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Hotel ICON

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (HKT)

Diversity & Inclusion Conference 2017

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The hospitality industry employs a diverse workforce and hotels also play host to a diverse guest base. Almost everyone, regardless of age, race, gender, or religion, has stayed or will stay in a hotel.

Being able to understand and serve a diverse group of customers is imperative in hotels, but data and statistics have shown over and over that there is a massive disparity in the number of minorities with positions of power in the industry.

This is why the 2017 Diversity & Inclusion Conference, which will take place on 12 December, 2017 at Hotel ICON, will attract hospitality professionals & students alike. The result of the combined efforts of Big Love Alliance, CareER, Community Business, Justice Centre, The Women's Foundation & Hotel ICON, the Diversity & Inclusion Conference will bring together executives and leaders to develop effective strategies to enhance minority access and gender diversity, promote inclusion in the areas of disabilities, LGBT issues, improve education, and foster cross-cultural understanding within the workforce.

Who Should Attend?

  • Senior Executives

  • Directors or Managers of:
    Diversity & Inclusion
    - Talent Management
    -  Human Resources

  • Professionals with responsibility for:
    Diversity & Inclusion
    - Organisation Culture
    - Leadership Development
    - Employee Engagement
    - Learning
    - Succession Planning
    - Learning and Development
    - Employee Relations
    - Talent Acquisition
    - Global Business, Ethics and Integrity

Why Should You Attend?
Learn why standard/traditional diversity practices don’t work and gain tools to build an inclusive and collaborative culture. This event is for you if your organisation needs to:

  • Develop a new action plan to tackle increasing diversity—both inherited and acquired—in the workforce
  • Inspire action with your leadership by showing how cognitive diversity enables business growth
  • Develop tactics on how to remove unconscious bias in recruiting and performance appraisals
  • Understand the difference between voluntary versus mandatory diversity training

What You'll Learn

  • Topics covered at the event include:
  • Transparent Diversity Analytics
  • Building an Inclusive Culture
  • Behavioural Science and Unconscious Bias
  • Leadership Accountability
  • Broadening your Talent Pool with Inclusive Strategies

Date 12th December, 2017 (Tuesday)
08:30 – 09:00 Registration
09:00– 09:15 Welcome Note From Richard Hatter, General Manager, Hotel ICON
09:15 – 09:35

Keynote: Introducing Diversity & Inclusion: The Business Case and Strategy for Asia

Fern Ngai, Chief Executive Officer, Community Business

09:35 – 10:05

Panel Discussion: Importance of Leadership in Diversity

Moderator: Florence Chan, Community Business


  • Tanya Menzel, Director - People, LYNK
  • Anna Champion, Founder, The Talent Lighthouse
  • Susannah Yule, Director & Head, YSC Hong Kong
  • Dr. Julian Groves, Associate Professor of Social Science Education, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
10:05 – 10:25

Spotlight Session: Mentoring Reversed

Peter Gregoire, Legal Counsel, AIG Hong Kong

10:25 – 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 – 11:05

Diversity Leaders Exchange: Promoting Diversity: The place of refugees and migrants in Hong Kong

Jade Anderson, Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator, Justic Centre Hong Kong

11:05 – 11:25 Keynote: Being a Leader and not a Man in the hospitliaty industry in Hong Kong: Social Expectations and Profiling, Coping Strategies with Career Barriers, Feminine Leadership
Dr. Basak Denizci Guillet, Associate Professor, School of Hotel and Tourism Management, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
11:25 – 11:55

Panel Discussion: The Next Step in Gender Diversity
Moderator: Dr. Basak Denizci Guillet


  • Cindy Cheng, Corporate Director of Human Resources Development, Rosewood Hotel Group
  • Lisa Moore, Senior Research & Advocacy Manager, The Women's Foundation
  • David Thomas, The Women's Foundation Male Ally and Senior Vice President of Human Resources Asia, Manulife Financial
11:55 – 13:00 Blindfold Lunch
13:00 – 13:20 Keynote: LGBT Inclusion Best Practice 
Brian Leung, Chief Operating Officer, Big Love Alliance
13:20 – 13:50

Panel Discussion: Provising a safe and inclusive work force for the LGBT community
Moderator: Brian Leung, Chief Operation Officer, Big Love Alliance


  • Paul Choi, Managing Director, Human Capital Management, Goldman Sachs
  • Dr. Yiu-tung Suen, Founding Director, Sexualities Research Programme, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Peter Sargant, Executive Director, Employee Banking Sales Corporate Partnerships Retail Banking, Standard Chartered Bank
13:50 – 14:10 Diversity Leaders Exchange: Dismantling the System of Intolerance
Paul Choi, Managing Director, Human Capital Management, Goldman Sachs
14:10 – 14:30 Coffee Break
14:30 – 14:50 Keynote: Key sharing of biggest barriers for people with disabilities in the industry and what is needed to promote disability within their organisations
Walter Tsui, Founder, CareER
14:50 – 15:20

Panel Discussion: How to develop an inclusive mind set and embrace disabilities inclusive culture at the organisation and how to engage external and internal stakeholders to walk together in disabilities inclusive strategy
Walter Tsui, Founder, CareER


  • Stephen Sui, former Secretary of Labour and Welfare Bureau
  • Representative, AIA MPF
  • Chloris Leung, L’Oreal, Corporate Communications Manager
  • Divya Balraj, Leadership Hiring, Learning & Organisation Development Leader North Asia, Avery Dennison
15:20 – 15:40 Diversity Leaders Exchange: Examples of business that are staff by persons with disabilities. How to build a long-term Building Disability Confidence’ campaign?
Representative, AIA MPF
15:40 – 16:00 Closing Remarks and Lucky Draw
16:00 – 17:30 Networking Cocktails


  • Lisa Moore

    Lisa Moore

    The Women's Foundation

    Senior Research and Advocacy Manager

  • Jade Anderson

    Jade Anderson

    Justice Centre Hong Kong

    Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator

  • Anna Champion

    Anna Champion

    The Talent Lighthouse

    Founder and CEO

  • Cindy Cheng

    Cindy Cheng

    Rosewood Hotel Group

    Corporate Director of Human Resources Development

  • Brian Leung

    Brian Leung

    BigLove Alliance

    Chief Operating Officer

  • Fern Ngai

    Fern Ngai

    Community Business Limited

    Chief Executive Officer

  • Yiu-tung Suen

    Yiu-tung Suen

    The Chinese University of Hong Kong

    Assistant Professor and Graduate Division Head of the Gender Studies Programme, and Associate Director of the Gender Research Centre

  • Walter Tsui

    Walter Tsui



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Hotel ICON Silverbox Ballroom, Level 1
17 Science Museum Road
Hong Kong SAR China

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (HKT)

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