Events Archive

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Steve Simpson, award-winning speaker, author, thought leader, and change agent on workplace culture and customer service, has created the concept of UGRs®, or ‘Unwritten Ground Rules’ as a tool to help leaders understand and manage workplace culture.

Despite the clear link between a positive workplace culture and productivity and performance, few managers and leaders know how to translate this into simple and practical actions – and what people don’t understand, they don’t manage.

Don’t miss this opportunity to discover the link between unwritten ground rules and D&I and learn from Steve a range of strategies that can be implemented in your own organisation to strategically improve workplace inclusion and bottom line performance.

  •    Date: Wednesday 28 June
  •    Time: 3-4.30pm (HKT) + 4.30-5pm offline discussion in meeting hubs
  •    Topic: Unwritten Ground Rules: What Are They and Why Do They Matter? (Fireside Chat with Q&A)
  •    Guest Speaker: Steve Simpson
  •    Format: 

  • Hong Kong – Macquarie, 18/F One International Finance Centre, 1 Harbour View Street, Central, Hong Kong
  • Singapore Dell, Tokyo Room, 1 Changi Business Park Central 1, #08-101 ONE@Changi City, Singapore 486036
  • Virtual dial-in

Start the conversation around building a positive and inclusive workplace culture using UGRs! Invite your colleagues to join us by sharing this flyer >>

Note: Please be reminded that, at in-person meeting hubs, each member company can claim 2 seats (whilst seats last). If you cannot join us at the hubs, a dial-in option is also available.

 

Joining options:

  1. (Recommended) Join other DIAN Members in Hong Kong or Singapore and dial in as a group + have offline discussions & networking
  2. Dial-in individually or with other colleagues
Event Date Wednesday, 28 June 2017
Event End Date Wednesday, 28 June 2017
Cut off date Wednesday, 28 June 2017
Time Zone Asia/Hong_Kong

Kawatani Takashi: LinkedIn >>

If you are looking for innovative ways to build a deep bond or kizuna 絆 between Japanese & non-Japanese employees and engage Japanese to want to become global leaders, this is it!

After 30 years’ global management consulting with Japanese and international firms around the world, Kawatani has realized the fundamental reason for the perceived weak confidence of Japanese business persons in global leadership boils down to the eroded self-respect and attachment with their work places. Paradoxically, “Japanese need more Japan” to become open to diversity and global challenges.

Kawatani will share inspirational concepts and approaches to motivate Japanese employees to give 100% dedication and regard Western companies as the destination rather than temporary alternatives.

You will be taken on a cultural tour to see how speaking to respective personal/social values will awaken dedication and strengthen HRD initiatives involving Japanese employees.

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Session language is English with some key words explained in Japanese. To maximize learning, we recommend you come along with Japanese colleagues as there will be a simulated dialogue session among mixed nationalities.

セッションは平易な英語で行いますが、キーワードは必要に応じて日本語でお伝え致します。また多国籍参加との実践ダイアローグを行いますので、外国人同僚の方とのご一緒に参加されると学習効果が高まります。

Event Date Friday, 02 June 2017
Event End Date Friday, 02 June 2017
Individual Price US$500.00
Country Japan
Delivered by Kawatani Takashi | Diversity Management Institute Inc.
General, Junior, Middle, Senior, C-Suite, Beginner, D and I/HR Professional, Business leaders
Target Audience Global HRD managers and consultants, crosscultural management and leadership trainers, D&I managers, M&A specialists, public relations officers, HR managers/directors, CEOs. Both non-Japanese and Japanese participants are welcome!
Speaker Profile

Authur of a dozen books including Winning Together at Japanese Companies (Eng/Jap) and Crosscultural Management Guide (Jap), he is passionate about facilitating Japanese-Non-Japanese bondage or kizuna 絆in international firms. As one of the first generation Japanese crosscultural management consultants in ASEAN and later globally, Kawatani consults for governments, US Navy, Japanese and Western MNCs and is a host of a popular internet English TV show “Japan Spirit”. Kawatani was formerly a university lecturer, research associate at ISIS Malaysia, lead researcher with Japan Bank for International Cooperation, among others. He and his family lived in Kuala Lumpur for 17 years.

Key Takeaways
  • *Learn “Mandala of Japanese Culture” as the culture map to connect deeply with Japanese colleagues or customers.

  • Understand how focusing on “self-respect”, “connectedness” and “attachment to work place” can significantly increase the spirit of Japanese persons to become proactive and take on leadership.

  • Get inspiring ideas to make Western companies feel like Japanese companies to allow emotional bond or kizuna 絆 to emerge between Japanese and non-Japanese employees.

  • Experience practical approaches to encourage Japanese business persons to be open to diversity and want to become global leaders.

Training Format 1/2 Day
Time Zone Asia/Tokyo

Heather Price: LinkedIn>>

This session focuses on another revolution in the evolution of Diversity and Inclusion, from being little more than a reporting requirement 20 years ago to becoming a business imperative today. Now D&I is expanding again to envelop and include customers. This workshop is designed to bring you up to date, provoke your thinking and show you what can be done, and is being done today, by large and small, old and new companies to become customer inclusive and customer led.

For many organisations inclusion of customers is new. It’s new because customers have not traditionally been viewed as part of the business model or as part of the organisations ‘team’. In today’s world, such an approach will increasingly miss the mark. Because customers are living in a new paradigm, and they are flocking to businesses who are in the new world with them.

In this workshop we will review some of the key social shifts that are re-shaping the customer and the competitor landscape, our perspectives around markets and competitors need to shift, fast. Today’s business environment is not for the faint-hearted, organisational life-spans are shrinking; competitor diversity is growing; and consumer diversity is evolving rapidly. And every business has lost control of its traditional megaphone. Yet, within this environment both research and experience demonstrate there are massive opportunities for re-invention and growth of those organisations that can shift to an inclusive culture.

Why does an inclusive culture help in this environment? Because customers, technology enabled, are in control, and if you can add value for them by meeting their needs, solving their problems or supporting changes they want to see in the world then they will partner with you.

In this workshop we will show you how the practice of customer inclusion resolves the root causes of disconnect, and strengthen core business. We will also show you how being customer inclusive is very good for engagement, because it supports an internally inclusive culture – you can’t have one without the other.

In summary, the business case for customer inclusion is clear and compelling. Whilst not a silver bullet, it will provide a major strategic and operational advantage. Having a diverse employee base that resonates with your diverse customer base is not enough. Customer inclusion is the critical ingredient. And D&I, HR and OD teams are very well placed to champion customer inclusion as an organisation wide strategy that can unite silo's and offer enormous performance and engagement opportunities.

Event Date Friday, 19 May 2017
Event End Date Friday, 19 May 2017
Individual Price US$500.00
Country Singapore
Delivered by Heather Price | Symmetra
Senior, C-Suite
Target Audience Executives/ Senior Management
Speaker Profile

Recognised as a leader in shaping the strategic vision of organisations across the globe on diversity and inclusion, Heather established Symmetra in the Asia Pacific region in 2003.This was effected after a decade of guiding organisations across South Africa on the dismantling of apartheid in the workplace. Symmetra provides a global consulting service to blue chip organisations on embedding an inclusive workplace culture and is very well known for its thought leadership on the evolution of D & I into a strategic business imperative – of which customer inclusion is a vital component.

Key Takeaways

This engaging workshop will equip leaders:

  • To understand the strategic business imperative of customer inclusion
  • To understand why there needs to be a paradigm shift from a focus on resonating with customer diversity to a focus on customer inclusion.
  • To identify the key strategic questions D& I leaders should be asking to elicit a focus on customer inclusion
  • To champion customer inclusion as an integral component of their organisation’s D & I strategy
Training Format 1/2 Day
Time Zone Asia/Singapore

Jose Carlos Bezanilla: LinkedIn>>

Topic: Essentials Workshop. “Giftwork® training for the Manager” (Half day (4 hours))

  • “Engagement” is the name of the game! (1.5 hours + Q&A)
  • How to Win The War For Talent In 2017. (1.5 hours + Q&A)

Take Aways:

  • Managers will broad their landscape of people management and the potential behind the Trust as the key driver
  • They’ll understand consequences of high trust culture and its impact in the KPI’s of the organization
  • Leaders will learn about the areas in which they can focus their initiatives to impact the culture positively
  • Clearly they’ll understand possible next steps for their continuous improvement process
Event Date Friday, 05 May 2017
Event End Date Friday, 05 May 2017
Cut off date Friday, 05 May 2017
Individual Price US$500.00
C-Suite, D and I/HR Professional
Speaker Profile
Key Takeaways
  •          Managers will broad their landscape of people management and the potential behind the Trust as the key driver
  •          They’ll understand consequences of high trust culture and its impact in the KPI’s of the organization
  •          Leaders will learn about the areas in which they can focus their initiatives to impact the culture positively
  •          Clearly they’ll understand possible next steps for their continuous improvement process
Time Zone Asia/Hong_Kong

Mary-Frances Winters: LinkedIn >>

Whether we like it or not, or are prepared for it or not, this adage no longer applies. People are talking about these issues, or at minimum, thinking about them, and it impacts productivity, engagement and employees’ sense of safety and well-being.  Considering we have been taught not to talk about polarizing topics, especially at work, we may not know how to do it very well.  Effectively engaging in bold, inclusive conversations is hard work and is getting even harder due to the current global, political, and social climate.  This workshop will provide an effective guide to developing the skills necessary to engage in conversations around polarizing topics.  Over the past 20 years, we have witnessed increased and intensified global polarization on many topics related to our differences. Unfortunate acts of terrorism; movements like #BlacklivesMatter; and Brexit and the divisiveness of the 2016 US presidential election, are leaving indelible wounds on many.  We see vast divisions that exacerbate an “us and them” disunity, leading to heightened racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, classism, and homophobia.

The workshop will offer skills to:

  • Understand why we need to talk about these topics at work
  • Prepare for bold, inclusive conversations
  • Address polarized views in respectful ways
  • Discover common ground

Note:
This workshop is a 3-hour session.

Event Date Thursday, 27 April 2017
Event End Date Thursday, 27 April 2017
Individual Price US$500.00
Country Singapore
Delivered by Mary-Frances Winters | The Winters Group
Training Format 2 hours
Time Zone Asia/Singapore

 

Do you find it challenging to have respectful conversations with your colleagues on politics, religion, race and other polarizing topics? Whether we like it or not, or are prepared for it or not, people are talking about these issues, or at minimum, thinking about them. This impacts productivity, engagement and employees’ sense of safety and well-being. 

In collaboration with the Diversity & Inclusion in Asia Network (DIAN), renowned D&I expert and master strategist, Mary-Frances Winters, will launch her latest book, We Can’t Talk About That at Work. Join us in an armchair discussion with Mary-Frances as we explore how to manage sensitive conversations in the workplace!

 

Note: This event is open to all D&I practitioners, advocates and anyone interested in the topic. 

Event Date Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Event End Date Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Cut off date Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Country Singapore
Target Audience Mary-Frances Winters
Time Zone Asia/Hong_Kong
  • This is a 2-day, closed-door, in-person, members-only meeting.
  • There is no dial-in option.
  • Please note that DIAN Members are allowed only 2 seats. DIAN Group-level Members are allowed 3 seats.
  • Additional seats are available upon request and subject to availability for a fee.
  • Individuals may split / share the registration (opting to attend only a few sessions rather that the whole day)

 

   •   Day 1: An Asian Perspective of Race, Culture and Mobility of Talent
Global political developments have shown that issues of race and culture continue to be central to the diversity debate though not necessarily something we are particularly comfortable with. We are delighted to have as our Guest Speaker, thought leader and author, Mary-Frances Winters.
Note: We are pleased to offer 2 additional seats for the session on D&I and Mobility of Talent at 3.30-5pm.

   •   Day 2: Intersectionality - A Multidimensional Approach to Diversity and Inclusion
D&I experts are increasingly talking about the importance of ‘intersectionality’ and multiple identities – acknowledging that we all have multiple identities that can impact our experience of the world, including the workplace.
Note: We are pleased to offer 2 additional seats for the launch of Mary-Frances Winters’ brand new book: We Can’t Talk About That at Work at the end of Day 2 (4.30-6pm).

Meeting Details:
   •   Date: Tuesday 25 April – Wednesday 26 April
   •   Venue: Deutsche Bank, Singapore 
                   13 Floor (Room 25 & 26), One Raffles Quay, South Tower, Singapore
   •   Agenda: Download Meeting Agenda >>

 

With thanks to our venue host – Deutsche Bank.

Event Date Tuesday, 25 April 2017
Event End Date Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Country Singapore
Time Zone Asia/Hong_Kong

Dramanon Theatre, Bangalore: Facebook>>

Dramatist Anonymous (Dramanon) is a 16 year old professional theatre repertory that operates out of 3 cities - Bangalore, Hyderabad & Manipal. Dramanon brings diverse expertise spanning across Performing Arts,Training, People Leadership and HR knowledge. Dramanon has been leveraging theatre based tools and techniques for learning and development, branding, communication and other employee engagement initiatives. Dramanon has designed customized performances to help create awareness and provide training on Diversity & Inclusion. These short performances highlight various biases concerning gender, age, region, language, LGBT and disability that exist at the workplace. These performances serve as a catalyst to initiate a conversation, bring about a change in mind set and create inspiring workplaces.

Event Date Wednesday, 19 April 2017
Event End Date Wednesday, 19 April 2017
Individual Price US$500.00
Country India
Delivered by Sharanya Ramprakash | Dramanon Theatre, Bangalore
General, Junior, Middle, D and I/HR Professional
Target Audience Company representatives from : HR | Diversity & Inclusion | Learning and Development Training | Talent Development
Speaker Profile

Sharanya Ramprakash is a Bangalore based stage actor, director and playwright. She is one of the founders of Dramanon Theatre, Bangalore. Over the last 6 years, Dramanon has partnered with 30+ companies and deployed 100+ drama based learning and development programs. Prior to co-founding Dramanon, Sharanya worked for 5 years in the areas of employee engagement, training & designing "great place to work" initiatives.

Key Takeaways
  • Connect participants to the ground reality of exclusion at the workplace.
  • Understand the different types of conscious and unconscious biases.
  • Learn about the impact it has on workplace dynamics.
  • Exchange of best practices.
  • Form plan of action to address D&I issues at their workplace.
Training Format 1/2 Day
Time Zone Asia/Kolkata

Tony Dickel: LinkedIn>>

This experiential session draws on practices from Potential Project's “Corporate Based Mindfulness Training” programs that combine the latest neuroscience research, contemplative psychology and modern business practices to give you tools and moves you need to be more effective and successful at work and in life; whilst at the same time cultivating resilience, stress management and emotional/ mental balance.

 

The workshop is previously called: Mindfulness @ Work: Focused Mind – Organizational Excellence (China)

Event Date Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Event End Date Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Individual Price US$500.00
Country China
Delivered by Tony Dickel | The Potential Project
General, Junior, Middle, Senior, C-Suite, Beginner, D and I/HR Professional, Business leaders
Target Audience General/mixed including leadership and senior management
Speaker Profile

Tony Dickel is the Country Director for Potential Project Hong Kong and China. Tony is accomplished with the cultivation of mindfulness and acute self-awareness which is critical success, resilience and well-being in the workplace. He teaches mindfulness based approaches into a variety of settings. Drawing from disciplines including Interpersonal Neurobiology, Mindfulness, Cultivating Emotional Balance and narrative coaching, he helps people take personal accountability for changing behaviours, beliefs and mind-sets in ways which can create personal and professional
transformation.

Tony has held leadership positions in Asia and across a variety of industries over a period of 20 years. Tony is an experienced executive coach and
trainer / examiner of professional coaches and CEO of Transcend International.

Key Takeaways
  • Improve effectiveness and performance at work
  • Be more attentive and focussed to all your tasks at hand
  • Enhance your physical health and well-being with mindfulness
  • Cultivate awareness of and strategies of dealing with unconscious (and conscious) bias
Training Format 1/2 Day
Time Zone Asia/Hong_Kong

Alan Richter: LinkedIn>>

This highly interactive workshop will cover cognitive, emotional and behavioural aspects of gender and explore what it takes to build gender intelligence among leaders and within organizations. Gender will also be addressed across culture and generation, moving from business case/insight through gender equality principles to implementation and best practices.

Event Date Thursday, 23 February 2017
Event End Date Thursday, 23 February 2017
Individual Price US$500.00
Country China
Delivered by Alan Richter | QED Consulting
General, Senior, C-Suite, Beginner, D and I/HR Professional, Business leaders
Target Audience Leaders and Diversity & Gender specialists
Speaker Profile

Alan Richter, Ph.D., is the president of QED Consulting, a 28-year-old company based in New York. He has consulted to corporations and organizations for many years in multiple capacities, primarily in the areas of leadership, ethics and values, diversity and inclusion, culture and change.

Dr. Richter is the co-creator of many successful training tools such as the award-winning Global Diversity Game, the Global Diversity Survey, Global Gender Intelligence Assessment and the Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks as well as the Global Ethics and Integrity Benchmarks.

He has worked closely with organizations both in the private and public sector in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Clients include many Fortune 100 companies, the United Nations and many UN Agencies.

Dr. Richter has an M.A. and a B.A.B.Sc. from the University of Cape Town, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Birkbeck College, London University.

Key Takeaways
  • Learn about the latest research in gender differences
  • Explore the measurement of gender intelligence
  • Learn about the latest business case research
  • Build greater sensitivity to gender balance
  • Learn and apply best practices in gender intelligence
Training Format 1/2 Day
Time Zone Asia/Hong_Kong