Those prefect, clear, sunny days when the warmth hits your shoulders and the glare is too much for your eyes. They are back - just skewed a little differently.
As we have seen in these past few days, Hong Kong is experiencing a new wave of infections. The government is warning that this third wave is by far the most serious, primarily because the authorities are unable to trace many of the patients’ source of infection. Social distancing measures have been tightened, local schools have closed to start summer break earlier, and we should expect further restrictions if the current situation does not improve. WiFA members’ health and safety continue to be our top priority. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and based on government directives, we will be ready to take the necessary precautions as required. Please stay tuned for any last minute changes to events that you have signed up for.
We definitely live in challenging times, so please make sure to stay abreast of the latest developments in Hong Kong, and take all the necessary precautions to stay safe and healthy.
Meanwhile we are open to new ideas and suggestions so please reach out to Benedicte Nolens, Bonnie Ohri, Bonnie So or the Steerco team directly. We look forward to hearing from you.
Welcome WiFA Summer Interns
Over the past seven months, WiFA has embraced new ways of working within our daily schedules. We hosted 11 events (10 virtual events including The Women’s Forum, Internal Steering Meetings and our Q1 Advisory Board Meeting, and one in-person Mentor and Mentee Cocktail Reception).
We are taking another new step forward. This summer, WiFA is excited to launch an internship programme for the very first time. Thanks Bonnie So
for leading this initiative.
True culture shines in times of crisis. We should ensure that their summer intern experience at WiFA reflects our core values to diversity and inclusion in our community. I am sure that you will be hearing from Chiara and Alice soon.
Please join us in extending a warm welcome to them and with your help, we look forward to making their internship fruitful.
WiFA Thought Leadership Series - "Love in Finance"
July 23, Thursday 6:30 - 7:30pm Zoom Webinar
Join us by registering here
All of us look for love in life but many of us do not believe we can find love in finance. At least that was what Amy thought when she left finance after a two-decade long career to join an NGO. After 4 years at an NGO, she surprisingly returns to finance. Is love really possible in finance?
is the Chief Operating Officer at FountainVest Partners
(Asia). FountainVest Partners was founded in 2007 and is a leading China-focused private equity fund headquartered in Hong Kong. Prior to joining FountainVest in late 2019, Amy worked for 4 years as the CEO of Save the Children Hong Kong
, the HK member of a global movement that works in 120 countries focusing on the most marginalized and deprived children. She will provide us with her insights on love in finance later this month.
If you have further questions or suggestions, please reach out to our WiFA Thought Leadership co-Chair Rebecca Sin .
Join us for an interesting virtual seminar on Aug 3 on the Moments that Matter: Supporting Expectant Parents in the Workplace. WiFA along with Urban Hatch, a woman-led organization which provides maternity/paternity and family health and wellness support, will host this knowledge sharing session for HR, team leaders, and managers.
August 3, Monday 12:00 - 12:30pm Zoom Webinar
Join us by registering here
Sofie Jacobs, BSc, Founder and CEO (M/Paternity Specialist, Integrative Health & Well-being Coach and Midwife)
This virtual session will provide practical tools and strategies to support expectant and new parents with more empathy. Urban Hatch’s maternity experts have worked with expecting parents for over 20 years, hearing first hand accounts of the difficulties these employees face in the workplace. These tools and strategies have had a positive impact on employee experience, leading to improved talent retention and performance. This knowledge sharing session is sponsored by WiFA's Education Committee and Urban Hatch.
For details and registration, please contact Bonnie Ohri through email: email@example.com .
|Save the Date: Aug 20 - A Decade in Fighting Human Slavery with Archana Kotecha from Liberty Asia|
Our next Thought Leadership series will be held on August 20, 2020. We will feature Archana Kotecha
, Head of the Legal Department at Liberty Asia, who will speak to us about her decade in fighting human slavery. Liberty Asia is comprised of a group of dedicated professionals who feel that a more effective, coordinated response to slavery is essential. Their goal is to provide new solutions to change the way slavery and trafficking is addressed. Please mark your calendars for this sensitive yet timely event. Stay tuned for more details to follow.
If you have further questions or suggestions, please reach out to Rebecca Sin.
WiFA Circuit Bootcamp Workout Series - Unveil a New Circuit Challenge
August 27, Thursday | in-person at Tamar Park
Session 1: 6:30 - 7:15pm
Session 2: 7:30 - 8:15pm
Join us by registering here Due to government tightening of social distancing measures, WiFA has rescheduled the first circuit training bootcamp session at Tamar Park to Thursday, August 27. Join us for some fun competitiveness by training next to each other in a group of 8. Led by our instructors, Beth Wright and Tricia Yap, assisting by Mairi Mcinnes
and Emma Newmanthe 45-minute workout session aims to build strength and fitness through a variety of exercises, including an intensive cardio workout
(while adhering to current social distancing rules).
Join us to unveil a new circuit challenge!
If fitness is not your thing, or you're looking for a way to join in the fun from the sidelines of the WiFA Bootcamp, the Networking Committee is getting together for an informal networking 'picnic'.
August 27, Thursday 6-9pm at Tamar Park
Join us by registering here
Please feel free to bring a bottle and some snacks (along with plenty of water for those participating in the fitness workout, in addition to the picnic!) to reconnect and spread the energy.
The last few months have challenged us in many ways. So to reignite some positivity, we would be delighted to hear what you have been up to over the past few months and kick start the 'new normal' over lively conversations and a drink or two (while adhering to current social distancing rules).
Join us for a new Fitness Challenge in September: Fun Run, Outdoor Yoga and Social Drinks!
September 17, Thursday 7pm onwards at Tamar Park followed by Drinks at Cafe 8
3 options to participate:
- Outdoor Yoga
- 3.5km Run (Tamar Park <-> Convention Centre)
- 6km Run (Tamar Park <-> Shek Tong Tsui)
Join us to de-stress and relax in this after work hours run or yoga around Central Harbourfront. Led by our team and volunteers from Women in Sports Empowered Hong Kong (WISE HK)
, you can choose to run in pods for either 3.5km or 6km, or simply a full session of stretch yoga. Coaches for this event include Emma Neuman, and several WISE coaches and trainers.
After running or yoga, we can relax and re-energize at Cafe 8 where drinks and light bites will be available at a nominal cost.
For more information, please refer to this link
On the evening of Monday 22 June, WIFA hosted an exclusive event at Red Doors Studio, where Martha Collard took members on a journey to bring balance, calm, and focus to one’s mind, body, and spirit.
We were taken on an experience of deep relaxation surrounded by the largest gong collection in Hong Kong. The vibrations from the gongs eliminate tension, stimulate the circulation and glandular systems, and regenerate the parasympathetic nervous system. There was a sense of connectedness and peace.
Many thanks to the members who participated in the event.
Many thanks to the WIFA Networking committee for making this all possible.
WiFA hosted its first Mentor and Mentee Cocktail Reception of 2020. It was a welcome opportunity to come together face to face to meet old friends and make new ones. The evening was infused with laughter and camaraderie as MMP Committee co-chairs Sonja Key, Donna Titley, and Tonia Wong Kee welcomed everybody to enjoy some refreshments and mingle. Our WIFA co- chairs, Bonnie So and Benedict Nolens and Executive Director Bonnie Ohri also joined and provided an update on upcoming WiFA initiatives. Many mentors and mentees had the chance to share their experiences and make new connections after the recent relaxation of the social distancing measures. Women from different parts of the finance industry from companies such as AIA, Morgan Stanley, Julius Baer, KPMG and many more, gathered in AIA’s offices overlooking the breathtaking view of Victoria Harbor.
Many thanks to AIA for hosting the venue and providing this wonderful opportunity to connect. Stay tuned for several inspiring mentor mentee success stories which we will soon feature online.
Being the endorser of the event, WiFA has been supporting ASIFMA’s virtual event ‘Diversity after COVID-19’, was held on Tuesday, 30 June.
Sarah Maynard (CFA Institute), Aleem Jivraj (Nomura), Sneha Sanghvi (Westpac) and Gabriella Zanzanaini (The Women's Foundation) discussed the opportunity for Diversity & Inclusion (D&L) post-COVID-19, along with the foreseeable challenges in terms of implementing D&I initiatives and the innovative solutions.
The event attracted close to 100 participants. The panel shared how the industry has demonstrated an unforeseen ability to change in performing the COVID-19 pivot to Work from Home. This is a way to encourage D&L so as to attract and retain talent, as well as an opportunity for employers to differentiate themselves. The event recording and polling result are available online if you were unable to join this event live.
|WiFA LIKES: Running for a cause – supporting refugees through RUN’s annual charity race|
WiFA’s past chosen charity, RUN, focuses on the most vulnerable refugees, particularly women, offering them the opportunity to rehabilitate and recuperate through sports, education and beyond. Last month we asked you to cook for a cause and purchase the RUN Cookbook with all proceeds going directly to support RUN’s programmes (and you still can here
This month, we are encouraging you to sign up for RUN’s annual charity race. The race, RUN’s largest fundraising event of the year, will take place on 7 November 2020 at Tai Tam Country Park. There are multiple categories (including kids) and a delicious meal will be waiting for you at the finish line, prepared by the refugees. Registration is now open here
Soapcycling, the sister organisation of our 2020 WiFA supported charity EmpowerU, is expanding its Hong Kong operations abroad for the first time and they need your support! For the past 9 years Soap Cycling has sent 80% of unused soap from Hong Kong's hospitality sector to the Philippines. That amount represents approximately 3 million bars of soap - reaching 250,000 children for an entire year.
After years of working remotely with local partners, Soapcycling is hiring a country manager, Lovelyn, a resident of Hong Kong for 22 years, to oversee soap donations, distributions, recycling and hygiene education programs for the neediest communities in the Phillippines. Your support will be critical to Lovelyn's efforts to bring products and education programs to rural communities with limited access to hygienic resources. She will serve as a model for entrepreneurship and civic action for migrant workers looking to return home from Hong Kong. To donate, please visit here
. For questions about direct sponsorship, please contact Karen Liu.
We are doing a final call out for volunteers to participate in our volunteering programmes with our 2020 chosen charities, EmpowerU and HER Fun. Sign up here
to help deliver financial literacy information to some wonderful women from grass-roots organisations and marginalised populations in Hong Kong.
Further details are below. Thank you to those who have already signed up – we will be in touch with you shortly for hosting kick-off meetings.
- All WiFA members are encouraged to apply
- We welcome those who are ready to make a consistent but flexible commitment for 6 months from June 2020 to December 2020
- Volunteering to support EmpowerU will involve being part of a team that develops curriculum content, lecture slides and short pre-recorded lecture videos on one or more topics of personal financial literacy (saving, budgeting, borrowing, remitting), retirement and insurance, investment and entrepreneurship
- Volunteering to support HER Fund will involve team participation in developing and delivering two Saturday workshops at the end of the year focusing on basic financial and accounting knowledge for small organisations. It is preferable, but not necessary, for HER Fund volunteers to speak Cantonese
- Briefing sessions will be arranged for all volunteers
GET CREATIVE WITH PHOTOS OF CHILDREN’S HOBBIES
Welcome to the WiFA Get Creative with our Children, an online event that gives you an opportunity to showcase any child you know (does not have to be related to you) who is busy with a creative pastime during this time of social distancing.
We are calling for participation from EVERYONE. We want to know what children have been doing with the extra time while quarantined during this challenging period. Please submit your Get Creative with Photos of our Children's Hobbies.
Share with us a photo of a child playing music, cooking, baking, painting, knitting, dancing, or doing yoga…whatever pastime has kept them busy. Please have the child include a short write up of the pastime, including titles of the paintings, instruments they are playing, recipes, etc.
Photos submitted must be through replying to the comment box directly of the month theme post on WiFA LinkedIn .
Photos must be
· creative and original
· tagging @WiFA &&
- hashtag #WiFAPhotoCollage
· in accordance with the theme
· caption with no more than 20 words to describe the activity
· deadline September 14
· Individual photos will be posted on to WiFA Social media accounts. Selected photos will be made into a photo collage that is published in the next Newsletter.
If you have further questions, please reach out to Connie Au.