[Virtual] AMCHAM’s Women’s Week 2022 – Day 3

On day 3 of AMCHAM’s Women’s Week, we explored the importance of advocating diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at the workplace and encouraging women to actively engage to remove the barriers and close the gap with technology.

Antony Lee, Chairman of AMCHAM provided the opening remarks detailing opportunities and services provided to women in the workplace especially after the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the work environment. 

Our first panel discussion of the day featured Swati Chawla, Director of People & Culture, Philip Morris; Sam Haggag, Country Manager, ManpowerGroup; Danielle Maassen, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at BMW Financial Services Malaysia; and Dave Mitchell, VP & GM, Manufacturing & Distribution, Boston Scientific. The discussion, moderated by Sugunah Verumandy, HSBC Malaysia, primarily revolved around the impact of the pandemic on women at work, the changes both good and bad as well as practical ways that companies can commit to supporting DEI at the workplace.

The second panel discussion featured Eric Lee, Founder & CEO, Malaysia Digital Districts; Hana Farhana, Managing Director, Cisco Malaysia; and Datuk Yasmin Mahmood, Chair, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia. Chong Chye Neo, Independent Director, Bursa Malaysia served as the moderator. This panel featured a robust discussion on the reasons behind the gender gap in the technology sector, the barriers women faced by women in this space and a possible glimmer of hope for women as most sectors continue to implement WFH initiatives.

Special thanks to our guest speakers for conducting the insightful discussions, and thank you to all our attendees for  making our Women’s Week a success.