Panel - Ralph Haupter, President, Microsoft Asia; Sophie Guerin, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Asia Pacific, Greater China & Japan (APJC), Dell Inc; Simon Kahn, Chief Marketing Officer, Asia Pacific, Google; Lisa Williamson, Vice President of Communications, Marina Bay Sands; Moderator - Theresa Goh, Women Leader Advisor and Associate Coach, Center for Creative Leadership
Venue : Conrad Centennial Singapore, The Ballroom (Level 2), Two Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038982
Date : March 26, 2018
Time : 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM
Price : $35.00
|2018-03-26 11:45:00 2018-03-26 13:45:00 Asia/Singapore International Women's Day Luncheon, Making Change Happen: A C-Suite’s Perspective AmCham Singapore believes that empowering women for economic inclusion fuels thriving economies in Singapore and the region, and spurs social development and sustainable economic growth. Conditions for successful businesses are closely related to the position of women. In pursuit of demonstrating AmCham’s commitment to the values of diversity and inclusion at work, the International Women’s Day Signature event will feature a panel of dynamic C-suite leaders, both men and women, who will share their insights and success stories in driving organizational change and instilling corporate cultural shifts toward closing the gender gap. Please join us for a candid and honest conversation about how to confront corporate blind spots, overcome employee perceptions, why these issues really matter, and how to sustain the change. Conrad Centennial Hotel, South Ballroom, 2 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038982 AmCham Singapore|
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AmCham Singapore believes that empowering women for economic inclusion fuels thriving economies in Singapore and the region, and spurs social development and sustainable economic growth. Conditions for successful businesses are closely related to the position of women.
In pursuit of demonstrating AmCham’s commitment to the values of diversity and inclusion at work, the International Women’s Day Signature event will feature a panel of dynamic C-suite leaders, both men and women, who will share their insights and success stories in driving organizational change and instilling corporate cultural shifts toward closing the gender gap.
Please join us for a candid and honest conversation about how to confront corporate blind spots, overcome employee perceptions, why these issues really matter, and how to sustain the change.
As the President of Microsoft Asia, Ralph Haupter leads Microsoft’s business in a dynamic region that includes 17 subsidiaries in 42 territories and countries, over 17,000 employees, and over 100,000 partners.
He is responsible for all of Microsoft’s product, service and support offerings across the region, and accelerating the company’s current transformation to being the leading productivity and platform company for the mobile-first, cloud-first era.
A key area of focus for Haupter is enabling Microsoft’s customers in Asia to accelerate momentum, as they embark on their own journey of digital transformation.
Haupter joined the Asia region and moved to Singapore in July 2016, after four successful years as corporate vice-president, chairman, and chief executive officer of Microsoft Greater China Region, based in Beijing. A Microsoft veteran of 11 years, before his role in China, Haupter served as vice-president of Microsoft Germany. Prior to that, he was head of Microsoft’s Partner division for Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa, and general manager of Microsoft’s Small and Midmarket Solutions & Partners Group for Western Europe. Before joining Microsoft, Haupter worked for IBM both in Germany and internationally.
Born in Markdorf, Germany, Haupter received a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in 1992 and 1998, respectively. He is married with two children. In his spare time, Haupter is fond of skiing and sailing and has been a semi professional musician for over a decade.
Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Asia Pacific, Greater China & Japan (APJC)
Sophie Guerin is the Head of Diversity & Inclusion, APJC at Dell Inc responsible for setting and driving Dell’s diversity & inclusion strategy, serving our team members in 18 countries. In APJC she focuses on delivering on Dell’s promise to team members to create an environment for them to do their best work. This includes the Asia roll out of the Catalyst Men Advocating Real Change initiative and introducing LGBTI inclusion to the region via the APJC launch of Pride LGBTI and Allies ERG.
Located in Singapore, she is a recognized expert on diversity & inclusion in Asia and speaks frequently at industry forums on the topic. She is the author of "Silicon Valley: A Look at Diversity Data Transparency" and co-author of a Community Business study, "Examining Diversity & Inclusion from an Asian Perspective." Sophie served as a member of the official U.S. Delegation to the 2017 APEC Women and the Economy Summit at the invitation of the U.S. State Department. She is also a member of the Diversity & Inclusion in Asia Network Advisory Council and the American Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong Women of Influence Steering Committee.
Prior to joining Dell, Sophie was Head of Diversity & Inclusion for Community Business as well the Beijing-based Greater China Deputy Director for WEConnect International, a Washington D.C. headquartered, corporate driven non-profit that helps to empower women business owners to succeed in global markets.
Sophie is also the Founder of Women in International Public Affairs based in Paris, France. She has a Masters of Public Affairs with a concentration in public policy and economic development from SciencesPo Paris and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from New York University with a double major in East Asian studies and theatre. She is fluent in Mandarin and English.
Chief Marketing Officer, Asia Pacific
Simon Kahn is responsible for marketing strategy, development, and execution for Google’s consumer-facing and B2B products and solutions in Asia Pacific.
Simon served on AmCham's Board of Governors for six years including three years as Chairman.
Previously, he worked at American Express for thirteen years including serving as Country Manager for Singapore from 2008 to 2011. Prior to joining American Express, Simon was Executive Director of Youth Venture, a non-profit organization that works with young people to develop and run their own businesses and organizations. Simon worked in national politics and government for four years before joining Youth Venture including working in the White House Liaison office in the Department of State.
He holds a BA in Asian Studies from Swarthmore College and a Masters in Chinese Studies and MBA from the University of Michigan. Simon is married with three young sons.
Regional VP for Devices
Harvinder Singh heads Abbott Vascular’s Asia Pacific and Japan business and is based in Singapore. Harvinder has been with Abbott for 16 years and in the healthcare industry for over 25 years. His work experience includes both medical device and pharmaceuticals.
In his previous roles, Harvinder has been President of Abbott Vascular Japan, General Manager of China & North Asia, Head of marketing and strategy APAC and Head of sales in India. He has also worked with Eli Lilly India in marketing role.
Harvinder’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Biology, and an MBA in Marketing. He has attended various management development programs in the US including the Program for Leadership development at the Harvard Business School.
Vice President of Communications
Marina Bay Sands
Williamson is the Vice President of Communications for Marina Bay Sands. She is
part of the founding team of the Integrated Resort, joining the company in
March 2009. In her role, she directs the company’s Communications functions,
including Media Relations, Social Media, Visual Media, Internal Communications
for over 9,500 team members, Executive Communications as well as Corporate
Social Responsibility (CSR) and Civic outreach.
Under Ms. Williamson’s leadership, the integrated resort has developed its CSR programme, Sands for Singapore. Her priorities for the programme include building a culture of volunteerism among Team Members and identifying and helping portions of the local community that are underserved. She spearheaded Marina Bay Sands’ signature charity event – the Sands for Singapore Festival, which raised over S$20 million for over 300,000 beneficiaries since 2014. She also drives many high-profile media and celebrity activities in Marina Bay Sands, including red carpet events, international movie premieres and media trips, helping the integrated resort attain its iconic status all over the world through press and social media coverage.
Prior to joining Marina Bay Sands, Ms. Williamson was the Managing Director of Bryant Williamson Communications, a Singapore-based integrated marketing firm with a special focus in energy, commodities and financial technology. She was responsible for developing a global client base by providing marketing, messaging and communications architecture for the diverse Asian region. Ms. Williamson moved to Singapore with GlobalView Software Inc. in 1998 to direct Marketing and Communications functions for the US-based energy trading Software Company in Asia. After joining Thomson Financial as Director Marketing APAC, she later returned to GlobalView as Vice President of Marketing Globally.
Ms. Williamson began her career in the hospitality sector in the USA before moving to London, England to perform Marketing and PR functions for the opening of the Conrad at Chelsea Harbour and The Halcyon Hotel, Holland Park.
About the Moderator:
Women Leader Advisor and Associate Coach
Center for Creative Leadership
Theresa started her career with IBM Singapore where she influenced and managed MNCs’ needs for multimillion dollar technology solutions. After 10 years with IBM, she left to set up her own business to focus on leadership talent management and development.
To date, she has accumulated more than 18 years of direct experience working with more than 100 corporate clients on leadership search, transition coaching, leadership assessments and development coaching. Her clients range from private equity firms to multinational corporations in the private sector and non-profit organizations in Singapore.
Theresa is also the Managing Director of 360 Dynamics group of companies in Singapore and Malaysia. Through this boutique group, Theresa and her associates assist clients with management due diligence through assessing current bench strengths, identifying leadership gaps and providing post assessment coaching. She also provides advisory on aligning organisational strategies to a talent management and succession planning process.
Theresa has an Executive Masters of Science in Organisational Psychology from the City University of New York, Baruch College. She graduated from National University of Singapore with a Degree in Business Administration. She is certified in a couple of personality and competency tools that are endorsed by the British Psychological Society.
She is a Board member with the Agency for Integrated Care (Ministry of Health), National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) and the Chairman of SATA CommHealth Ltd. She has and is currently chairing the Governance and Nominations Committee, Audit Committee and Human Resource Committee on these boards.
She is a council member of the Singapore Institute of Directors and member of the Social Service Institute.