News story 30th Mar 2016

International Women's Day Forum - Diversity and Culture in Leadership

On Tuesday 8 March, 350 guests joined the chambers of International Chamber House for the International Women's Day Forum and High Tea at the Park Hyatt. Moderated by Ms Rohini Kappadath, Director, Cross Border Business, Pitcher Partners, the proceedings focused on celebrating diversity and culture in global leadership.

Following initial networking opportunities, Rohini began the proceedings with a formal welcome to guests before introducing the speakers. The extensive panel was comprised of Ms Maureen Dougherty, CEO, Boeing Australia; Ms Rebecca Lee, Managing Director, Covestro; Dr Alice de Jong, Senior Lecturer, International Law, Corporate Accountability and Business Law, Monash University; Dr Fiona Hill, Chair of the Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industry Victoria; and Ms Beverly Honig, CEO, Honeylight Enterprises.

Womens Day Forum Panel

Panel discussion at the Internation Women's Day forum at the Park Hyatt.

Dr Alice de Jong (far left), Senior Lecturer in the Department of Business Law and Taxation, Monash Business School, was on the discussion panel at the International Women's Day forum.

Each of the speakers highlighted the power of diversity in gender and culture as competitive tools in business, as well as underlining the need for cross-cultural competencies. Further, while one of the topics touched upon was the challenges present for women in international business, many of the panellists pointed to the importance of women not placing limits on themselves.

A Q&A session followed the panel discussion and the formal proceedings were concluded with an emphasis on a definition of global diversity which encompasses an understanding of the variances between genders, cultures and ages, as well as the internal range within countries.