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First 15-20 minutes is for networking
Sandwiches & beverages included
Hosted by the Women of Influence Committee
According to Community Business' latest research, there is only 9.6% women on the boards of Hong Kong's top companies.  Despite much momentum globally on this and HKEx recently introducing a code provision on board diversity for listed companies, the pace of change in Hong Kong has been disappointing.  Another disturbing finding is that the number of female executive directorships on the Hang Seng Index has not increased since 2009, which indicates that companies are not creating a pipeline for women to reach the very top.  Community Business considers this to be a business issue that companies need to understand, rather than positioned as a women's issue.
What are the reasons for this lack of progress?  Is it a supply or demand issue?   Are women putting themselves forward?  Are boards becoming more open to appointing female directors?  
In this session, we will look at the current landscape of Hong Kong's boardrooms, and explore why the progress of women on boards seems to be stalling in Hong Kong.   We will discuss how companies could be building their talent pipeline in an effective and sustainable way, and how they can remove some of the barriers preventing women from reaching the top. We will also look at the critical role that men can play as champions of change and the pivotal role of the chairperson. 
For aspiring female directors, what qualities and skills should you start building today to ensure that you will be considered for board roles in the future?  What other strategies will help women reach the boardroom and be successful as a board director?
Both men and women are welcome to join this session.


The American Chamber of Commerce in HK
1904 Bank of America Tower
12 Harcourt Road

Central, Hong Kong

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