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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.

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The possibilities of technology can be seen in the changes it has wrought on how we do business, as well as both the growing opportunities for careers in this industry and the rise of technology-focused deals. Moderated by Leonie Valentine, ‎Managing Director of Sales & Operations at Google in Hong Kong, our panel discusses the growing prevalence of technology and what this means for business models, careers and the role of women. Technology is becoming an increasingly omnipresent factor in our daily lives, with a growing number of tech start-ups and innovators launching in Asia. As both Hong Kong and Singapore move ahead regulation to encourage FinTech innovation and China establishes its own Silicon Valley in Shenzhen, what does this mean for consumers and businesses in the region?


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- Sanjeev Chatrath, Managing Director, Region Head, Asia, Financial & Risk, Thomson Reuters - Brian Henderson, Chief Operating Officer, Baker & McKenzie - Lâle Kesebi, Chief Communications Officer; Head, Strategic Engagement, Li & Fung - David Thomas, Senior Vice President, HR Asia, Manulife Financial Asia Ltd. - Shirley Xie, Consulting Leader, PwC China and Hong Kong - Tara Joseph, President, The American Chamber of Commerce in HK (Moderator)

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Will Hong Kong lose its own character in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area development? How can Hong Kong spearhead the charge in the new era of China’s Greater Bay dream? More importantly, what opportunities and challenges will be presented to international businesses in the region?

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China’s ambitious Belt and Road initiative, growing number of Chinese companies being present on the world stage are all part of the ambitious China’s “Going Global” strategy. Chinese outbound investment rose nearly 50% in 2016 from 2015 (Total US$170billion) and Chinese companies are outperforming overseas counterparts in industries ranging from technology to aviation. Will China grow into a global partner or challenger? What can foreign businesses do to capture opportunities in the globalization plan?