{embrace} leadership development series. vol. 2

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The next {embrace} leadership development series is launching at the end of February in Hong Kong, ‘Put your boldest foot forward. Always.’

Conducted by {embrace} worldwide co-founder Karen See and managing partner Ken Chow, this is a combination of personal development and group coaching. {embrace} success arms people with the knowledge and tools to be happy, confident and successful every day.

Developed initially for MBA students, {embrace} success is now available to the Hong Kong community. A series of seven x 2-hour leadership workshops, the programme enhances self awareness, self confidence and belief for personal growth and career success.

Leveraging the principles of neuroscience, positive psychology and emotional intelligence, the leadership workshops focus on helping us to better understand ourselves and others to live a life in balance and harmony.

Limited to 15 participants only, the programme is a safe place to share, discuss and build a sense of community. An investment in your success: HKD$2275. Book at Eventbrite or for further information contact admin@embraceworldwide.asia.

{embrace} presents to The Women’s Foundation HK Mentorship Programme

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When do you find yourself most engaged, motivated and energised? What are you doing? And how do you live a life of purpose and meaning?

Karen See asked the same questions to the proteges at The Women's Foundation HK 婦女基金會 Mentorship Program. A combination of seminar and group coaching with Ken Chow, Claire Jung and Carly Chung – the session generated greater thinking and awareness of why we are really here. 

Want to know more? Contact us for a complimentary coaching session or join our upcoming {embrace} leadership development workshops.

Sexual Harassment is not a woman’s issue; it is everyone’s issue

Hong Kong men and women came together at '#MeToo. Now What?' on Monday 15th January. Ken Chow of {embrace} worldwide moderated the gender-neutral event held at Metta. The panellists, Karen See, Karina Calver and Pascale Bertoli, identified sexual harassment, used the #MeToo phenomenon to call out inappropriate behaviour and reiterated that sexual harassment is not a woman's issue; it's everyone's issue. 

Now what?

Everyone, men and women, can collectively stop sexual harassment. Contact us to be part of “#MeToo. Now What? Vol. 3”.

Thank you to HKU, Camel Assembly, Metta for co-organising this event, and Claire Jung, Christine Cheong and Kevin Ho for your contributions group coaching. 

 

#TheFutureIsOurs

co-organisers of the ‘#MeToo. Now What?’ events on sexual harassment (from left) Keshia Hannam of Camel Assembly; Karina Calver, a trauma and relationships counsellor; Karen See of {embrace} worldwide; and Dr Helen Lockey of HKU. Photo: David Wong.

co-organisers of the ‘#MeToo. Now What?’ events on sexual harassment (from left) Keshia Hannam of Camel Assembly; Karina Calver, a trauma and relationships counsellor; Karen See of {embrace} worldwide; and Dr Helen Lockey of HKU. Photo: David Wong.

The #metoo phenomenon has encouraged people to share stories of sexual harassment and has demonstrated how rife sexual harassment is in society… all societies.

Committed to building a community to share and provide support, {embrace} worldwide has been driving the conversation in Hong Kong at the bespoke ‘#metoo. Now What?!’ workshops and group coaching events. In collaboration with The University of Hong Kong, Camel Assembly and Metta, the workshops provide a safe space to identify sexual harassment; discuss its impact; generate responses as tools; and outline how to report an incident.

Read about it in the two articles, After #MeToo comes Now What? as women host forum to push for change in Hong Kong community and Hong Kong’s #MeToo movement needs men, say women, plus three ways to respond to sexual harassment published in the South China Morning Post December 16, 2017 and 10 January 2018 respectively.

photo gallery from {embrace} harmony seminars featuring Khenpo Lungaten Gyatso. May 2017

photo gallery from {embrace} harmony seminars featuring Khenpo Lungaten Gyatso. May 2017

Earlier this month {embrace} worldwide proudly presented {embrace} harmony - a series of seminars featuring Bhutanese Monk, Khenpo Lungtaen Gyatso. He visited Hong Kong from 13-17th May 2017 and he shared Buddhist teachings, universal human values, and achieving our life’s purpose – happiness and success.

{embrace} worldwide launches ‘harmony’ seminars in Hong Kong featuring Buddhist Monk from Bhutan, Khenpo Lungtaen Gyatso

 

{embrace} worldwide, is proud to announce {embrace} harmony - a series of seminars featuring Bhutanese Monk, Khenpo Lungtaen Gyatso. A practicing monk, who has studied the philosophy of Buddhism, he has also completed academic organizational behavior, leadership and management courses.

Visiting Hong Kong from 13 – 17th May 2017, Khenpo will be sharing Buddhist teachings, universal human values, and achieving our life’s purpose – happiness and success.

“While teaching in Bhutan last year I had an opportunity to meet and participate in Khenpo’s class. His wise words, sage advice and thoughts on happiness and harmony left a lasting impression on how I live and work. With {embrace} harmony I can now share my ‘happy monk’ experience with the city of Hong Kong,” said
Karen See, co-founder of {embrace} worldwide.

While in Hong Kong, Khenpo will be conducting a number of private and public seminars in and around the city including:

IRIS: Your Escape – Hong Kong’s largest health and wellness event

Saturday 13th May, 2:00-4:00pm, Meditation Tent

As an esteemed guest of IRIS: Your Escape, Khenpo will be conducting a two-hour seminar in the Meditation Tent from 2:00pm.

“Universal Human Values and living a life of harmony and prosperity”

Everything is connected. Knowing who we are and our purpose, becomes the foundation to support family, society and our planet. Understanding and knowing natural acceptance (inner voice, conscience) provides happiness and ultimately harmony to our lives and those around us.

Sharing the Buddhist teachings of natural acceptance of the world around us, Khenpo Lungtaen Gyatso will discuss happiness, harmony and living a life of prosperity. He will share his knowledge and wisdom on human values, education sanskar - how we should live as human beings - and universal law.

IRIS: Your escape, is located at Nursery Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, over the weekend of May 13th -14th, 2017.

Khenpo’s Buddhist teachings complement the two day schedule of yoga, meditation classes, and the array of sports and activities.

For further information, go to http://www.irishk.com

{embrace} harmony with Hong Kong University of Science & Technology & Metta

Tuesday, 16th May, 6:30 – 9:00pm
Metta, 21st floor California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong.

Khenpo will grace the stage at Metta on Tuesday 16th evening from 6:30pm. Sponsored by {embrace} worldwide, HKUST’s MBA school, and Metta, Khenpo will address students, members and guests on “Happiness, Success and Prosperity”.

To feel happy is not measured by how much money we make or where we work - happiness is a state-of-mind that cannot be sustained with physical objects. In this seminar, Khenpo states anything physical has a time limit. He will focus on our purpose, what makes us happy and how we can all live a harmonious and prosperous life.

For event information and ticket sales, go to https://hkustembraceharmonymetta.eventbrite.com

{embrace} harmony for family and friends

Sunday 14th – Monday 15th May

An exclusive two-day seminar for friends of {embrace} worldwide, Khenpo will share his extensive knowledge and wisdom on human values, education sanskar (how we should live as human beings), and universal law.

“Universal Human Values and living a life of harmony and prosperity”

Everything is connected. Knowing who we are and our purpose, becomes the foundation to support family, society and our planet. Understanding and knowing natural acceptance (inner voice, conscience) provides happiness and ultimately harmony to our lives and those around us.

To live in harmony and to feel prosperous is not measured by how much money we make or where we work - happiness is a state-of-mind that cannot be sustained with physical objects -- our minds are continuous with the power to drive our emotions to support our happiness and success.

Despite being a Buddhist monk, Khenpo believes, even the words of Buddha will not make any difference if we fail to validate on our own. As individuals, we have the self-knowledge innate in us to know and understand how we should behave each and everyday.

Attendance by invitation only, for further information, please contact admin@embraceworldwide.asia

{embrace} harmony with Hong Kong Academy

Tuesday, 16th May
Hong Kong Academy, 33 Wai Man Road, Sai Kung New Territories, Hong Kong.

Complementing the school’s commitment to encouraging well-rounded citizens-of-the-world, a special event will be held for the primary school students at Hong Kong Academy. Khenpo will focus on the spiritual elements of self-awareness and self discovery.

 

All money raised during the events will be donated to Khenpo’s charity of choice the Mindfulness Development Funds.

 

AUSTCHAM INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY THE GREAT DEBATE - 2 MARCH, 2017

 

From left to right: Fiona Nott, John Wood, Angelina Kwok, Karen See, Kerry-Anne Walsh, Gautam Dev, Drew Waters

Trumped! Women’s Progress has reached its peak

In recognition of International Women’s day, I was invited to the AustCham’s Great Debate in Hong Kong on 2 March to sit on an esteemed panel to debate the topic: Trumped! Women’s progress has reached its peak”. Sharing the limelight with Gautam Dev, Regional Director, Human Resources - Organisational Capability at Prudential Corporation Asia; Kerry-Anne Walsh, founder of KA Communications; and on my team, John Wood, Founder of Room-to-Read.

John and I were placed on the side against the motion – providing us with an opportunity to outline key points to reinforce the fact that we need to do more to support women in leadership – that we had not reached our peak!

A spirited, animated, and raucaus debate enabled by the very capable Angelina Kwok, Managing Director, Head of Regulatory Compliance of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd, and a predominantly Australian audience-- John and I won the popular vote however lost the debate as Kerry-Anne and Gautam moved the dial slightly to win (sound familiar?).

Inspired by the fact that there is indeed an audience that believes Trump has lead to women either stagnating or in a trough, I wanted to share my point-of-view reminding all of us that we cannot stand still.

Below is only my argument, however I still think worth sharing:

“Lets start with breaking down the statement to ensure the audience is clear on what we are debating. John and I are stating, Women’s Progress has NOT reached its peak.

Using the Merriam Webster dictionary lets define the words:

Trumped!: We assume this refers to President Trump and not the word ‘trumped’ – when a card wins over any other suit OR it could be defined as a decisive overriding factor. For the context of this debate – we presume it is a reference to President Trump as well as the verb – both of which infer that women have reached as far as they can go.

Progress: a forward or onward movement OR gradual betterment.

Peak: a sharp or pointed end OR summit OR top OR pinnacle.

So… John and I are here to prove the point - we have not been trumped! We believe we have achieved significant progress, BUT we have NOT peaked – and we are nowhere near it.

There is so much research and data to support our argument, however for today’s debate I have chosen to focus on three key areas:

  1. The obvious!
  2. Women in Senior Management
  3. Pay Parity

To start with the obvious… if women’s progress had reached its peak, we would not be sitting in this room right now representing the Women in Business Network at AustCham for International Women’s Day.

If women’s progress had reached it’s peak, we would not need the 30% Club, associations like Women on Boards or NGOs like The Women’s Foundation. The United Nations would also not have Gender Equality as the fifth sustainable development goal.

We would not have had the The Washington March, which drew at least 500,000 people, and worldwide participation has been estimated at five million with 168 marches in 81 countries.

We have had progress but we have NOT hit our peak.

But, when we say this what does it mean? Where is the peak? Is peak equality when we hit parity? Or does peak mean when The Women’s Foundation changes its name to the Men’s Foundation?

For this debate, we would be happy with 50/50. Or at least ensuring all of us are given the same opportunities and not bound by barriers – in our eyes it’s not just equality – it’s quality – living in a world that the best, and most experienced person gets the job. Not because he is male.

Women have had progress but we have NOT hit our peak.

FACT: Progress, particularly when you think over the last fifty years, has been phenomenal. Quotas and policies have helped to prop up participation rates and the amount of working women.

Only a generation ago women relied on husbands to provide for them but now…

Women in Britain hold down half the jobs.

Women own over 40% of China’s private businesses.

In 1970, women in the US contributed about 6% of the family income. Now it is 42%

This is progress.

But…

Currently only 37.4% of managers in Australia are women. In Canada the number is 31.8%.

In India women hold 16% of senior roles. In Japan this number is as low as 7%. Closer to home, China has 8% on boards, and Hong Kong is a little more encouraging claiming 11.1% of women on the Hang Seng.

Globally, the World Economic Forum’s 2016 Global Gender gap claims it will take 170 years to get to global gender parity – the year will be 2187 when businesses and governments will be led equally by men and women.

Our grand children and our grand children’s children should not have to wait this long.

As alarming as these numbers are, we have progress. But we have definitely not reached our peak.

FACT: Women make less money than a man for doing the same work. Women make less as a CEO, as an athlete, as an actress, as a doctor.

In fact, the Wall Street Journal has this amazing website that allows you to type in your profession and see how much a woman earns compared to a man. The site claims women earn less than men in 439 of 446 major U.S. occupations.

  • Women working as physicians and surgeons earn 64% of their male counterparts on average.
  • Women working as insurance sales agents earn 65% of their male counterparts on average.
  • Women working as accountants and auditors earn 73% of their male counterparts on average.

If we average this out to being 30% less than men, this means that women should stop working on 22nd September because effectively the rest of the year they are working for free. In Australia, a women working in insurance should stop work as early as August 17.

We have had significant progress– after all women didn’t even exist in some of these professions 70 years ago – but if we are fighting for parity in terms of presence in the board room or for pay– then we have NOT reached our peak.”

We closed with the following:

The trend lines say it all… we are definitely progressing and we should celebrate the gains we have made over the years.

More women are being educated than ever before.

More women in heads of state.

More women in management roles across the corporate pipeline.

More board seats go to women every year – and the trend is to promote more women in senior roles.

It is not only politically correct to have women in leadership it also makes good business sense as well.

We have had great gains and significant progress, but let’s not rest.

Warren Buffett quote: “in the past, we were only using half of our talent. Think about what would happen if we used all the talent for 100% of the time. It’s like having one hand behind your back”.

It’s time to grab the opportunities with both hands. 

 

{embrace} worldwide partners with HKUST to establish the Women in MBA Network (WiMN)

{embrace} worldwide partners with HKUST to establish the Women in MBA Network (WiMN)

{embrace} worldwide is proud to announce it’s partnership with Hong Kong’s University of Science and Technology – establishing and managing the Women in MBA Network (WiMN) – focusing on creating leaders in the workplace and community, WiMN celebrates women, diversity and inclusion – creating a dialogue within the MBA community which has never truly been tapped to its full potential.

{embrace} worldwide partners with WICL to enhance sporting opportunities for women

{embrace} worldwide partners with WICL to enhance sporting opportunities for women

{embrace} worldwide is proud to announce its association with the Women’s ICL Pty Ltd (WICL). Striving to create opportunities and further the commercial development of Women’s cricket in response to market opportunities and player needs, the WICL’s mission and values complement {embrace}’s goals in building a community to help women to succeed.