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Andrew McGregor: LinkedIn>>

Immersive inclusion brings learning to life through stories; fashioned on real people, situations and organisations.

Through the pairing of dramatic podcasts with targeted workshops, participants come to understand and connect with the topic of inclusion, through story and action, achieving engagement of head, heart and hands.

Designed to meet the needs of participants from all levels this interactive session focuses on the story 7 Seconds, a drama following the journey of Minh, a ”rising star” Regional Marketing Manager promoted into Head Office, with the promise of unimaginable glory – if only he could work out how to fit in and succeed.


Please note that the workshop has been postponed and will be held in Q1 2018. Please contact Matthew Yu to indicate your interest. The confirmed date will be updated in due course. 

Event Date Sunday, 31 December 2017
Event End Date Sunday, 31 December 2017
Individual Price US$500.00
Delivered by Andrew McGregor | KineticHR
General, Junior, Middle, Senior, C-Suite, Beginner, D and I/HR Professional, Business leaders
Target Audience Those seeking to better understand inclusion and bias, and the importance of diversity. Through a combination of dramatic podcast and theatre-based workshop participants explore their own role in creating inclusive workplaces, valuing diversity and consciously managing their biases. The session is largely targeted at individuals who lead and manage others, at any level, plus those who wish to understand their place in the D&I conversation.
Speaker Profile

Andrew is a life time D&I advocate. Experienced introducing D&I to multi-nationals he has successfully established the agenda across Asia and the Middle East. A 20+ year experienced HR practitioner, he established and lead PepsiCo’s agenda for Asia and has been a founding member of D&I forums in Asia, including the Conference Board and Community Business. Currently the convenor of the Community Builders and Chair of the DIAN Advisory Council, Andrew has a broad experience in making the agenda relevant across cultures and borders. Now the Managing Director of KineticHR, Andrew works with business to develop comprehensive and integrated D&I agenda that comprehensively address the needs of a business’ Talent Eco-system, ensuring sustainable business performance and organisational culture.

Key Takeaways
  • Discuss the value of diversity and inclusion in the workplace with some authority
  • Identify actions of unconscious as well as conscious bias in the workplace
  • Explore techniques for addressing unconscious as well as conscious bias in the workplace
  • Understand the importance of inclusion and its impact of individual and organisational effectiveness

By leveraging a podcast series and complementing workshop, participants are moved towards comprehensive understanding of inclusion, supported by timely and impactful skills building and reflection, capable of taking them beyond a mere intellectual acknowledgement of inclusion and exclusion.

This is a unique forum for engaging with diversity, inclusion and bias.

Training Format 1/2 Day
Time Zone Asia/Hong_Kong

Kikue Yamamoto: LinkedIn >>

With the collected wisdom of over 50 managers from Toyota and General Motors in California based on the results of Yamamoto’s research.   Why not grab the secrets of their challenges for YOUR own benefit and success?  Only through Yamamoto’s exhaustive research in California and her personal experiences at NUMMI can these secrets be revealed.

The key findings of these research will be supported with the tool called Cultural Detective.  Moreover, not only cultural but individual behavioral differences would also be introduced with a tool called Everything Workplace (DiSC).

So how does one bridge differences?  Bridging both cultural and personal differences requires communication skills and tactics, some of which you would get to practice through role-playing with your partner.  Communication skills are required, with whomever you are and wherever you are.  What connects people with others is “communication.”  To illustrate, after a crisis like the big earthquake of March 2011, many of those who experienced have said that they felt worthy continuing their lives for the sake of others.

A house is built on a foundation, so we must have a strong foundation like a house.  Like house-building, Japanese martial art and tea ceremony seem to require mindfulness as their strong foundation for people to fully savor the experiences.  Mindful practice could be a doorway to get familiar with Japanese culture and also to your own foundation—your way of being.

With over 25 years as communication practitioner and executive coach in and out of Japan, she has found the importance of knowing and accepting one’s own communication style—your way of being-- before learning about others. Only then may one truly start working on bridging the communication gap between ourselves and others. This is your opportunity to actually know your own style better.

Personal Leadership has been my interest for over 15 years and she strongly believes in the importance of having one’s vision, which could set us free from right now yet help us focus on now.  Let us play with tips of vision making.  Mindfulness, one of two principles of Personal Leadership, could enable you to have sustainability--your strong foundation, i.e., your way of being, while communicating better with the Japanese for results.


Note: Workshop date confirmed - 7 December.

Event Date Thursday, 07 December 2017
Event End Date Thursday, 07 December 2017
Individual Price US$500.00
Country Japan
Delivered by Kikue Yamamoto | Office Yamamoto Ltd.
Target Audience Any non-Japanese working with the Japanese or will be working with the Japanese, and/or who wants to understand Japanese communication and improve their own communication. Also, Japanese who work with foreigners and are interested in creating synergy with people of other cultures.
Speaker Profile

Based on three independent surveys at NUMMI, a joint-venture of Toyota and GM in California where she once worked, Yamamoto has developed and conducted numerous training for those who want to learn tips/ tactics for working with the Japanese and also improve their personal communication.  With over 25 years of experiences, Yamamoto, a management consultant and executive coach, holds a master degree in Speech Communication and Journalism, and currently teaches as a part-time lecturer at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, on Personal Leadership, Communication, Japanese Culture and Business.

Key Takeaways
  • Gaining wisdom of others as to how to communicate better with Japanese, based on Yamamoto’s research and experiences
  • Getting knowledge and insights of ways to bridging differences, including a couple of tools
  • Getting tips of vision-making and benefit of mindfulness.
Training Format 1/2 Day
Time Zone Asia/Tokyo

Aperian Global: Website>>

D&I is not only about gender, race or age...Cognitive Diversity is one of the main diversity factors that foster innovation in your organization. This workshop is a combination of interactive activities and lecture based on our research on cognitive diversity. You will identify your own cognitive style through an experiential activity based on Herman Brain Dominance Indicator, and you will learn various best practices to enhance cognitive diversity in your organization.

Event Date Tuesday, 21 November 2017
Event End Date Tuesday, 21 November 2017
Individual Price US$500.00
Country Japan
Delivered by Aperian Global
General, Junior, Middle, Senior, C-Suite, Beginner, D and I/HR Professional, Business leaders
Target Audience Anyone who is interested in D&I topics
Speaker Profile

Aperian Global Senior Consultants are a group of highly qualified and talented business professionals who engage with our clients in the delivery of facilitated learning programs. Our global network of Senior Consultants represents a diverse talent pool that we match to fit each client’s specific needs.

  • Experienced D&I- related content delivery
  • Experienced group facilitators
  • Average 10+ years global business experience in diverse environments
  • Diverse background working with Global 1000 companies
  • Several years experience living and working outside of “home” country
  • Bilingual or multilingual
  • Most hold Master’s Degree
Key Takeaways
  • Understand the value of cognitive diversity

  • Understand your own cognitive style, its strengths and blind spots

  • Understand unconscious biases impacting talent life cycle in your organization

  • Understand best practices and create strategies to mitigate unconscious biases and ensure cognitive diversity in talent life cycle

  • Create individual action plans to enhance cognitive diversity in your organization


Training Format 1/2 Day
Time Zone Asia/Tokyo

***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