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2nd Annual Asian Australian Leadership Summit 2017

Rydges World Square, Sydney
18 July 2017 - 19 July 2017

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As we launch into the Asian Century, there is still a clear under-representation of Asian Australian professionals at senior executive leadership levels.

The 2nd Annual Asian Australian Leadership Summit is Australia's only dedicated professional development event specifically designed to develop Asian Australian leadership. Through anecdotal case studies from inspiring Asian Australian leaders and expert advice from diversity and cross-cultural specialists, this event will equip Asian Australian leaders with the tools to overcome the barriers to leadership excellence and will provide the strategies for organisations to successfully support their leadership pipeline.
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- Inspirational success stories from Asian Australian leaders

- Develop cross-cultural competence and confidence

- Broker powerful relationships to promote career progression

- Becoming an authentic and innovative leader
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Existing, emerging and aspiring Asian Australian professionals from all industries, Public Sector, corporate and not-for-profit, in roles such as:

Directors / Assistant Directors
General Managers / Group Managers
Business Managers / Division / Line Managers
Senior Managers
Chief Executives
Managing Directors
Vice Presidents
Branch / Section Managers
Team Leaders
Officers

As well as managers and officers in charge of:

Diversity and Inclusion
Human Resources
Recruitment and Retention
Organisational Development
Leadership Professionals



18 July 2017


09:00 - 09:50


Case Study

Change-making leadership - Vision, innovation and transformation

As a true pioneer and c-suite executive, Tien-Ti Mak firmly believes in challenging the status quo to excel. Through personal anecdotes from his own leadership journey, Tien-Ti will share his methods to effect change and succeed as a leader by exploring the processes behind:
- Transformational leadership - Designing a path for change
- Creating an innovative vision
- Leading with originality to stimulate success
Tien-Ti Mak - Innovation Partner and Chief Technology Officer
Australia Post

09:50 - 10:40


Expert Commentary

Building better relationships to succeed as a leader

Effective leaders must engage, motivate and influence colleagues, clients and business partners every day. As an expert in corporate communications, Arabella will delve into the steps to deepen crucial relationships through structured, specific and authentic communication, providing strategies for:
- Creating relationships based on trust and flexibility
- Understanding how to influence decision makers
- Becoming a mentally prepared, present and powerful communicator
Arabella Macpherson - Founder and Communications Coach
Resonate Communications Coaching

10:55 - 11:45


Case Study

Powering performance through diversity and inclusion

As cultural diversity champion for Deloitte Australia, Leon posits that culturally diverse teams propel business success. Discussing everything from unconscious bias to using data to drive change, he will share his personal leadership journey and explore:
- Changing focus to achieve success
- Unlocking the value of diversity through inclusion
- Taking a data driven approach to accelerate and measure change
Leon Doyle - Partner and Head of Experience Design
Deloitte

11:45 - 12:35


Case Study

The inclusive leader - Developing influence through followership

For emerging leaders, authentically connecting with people generates better performance and drives results for the organisation. Drawing on his experiences, Peter will propose ways to be an effective leader whilst remaining authentic, including:
- Establishing trust through authenticity
- Cultivating influence by developing followership
- Establishing a culture of 'you can be you'
Peter Chun - General Manager, Products and Investments
Colonial First State

13:35 - 14:25


Panel

A path to progress - Improving diversity and inclusion across organisations

As Australia continues to grow as a world player, specifically in Asia, it is important to develop international capability through diverse representation. Sharing their own organisations' experiences in driving diversity, our expert panellists will discuss the various methods to increase inclusion, examining:
- Understanding your diversity demographics and areas to improve
- Strategies for effective recruitment and retention
- Unconscious bias and other potential barriers
Christine Ung - Group Diversity and Inclusion Manager
The Star Entertainment Group
Ryan Burke - Executive Manager, Group Diversity and Inclusion
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Gail Symons - Leader, Evolving Organisations and Former Global Director, People and Culture, Jurlique
Leader, Evolving Organisations and Former Global Director, People and Culture, Jurlique
Gamini Martinus - Assurance Partner
Ernst & Young

14:25 - 15:15


Case Study

Transformational leadership - Engaging the mainstream for long-term change

As a seasoned leader and Partner at PwC, Ken suggests that to truly drive progress there is a need for inclusive engagement beyond those from culturally diverse backgrounds. Expanding on his experiences from both PwC and across the wider business community, he will provide tangible tools for improvement and address the following questions:
- How can leaders diagnose current mainstream engagement?
- What are the ramifications of the status quo?
- How can leaders achieve stronger engagement?
Ken Woo - Partner
PwC

15:30 - 16:20


Case Study

Developing the right mindset for leadership

Making the transition from technical specialist to strategist and leader can be a challenging road. Through insight from her own experiences as a mentor to many emerging Asian Australian leaders, Hui Cheng will pose methods to smoothly transition into a leadership career, discussing:
- Shifting leadership focus to the long-term
- Understanding strengths and leveraging opportunities
- Developing supportive networks and sourcing mentors
Hui Cheng Tan - Head of Financial Planning and Analysis
Microsoft


19 July 2017


09:00 - 09:50


Case Study

Paving the way to executive leadership

As Westpac's State General Manager, Premium Banking and Chair of the Cultural Diversity Leadership Employee Action Group, Yung leads initiatives across the organisation to help culturally diverse leaders reach executive level success. Drawing on his own experiences, Yung will demonstrate various ways to pave the way for progress through:
- Leadership skills to build influence in your organisation
- Tools for individuals to reach executive levels
- Methods to harness employee base to drive cultural diversity
Yung Ngo - State General Manager (NSW,ACT,VIC,TAS) and Chair of the Cultural Diversity Leadership Employee Action Group
Westpac

09:50 - 10:40


Case Study

The proactive path to leadership

As one of the leading technology lawyers in Australia, Cheng Lim has forged a long and successful career. Reflecting on his own path, he will share lessons learned when taking control of career progression, including:
- Lifelong learning and the importance of an enquiring mind
- The value of perseverance and hard work
- Taking responsibility and making a difference
Cheng Lim - Partner
King and Wood Mallesons

10:55 - 11:45


Expert Commentary

A world of difference - Leading in an international climate

Diagnosing a team's challenges can be a task on its own, but generating the right solutions to unlock pathways for emerging Asian Australian leaders is particularly challenging. Interpreting what it means to lead in today's global markets, Felicity will clarify how to capitalise on cultural capabilities, including:
- Unlocking unique skills and capabilities
- Converting risks into strengths
- Developing mainstream cultural intelligence for a global market
 
Felicity Menzies - Founder and Principal Consultant
Culture Plus Consulting

11:45 - 12:35


Case Study

Fostering the future - Cultivating positive culture and resilience

With a long career as a senior executive, Warren has faced numerous challenges that have tested his resilience and driven him to constantly grow as a leader. Sharing his personal account of leading a team through the 9/11 crisis, he will address the many qualities of a well-rounded, strong leader by focusing on:
- Building the resilience to overcome challenges
- Fostering a positive culture and developing relationship skills
- Looking to tomorrow to establish a positive legacy
Warren Bingham - Executive Chairman
MedTech International Pty Ltd

13:35 - 14:25


Panel

Overcoming career challenges to achieve success

Across Australia, emerging and existing Asian Australian leaders face underrepresentation and challenges to career progression. Our expert panellists will reflect on their own experiences to discuss steps to overcome the most common barriers individuals face today, illustrating:
- Methods to overcome cultural bias and stereotyping
- Different leadership models for all personality types
- Establishing relationship capital - Mentoring, sponsoring and networks
Grace Bacon - Head of International Segment, ANZ Private
ANZ
Swati Dave - Former Executive General Manager, Enterprise, National Australia Bank and Non-executive Director
Asia Society Australia
Victoria Ngo - Digital Marketing, Analytics and Client Insights Manager
Vanguard Australia

14:25 - 15:15


Expert Commentary

Developing intercultural communication capabilities

In today's global world, effective intercultural communication is key to career development and personal leadership success. Renowned cross-cultural expert, Dr Tom Verghese, will explore helpful strategies to improve intercultural communication by:
- Identifying the barriers to cross-cultural communication
- Improving your cultural understanding
- Interpreting and adapting to different communication styles
Dr Tom Verghese - Principal
Cultural Synergies

15:30 - 16:20


Roundtable

Paving the way for Asian Australian leadership

As the summit comes to a close, our chair, Felicity Menzies, will reflect upon the major themes addressed over the two days and open the floor to an interactive discussion to share advice and insight to bridge the cultural gap. Drawing from her own extensive international experiences working across cultures, particularly Asia, Felicity will explore:
- Key takeaways to put into practice
- Developing a road map for a leadership career
- Driving cross-cultural intelligence and acceptance
Felicity Menzies - Founder and Principal Consultant
Culture Plus Consulting


20 July 2017


09:00 - 16:20


Masterclass

Intercultural Intelligence Workshop

Day One

With Australian business continuously growing in Asia, professionals looking to step up into senior executive roles are increasingly having to work in high-pressure multicultural or international environments, requiring a keen understanding of cultural patterns, drivers and behaviours. Whether to improve the results of international business deals or promote personal professional growth in a multicultural organisation, it is more crucial than ever for leaders to expand their cultural intelligence and develop strategies to overcome any cultural barriers that can present themselves.

In this full-day, hands-on workshop, renowned cross-cultural specialist Dr Tom Verghese will delve deep into the mechanics of culture, revolutionising your international capabilities and empowering you to achieve intercultural excellence as a global leader.
 

An introduction to Cultural Intelligence
- An overview of Cultural Intelligence (CQ) and its components
- Delving deep through different models and approaches
  - The Iceberg of Culture - Understanding the impacts of unobservable core cultural values
 - The Lens of Culture - Perceptions and misconceptions
  - The Three Levels of Uniqueness and how mental programming   defines cultural patterns

What is the Cultural Mirror - Looking at ourselves to better understanding identity
- Exploring the Nine Dimensions of the Cultural mirror
- Understanding our own cultural baseline
- The impacts of Country Mirrors

Expanding on the Cultural Mirror
- Understanding Mental Models to navigate intercultural experiences
- Exploring cultural strategies - The what, why and how of culture
- Using the characteristics of CQ to foster cross-cultural competence

Applying cultural knowledge to improve inclusion
- Practical examples of successful cross-cultural experiences
- Building cultural capital
- Promoting knowledge transfer cross-culturally to accelerate productivity



 
Dr Tom Verghese - Principal
Cultural Synergies


21 July 2017


09:00 - 16:20


Masterclass

Intercultural Intelligence Workshop

Day Two

Developing personal cross-cultural competence
- Accentuating and accelerating natural leadership strengths
- Moving from understanding to execution, from ‘what’ to ‘how’
- Codeswitching to improve cross-cultural communication

Leveraging cultural differences as strengths
- Connecting personal values with authentic leadership
- Fostering mindsets to support cultural agility
- Creating awareness and improving relationships

Understanding the impacts of culture on communication, teamwork and business
- Developing executive presence and establishing leadership pathways
- Managing ambiguity and conflict across cultures
- Advancing influencing ability

Leadership success - A path for the future
- Designing an action plan for progression
- Setting up peer coaching processes to share learning
- How to be an ambassador for inclusion

Dr Tom Verghese - Principal
Cultural Synergies
Christine Ung
Group Diversity and Inclusion Manager
The Star Entertainment Group
Warren Bingham
Executive Chairman
MedTech International Pty Ltd
Peter Chun
General Manager, Products and Investments
Colonial First State
Felicity Menzies
Founder and Principal Consultant
Culture Plus Consulting
Tien-Ti Mak
Innovation Partner and Chief Technology Officer
Australia Post
Cheng Lim
Partner
King and Wood Mallesons
Hui Cheng Tan
Head of Financial Planning and Analysis
Microsoft
Yung Ngo
State General Manager (NSW,ACT,VIC,TAS) and Chair of the Cultural Diversity Leadership Employee Action Group
Westpac
Ryan Burke
Executive Manager, Group Diversity and Inclusion
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Grace Bacon
Head of International Segment, ANZ Private
ANZ
Leon Doyle
Partner and Head of Experience Design
Deloitte
Ken Woo
Partner
PwC
Gamini Martinus
Assurance Partner
Ernst & Young
Victoria Ngo
Digital Marketing, Analytics and Client Insights Manager
Vanguard Australia
Dr Tom Verghese
Principal
Cultural Synergies
Arabella Macpherson
Founder and Communications Coach
Resonate Communications Coaching
Swati Dave
Former Executive General Manager, Enterprise, National Australia Bank and Non-executive Director
Asia Society Australia
Gail Symons
Leader, Evolving Organisations and Former Global Director, People and Culture, Jurlique
Leader, Evolving Organisations and Former Global Director, People and Culture, Jurlique
Rydges World Square, Sydney
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Phone: 02 8268 1888
389 Pitt Street
Sydney, NSW
Australia
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