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AmCham’s Board of Governors weigh in on the year ahead with the Chamber’s goals and objectives for 2018

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- Karena Belin, Co-Founder, WHub - Wai-Kwong Seck, CEO-Asia Pacific, State Street Bank & Co - Bernie Ting, Chairman, Hong Kong Q-Mark Council - Sean O. Ferguson, Associate Dean (Master’s Programs), Director of MBA Programs, HKUST Business School at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

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Hong Kong is one of the major Asia Pacific regional hubs for many multinational companies. Additionally, more and more Chinese companies are using Hong Kong as a platform to connect to the rest of the world to capture opportunities outside of China. Unfortunately, many companies struggle find individuals with the right “global mindset.” Companies are looking for people who can work in cross-cultural roles serving a diverse set of regional and global constituents. This panel will focus on the following areas: • Identifying and recruiting the right talent for regional and global roles • Creating training and development programs that create a global mindset • Building processes that support a global workforce

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Hong Kong is one of the major Asia Pacific regional hubs for many multinational companies. Additionally, more and more Chinese companies are using Hong Kong as a platform to connect to the rest of the world to capture opportunities outside of China. Unfortunately, many companies struggle find individuals with the right “global mindset.” Companies are looking for people who can work in cross-cultural roles serving a diverse set of regional and global constituents. This panel will focus on the following areas: • Identifying and recruiting the right talent for regional and global roles • Creating training and development programs that create a global mindset • Building processes that support a global workforce

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AI is already in the workplace (whether we realize it or not), and with increasingly rapid technological advances and capabilities its use will almost certainly become more prevalent. While many headlines focus on the risk of widescale job losses and the dangers of creating robots who can outsmart their creators, for HR professionals the use and implications of AI is far more wide-ranging and can bring not only great benefits but also a need to update organizational thinking, policies, and practices. This interactive panel session will focus upon hearing from those who have already embraced AI within their workplace, with a view to sharing learning, best practice and challenges. The panel will cover issues such as: • the impact on the existing workforce (including which roles will be most affected and where new opportunities lie and what changes in skill sets may be required) • the implications for working time, remuneration structures and the work environment • liability and responsibility when things go wrong

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Lou Gerstner, CEO at IBM, writes in his book “Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance?” : “I came to see, in my time at IBM, that culture isn’t just one aspect of the game–it is the game.” Innovation culture can often sound like buzzwords, however, sustainable business growth requires persistent organizational learning, innovation and transformation. In today’s fast changing environment, culture of innovation is perhaps the most essential organizational capability for a corporation to capture the growth and new markets, and to sustain business leadership in a long run. In this panel session, participants not only gain a holistic view of how to set up an organizational system to nurture innovation culture, but also learn from the practical experience of outstanding business leaders and HR practitioners - The approaches their organization undertook to keep their business at the forefront of growth and sustain their competitive leadership position. Examples include: • Approaches to build innovation strategy • How to make sure investment decisions are effective • Incentive and reward systems that encourage the right behavior • What are the specific organizational behaviors conducive to innovation, and how to nurture them • Leader’s role and leadership behavior transformation


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- Lifetime Achievement, Vivien Chan, Founding Senior Partner, Vivien Chan & Co., Hong Kong, VCC Law Services; - Master of the Arts, Yip Wing-sie, Music Director, Hong Kong Sinfonietta; - Leading Woman on Boards, Dr. Dorothy T.F. Chan, Deputy Director, School, Professional and Continuing Education, The University of Hong Kong and Head of Centre for Logistics & Transport; Independent Non-Executive Director, MTR Corporation Limited; AMS Public Transport Holdings Limited; - Professional of the Year, Randy Lai, CEO, McDonald’s Hong Kong; - Entrepreneur of the Year, Shonee Mirchandani & Arti Mirchandani, Owner-Operator, Bookazine Limited; - Non-Profit Leader of the Year, Eni Lestari Andayani Adi, Chairperson, International Migrants Alliance; - Young Achiever of the Year, Haley Meng, Manager-Business Development, PricewaterhouseCoopers Hong Kong; - Champion for the Advancement of Women, Brian Henderson, Chief Operating Officer, Baker McKenzie; - Best Company for Women, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

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Life is full of both positive and negative events which can disrupt professional development and impact the trajectory of your career. Finding a balance with personal disruption and being able to operate amid uncertainty is critical to building a sustainable professional life. What can professional women do to manage these disruptions in a digital world where executives are always online? Our panel of experts discuss their personal journeys and their advice on managing a range of life events and crises, including starting a family and dealing with grief.

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The search for and retention of quality talent remain a high priority for modern managers, made even more critical by the changes being brought about in workplaces by ‘next generation’ workers. Modern corporate workplaces now encompass talent from multiple generations, who have vastly divergent approaches and attitudes towards doing business. What does this mean for how employers engage with their teams? Our panel looks at how to bridge the divide with the ‘next generation’ and incorporate them effectively into a broader team, as well as the transition for new graduates joining a company.