Asia Society | Women Leaders of New Asia

Summit 2010

Executive Summary





2010 Summit
June 11 – 13, 2010 ▪ Hong Kong

Day 1 – Saturday, June 12

12:00 pm – 7:30 pm: Registration, Grand Ballroom Foyer 1/F
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Advisory Committee Meeting, Salon II, 1/F
6:00 pm – 6:50 pm: Reception, Salon I, 1/F
7:00 pm – 9:15 pm: Opening Night Gala Grand Ballroom, 1/F

Welcoming Remarks:

Ronnie C. Chan, Chairman, Hang Lung Group Limited; Chairman, Asia Society Hong Kong Centre; Global Vice Chairman, Asia Society

Opening Panel Discussion:

Vishakha N. Desai, President, Asia Society, U.S.A.

Henrietta Holsman Fore, Chairman & CEO, Holsman International; Trustee, Asia Society, U.S.A.

Li Xiaolin, Vice President, Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, P.R. China

Rhodora Palomar-Fresnedi, Founder & Managing Director, Except One, Singapore

Lulu Wang, CEO, Tupelo Capital Management; Trustee, Asia Society, U.S.A.


Nancy Yuen, Soprano & Head of Vocal Studies, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong

Day 2 – Sunday, June 13

9:00 a – 9:30 am: Introductory Remarks: “Connect, Communicate, Collaborate and Catalyze”
Vishakha N. Desai, President, Asia Society, U.S.A.

9:30 am -10:00 am: Keynote Conversation
Julie Bishop, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Australia
Vishakha N. Desai, President, Asia Society,
Lorraine Hariton, Special Representative for Commercial & Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State, U.S.A

10:00 am -10:30 am: Art Insight
Mallika Sarabhai, Artist/Activist, India
Introduced by Limei Wang, Director, Beijing World Art Museum, P.R. China

10:30 am- 11:30 am: Plenary Session I: “The Asian Paradigm”
Victoria Garchitorena, President, Ayala Foundation, Inc., Philippines
Sylvia Hewlett, Founding President & Chairman, Center for Work-Life Policy, U.S.A. (moderator)
Kathy Matsui, Managing Director & Chief Japan Strategist, Goldman Sachs, Japan
Anne Pham, Faculty Member, State Department, National Defense University, U.S.A. (moderator)

  • As Asia gains an ever-increasing preeminence on the international stage, how will   this impact Asian women’s sphere of influence both locally and globally?
  • Is Asia’s diversity a help or a hindrance, and can Asia have one agenda?
  • How can we further develop a dynamic community of women leaders in the region? Are government, business and educational entities working to develop future leaders?
  • How can Asian women “redefine” leadership through a multi-perspective lens that is both non-traditional and non-western?
  • How can women leaders provide new perspectives on the key issues affecting the region?

11:30 am – 11:45 am: Transformative Moments
Dang Hong Giang, Director, Action for the City, Vietnam
Cindy Ko, Vice President, Endeavor, U.S.A. (moderator)
Ameeta Mehra, Chairman, The Gnostic Centre; Managing Director, Usha Stud Farm, India

11:45 am -12:15 pm Summation of Plenary Session I

12:15 pm-12:30pm Introduction to Concurrent Sessions: Charting the Roadmap
Kalpana Raina, Managing Partner, 252 Solutions, U.S.A.

Grand Ballroom II, 1/F

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm LUNCH

2:00 pm -3:30 Concurrent Sessions: “The Prize and the Price”

Salon I, 1/F

I. Leveraging Women’s Perspectives

Alice Au, Regional Managing Partner, Heidrick & Struggles, Hong Kong* (moderator)
Ana Duarte McCarthy, Managing Director & Chief Diversity Officer, Citi, U.S.A
Henrietta Holsman Fore, Chairman & CEO, Holsman International; Trustee, Asia Society, U.S.A.
Venilla Rajaguru-Pushpanathan, Chairman, ASEAN Secretariat Women’s Wing Foundation, Indonesia

  • What are the cultural barriers for women in different parts of Asia, and how does this inhibit them from reaching their full potential?  What can we learn from each other?
  • How are women navigating through the aftermath of the financial crisis in order to emerge ahead?
  • Is there a “feminine” approach to business that integrates professional and personal goals – one that can develop new perspectives for a transformed economic environment?
  • What is the importance of leveraging women’s leadership roles in the context of systemic structures, cultural values, the competitive market place, and legislative policies?
  • How can women leaders effectively empower one another and impart teachable moments in order to nurture future leaders?
  • How can women add a special perspective to such issues as income inequities and environmental degradation?

Salon II, 1/F

II: Power & Responsibility: Re-Examining Institutional Leadership Frameworks
Lisa Danzig, Head of Development Transformation Team, China, Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics, P.R. China
Attiya Inayatullah, Member of Parliament, Pakistan
Kalpana Raina, Managing Partner, 252 Solutions, U.S.A. (moderator)
Wenchi Yu, Policy Advisor, Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, State Department, U.S.A.

  • What is power, and what is ambition? What are the dynamics of power that women need to explore, and how does this get defined in Asia?
  • How do cultural values and gender intersect with notions of power?
  • How can power and influence be leveraged in order to address critical women’s issues and represent those often excluded from the conversation?
  • What pragmatic strategies, public policies, and corporate guidelines are being implemented in different parts of Asia to promote women and to provide greater possibilities for women?
  • What are the specific ways that women can exercise power in the workplace?
  • Is decision-making developed differently under women’s leadership? Do women’s strategies make a difference in business?
  • What is women’s role in driving growth and profitability while exercising fairness and responsibility? How is potential risk being addressed?
  • Several countries are increasing representation on corporate boards through quotas or mandates. Is this feasible in Asian countries? What is the role of regulatory institutions?

Salon III, 1/F

III: Breaking Barriers: Forging a Transformative Culture

Vivian Lau, CEO Junior Achievement HK; CEO HK Petrochemical Ltd., Hong Kong
Chris Min, Vice President, Finance/Controller-Technology & Manufacturing Group, Intel, U.S.A.
Siti Musdah Mulia, Research Professor, Indonesian Conference On Religion and Peace (ICRP), Indonesia*
Vani Tripathi, National Secretary, Bhartiya Janta Party, India (moderator)

  • What is the definition of “success”?
  • What are the challenges of navigating among competing normative values and what policies are being implemented to overcome these issues?
  • Can there be better succession planning for future generations of women leaders?
  • How do cultural and social conventions impact the rise of women? As we look to the future generation of leaders, what different paths to and forms of leadership will emerge?

Grand Ballroom I, 1/F

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Art Insight

Liu Sola, Composer, Vocalist, Writer, P.R. China
Introduced by
Zizi Azah Binte Abdul Majid, Artistic Director, Teater Ekamatra, Singapore

4:00 pm – 4:30 Summation of Concurrent Sessions

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Refreshment Break: Nurture & Nourish

6:30 pm  Gather in lobby to board transportation

6:45 pm Coaches depart for dinner venues

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Asia Society hosts Dinners around Hong Kong

Day 3 – Monday, June 14

Grand Ballroom I, 1/F

7:30 am – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast + Plenary Session II: The WSJA Women’s Business Panel

Elana Beiser, Senior Editor,, Hong Kong
Christine Brendle,  Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Dow Jones & Company
Mary Kissel, Editor of Editorial Page, Wall Street Journal, Hong Kong
Mariko Sanchanta, Tokyo Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal, Japan
Sumathi Vaidyanathan, South Asia Bureau Chief, Dow Jones Newswires
Li Yuan, Managing Editor,, P.R. China

8:45 am -9:30 am Keynote Conversation

Carrie Lam, Secretary for Development, Hong Kong SAR
Vishakha N. Desai, President, Asia Society, U.S.A.

Salon I, 1/F

9:45 am -11:15am Development Workshop: “Women-Centered Leadership”
Joanna Barsh, Director at McKinsey & Company will share insights on how successful women lead based on McKinsey’s five year study of Centered Leadership. Joanna will distill research and the compelling stories of top women leaders around the world whom she has personally interviewed and engage participants in these ideas through the session.

11:15 am -11:30 am COFFEE BREAK

Grand Ballroom I, 1/F

11:30 am – 1:00 pm Plenary Session III: Women Leaders of New Asia–Looking Ahead
Kim Bottomly, President, Wellesley College, U.S.A.
Terry Endsor
, Group Head, Human Resources, Citi Asia Pacific, Singapore
Ton Nu Thi Ninh, President, President Founding Committee, Tri Viet Centre; Former Vice Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee, National Assembly, Vietnam
Rhodora Palomar-Fresnedi, Founder & Managing Director, Except One, Singapore (moderator)
Jean Sung Seabrook, Vice President & Manager, Philanthropy & Community Relations, Asia Pacific, JP Morgan, Hong Kong

  • What lies ahead for future generations of women leaders?
  • With the burgeoning human capital that Asia possesses, have the ground conditions been laid to effectively train, mentor and develop emerging women leaders?
  • Can we aspire to new and different modes of leadership that are no longer based on old models of success?
  • Can there be an “Asian” concept of leadership, and what would that entail?
  • How can we empower more leaders, and once there, how can women leaders exercise their power to make a broader difference locally, nationally and globally in social, economic and political sphere?

Grand Ballroom II, 1/F

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm LUNCH

1:15 pm – 1:40 pm Summit Summation + Next Steps: From Ideas to Impact
Vishakha N. Desai, President, Asia Society, U.S.A.
Ana Duarte McCarthy, Managing Director and Chief Diversity Officer, Citi, U.S.A.
Michelle Guthrie, Managing Director, Providence Equity Asia Limited; Member, Global Council, Asia Society, Hong Kong
Ton Nu Thi Ninh
, President, President Founding Committee, Tri Viet Centre; Former Vice Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee, National Assembly, Vietnam

1:40 pm -1:55 pm Closing Remarks

Vishakha N. Desai, President, Asia Society, U.S.A.

2:00 pm Summit Concludes