Fostering Culturally Diverse Leadership in Financial Services
Diversity & Inclusion
CPD: 1 Hour(s)
As the war for talent intensifies and stakeholders focus on the S in ESG, the boards and senior management of Australia’s financial institutions (FIs) must take steps to deal with them. With approximately 30% of Australian residents having been born overseas and Australian companies needing more skilled migrants, FIs need to pay greater attention to improving the cultural diversity of their workplaces. However, managing cultural diversity, including in leadership ranks at work, is challenging.
Learn more from Karen Loon F Fin, Non-Executive Director and author of the new book, “Fostering Culturally Diverse Leadership: Lessons from Those Who Smashed the Bamboo Ceiling”, as she shares:
How group dynamics in organisations can inhibit greater diversity
A roadmap for fostering culturally more diverse and inclusive Australian organisations
Tips on the steps that leaders can take to promote greater leadership cultural diversity
Karen Loon F FIN
Non-Executive Director and author of "Fostering Culturally Diverse Leadership: Lessons from Those Who Smashed the Bamboo Ceiling”
Karen Loon is a Non-Executive Director and Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of international, cross-cultural experience working with organisations across the Asia Pacific.
Formerly PwC Singapore’s Banking and Capital Markets Leader and a senior Financial Services Assurance Partner and client relationship partner, she is recognised for her work with listed local and multinational bank boards and C-Suites on bank governance, controls and risk management, audit and financial due diligence.
Karen has two decades of board experience with not-for-profit and professional bodies in Singapore. She is an Independent Director, Audit Committee Chair and a Risk Committee member of a Singapore subsidiary of a Swiss private bank and serves on the boards of a number of other professional and non-profit organisations.
Karen is passionate about ensuring that both women and those from culturally diverse backgrounds are given the right opportunities to thrive within their organisations. She was formerly PwC’s Singapore and Asia-Pacific Diversity Leader and a member of its Global Diversity Leadership Team and Global Financial Services Diversity Steering Committee. Karen is a recognised thought leader and speaker on workplace diversity and inclusion and regularly shares her views with leading organisations and professional and industry bodies in Australia and Singapore. Her Fostering Culturally Diverse Leadership in Organisations: Lessons from Those Who Smashed the Bamboo Ceiling, was published by Routledge in August 2022.
Karen is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Directors. She has an Executive Master of Change and Certificate in Corporate Governance from INSEAD, and a Master of Business Administration from Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/karenloon
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Natalie Yan-Chatonsky is an Asian Australian creating positive social change for midlife and older women. She’s the founder and CEO of Full Time Lives and deputy chair of FINSIA’s Diversity Advisory Committee.
She collaborates with organisations that care about empowering women to choose how they work, live and play so that everyone has the opportunity to lead a healthy, meaningful and connected life. She’s the author of ’The Art of Full Time Living: Design a Meaningful and Connected Life’.
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