Closing the Workplace Gender Gap


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AmCham’s Women in Business Committee promotes professional women’s leadership and aims for gender parity in the workplace in Vietnam. We believe that empowering women for economic inclusion spurs social development and sustainable economic growth. AmCham strives to increase the participation of women in the leadership of their organizations and in AmCham by offering programs and networking opportunities targeted at the individual and organizational levels to drive both personal development and systemic change.

This committee aims to engage both men and women at senior levels in supporting leadership diversity; to provide a platform for development of executive women; to raise the visibility of senior level executive women within the business community; and to be a source of women speakers/panelists within AmCham Hanoi.

A recent study revealed that 90 percent of respondents believe that women have the necessary qualifications to succeed in business; 95 percent think that women and men are equally ambitious and 57 percent of recruiters find that female candidates outperform males. And yet, 70 percent of respondents still believe that men are better suited to succeed in today’s business climate.

On May 8, AmCham’s Women in Business Committee is hosting a panel discussion featuring dynamic men and women who will share their insights and success stories in driving organizational change and instilling corporate cultural shifts toward closing the gender gap via “leading by example”. The discussion will also focus on how successful women prioritize their work/life balance to achieve their career and personal goals, the supporting role men should play and how women can better support each other to collectively advance themselves at all levels.

PANEL MODERATOR: Ms. Do Thi Thu Ha, KPMG
Ha is the Senior Partner of KPMG’s Hanoi office. She is the National Leader of KPMG’s State Owned Enterprise practice, where she is responsible for developing and implementing strategies that support the provision of services to, and development of, the SOE sector. She is also the Head of Infrastructure sector at KPMG in Vietnam. Ha has 18 years of extensive experience in providing tax and consulting services to a number of large and leading multi-national corporations in Vietnam. Ha is a member of the AmCham Board of Governors and is co-chairwoman for the Woman Corporate Directors (“WCD”) in Vietnam, the only global organization for director women with over 900 members serving over 1,200 management boards of companies in the world. She is vice chairwomen of Hanoi Young Business Association (“HANOIBA”). KPMG is one of the largest professional services firms in Vietnam. The Firm was granted the Prime Minister’s Award for its contribution to the finance sector, is recognized as a Tier One Tax Firm by the International Tax Review, and is the only to be voted as “Vietnam Tax Firm of the Year”.

PANELIST: Ms. Hoang Ngoc Bich, Global Leaders Ltd.
As Founding Director and President of Global Leaders Ltd., the franchisee of the Crestcom Leadership Development system in Vietnam, Bich has trained and developed leaders and managers from over 300 Vietnamese corporations, multinational companies in the Fortune 500 list and nonprofit organizations. She is also a national advocate for families affected by autism, and in her role as Chairperson of the Vietnam Autism Network, she is charged with developing a nationwide network of autism organizations. She was awarded Top 50 Most Influential Women of Vietnam 2017 by Forbes Vietnam. She is also an Eisenhower Fellow of Eisenhower Fellowship Award (2014), and a member of Australian Award Fellowship (2015).

PANELIST: Mr. Tran Manh Hung, BMVN International
Hung is the Principal and Managing Lawyer of BMVN International LLC, a licensed law firm and IP agent and a member of Baker & McKenzie. Ranked as a leading lawyer in Intellectual Property by Chambers Global, Chambers Asia and World Trademark Review, and 2018 WIPR Leaders in Patents and Trademarks by World Intellectual Property Review, Hung has successfully represented some of the world’s largest multinational companies, including patents, designs, trademarks, copyright, unfair competition, anti-counterfeiting, anti-piracy, domain names, commercial IP involving franchising and licensing arrangements, trade secrets, and technology. Hung has been endorsed as a “Strongly Recommended IP Lawyer” by Global3000, received “IP Star” Award by Managing Intellectual Property, as well as other high recognition by Asialaw and Managing IP Asia. He has also been named as a leading lawyer by Vietnam Central Television and received the “Lawyer of the Year” distinction from the Vietnam Lawyers’ Federation, the Ministry of Justice and Legal Magazine.

PANELIST: Ms. Sonia Mai Huong, The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip
Mai is the General Manager for The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip and at 33 years old is one of the youngest female running a top golf course not just in Vietnam, but worldwide as it is a male dominated industry. After graduating from the Queen Margaret University in Hospitality and Tourism Management in 2008, she returned to Vietnam and joined The Imperial Hotel in Vung Tau for 3.5 years, then joined the Ho Tram Strip since mid-2012. The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip has been awarded “The World’s Best New Golf Course 2015”, “The Best Golf Course in Vietnam 2015 and 2017”, “World’s Best Golf Hotel 2017” and the most significant award is The Bluffs has been ranked “#35 on Golf Digest Top 100 Golf Courses in the World 2018”. As a young mother to an 8 year old daughter, she believes that as a woman, she can achieve anything with her passion which she attributes to her success.

EVENT:         Closing the Workplace Gender Gap
DATE:          Tuesday, May 8
TIME:           11:30am – 1:30pm
PLACE:         KPMG office, 46th Floor, Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower 72, Me Tri, Tu Liem, Hanoi
COST:          None
LANGUAGE:  Vietnamese

Please join us for a candid and honest conversation about how to confront corporate blind spots, overcome employee perceptions, why these issues really matter, and how to sustain the change. Participation is free for AmCham members and lunch is included.

AmCham thanks KPMG for their generous support of this panel discussion and of our many activities to help women success in Vietnam.