Women in Business Group Update - Q4 2016

We get asked all the time why we are still calling for a more inclusive, gender equal world, with many believing that the struggle for gender equality has been resolved. The stark reality is that the gender gap won't close entirely until 2186. In this update, we review the events that took place in the final quarter of 2016. And in 2017, our challenge is to engage our audience on International Women’s Day 2017, and keep the debate going.

The final quarter of 2016 has been a very exciting one for The British Chamber Women in Business Group, with a wide variety of events; many new members; and a new Chairperson, Dora Lui. Sadly we will also be saying goodbye to two key members: Katharina Lange and Juliet Wolfe. We thank them for their valuable contributions and wish them well in the future.


Looking back at Q4 2016

We hosted three well-attended events in recent months, with topics ranging from unconscious bias in the workplace to developing personal resilience.
How Unconscious Bias can influence your decisions 
On September 23rd Anna Britton, Assistant Director at the British Council, challenged the audience to understand how biases are formed and how to manage them, in a powerful workshop held at the Shangri-La Hotel.
Resilience: The Power of Bouncing Back, Better 
In October Jennifer Dignam, Senior Business Leader and Coach, gave participants insights into what resilience is, how to develop it, and most importantly, how to use it. The workshop was designed so that all 35 attendees left with practical steps to increase their resilience.
A Celebration of Women in Music 
December saw the final event for the Women in Business’s 2016 parity theme take place. The musical evening, orchestrated by Samantha Holland, pianist and music teacher at UWCSEA school, challenged people’s perceptions that composers are always male. Samantha played musical pieces and discussed the largely unknown role of women as composers. The Christmas feel of the elegant Eden Hall setting added to the evening’s festivities, and kicked off the festive season in style.
What’s in store for 2017
Looking ahead to 2017, we are excited about our first event of the year: Demystifying the Board, to be held on the 25th January. Many of us are unaware of the benefits of joining a board, or how to go about it, so we’ve brought together both technical and practical insights designed to demystify the concept of a ‘board’. The Breakfast Club session will feature distinguished speakers Su-Yen Wong from Human Capital Leadership Institute, Mui Hoon Poh from SP Telecom, and Murli Ravi from Unicorn Venture Capital. Numbers will be limited, so book now to avoid any disappointment.
Last but not least, the main event in the Women in Business Group’s calendar for 2017 is of course International Women’s Day on the 8th March. The theme for 2017 has been decided - Be Bold for Change - and in the coming weeks our committee will be discussing in detail what that means for our own Women’s Day event. In the meantime, we want to know what ‘Be Bold for Change’ means to you.