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 17% (as of Sept. 2022). 

TWF & 30% Club HK Boardroom Series for Women Leaders aims to:

  • build the pipeline of highly qualified women for boards and C-suite
  • expose them to the realities of being a board director earlier on in their career
  • connect highly qualified women to the right people and positions
  • develop the skills necessary for the transition to the C-suite and boardroom

Benefits:

  • 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 firm representatives and other highly qualified women
  • be recognised as a senior leader in your organisation and community 

When?

Exclusively for Women to Watch and Corporate Partner nominees, the fifth cycle of the Boardroom Series runs from November 2022 to June 2023.

Who is organising?

The series is hosted by the 30% Club Hong Kong and The Women's Foundation, kindly sponsored by Lead Sponsor - Standard Chartered Bank and the Contributing Sponsors - Baker McKenzie, DLA Piper and KPMG.

Workshops are delivered by leading boardroom programme experts including facilitators from Meraki Executive Search & Consulting and Herbert Smith Freehills.

What does it include?

1. BOARDROOM SERIES LAUNCH  (November, 2022)

Objectives: Kick-off a new cycle by TWF and a workshop on How to Position Yourself for Boards - led by Meraki Executive Search & Consulting Limited

Format: Event hosted by TWF with an interactive workshop by Knowledge Partner

 

2. MEET THE DIRECTOR #1 (December, 2022)

Objectives: Connect Women to Watch and senior women leaders with Company Board Directors to further bridge gaps and expand networks.

Format: A fireside chat with an experienced Non-Executive Director on corporate boards, sharing in an open conversation about being a board director in Hong Kong. We will discuss their 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.

 

3. PEER CIRCLE #1 (January, 2023)

Objectives: The Peer Circles format aims to highlight key trends and future skills required for the boardroom drawing on the talent from within our Boardroom Series community. This session will focus on Alternative Paths to the Board, showcasing the value and opportunities that alternative boards offer (e.g. school, start-up, advisory, NGO, chamber or government board).

Format: A fireside chat with Women to Watch sitting on various types of boards followed by Q&A and breakout group discussions.

 

4. BOARD GOVERNANCE WORKSHOP A (February 2023)

Topic: Legal Duties for Boards Directors - led by Herbert Smith Freehills 

Objectives: To better understand the role of a director and the many duties and responsibilities imposed by law and corporate governance guidelines. This session dives into the legal obligations of a director and the risks associated with it. It will also cover the key changes to the HKEx Corporate Governance Code and related Listing Rules on board diversity, board independence and culture expectations.

Format: Interactive workshop delivered by Knowledge Partner

 

5. MEET THE DIRECTOR #2 (March, 2023)

Objectives: Connect Women to Watch and senior women leaders with Company Board Directors to further bridge gaps and expand networks.

Format: A fireside chat with an experienced Non-Executive Director on corporate boards, sharing in an open conversation about being a board director in Hong Kong. We will discuss their 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.

 

6. BOARD GOVERNANCE WORKSHOP B (April 2023)

Workshop B: Effective Boards - led by Black Isle Global

Objectives: To provide skills and models to strategically influence stakeholders; to practice handling tough communications and to develop your own implementation strategy.

Format: Interactive workshops delivered by Knowledge Partners

 

7. PEER CIRCLE #2 (May, 2023)

Objectives: The Peer Circles format aims to highlight key trends and future skills required for the boardroom drawing on the talent from within our Boardroom Series community. This session focused on Cybersecurity (more details to come)

Format: A fireside chat with Women to Watch sitting on various types of boards followed by Q&A and breakout group discussions.

 

8. THE BOARDROOM LUNCH (June, 2023)

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.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this flagship annual Boardroom Lunch event. For more information, please contact 30percentclub@twfhk.org.

Audience: Women to Watch, Senior Executives and Board Members from Hong Kong’s leading and local companies, Executive Search Firms