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Lean In Singapore – “Hidden Figures”

“Hidden Figures” – highlighting the personal experiences and continuing contributions of women to the world of innovation. Come, be inspired and discover the cutting edge and high impact work that these women do behind the scenes every day. Learn about the business case for more women in tech, and gender diversity strategies you can implement in  your organisation. Participate in our story contest, engage with our panellists and connect with women in the industry. Men and women welcome.

Lean In Singapore and TechXLR8 Asia want to inspire, offer role models, and create a sense of belonging for female attendees. Through our partnership and this exhibition summit we hope to raise awareness among both male and female attendees of the important role women play in tech and share gender diversity strategies that can be implemented by managers and recruiters.

Agenda - 3rd Oct, 11:00-15:50

11:00  Introduction to Lean In Singapore, speakers and agenda

  • What are Lean In and Women in Tech?
  • Overview of today’s program and speakers
  • Launch of the “Hidden Figures” story contest

Lynette Ooi, Corporate Counsel, Amazon

Genevieve Ding, Business Development/Product Lead, Fintech initiative, NTUC Enterprises

11:20  Women in Tech: Past, present & future

  • Statistics: past & present
  • Women who made significant contributions in the history of tech
  • The business case for gender diversity
  • Key challenges

Lynette Ooi, Corporate Counsel, Amazon

Genevieve Ding, Business Development/Product Lead, Fintech initiative, NTUC Enterprises

11:45  Gender diversity strategies: What works

  • Guest speakers
  • Q&A / Panel

Speakers include:

  • Moderator: Bjorn Engelhardt, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific and Japan, Riverbed Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ)
  • Karen Loon, Financial Services Assurance Partner, Banking and Capital Markets Leader, Territory Diversity Leader, PwC
  • Dharmendra Yadav, Vice-President, Singapore Corporate Counsel Association
  • Roopal Malpani, Diversity, Culture and Engagement Manager – APAC, Experian
  • Weng Wanyi, Superintendent of Police, Assistant Director, Next Generation Systems Directorate

13:00  Lunch and networking

  • Women in Tech merchandise
  • Ongoing submissions for “Hidden Figures” story contest via Lean In Singapore Facebook page

13:45  Lean In Icebreakers

14:00  Are we building psychopathic AIs?

What do Psychopaths and Artificial Intelligence have in common? Everything that matters. They are both single-minded about their goals, have no capacity for empathy and will manipulate to get what they want. A psychopath has a wet version of an AI brain. Empathy is too precious a commodity to let go in AI design. Until we have a better understanding of how our conscience works, the only way we can build AIs with a human value-set is to design the human and AI as one agent.

Melanie Cook, Head of Strategy, SapientRazorFish

14:10  Technology meltdown - insert female here

Digital disruption is bringing profound change to businesses across all industries. They must act fast to digitally transform, or risk perishing. Referencing her experiences working in Australia’s leading telecommunications and technology companies, Wendy shares her contributions to the digital transformation being brought by SDN & NFV technologies. She reveals where she draws her inspiration, what it’s like to work in a male dominated industry and how she takes ownership of her accomplishments and successes in this space.

Wendy Daoud, Product Manager, Telstra


14:20  The Evolving Journey of An Entrepreneur

There are few stories more interesting that of an entrepreneur's. Behind the glamour of running your own or working in a startup comes many untold stories of hard work, heartaches and failures. Joelle shares her story of starting her first startup by accident, and how that journey has unfolded into one that entails an exit, hiring poorly, building something that nobody wants, and eventually leading up to where she is right now – driving business expansion and launching new markets for social impact startups in Asia.

Joelle Pang, Head, Regional Business Development (FastJobs), SPH Digital

14:30  Key trends driving the change in the service provider industry

Rada will share key trends driving the change in Service Provider industry and how her role within Cisco helps her drive that change with Service Providers in our region. Rada will summarise this through an overall software defined architectural blueprint and key innovation pillars that will shape future of SDN, Virtualisation and SP industry in general. She will also share her insights on simple principles that can make any career inspirational and successful.

Rada Stanic, Principal Systems Engineer, Software Solutions, Global Service Provider, Cisco

14:40  Delivering the “Intelligence-of-things”: Case studies from hospitality to farming

As the number of connected devices increases at an exponential rate, how are we unlocking the “Intelligence” from the “Internet-of-things”? We shall look at how IoT enables Hotels to deliver increased customer delight while managing manpower crunch issues. The key to unlocking the value from IoT is the ability to leverage technology to solve critical business problems. We will also see how IoT is deployed in an entirely different scenario, a fish farm, to help farmers reduce the mortality rates and hence increase revenue.

Germaine Ng Ferguson, General Manager of Integrated Solutions & Analysis, Emerging Businesses, StarHub

14:50  “Hidden Figures” Q&A Panel

Moderator: Shehara Viswanathan, Regional Technology Evangelist and Leader

15:20  Closing

  • Announcement of winning story of “Hidden Figures” story contest
  • Key takeaways
  • Writing down actions and Lean In “selfie”
  • Collect feedback forms

Lynette Ooi, Corporate Counsel, Amazon

Genevieve Ding, Business Development/Product Lead, Fintech initiative, NTUC Enterprises

15:50  End of Summit

Insights from some of the leading APAC "Hidden Figures"