singapore women's congress 2013

Today, women enjoy more prosperity and freedom than ever before. We've learnt to face new challenges and take on previously unchartered roles.

To better understand this fast-changing terrain, we've invited notable women leaders -- pioneers within their respective industries -- to share insights regarding the future of Diversity, as well as their best practices to allow Change to play a more strategic role in cultivating our social, business and personal growth.

The Singapore Women's Congress 2013 features keynote speaker Marina Mahathir, a well-known newspaper columnist, gifted writer, committed social activist and award-winning TV producer. The other esteemed speakers are Durreen Shahnaz, founder of Asia's first social enterprise stock exchange; Natalie Turner, leadership and innovation specialist; Ivy Singh-Lim, environmentalist & farmpreneur; Fanny Lai, author & wildlife enthusiast; and Jacelyn Tay, celebrity health buff & businesswoman.

Come join us in this unique opportunity for inspiration, networking, education, and more importantly, to celebrate & forge new friendships.

Date: Friday, 22 March 2013
Time: 8:30am to 5pm
Venue: Stamford Ballroom, Raffles City Convention Centre (Fairmont Singapore, Level 4)

Tickets: S$188 per person*+ or S$1,300 per table of 8+

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Marina Mahathir

Marina Mahathir (Keynote speaker)

Prominent Malaysian columnist, blogger and TV producer Ms Marina Mahathir is known for her straightforward and thought-provoking commentaries on her country's political and social issues. Besides being an evangelist for safe sex and HIV prevention, Ms Mahathir is also an advocate for women's rights in Malaysia - producing television programmes, speaking and writing regularly on women's issues particularly where it relates to Islam, gender and HIV/AIDS.

With three published books under her belt, the latest being Telling it Straight - a compilation of 90 of her best articles from 2-decades of writing, Ms Mahathir is certainly one of the most admired, prolific and influential women in Asean.


SPEAKERS

Durreen Shahnaz

Durreen Shahnaz

In the twenty years of her extensive career, Ms Durreen Shahnaz has had experience as a banker, media executive, social entrepreneur and also an adjunct associate professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.

Ms Durreen has contributed tremendously to the community, with her efforts evident through the founding and chairing of Impact Investment Exchange (IIX), Asia's first social stock exchange which helps Asian social enterprises raise growth capital.

A woman with a heart of gold, she also runs Shujog, an advocacy, research and capacity building non-profit social enterprise. Ms Durreen was also the founder of oneNest, a social enterprise and global marketplace for handmade goods which connects village artisans to the rest of the world.

Natalie Turner

Natalie Turner

Ms Natalie Turner is the founder and CEO of The Entheo Network, a global leadership innovation consultancy. As an experienced business facilitator, trainer and coach, she works with organisations to unleash their potential to innovate and improve. Some of the leading organisations she has worked for and consulted include American Express, Coca Cola, Singapore Airlines and the Cisco Systems.

Passionate about helping people develop leadership and innovation skills, she not only works with clients to help them create new products and services, she also mentors women, providing leadership programmes to help them excel in their professional and personal lives.
 

Ivy Singh-Lim

Ivy Singh-Lim

Mrs Ivy Singh-Lim started the organic farm Bollywood Veggies with her husband when they decided to retire from the corporate world and take things slow. This "gentle warrior" as Mrs Singh-Lim calls herself, is outspoken and straightforward, and does not withhold her opinions even if it means questioning authority. Even then, this fearless warrior has a softer side, evident in her passion to help the less fortunate - be it people or animals. Determined to make a difference and impact the community, she says, "The world is full of evil men and stupid women. I can't change much, but I'll change a lot more before I die."

• Fanny Lai

Fanny Lai

Ms Fanny Lai is passionate about wildlife conservation. She is a travel writer, cartoonist and former Group CEO of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, which comprises Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and River Safari. She is equally known for her entrepreneurial and creative flair for her astute business development and management skill. Her in-depth knowledge of the Chinese language and insights into local and regional cultures continue to be valuable assets following a career that has spanned more than 30 years in branding, marketing and corporate management. She holds an Executive MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Jacelyn Tay

Jacelyn Tay

Optimism and determination personifies celebrity and businesswoman Ms Jacelyn Tay.

This mother of one, did not have it all smooth sailing. Her much-publicised bankruptcy case in 2004 was a huge financial and personal setback. However, in a few short years, the hardworking & enterprising steel maiden got back on her feet. Today she runs a thriving healthcare business and of recent months, made a TV comeback with a leading lady role in a MediaCorp Channel 8 production.

Ms Tay's zest for healthy living prompted her to start The Health Club (now known as Body Inc.). Coupling her spirit for enterprise with the belief in natural healing remedies, Ms Tay's venture into healthcare grew her clinic that specialises in Chinese herbal remedies to one that also offers spa services and holistic medical treatments.

PANELISTS

laura hwang

Laura Hwang

Mrs Laura Hwang was the first Singaporean and first woman to be appointed as Managing Director of an international merchant bank. She is also the founder of a heritage company and a social enterprise for homebound and handicapped women. Currently, she is President of the Singapore Council of Women's Organisations (SCWO), the national co-ordinating body for 57 women's organizations,with a combined outreach of 500,000 in Singapore. She also serves as a Director on the ASEAN Council of Women's Organisations and as Honorary Secretary of the Leadership Foundation of the International Women's Forum.

Eleanor Wong

Eleanor Wong

Ms Eleanor Wong is a local playwright and the Director of the Legal Skills Programme Law Faculty of the National University of Singapore.

Eloquent and discerning, she prosecuted several high profile commercial and securities frauds as a deputy public prosecutor at the beginning of her career. She subsequently ventured into the media industry to join The Right Angle, a local production company where she was involved in business development, corporate affairs, technology ventures, communications training and consultancy.

MODERATOR


Lian Pek

Lian Pek

Lian Pek is the Chief Editor of Channel NewsAsia. This award-winning broadcast journalist with a distinguished career in television news and current affairs, sets the editorial direction and oversees production of English news for Channel NewsAsia and sister channel, MediaCorp Channel 5. Ms Lian's passion also lies in film making and theatre work. Having earned a slew of Regional as well as International Awards, her works can be seen on various national and international channels.

EMCEE

Georgina Chang

Georgina Chang

With over 2 decades of experience in the media industry, Georgina Chang is a multi-talented broadcast professional with an illustrious career.

She is currently the Assistant Vice President of English Programming at MediaCorp, Radio Division as well as the Senior Programme Director of popular radio stations 987FM and Lush 99.5FM. Apart from being a former radio producer-presenter and a regular TODAY columnist, she was also a sports reporter and presenter who interviewed several sports stars including Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Efren Reyes and more. Ms Chang's career has also taken her Malaysia and Hong Kong, gaining herself a wide scope of experience.
 
Programme
8:30am Registration  
9:30am Welcome








Opening address

Host:
Georgina Chang
Assistant Vice President , MediaCorp 987FM & Lush 99.5FM

Guest-of-Honour Indranee Rajah
Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education

9:45am

Keynote Speech

Topic: Are Women Ready To Lead


Marina Mahathir
Newspaper columnist , TV producer and Blogger
10:45am Coffee Break  
11:15am

Speech By Natalie Turner

Topic: Leading Innovation In A Time Of Rapid Change

Natalie Turner
CEO, The Entheo Network

11:45am

Panel Discussion

Panelists:
Laura Hwang
President of the Singapore Council of Women's Organisations

Eleanor Wong
Director, NUS Legal Skills Programme Law Faculty, Writer and Playwright

Marina Mahathir
Natalie Turner

Moderator:
Lian Pek
Chief Editor, MediaCorp Channel NewsAsia

12:30pm Lunch  
1:45pm

Speech by Fanny Lai

Topic: It’s a Jungle Out There!

Fanny Lai
Author & Wildlife Enthusiast
2:15pm

Speech by Jacelyn Tay

Topic: Drama for Life - Act Well, Live Well

Jacelyn Tay
Celebrity and Founder & Executive Officer of Body Inc
2:45pm Coffee Break  
3:15pm

Speech by Durreen Shahnaz

Topic: Courage

Durreen Shahnaz
Chairman, Impact Investment Exchange
Managing Director, Shujog and Adjunct Associate Professor, NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

3:45pm

Speech By Ivy Singh-Lim

Topic: Creating a Circle of Life: The Warrior's Journey


 

Ivy Singh-Lim
Farmpreneur & Environmentalist
 
4:15pm Panel Discussion

Panelists:
Ivy Singh-Lim
Jacelyn Tay
Durreen Shahnaz
Fanny Lai

Moderator:
Lian Pek

5pm End  

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