What is your current role, and your participation within the diversity and inclusion initiatives?
I am a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills in the Financial Services Regulatory practice and I also co-chair the firm’s Global Banks Sector Group. At Herbert Smith Freehills diversity and inclusion is ingrained in our business and I am on our Gender Equity Matters (GEM) Committee and a member of our Family Network. As a mother of two small girls, these initiatives and their goals are very relevant to both my professional and personal life.
When and why does Herbert Smith Freehills started to support WiFA? How do you think the staff are benefiting from the programs/ events?
Now in its second year of sponsorship, Herbert Smith Freehills has partnered with WiFA because its ethos and objectives align with our own D&I strategy and vision. WiFA’s events span an array of topics, themes and activities that are relevant to our financial services clients. We benefit from the educational and skills-based sessions, which are of enormous, practical value. Participation in these events is also a great way to network with peers, and understand the challenges that different industries and firms are facing.
Can you share one of your Firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Programs that resonates WiFA mission? Challenges and Accomplishment?
Herbert Smith Freehills have invested in a number of initiatives which all echo WiFA’s mission, and I would highlight in particular our reverse mentoring scheme, How We Work guidelines, as well as our market leading Asia parental leave policy – there is no one magic solution!
Tell us one thing that is important for #CreatingTheWorkforceOfTheFuture
It’s vital for leaders to be open-minded to different ways of working, whether that’s working from home or using technology in new and innovative ways. If we’re going to remain relevant, it’s crucial that leaders are flexible to meet the challenges of the future. Leaders should champion change, innovation and flexibility.
What advice would you give to women who want to lead?
You can be a leader in all areas of your life, not just at work. I’d encourage all women to proactively look for opportunities to lead – don’t wait to be asked.