20-first Goes to Asia
As the first decade of the twenty-first century came to an end, 20-first CEO Avivah Wittenberg was invited to speak at a number of conferences in South-East Asia. The sheer number of events revolving around women is symptomatic of a growing recognition that women are crucial to success in the business world. The location of these events is no surprise; Asia and women are set to be major forces in this still recent century.
In Jeeva Arulampalam’s article, Avivah Wittenberg-Cox explains the importance of gender bilingualism and meritocracy. She points out that, when it comes to gender, Asia should learn from the mistakes of Western society and forget about any “fix the women” approaches. The piece also contains a more personal aspect, a peek at the life of the CEO from her childhood to her life as a mother. Avivah also talks about her plans for a third book…
The New Straits Times: Gender balance a business issue
Describing 20-first as “one of the world’s leading gender consultancies”, Meera Murugesan makes it clear why companies need to better utilize female talent. Citing Avivah Wittenberg-Cox both as an example and for her ideas, Murugesan elaborates on the key reasons why gender balance and gender bilingualism are key to all businesses.
Business Today: Recommended Reads for the Month
This monthly Malaysian magazine included How Women Mean Business in their recommended reads for the month.
Their review of the book:
“Why Womean Mean Business showed you why business needs to change. Now Avivah Wittenberg-Cox’s new book shows you how to achieve a healthy and profitable balance.
We know that business needs more women. Gender balance has been proven time and time again to lead to more innovation, better business performance and corporate governance, the only question is, how can business leaders make this happen?
Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, an acknowledged world authority on women and business, points the way. In four simple steps, she provides guidance on how to bring about real change.
This lively, hands-on guide is packed with research and case-studies showing how some of the world’s biggest blue-chip firms have done it. Women are most of the talent and much of the market – you need this book.”
Where 20-first went
December 1, 2010: Women and the INSEAD MBA with Avivah Wittenberg Cox ’84
- Behnaz Ghahramani
President- INSEAD Women in Business Club
- Zoe Kinias
Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour, INSEAD
- E’jin See
VP for Marketing & Strategy, GE Capital Services
- Nicole Tee
Bain & Company
- Nathalie Yan
Manager, Group Diversity & Inclusion, Standard Chartered Bank
December 2, 2010: IPAC Women Mean Business Leadership Forum
December 3, 2010: AMCHAM How Women Mean Business – Profiting From Gender Balanced Business
- Gwynne J. Master
Head of Banks, Asia, Global Transactional Sales, Barclays Corporate
- Su-Yen Wong
Senior Partner and Managing Director – ASEAN, Mercer
- Michael Zink
Country Head and Citi Country Officer, Singapore, Citi
- Elizabeth Hernandez
Vice President, Government Affairs, Asia Pacific and Japan, Hewlett-Packard Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
- Andrea K. Muller
Chief Executive Asia, Principal Global Investors (Singapore) Ltd
December 8 and 9, 2010: The Women’s Summit
- Japan Getting Moms Back Into the Workforce
- Chinese Men Pay Big for Wives
- 50% of Self-Made Female Billionaires are Chinese
- New Bill in India To Mandate Women on Boards
- The Trouble With Going Back Home to China
- More Young Women Studying Science in Japan
- Australia Breaks Cabinet Records
- Asian Boardrooms Lacking Women
- Enterprising Japanese Women Network Among Themselves
- Women Mean Business Conference in Mumbai
- China's Population