representative from an executive search firm or 30% Club VIP.
Audience: Women to Watch, Senior Executives and Board Members from Hong Kong’s leading and local companies, Executive Search Firms