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***This event is free and open to non-members***

Hear Peter Gregoire share how it is possible to build a deep understanding across generations and embed the values of diversity, humility, creativity and imagination into the culture of any organisation.

Peter has generously offered to give away free copies of his latest book, Mentoring Reversed. Participants can choose to make charitable contribution in return and all contributions received will go to two of the author's chosen NGO recipients: Community Business and Chinese Medicine for All (CMA)Watch Peter's TEDx video>> | Flyer>>


Event Date Friday, 17 November 2017
Event End Date Friday, 17 November 2017
Cut off date Friday, 17 November 2017
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. 
  • 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)


Meeting Topic: 

  • Day 1: The Future of Work and Implications for D&I
  • Day 2: D&I Data & Analytics – Driving Your Business Strategy & Success
Event Date Thursday, 16 November 2017
Event End Date Friday, 17 November 2017
Cut off date Thursday, 16 November 2017
Country Hong Kong
Time Zone Asia/Hong_Kong

Gulnar Vaswani: LinkedIn >>

As organizations bring cultures together in the workplace, there is often an imbalance between creating a cohesive workforce identity and respecting differences. When it comes to 21st Century leadership in culturally diverse, change- filled, and complex contexts, our ability to navigate these intercultural differences is key.

Globalization has catapulted people from different cultures into shared physical and virtual spaces in homes, relationships, schools, neighborhoods, and workplaces, resulting in new forms of misunderstanding and conflict. Evidence suggests that the ways we resolve conflict differ greatly across cultures and social groups. Whatever issue sparks the conflict, the methods we use for resolving it frequently make the problem even more problematic. Organizations value the idea of collaboration, but aspiration and reality are often far apart. Having people work together across physical, psychological, and cultural distance presents both challenges and opportunities to facilitate human connection and understanding.

Think of this workshop as intercultural strength training with fast-paced core exercises and activities that are designed to improve intercultural effectiveness and support the characteristics of cultural agility. Topics will include emotional intelligence, cultural patterns of thinking and behavior, styles of communication, assumption and values, and cultural adaptability.

We will examine the impact of intercultural communication on our perceptions, attitudes, and values; how we judge others by the way they speak or behave; how we each can contribute to better understanding and reduced conflict among people of different cultures.

Above all, you will have the opportunity to examine your own deep cultural programming and identify strategies to enhance intercultural effectiveness and truly embed inclusion within your organization.

Event Date Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Event End Date Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Cut off date Wednesday, 01 November 2017
Individual Price US$500.00
Country Hong Kong
Delivered by Gulnar Vaswani | Your Best Forward International
General, Middle, Senior, C-Suite, D and I/HR Professional, Business leaders
Target Audience Head of HR, middle to senior management, diversity and inclusion teams, learning and development professionals
Speaker Profile

Gulnar Vaswani is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Best Foot Forward International and has been optimizing the performance of global executives and teams throughout Asia-Pacific since 2008. Her career spans over 15 years across several continents, and she consistently strives to bridge the cross cultural gap of organizations operating in Asia, develop 21st Century Asian leaders, and delve deeply into diversity agendas such as gender leadership, board diversity & CSR. Gulnar has always been passionate about people and their development. Bringing the best out of teams and individuals and helping them achieve consistently and sustainably have strongly motivated Gulnar, and have driven her to establish Best Foot Forward.

Key Takeaways
  • Understand and identify cultural patterns in thinking and behavior
  • Recognize and adapt to different styles of communication
  • Leverage awareness of how your personal communication style impacts others
  • Improve ability to self-advocate, communicate preferences, and negotiate terms
  • Explore culturally-appropriate tools to resolve and mediate difficult conversations
  • Learn how to build rapport instantly with new colleagues, friends, and community
  • Harness the power of non-verbal communication, body language and positive psychology
Training Format 1/2 Day
Time Zone Asia/Hong_Kong

Jacintha Jayachandran: LinkedIn>>

This research-based workshop focuses on the specific needs and capabilities of women and provides the knowledge and support they need to succeed while adding value in their roles as corporate leaders.

Event Date Monday, 09 October 2017
Event End Date Monday, 09 October 2017
Individual Price US$500.00
Country India
Delivered by Jacintha Jayachandran | Transcendix
Senior, D and I/HR Professional
Target Audience D&I Profs & HR
Speaker Profile
Entrepreneur; Co-Founder - Transcendix LLP

She works in the area of leadership development and has worked with over 5000 delegates in various organizations. She has been instrumental in launching lead,a product to enable leadership among women. She has consulted with many organizations in change management and talent management initiatives. Her dream is to nurture women leaders and truly contribute to confidence and skill building across India. Prior to becoming an entreprenur , she has worked with Infosys Technologies, Hewlett Packard and OnMobile Global Ltd. She is a passionate and voracious reader and likes to write too.

Key Takeaways

Through the knowledge of the Perceptions Survey and best practices, D&I representatives will be able to –

  • Understand the needs of women workforce in India
  • Be aware of the support system they need
  • Empower women to define their attitude, values and behaviours in relation to their own real interest.
  • Empower women to define their values and formulate their beliefs themselves, and not be led by their ecosystem
Training Format 1/2 Day
Time Zone Asia/Kolkata



Based on the framework set out by the recent Tripartite Advisory on Managing Workplace Harassment, which recommends that all companies train their staff in this area, this workshop on Managing Workplace Harassment and Being an Empathetic Manager will help managers to understand the fundamentals of recognising and avoiding workplace harassment – including sexual harassment and corporate bullying.


Interactive in nature, this workshop will give participants an understanding and awareness of harassment, including learning to recognise and respond to it on an individual and organisational level. They will learn to set boundaries in an assertive yet diplomatic manner should they experience harassment, and to avoid behaviour which may be construed as harassment.

The workshop will also equip managers with the knowledge of how to handle a complaint through fair, sensitive investigations, including providing tools and techniques for dealing with incidents of workplace harassment calmly and empathetically. By developing nurturing, compassionate and effective managers in your organisation, you can create supportive working environments where employees feel that their safety and concerns are valued.       

Catalyse Consulting is a business unit of the Association of Women for Action and Research. Our work to create safe and inclusive work spaces supports the programmes of AWARE.

Event Date Tuesday, 03 October 2017
Event End Date Tuesday, 03 October 2017
Individual Price US$500.00
Country Singapore
Delivered by Elisa Kang | Catalyse Consulting
General, Middle, Senior
Target Audience Managers within corporates – MNCs and SMEs of various industries
Speaker Profile

Elisa Kang has 13 years of international experience in the wealth management industry and has been an advisor and counsellor to individuals, families and family offices, on strategic asset allocation, family business dynamics and legacy issues. She has conducted numerous internal trainings and client workshops throughout her career, and brings her love for engaging with people to Catalyse Consulting as one of its newest trainers. Elisa conducts training on Workplace Harassment, Unconscious Bias, Diversity & Inclusion as well as Empathy for Managers. Elisa has a Bachelor degree in Business Studies from NTU, a Masters degree in Counselling from Monash University and is currently a part-time counsellor at the SMU Mrs Wong Kwok Leung Student Counselling Centre. She has also spent some time as a volunteer counsellor with the AWARE’s Support Services team. She is a certified Level 1 Gottman Method Couples Therapy counsellor, and has certifications in Family Wealth Advising, and Family Governance Facilitation.

Key Takeaways
  • Learn the types and effects of harassing behaviour that may arise in the workplace
  • Learn how to respond to harassment in an assertive yet tactful manner, and draw boundaries
  • Learn how to manage workplace harassment sensitively – as affected bystanders, and as managers – including how to escalate the situation appropriately
  • Learn tools and techniques to respond empathetically to incidences of harassment when they are reported to them
  • Become more aware of their own behaviours and how they may be construed by co-workers and clients
  • Develop the desire to promote a safe and inclusive workplace
Training Format 1/2 Day
Time Zone Asia/Singapore

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.


Note: Date Confirmed - 26 September 2017. 

Event Date Tuesday, 26 September 2017
Event End Date Tuesday, 26 September 2017
Cut off date Monday, 25 September 2017
Individual Price US$500.00
Country Hong Kong
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

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

Jill Sheldekar: LinkedIn>>

Leveraging Diverse Styles with the GlobeSmart Profile gives participants access to a best-in-class style survey, the GlobeSmart Profile. After gaining familiarity with the tool and its profile, time will be spent on building specific strategies to maximize its use during a Diversity & Inclusion and/or Teambuilding dialogue.

Through the Workshop, you can

  • Develop a working understanding of the GlobeSmart Profile and the GlobeSmart Dimensions of Culture
  • Understand the key features and resources within the GlobeSmat tool
  • Be able to effectively utilize the results of the GlobeSmart Profile in order to maximize the efficacy of a Diversity & Inclusion Dialogue and/or Teambuilding
Event Date Thursday, 21 September 2017
Event End Date Thursday, 21 September 2017
Individual Price US$500.00
Country India
Delivered by Jill Sheldekar | Aperian Global
Junior, Middle, Senior, Beginner, D and I/HR Professional, Business leaders
Target Audience This workshop is applicable to all individuals working with diverse colleagues who wish to improve their interpersonal business skills
Speaker Profile

Jill Sheldekar is responsible for facilitating Aperian Global’s intercultural programs to help individuals develop the competencies and skills necessary to work effectively across cultures. She has worked with clients from various countries across North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Jill has more than ten years of experience working in corporations in the US, Australia and India. Her intercultural training experience includes designing, developing and delivering programs for several multinational companies from a range of industries including IT, Home Appliance, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas and Pharmaceutical. She has personally worked with many top level executives and senior global leadership teams to assist them in working more effectively across cultures.

Jill’s own training began in the form of leadership and social activism. She traveled across the globe as a youth mentor and facilitated many programs on leadership and volunteerism in India and Kenya. Jill also spent two years as a language instructor in Pune. As the head of the English department at Inlingua International School of Languages, she delivered Train-the-Trainer programs to certify internal trainers for the delivery of language and soft skills programs.

Jill is on the board of SIETAR India (Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research) and is responsible for organizing SIETAR learning events and conferences.

Jill earned a Bachelor of Art in Interdisciplinary Studies in Education (Diversity Stream) and Religious Studies from Arizona State University in the United States. Her experiences studying abroad in Australia and India added meaningful experiences to her degree. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Jill currently resides in Pune, India where she enjoys all of the diverse experiences that come with being an expatriate.

Key Takeaways
  • Gain access to a best-in-class style survey, the Globesmart Profile
  • To increase awareness of individual work and communication styles through the GlobeSmart Profile
  • To understand what style differences make a difference in team interactions and productivity
  • To identify inclusive team behaviours and norms to create an environment that leverages the diverse potential of a team
  • To build strategies for improving team effectiveness in order to nurture innovation, collaboration and idea generation
Training Format 1/2 Day
Time Zone Asia/Kolkata

Dr. Tanvi Gautam: LinkedIn>>

The only way we will have a meaningful career and leadership journey is if we stop looking at external parameters of leadership and create internal markers of success. However, many women are so busy playing roles of employees, wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend that they lose touch with what matters to them. In this session we learn to identify the barriers that exist in stepping into our power and and manage the voices that hold us back. We then finish with a tangible outcome of crafting our personal brand statement that reflects who we are and who we can be. 

Event Date Thursday, 07 September 2017
Event End Date Thursday, 07 September 2017
Individual Price US$500.00
Country Singapore
Delivered by Dr. Tanvi Gautam | Leadershift Inc
Women, Middle, Senior, D and I/HR Professional, Business leaders
Target Audience Women executives (Mid to Senior)
Speaker Profile

An award winning speaker, consultant and facilitator with a global footprint. Dr. Tanvi is a highly regarded name in circles that aim to create authentic, inclusive and engaged workplaces. Winner of the game changer award by Workforce magazine USA, Quoted in prominent forums like Harvard Business Review, she has a stellar list of clients like Microsoft, Medtronics, SAP and more. A top 10 Social media influencer in Human Resources on Twitter she has her own global podcast. Listed in many blogs on women of impact globally she brings a multi-cultural perspective to the projects she takes up. She is also Asia's first certified storytelling coach working with C-suite and below to create inspired and engaged leaders and workplaces.

Key Takeaways
  • Understand what it means to do the inner work of leadership and to create an internal compass for leading oneself
  • Managethe inner negative voice that prevents us from doing our best work
  • Create an authentic personal brand that signals our true worth to ourselves and others.
Training Format 1/2 Day
Time Zone Asia/Singapore

(DIAN Members Only)

The Corporate Implications of Living Longer

Life expectancy has been steadily increasing over the past decades and has led to social changes that have greatly impacted the way we live and work, moving away from the three stage life into a multi stage life. However, companies have not changed the way we manage and motivate talent. Individuals, companies and governments all have a role to play in ensuring we structure our lives differently so we can make the most of a longer life.

  • Develop an understanding of what the corporate implications of living longer are
  • Explore how we can be continue to be inclusive and accommodate the changing needs of talent
  • Discover how we can motivate and retain talent of different ages
Event Date Wednesday, 06 September 2017
Event End Date Wednesday, 06 September 2017
Cut off date Wednesday, 06 September 2017
Country Virtual
Delivered by Emma Birchall (A Fireside Chat facilitated by Tracy Ann Curtis)
Speaker Profile

Guest Speaker:

Emma Birchall

Head of Insight and Forecasting, Hot Spots Movement

Emma works with clients to anticipate the trends shaping the future of work and how they will need to adapt working practices to future-proof their success. Emma delivers Masterclasses attended by senior executives from multinational organisations including Shell, Accenture and the Coca-Cola Company. As part of the delivery of these Masterclasses Emma presents cutting-edge research content as well as facilitating groups of up to 130 people in activity sessions to embed key learning points. Emma works closely with Hot Spots Movement CEO and London Business School Professor, Lynda Gratton, supporting her in the facilitation of executive education programmes, the design of keynote presentations and the delivery of international conferences. Most recently, Emma has run Masterclasses in Tokyo and Sydney.

Emma writes for the US Business Section of the Huffington Post and has a particular interest in applying lessons from the creative arts, notably Improvisation, to organisations. She performs Improvised theatre and comedy, having studied this in London and Chicago in recent years.

Prior to joining the Hot Spots Movement, Emma was a management consultant with Accenture Sustainability Services, and part of the Strategy Team at Transport for London. Emma’s academic achievements include a postgraduate degree in International Development from the University of Cambridge, and a combined undergraduate degree in Business Management from the Rotman School of Management - University of Toronto and King’s College London.



Tracy Ann Curtis

Founder and Principal Consultant, TAC Global

Tracy Ann was one of the founding members of DIAN in 2008 when she was still Asia Pacific Diversity & Inclusion Head for Cisco, based out of Bangalore, India, leading the change-management work associated with building Cisco’s Global IT Development Center. She founded TAC Global in 2010, a talent and organisation development consulting firm specialising in large-scale transformation, executive coaching, meeting facilitation, leadership development, building innovative and inclusive cultures, and developing a global mindset for individuals and teams. She has over two decades experience working with high potential leaders and executives in organisations in India, Greater China, South East Asia, Japan, Europe and North America.

Key Takeaways
  • Develop an understanding of what the corporate implications of living longer are
  • Explore how we can be continue to be inclusive and accommodate the changing needs of talent
  • Discover how we can motivate and retain talent of different ages
Time Zone Asia/Hong_Kong








Em Roblin: LinkedIn >>

Modern life presents many challenges for women. Along with pressure to succeed in career, many face huge expectations in their home life too. Striving to balance these demands can make a woman feel stuck, even while she knows she’s capable of so much more. We’re so busy working so hard, we rarely have time to align our work priorities, let alone our life priorities. In 2016, Community Business organized a DIAN professional development series workshop on how leading organizations are redefining the way they look at work to optimize the happiness, health and engagement of their employees. Back by popular demand, Em Roblin, the founder of Circles2, a firm that designs and delivers programs to increase the individual and organizational impacts of women, will shift the focus to the individual, to what you can do to feel more in control of your life balance. Come prepared to reflect and share, not only about your work, but about your life. Because afterall, life includes work. And when apply the right attitude and an honest effort across all of things important to you, you’re career will thrive too.

Event Date Friday, 01 September 2017
Event End Date Friday, 01 September 2017
Individual Price US$500.00
Country China
Delivered by Em Roblin | Circles2
General, Senior, C-Suite, Beginner, D and I/HR Professional, Business leaders
Target Audience Leaders and Diversity & Gender specialists
Speaker Profile

Em has been based in Beijing for a decade and has been working regionally in Asia since she founded Circles2 (formerly LEAP) in 2010. Em is focused on developing female leaders, and works both within organizations to support strategic Diversity and Inclusion projects to attract, retain and advance talent as well as with professional women to be their best selves both in and out of work. She started Inner Circles, a program to build the capacity of professional women, currently running in several cities around China. Em has worked with Fortune 500 companies from a range of industries including financial services, technology, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, consumer products, and more. She has been invited as a guest lecturer at several notable universities including Peking University, Tsinghua University, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, INSEAD, University of California and was recipient of the Ernst & Young Women in Business Inspiration Leadership Award in 2011.

Em is happily married with three kids. She's famous for her authentic approach to the integration of work and life -- and as a jetsetting mom-baby duo. She stays active whether it's through marathons or as a hobbyist aerobics instructor. She is Canadian.


Key Takeaways
  • Get effective strategies and practical tools to balance your life in a way that feels right for you
  • Adopt a new mindset that will reduce feelings of pressure and guilt and allow you to feel in control
  • Reflect on how you’re currently doing and identify specific areas for improvement
  • Reassess your priorities and redefine what balance looks like for you
  • Connect with women from other industries and realize that you’re not alone
Training Format 1/2 Day
Time Zone Asia/Hong_Kong