Women's Directorship Programme

Upcoming Sessions: May & Sep 2021

Gender-balanced boards are proven to result in greater business success. Business community calls to tackle the existing gender diversity imbalance in boardrooms for years.  Also, board members face new challenges and increases in responsibility since the recent wave of governance reform swept in. Directors need to be better prepared – beyond just compliance – to best represent the interests of shareholders and stakeholders. 

Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of Hong Kong and Meraki Executive Search & Consulting have joined forces with senior business leaders to create the first certificated, internationally focused, cross industry, board preparedness programme, exclusively for women - the Women’s Directorship Programme. 

Through a comprehensive combination of lectures, interactive sessions, leadership exercises and input from senior business leaders, this world-leading board governance programme is dedicated to increase the pool of board-ready women executives and is designed to:

  • Address current and contemporary issues in the workplace, across industries and geographies
  • Help women gain new skills and knowledge to be more effective at managing boards
  • Learn how to best position themselves for an INED role
  • Join an incredible international alumni of women leaders changing the face of boardrooms worldwide
  • As of the year 2020, 30% of our participants joined Executive Committee while 50% joined a board after graduating from the Programme. 

    The programme is led by International faculty members, involves real life case studies and thought leadership delivered by industry leaders who are champions of diversity in the boardroom. Below lists are in no particular order. 


    Faculty

    David Bishop

    David Bishop

    HKU Associate Professor of Teaching,
    BBA(Law) & LLB Programme Director
     

    David Lee

    David Lee

    HKU Principal Lecturer,
    BFin(AMPB) Deputy Programme Director

    Beau Lefler

    Beau Lefler

    HKU Principal Lecturer,
    BBA(Law) & LLB Deputy Programme Director

    Past Guest Speakers 

    Anne Minto

    Anne Minto

    INED, Shire and Tate & Lyle

    Sir Donald Brydon

    Sir Donald Brydon

    Chairman of the Board, Tide Holdings & Chairman - Sage Group 

    Jean-Pascal Tricoire

    Jean-Pascal Tricoire

    Chairman & CEO, Schneider Electric

    Kelly Austin

    Kelly Austin

    Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s 

    Nancy Tse

    Nancy Tse

    INED - DBS Bank, Link REIT and HSBC Provident Fund Trustee (Hong Kong) Limited 

    Dr. Raymond Ch'ien

    Dr. Raymond Ch'ien

    Chairman, Hang Seng Bank

    Rick Haythornthwaite

    Rick Haythornthwaite

    Chairman of Ocado Group 

    Ruth Markland

    Ruth Markland

    Senior INED of Quilter & INED Arcadis 

    We’ve carefully designed a new approach due to the COVID pandemic to create a seamless learning experience, which participants can enjoy both virtual and face-to-face learning experience with international peers. 
     
    The programme is delivered via two sessions, allowing participants to fully immerse themselves in the learning experience and network with international peers, away from the distractions of daily life.  

    China Entry Strategy

    Session 1 Live Virtual format : 6-8 May and 17-19 June, 2021 afternoon
    Session 2 In-person format: * 9-11 September, 2021@HKU Cyberport Campus 


    * In the event that the programme needs to continue with the 100% Live Virtual format, additional dates shall be 16-18 September for 2021 COVID Contingency plan 


    The class size is kept small under 20 to ensure learning quality and sufficient interactions among professors, guest speakers and peers.

    The certificate on Board Directorship Program, registered under the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) will be awarded to the participants who successfully complete the programme and pass the assessment.

    China Entry Strategy

    GLOBAL NETWORK

    With former programme participants from across the world, the WDP Alumni form an international network ready for the challenge of the boardroom.

    EVENTS

    The WDP Alumni network hosts regular events to ensure all cohorts are connected, as the network continues to grow.

    CONTINUOUS LEARNING

    The WDP Alumni network offers continuous learning opportunities, from quarterly webinars to guest speaker events.

    Demographics of past participants

    Mobirise

    Years of working experiences

    Mobirise

    Highlights of Industries Participation

    Financial Services

    HSBC
    CITI Group
    JP Morgan
    Bank of China
    Credit Suisse
    Mastercard
    AIA
    Manulife
    Sun Life
    Prudential
    Zurich Insurance
    AXA
    Bupa 

    Corporate Sectors

    Estée Lauder
    Van Cleef & Arpels
    Starbucks
    WalMart
    Haier Group
    Philips Lighting
    Hitachi
    Schneider Electric
    Polar Air Cargo 

    Technology, Media & Telecommunications

    PCCW
    Hong Kong Broadband
    Nokia(China)
    Cisco System
    Citrix Systems
    Oracle Corporation
    Verizon
    Turn , Inc. 

    Management Consulting

    McKinsey & Company
    A. T. Kearney
    Emst & Young
    Mercer
    Accenture 

        *Listed in no particular order


    Testimonials

    Programme Fee: US$12,500 (US$500 off for HKU alumni or for corporate rate of 3 or more concurrent registrations)

    If you have any questions or would like to have a chat about this programme and how it could benefit you or your organization, please contact our advisor:

    Contact our advisor
    Ms. Nan Xia
    +852 3962 1285
    applicationee@hku.hk


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