“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
At WiFA, we focus on empowering women to achieve their full professional potential through five committees:
- Education – equip our members with “Theory, Practice and Strategy”. Practice is what we do every day, where we are today. Strategy is where we want to be. Theory is the tool, mindset, and skillset that helps us get there.
- Networking – facilitate a diverse background with a common goal to support each other. Leaders are invited to share their personal philosophies and insights. We connect and do business together.
- Mentors and Mentees Program – connect senior leaders and facilitate one on one relationship to offer the depth of learning and experience while ensuring that our members have a safe and confidential space to explore our personal ambitions.
- Emerging Talents – we encourage young talents to learn and leverage the management experiences from leaders, while promoting innovation and creative ideas.
- Philanthropy – giving back is one of our core values to make an impact on our community with our skillsets while being generous with our time.
Together we ensure a necessary platform for the pipeline of female future leaders to shine. A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we are all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world. Why not join WiFA and support the work?
What will you #ChooseToChallenge?
This month, we celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8th to honour the achievements of women worldwide, while also recognizing the obstacles that women still face in everyday home and professional life.
To do our part in celebrating the accomplishments of the great women in our network, WiFA has been sharing our 2021 Spotlight Series every day of this month. Each day we have told the story of a different woman’s talents and contributions in the financial services industry, with the aim of shining a spotlight on the diverse and incredibly interesting paths that these individuals in the industry have taken.
Read the published interviews here, and keep an eye out for these inspiring interviews on our website and on our LinkedIn
. We hope these interviews have been a launch point for a deeper and more nuanced discussion on diversity and gender equality within our industry.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a tragic reminder of how unprepared the world is in detecting and responding to emerging infectious diseases. It is now clear that vaccinations will play an important role in controlling this global health crisis. As vaccines’ role in saving the world’s population expands, we need to understand issues such as safety and efficacy, vaccine hesitancy, social (mis) trust, herd immunity, and preparing ourselves both mentally and physically.
In particular, we must consider the role of corporations in understanding these issues. Employees are the most important stakeholders of a company. Employers' impact on helping employees navigate through the vaccination process will be crucial in the upcoming months.
To discuss vaccine concerns and challenges prevalent in society and in the workplace today, WiFA welcomes Dr. Myra, Medical Director, AIA Group and Dr. Donald Greig, Managing Partner HKSS. Please join us to hear their perspectives and insights on this timely topic.
When: Thursday, March 25@12-1pm
Zoom details to follow
Donation to WiFA Charities: 100HKD
Dr. Myra, Medical Director, AIA Group
Dr. Myra is a clinician with more than a decade's worth of experience in clinical practice and commercial management. Now serving as AIA Group Medical Director, Myra is responsible for fostering close relationships with the medical community across Asia Pacific and driving improvements in clinical management across AIA's extensive network of healthcare providers and healthcare ecosystem partnerships.
Dr. Donald Greig, Managing Partner HKSS
Dr. Donald Greig, Specialist in General Surgery, is the Managing Partner of Hong Kong Surgical Specialists (HKSS) and is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors. His research on the COVID-19 pandemic has provided him with a comprehensive understanding of the geopolitics and the humanitarian impact inflicted by the pandemic which has caused such substantive global mortality and morbidity. Dr. Greig has written several commentaries on COVID-19 articles over the past year which are posted 2-3 times weekly on the HKSS website. In addition, he has published other non-Covid related medical information and research in one book, 50+ scientific papers, abstracts and letters.
Ms. Catherine Chen - Founder and Managing Partner of AvantFaire Investments Management Limited
Catherine is a serial entrepreneur and has founded AvantFaire Holding and Impactlytics with strong presence in Hong Kong and Canada, focusing on impact investment management and analytics
Zoom details: to be provided before the event
Please register on or before 24 Mar (Wed). A custom link will be sent through reminder emails prior to the event
Since the launch of MMP 2021 in February, to keep the momentum going, WiFA is pleased to have David Day, Head of North Asia, Refinitiv, also one of our mentors, as our first MPP speaker on April 29. There will be seats available to hear this discussion in person or alternatively you can join us on Zoom. This event will be a valuable networking opportunity for mentors and mentees. However, due to restrictions, seats are limited, so please RSVP.Speaker: David Day, Head of North Asia, Refinitiv
David Day is the Head of North Asia, Data & Analytics at London Stock Exchange Group, which in combination with Refinitiv is a leading global financial markets infrastructure and data provider. He has over 20 years of financial services experience encompassing financial technology and investment banking across Asia and the U.S.
We welcome all Mentor and Mentees to join!
Thank you to the tremendous support and very enthusiastic 2021 mentor/mentee class and for all the applications.
We've had overwhelming demand for the program and are extremely grateful for the mentors this year. We have a record number of pairs this year with about100 mentors/mentees and 70 people attending our MMP launch.
Thank you for all of your support this year. If you did not get matched this year, please apply again in 2022. We thank you for your continued support, enthusiasm and passion. For the 2021 class, please refer to our FAQs
to make the most out of your experience this year.
We welcome any feedback, questions or thoughts on your MMP journey. Please contact us at email@example.com
WiFA’s co-Chair Benedicte Nolens cited the importance of support networks like WiFA in the IFLR (International Financial Law Review) article published on the occasion of International Women's Day.
The article discusses what must be done to get more women into leadership roles and how rules, regulations, and support programs can help them get there. Nolens also touched upon matters such as the importance of female role models and board diversity. Further, she emphasised that women go through more physical changes in the course of their careers than men, including before and after pregnancy(ies) and pre and post menopause, making a support system like WiFA all the more important. See the link
The WealthiHer Network is on a mission to drive the economic advancement of women on a global stage, by leveraging the power of insight, collaboration, and education to better empower, equip, and enable women.
Almost a third of the world’s wealth is now controlled by women, female leadership and entrepreneurship are both on rise. But help is needed to propel these trends and ensure they continue against a challenging economic backdrop. Because with assured prosperity for female leaders and entrepreneurs, comes assured growth for all.
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