Diversity, Inclusion and Impact

Ever wondered what would happen if you put sovereign wealth fund managers, impact investors, film directors, virtual reality gurus, civil society advocates and last-mile cleantech entrepreneurs in one room for a day? I had the chance to find out! I was delighted to be a part of such an inspirational group of leaders as part of the Asia Society Asia 21 Action Lab. 

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Asia Society Asia 21 Action Lab in Chang Mai, Thailand Sept 2017

Asia Society Asia 21 Action Lab in Chang Mai, Thailand Sept 2017

RTHK Interview: Episode 11 - Guns and Roses

I spoke to Bhakti Mathur, host of Cultural Dimsum at RTHK, about my journey to Asia beginning in 1999 on a Luce Fellowship. I talk about launching and leading the Financial Times Executive Education Initiative, my experiences as an entrepreneur, my inspiration for authoring a children’s book and my vision for creating #RunFree. Skip to 8:00 minutes to listen to my conversation.

 

The Value of Great Chairmanship

The Value of Great Chairmanship

*Chairs are a key lever in upgrading the performance of boards* 

Results from a recent survey on LinkedIn echoed an earlier poll at the Asia Corporate Governance Association conference in a panel on Board Behavio; grading the performance of the board without strong leadership at the top is an uphill battle.

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Workplace 2030: What’s the ROI of your life partner?

Workplace 2030: What’s the ROI of your life partner?

Choosing a partner is as important as any internship, MBA or sponsor but it doesn’t show up on the CV and there aren’t any college counsellors who would dare broach such a subject.

It’s a challenge as we look to prove ourselves at work yet also figure out how to move beyond the “me” phase of adulthood in to a broader network of obligations and ambitions, especially with many couples relying on dual incomes. How do you decide when struggling to find a city you and your partner can both live and work in without both feeling compromised?

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Workplace 2030: A Parent’s Place is in…

Workplace 2030: A Parent’s Place is in…

Paternity leave has been big in the news lately and on my mind as one of our clients, a man in a big advertising agency in Korea said he was taking a year off for paternity leave. A year? In Korea? Korea was the first Asian country I worked in, in 1998. Most of the conversations with my all male team in the telecom sector went something like this:

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Workplace 2030: Tales from the Coalface

Workplace 2030: Tales from the Coalface

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” - Leo Tolstoy

Have you ever looked at the couple that seems to have it all – lovely children or even lovelier pets, dual incomes, seeming tranquillity? I’ll be honest. These people fascinate me as I imagine the technology breakthroughs, prescription drugs or extreme sense of humour they must have to juggle it all. So, in true Harriet the Spy mode, I tracked down some of these role models. Here’s what I found:

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