“DISRUPT. Filipina Women: Proud. Loud. Leading Without A Doubt” Book Launch on April 17, 2015

Women’s Pathways to Leadership in Asia in collaboration with Bridging GAP is delighted to announce the launch of DISRUPT. Filipina Women: Proud. Loud. Leading Without A Doubt published by the Filipina Women’s Network in 2014. The event is to be held on April 17, 2015 at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. You may refer to the attached flyer for more information. Please register your interest to attend at lkyschoolevents@nus.edu.sg.


WPLA marks International Women’s Day 2015

This year to mark the International Women’s Day, WPLA in collaboration with the LKYSPP Bridging Gender and Policy Group partnered with the leading tech companies to host a panel discussion. The event was widely attended by the students, staff and members of the public.

Photo Courtesy of Bridging GAP Group

The panel discussion focused on “Women Leaders in Technology: Why We Do What We Do?” and featured a panel of four remarkable women leaders from such tech companies as Microsoft, HP, Twitter and ConneXionsAsia.

  • Amelia Agrawal, Regional Director of OEM Marketing, Microsoft
  • Elizabeth Hernandez, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Asia Pacific & Japan, HP
  • Frederique Covington, International Marketing Director, Twitter
  • Rosaline Chow Koo, Founder and CEO, ConneXionsAsia

Dr. Astrid S. Tuminez was the moderator of the discussion.

The panelists shared their unique personal stories of how they achieved career success in the technology sector and the challenges they encountered along the way, whether the work-life balance is a myth, and how they contributed to the success of their companies.

One of the takeaways of the event relates to the risk women associate with the career in tech: “Are women less risk-taking, therefore less attracted to high-stakes tech industry? There is a steep learning curve that requires some confidence to take, not just in tech. Mentors need to convey to girls that it’s important to take risks.”


Photo Courtesy of Bridging GAP Group


Harvard Asia Center’s “Values and Morals in Business and the Professions Event”

On January 8, Dr. Astrid S. Tuminez, Founder of Women’s Pathways to Leadership in Asia, joined a panel discussion in Shenzhen, China on “Morals and Values in Business and the Professions.”  The panel was part of a multi-year collaboration between the Harvard Asia Center and Vanke Corporation, the largest residential real estate developer in China.

Harvard Event

Source: Harvard Asia Center.

Close to 200 business leaders attended the panel, which was led by Prof. Arthur Kleinman, director of the Harvard Asia Center.  Dr. Tuminez’s portion of the panel addressed women’s leadership in Asia.

Harvard Event 2

Source: Harvard Asia Center.

In addition to the panel, she participated in taping a short commentary on women’s leadership, with the video intended for use at the new Vanke in-house management institute.

For more information on the Harvard Asia Center click on the link.


Photo Essay Competition Celebrates Women in Asia

Women: Creating, Learning, Leading 

To celebrate the spirit of International Women’s Day on March 8th, 2014, Bridging GAP invites you to participate in the 2014 Photo Essay competition.

Deadlines and guidelines for participation are included below:


The theme of our photo contest encourages you to capture images of women who define leadership to you, creating, doing and leading in more ways than one.

Photograph Specifications:

Photographs must be original, in a digital format and should be in the maximum resolution available. Minimum Resolution: 1800 x 1440

Each Photo Essay can have a maximum of four images.

Details for submission:
Essay Title

Essay Synopsis (Maximum 150 words)

Photographers Name and Student ID (NUS and otherwise)

Contact Number

All pictures should be emailed to bgapphotocompetition2014@gmail.com by midnight, March 2nd, 2014. Any entries after this deadline will not be accepted.

The top 30 photos will be displayed at the OTH Lobby at the Bukit Timah Campus, LKY from March 10th to March 14th.

A panel of judges, including prominent women in leadership roles would be appointed to select the best three photographs.

Winners will be announced on March 10th, in line with LKY’s 10th Anniversary Celebrations.


1st Place: Prices worth 300 SGD

2nd Place: Prices worth  200 SGD

3rd Place: Prices worth 100 SGD

This competition is open to staff, faculty and students at NUS and also all the GPPN institutions partnered with LKYSPP’s. 

Thank you and look forward to your participation.

For any clarifications, please contact us at anumanis@gmail.com and avantika.dhingra@nus.edu.sg

The 2014 Photo Essay Competition is brought to you by the Women Pathways to Leadership in Asia, a joint project looking at women leadership in Asia sponsored by the LEE KUAN YEW SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY, the ASIA FOUNDATION and the ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION .

State of the Art: Symposium on Women’s Leadership in Asia

Thursday, 11 April 2013, 5:15-6:30pm

Seminar Room 3-5, Manasseh Meyer, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

A year after the release of the report, Rising to the Top? Women’s Leadership in Asia, a joint project of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Asia Society, WPLA continues the discussion of the opportunities and challenges confronting women who aspire to lead. How is the situation of women changing in Asia? How has international diplomacy influenced the globalization of gender-related issues?  What new ideas are worth considering for advancing women’s leadership?

Three keynote speakers will briefly speak on these themes:

Dr. Astrid S. Tuminez, Regional Director, Microsoft Asia Pacific; Adjunct Professor, LKYSPP

Ambassador David I. Adelman, United States Ambassador to Singapore

Jessica Tan Soon Neo, General Manager, Microsoft Asia Pacific; Member of Parliament, East Coast GRC

The symposium will include an interactive session which will be followed by cocktails and a brief reception. Please click on the following link to RSVP for the event: WPLASymposium 

Empowering Women in Vietnam

The recent event “Empowerment of Women in the Public Sector in the Context of International Integration” held in Hanoi, focused on furthering the dialogue on women’s leadership in Asia. The event brought together experts in the industry, business leaders and policy makers from the public and private sectors, representatives of ministries and departments, academics and government representatives from more than 20 provinces and cities in the country.

The agenda of advancement of women in the public sector took center stage. UNDP Country Director Louise Chamberlain expressed the importance of women by stating that they have half of all decision-making positions given they make up half of the world population.

Photo courtesy of Vietnam News.  

 “Promoting women’s participation in the public sector was not only a matter of justice, but also a matter of ensuring all perspectives are brought forward as men and women bring divergent experiences to the table,” she said.

Experts proposed eliminating the disparity in retirement age between men and women as a means to promote women’s leadership in the public sector and counter gender disparities. Bakhodir Burkhanov, UNDP Country deputy director, stated that the gender differential in the mandatory age of retirement, which is 55 for women and 60 for men, was the main barrier to women’s participation in the political system. The disparity also limited their chances for promotion and access to training and development given that taking women out of the pool for promotions earlier than men meant fewer women occupied senior positions.

Citing recent research from the report “Rising to the Top? Women’s Leadership in Asia,” Regional Director of Microsoft Astrid S. Tuminez expressed the need to address cultural norms and persistent prejudices against women and girls that hinder women’s advancement. The former vice dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy recommended approaches for policy makers in Vietnam in an effort to enhance the capacity of leadership for women working in State agencies. In addition, she proposed creation of a government fund focused on implementing gender equality policies and enhance gender education to change the perception of women and girls. Nguyen Phuong Nga, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, stressed the importance of the quality of human resources, particularly women’s leadership capacity in the public sector in Vietnam.

International and local experts devised strategies such as merit-based hiring systems, training for female civil servants, and promotion of men’s role in household and childcare roles in order to promote women’s advancement and strengthen women’s rights. Vietnam proposed the organized and international friends to concentrate direct support for these objectives, specific targets of the strategy, especially the national programme on gender equality between 2011-2015. The importance of women’s role was seen crucial in promoting economic growth and social development in both developing and developed nations.

For additional information on the event, please click on this link.