Corporate Women Summit: Women in Business and Management

Date      : 30 August 2013
Time      : 8.30am
Venue   : Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur


The United Nations acknowledges that gender equality is central to achieving development as empowering women fuels thriving economies and spurs productivity and growth. However, women are underrepresented in political and economic decision-making. The UN Secretary-General had stated that “where women are educated and empowered, economies are more productive and strong. Where women are fully represented, societies are more peaceful and stable.”

The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report highlighted a strong correlation between gender equality and a nation’s economic competitiveness and prosperity.

Given this strong case for promoting gender diversity, it is essential for businesses to nurture women’s role as a major driving force in economic growth.

According to the Department of Statistics Malaysia, 48.6% of the total population in Malaysia comprise of women. The UNDP Human Development Report highlighted that women’s participation in the workforce amounts to 43.8%.

In 2011, the Malaysian Cabinet under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak approved legislation requiring businesses to achieve 30% representation of women in decision-making positions. However, only 26% of senior management roles are filled by women with the most common positions being Human Resource Director, Chief Financial Officer and Sales Director according to the Grant Thornton International Business Report. Women’s representation in boards is recorded at a mere 7.8% by the Korn/Ferry Institute.

ASLI’s Corporate Women Summit aims to address the underrepresentation of women in boards and senior management positions by providing a platform for businesses to explore ways of furthering the advancement of women. Participants will receive useful insights on key success factors and common pitfalls or hurdles; learn about policies and issues concerning gender equality in the workplace, as well as assistance and opportunities available; form partnerships or networks with like-minded people; and share their thoughts of ways to work together to advance women in business and management.

Who Should Attend?

  • Chairmen, Presidents, CEOs, Managing Directors, General Managers
  • Government Officials
  • Senior executives, HR professionals, corporate lawyers, management consultants and educators who are interested in building a conducive working environment for all employees and in nurturing and harnessing the potential of women employees to create greater positive impact on their organisations’ bottom-lines


Why Attend?

  • To engage corporate women leaders about their personal journeys and learn their keys to success as well as ways to overcome hurdles and pitfalls
  • To build your network and support group amongst corporate women leaders and like-minded delegates
  • To chart your roadmap to success through first-hand learning in interactive workshops
  • To learn how you can promote gender equality as well as navigate typical stereotypes and challenges, how you can take advantage of assistance and opportunities available as well as how you can balance work with life goals and family commitments