Leadership Executive Education - Women Leadership & Impact in Asia |

Women’s Leadership and Impact in Asia

Creating an environment where talent can thrive and rise to the top is critical in achieving fully productive organisations and governments. Despite significant advances over recent decades throughout the world,gender equality and women’s leadership still lags in Asia. Women are still a significantly untapped resource. Societal pressures, cultural norms and structural barriers must be shifted to enable the advancement of women and societies.

As the leading public policy school in the region, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore is addressing this challenge by providing women and men across Asia and the Pacific with knowledge, practical skills, support and networks to thrive in public leadership roles.

This unique three-day workshop will build the capacity of leaders who are influencing social, economic and political change in Asia. The programme focuses on developing personal expertise in core skills and on challenging structures that are hampering gender equality.

Topics covered in the programme include:

  • Persuasive communication
  • Leading in the public sector
  • Talent and diversity management
  • Personal branding
  • Private sector challenges
  • Implementing change
  • Peak performance and self-sabotage
  • Gender implication of public policies
  • Mindfulness

Key Information

Programme date 22 Feb 2017 - 24 Feb 2017
Venue: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772
Programme cost:

S$2,850 + 7% GST;

S$2,565 +7% GST (for group registrations of 3 and above)

*Fee is inclusive of lunch, refreshments and learning support materials.


Executive Education Department
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore
469C Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259772

Tel: (65) 6601 3032/ (65) 6516 6458
Fax: (65) 6872 9291
Email: lkysppep@nus.edu.sg

Application Deadline: 10 Feb 2017

Programme Objectives

The programme will focus on three themes – (i) practical strategies for personal success, (ii) transcending organisational barriers and (iii) analysing structural barriers for women leaders in Asia. Faculty will employ a range of interactive learning techniques. Participants are encouraged to share their own experiences to enrich the group learning experience.

By the end of the programme, participants will:

  • Develop core leadership skills – such as persuasion, personal brand awareness and strategies to avoid self-sabotage – that will enable participants to enhance their influence inside their organisations and beyond.
  • Understand how organisations and leaders can help or hinder talent progression.
  • Challenge societal assumptions and explore how to turn obstacles into opportunities.
  • Build connections with like-minded leaders from across the region and establish networks of knowledge, support and influence.

Target Audience

The programme is designed for participants who:

  • Have at least five years working experience including in management roles and want to expand their influence and impact.
  • Are active or interested in driving social, organisational or political change.
  • Represent any of the three sectors – public, private and non-government/civil society. We will particularly welcome those who are working in, or seeking to influence, organisational and government policy.


Dr Astrid Tuminez
Adjunct Professor, LKY School

Dr. Tuminez has nearly two decades of experience in public policy analysis, philanthropy, research and project management, and private equity. She authored “Rising to the Top? A Report on Women’s Leadership in Asia”, a project supported by the Asia Society and The Rockefeller Foundation. She is currently Regional Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs (Southeast Asia) at Microsoft.

Dr Noeleen Heyzer
Social Scientist and Former United Nations Under-Secretary General

Dr. Heyzer has extensive experience on issues related to women, gender, and development. Under her leadership, UNIFEM played a vital role in helping countries to formulate and implement legislation and policies to ensure women’s security and rights. She was also the first woman to serve as the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific since its founding in 1947. 

Kanwaljit Soin
Owner, Soin Orthopaedic

Dr Kanwaljit Soin is a former Nominated Member of Parliament, and an outspoken campaigner dedicated to improving the lives of women. Her active work in civil society has won her much recognition, including a UNIFEM Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jane Horan
Founder, The Horan Group

Jane is an internationally-recognised speaker and author of “How Asian Women Lead: Lessons for Global Corporations.” With over 20 years of work experience with companies such as Kraft, Disney and GE, Jane uses her work knowledge to help organisations build inclusive and engaged workplaces.

Haresh Khoobchandani
General Manager, Microsoft Business Solutions (Singapore)

With more than 20 years of experience at Microsoft, Haresh brings unique depth and breadth of regional expertise to drive expansion in Asia Pacific. Haresh is also a distinguished public speaker and a certified coach, counseling senior executives on achieving personal and organizational growth.

Eliza Quek
International HR and Organisation Development Consultant, Mentoring Partnerships Trainer

Eliza enhances leadership competencies in strategic management, performance management, coaching and mentoring staff. She trained female leaders in Slovakia and the top teams of the Ural Bank of Redevelopment; ESS (ESPN Star Sports); BP and Allianz Indonesia; Philips; Total Asia Pacific, Tesco, and many more.

Louise Beehag
Programme Director, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Louise is a former government strategist and works with governments, businesses and non-profit organisations across the region and beyond to foster collaboration and improve standards of governance. She is a strong advocate for inclusivity and equality of opportunity and is a contributor to “Break the Ceiling Touch the Sky: Success Secrets of the World’s Most Inspirational Women.”

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