(Two-Day Programme)

The Glass Labyrinth

Advancing women’s leadership in Asia for the benefit of all

Date: TBA

Time: 9:00am – 5:30pm

Venue: SHRI New Premises @
137 Cecil Street, #09-08
Singapore 069537

Course Fee: 
SHRI Members: S$950

Non-Members: S$1,200
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Course Overview

The Glass Labyrinth offers a fresh and uncompromising look at the state of women’s leadership in Asia today. Against a backdrop of major disruption, the programme takes as its starting point the idea that the challenges faced by women across Asia are created and driven by the system within which women and men alike are striving for fulfilment – for themselves, their families, their colleagues and their organisations – and asks: how do we change the status quo? This is why The Glass Labyrinth welcomes both women and men as participants: if change for the better is going to happen – for women and men – it is going to take a concerted effort from everyone.

Course Objectives

This Two-day programme aims to achieve the following:

  • To understand what’s really happening in the area of women’s leadership – to go beyond gender stereotyping
  • To identify emerging challenges – looking at the current barriers to the advancement of women leaders in Asia today
  • To consider how, as individuals within a system, we can all (women and men) dial-up the rate of change to benefit everyone
  • To enable women leaders in Asia to navigate the system and make meaningful career-impacting choices
  • To start the process of building an inclusive future which brings together the best of all our differences

Programme Outcomes

  • Gain a clear understanding of the systemic issues impacting women leaders
  • Identify ways to positively influence systems and benefit in the workplace
  • Obtain insights into our collective role in developing and championing women leaders, identifying what needs to change and surfacing efficient ways to effect such change
  • Build personal/self-awareness around how our own beliefs, values and behaviours contribute (or not) to the current situation
  • Equip each participant with strategies, tools and skills to enable future success for themselves and for their colleagues and organisations

Course Outline

The programme covers the following:

  • Where are we now? The state of women’s leadership in Asia today (with inputs from research, data and learned commentary and opinions)
  • What future do we want? What changes do women (and men) want to see?
  • Delving deeper – the world of bias and the role of men in advancing women’s leadership
  • Understanding you (in relationship to others) – via a psychometric, FIRO-B
  • Exploding myths, stereotypes and certain leadership styles of both genders
  • Learned panel discussion: More Women Leaders Please!
  • Systemic change – what needs to happen?
  • Mini-case studies in small groups/plenary – case studies from around Asia
  • Invited guest speaker – the lived-experience of a successful woman leader
  • Enabling change – what happens if we work as a team (women and men)?
  • Stop Start Continue – Advancing Women’s Leadership in Asia – at the organisation and individual level

Learning Methodology

To anchor the learning, the workshop incorporates interactive delivery of content, plenary group discussions, psychometric tool debriefs, learned panel debates, invited guest speakers, mini-case study discussion, small group work and individual and organisational action planning.

Target Learners

  • Women and men who want to get the best leadership for their teams and organisations
  • HR and OD professionals, and Diversity and inclusion professionals
  • Champions of systemic change, including Board members interested in systemic change
  • Senior leaders/managers who want to move the needle around engaging more women and mentors of aspiring female and male leaders

About the Facilitators

Michael Jenkins
CEO & Co-Founder

Expert Humans

Michael Jenkins is CEO and Co-founder of Expert Humans. His past appointments include Director of INSEAD Executive Education (Singapore); Managing Director and Vice-President, Center for Creative Leadership Asia Pacific (Singapore); Chief Executive of Roffey Park Institute (UK and Singapore); and CEO of the Human Capital Leadership Institute (Singapore). Michael was named as one of the UK’s Most Influential Thinkers in Human Resources by the UK’s HR Magazine in 2013 and 2016. Michael contributed to the MOM publication Asian Leadership – What Works? edited by Dave Ulrich and recently co-wrote Finding simplicity in chaos: Beyond VUCA published by People Matters. He is also a regular speaker at local and international conferences, where he presents on topics such as humanising the workplace and new thinking in leadership development.

Joyce Jenkins
Managing Director and Co-Founder
Expert Humans

Joyce is an experienced leadership development facilitator, coach and consultant, with specialist expertise in leveraging diversity and in the field of intercultural management. She has provided training and coaching for women and men in senior leadership positions as well as designed and delivered diversity and inclusion programmes for a range of clients around the world. Joyce is Past President of the Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research for Europe (SIETAR Europa) and a founder and board member of SIETAR Southeast Asia. She also teaches Intercultural Coaching and Development at the University of Warwick, UK.

Joyce’s coaching experience includes five years as a coach and adjunct faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) Asia-Pacific, where she coached on leadership development programmes, including women’s leadership programmes. As a Research Associate at INSEAD, Singapore, she played a pivotal role in a number of projects aimed at empowering women in Asia, including a summit on developing financial literacy for women in Asia and the setting up of Aidha, which helps foreign domestic workers and low-income Singaporean women to achieve economic independence.

Dr. Robyn E. Wilson
Praxis Management Consulting

Dr Robyn Wilson is the CEO of Praxis Management Consulting and has more than 35 years of experience in the corporate, university and entrepreneurial worlds. With a strong academic background in Mathematics, IT/IS and Engineering, and a decade of hands-on management, Robyn has spent over twenty years in Asia (arriving in ’96) working extensively with senior leaders, their teams and organisations, across most industries, cultures, countries and with all facing very different types of challenges as they manage and grow their respective organisations.

Prior to coming to Singapore (from Australia) to study for a PhD at the National University of Singapore, Robyn led and managed significant change involving moving an entire IT environment. Throughout her career, Robyn has mentored younger women and knows what it is like to be the only woman in the room. As part of Robyn’s give back, she is an Ambassador for WomenLEAD Nepal, an NGO that seeks to see women co-create the future. They provide young women the skills, support and opportunity to become leaders and change makers in their schools, families, communities and country.

For further information, please contact (65) 64380012 or email [email protected]