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by Dr Marleen Dieleman, Dr Meijun Qian and Mr Muhammad Ibrahim
On Thursday, 14 November 2013, the third Singapore Board Diversity Report was launched by BoardAgender, along with the Centre for Governance, Institutions & Organisations and supported by UBS and SGX.
Speaker: Mr K Shanmugam
BoardAgender held its annual Champions Cocktails event on 15 July 2013 at the Raffles Hotel ballroom where Minister for Law and Foreign Affairs, Mr K. Shanmugam was the Guest of Honour.
In his keynote address, Minister Shanmugam called for greater female representation on company boards in Singapore, citing research which showed that 60 per cent of listed boards in Singapore are all male. He also mentioned that societal attitudes needed to change before more women could progress and strike better balance between career and family. The event was sponsored by Accenture and supported by SCWO.
The BoardAgender Champions Campaign was launched on 8 March 2011 and it applauds 100 leaders and their organisations in Singapore that recognise the contributions of female talent in the workplace, and the advancement of women into the ranks of senior leadership roles and into the boardroom.
Read press articles
Companies need to explore more alternatives to keep women in the workforce – Channel NewsAsia, 13 July 2013
Change needed so that women do not have to choose between career & family: Shanmugam – Channel NewsAsia, 15 July 2013
Getting More Women in the Boardroom – Straits Times, 17 July 2013 (for subscribers)
Shanmugam Calls for Greater Female Board Representation – The Business Times, 16 July 2013 (for subscribers)
More Women Needed on Boards, but Don't Force the Issue – The Business Times, 18 July 2013 (for subscribers)
BoardAgender Plans for 2013
In 2013 we have planned a vibrant program of activities – with our efforts focused on the following key areas:
1) Research and Resources
- Following our highly successful research efforts in 2011 and 2012, BoardAgender will continue its partnership with NUS CGIO to produce the third Singapore Board Diversity Report to be released in Oct 2013.
- BoardAgender’s website will continue to provide one of the most extensive collections of articles, reports and research on women in senior management and in the boardroom, both in Singapore and around the globe.
2) Education and Networking Events
- BoardAgender will continue to provide a regular schedule of events revolving around executive educational programs, targeted networking opportunities and activities to raise the awareness of the importance of gender diversity as a business imperative.
- In particular, please block your calendar for our flagship BoardAgender Champions cocktail event, currently tentatively scheduled for 9 or 10 July 2013. We will advise you of the confirmed date once details have been finalised.
3) Board Matching/ Capacity Building programs
- As part of building a database of qualified board-ready women professionals, BoardAgender intends to launch several programs, including a mentor program and a Chairman/CEO directed program. The primary objective of these programs will be to encourage perspective and knowledge transfer, promote the sharing of important networks and heighten the visibility of board-ready women to key decision makers.
We will be sharing details of the events and programs as soon as they are ready and look forward to your support to make each one a mindset changing reality.
BoardAgender would like to congratulate Mdm. Halimah on her appointment as the first woman to hold the office of Speaker in Singapore.
Mdm. Halimah has been a huge support to BoardAgender; she has helped enormously, to raise awareness of the importance of having more women in senior leadership positions to the long term community and business success of Singapore.
BoardAgender wishes Mdm. Halimah all the very best in her new role.
The SCWO BoardAgender Committee
Chan Ee Lin
Fang Eu Lin
Board MatchSingapore's Centre for Non-Profit Leadership (CNPL) is a non-profit organization with a vision to transform the non-profit sector in Singapore through effective and dedicated leadership. This comes at a time when there is renewed interest of governance in the sector and an increase in professionals stepping forward to volunteer their talents and leadership experience for charitable causes. As such, CNPL’s Board Match programme is popular because it allows volunteers to network with a larger professional circle and further develop leadership capabilities as well as contribute positively to the community. If you are interested to volunteer, and would like explore this further, click here to find out more.
100 ChampionsThe 100 BoardAgender Champions campaign applauds 100 leaders and their organisations in Singapore that recognise the contributions of female talent in the workplace, and the advancement of women into the ranks of senior leadership roles and into the boardroom. Click here for more information.
BoardAgender LaunchBoardAgender was launched on 9 March 2011 by Mrs Yu-Foo Yee Shoon, former Minister of State, MCYS, at the SCWO International Women's Day Celebration Dinner. Read more about us, our background and plans for BoardAgender.
BoardAgender is an outreach arm of the Singapore Council of Women's Organisations (SCWO), and its aims are endorsed by the Ministry of Social and Family Development in Singapore.
Global News Updates
- >Sauder School of Business: New Sauder research: Women directors get better deals in mergers and acquisitions
- >CNN Money: Missing from Asia’s boardrooms? Women
- >The Australian: Boardroom Progress with a Quarter of New Directors Female
- >Forbes: Pressure Is On For Female Appointments To UK Company Boards
- >The Australian Financial Review: 10 Ways to Woo Women into Leadership Roles
- >International Business Times: How Women Can Save the Global Economy
- >Economia: Five Years On: What’s Changed for Women in Business?
- >Brisbane Times: Generation EEO
- >Forbes: Boards Remain Pale, Male And Stale — Old Boys’ Club Alive And Well
- >Market Watch: Only 3 of the Top 25 Women in Banking Hold Top Spot at their Company: Report
- > International Business Times: More Women on UK Bank Boards Since Financial Crisis
- >Women’s Agenda: Hope Alone Won’t Boost the Number of Women on Boards
- >London Evening Standard: Get on Board! 10 Tips for Boardroom Success for Women
- > Financial Review: PR’s Lessons in Gender Equality
- > Fresh Business Thinking: Cable Announces Review of Executive Search Code of Conduct
- > The Scotsman: Big Banks Forced to Set Quotas for Women on Boards
- > Quartz: I Understood Gender Discrimination Once I Added “Mr.” to my Resume and Landed a Job
- > The Telegraph: Female MPs: Publish Gender Pay Gap at Each Rank to Tackle ‘Women’s Problem’ in Business
- > Brisbane Times: Some Women Win While Others Lose
- > The Sydney Morning Herald: How to Win a Board Position