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4 MAY 2021  |  ISSUE 347

Dear Members and Friends

A wise woman once said to me: “Diversity is a given, inclusion is not.” Gender equality is much in the news now because of the government’s initiative to review the role of women in society. That is welcome and for it to succeed will need to include a review of the role of men in society too.

One area of gender equality we have been advocating for, over the last 7 years, is the goal of seeing more women on company boards. I very much regret to say that only a mandated quota will produce the desired result. All attempts at shaming the old boy networks to change have only produced tiny gains at glacial speed.

Which brings me neatly to BoardAgender. This is an initiative of the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) dedicated to advancing more women into senior leadership roles and boardrooms in Singapore.

BoardAgender is launching the pilot run of the BoardAgender Mentoring Programme for Aspiring Women Directors 2021. The programme aims to equip the next generation of female directors to meet the challenges of today and to be the governance leaders of the future.

I encourage all women Chamber members who are interested to become company directors to consider this mentoring programme. I equally encourage both male and female Chamber members who might be interested in being programme mentors to check out these links.

Here’s to bringing about much needed diversity to Board conversations and decision making!

Have a good week ahead.

Yours faithfully
Victor Mills
Chief Executive
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