AustCham Myanmar to highlight female thought-leaders and influencers at Gala Dinner

14 November 2018
AustCham Myanmar to highlight female thought-leaders and influencers at Gala Dinner

AustCham Myanmar has announced the thought-leaders that will shape the conversations and challenge conventions at the 2018 Women in Business and Leadership Development Gala Dinner and Conference in Yangon, according to a press release.  

Taking place on 17 November at the Pan Pacific Hotel, the annual Conference aims to create an opportunity for women in business and leadership positions in Myanmar to impart their knowledge and experience with the aspirational women leaders of Myanmar.  

“This year’s conference showcases the many dimensions of being a female leader in this generation and in Myanmar society. We are looking forward to shining the light on Myanmar women that are blazing a trail, building innovative business ventures and careers, all the while lifting up and inspiring young women leaders,” said Jodi Weedon, CEO of AustCham Myanmar. 

Notable speakers include Yu Mai Waung, Head of Internal Communications and Public Affairs at KBZ Bank; and Khin Thida Maw, Country Officer of IFC Myanmar.  

The panel discussions feature a dynamic roster of speakers namely Phyu Hnin, General Manager of Proximity Design; Phyu Phyu Tin, Masterchef Judge and Co-founder of Yangon Bakehouse, Monsoon Restaurant & Bar and Monument Books & Toys; Sandy Aung, Founder of Forte Global; Eaint Phoo Phoo, Counsellor at Flanders Belgium Investment and Trade Office; Thuzar, journalist and co-founder of the Myanmar Women Journalists Society; May Thet Htwe, eco-warrior and advocacy communicator; Lay Thida, award-winning filmmaker; and Phyo Phyo Aung, lifestyle & motivational blogger.  

Breakout sessions, meanwhile focus on ground-breaking topics, from „women in non-traditional roles‟ to best practices on fostering respectful and encouraging workplaces for women. 

Weedon said, by sharing knowledge, skills and success stories, AustCham Myanmar hopes to engage the next generation of Myanmar's business leaders.  

“We have a window of opportunity to build a nation that affirms men and women's equality in all areas of life. Promoting women's empowerment is the right thing to do and it makes smart economic sense," she added.  

AustCham Myanmar is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to promote closer economic ties by encouraging responsible bilateral trade and investment between Australia and Myanmar.  

A common thread through all of the Chamber's work is the important role that women play in business and leadership. The Chamber acknowledges that Myanmar's women are invaluable assets in this critical juncture in Myanmar's history as opportunities for responsible investment flourish. As a result, the Chamber is proud to be working with Myanmar's women to host this initiative, the press release said.