Women to Watch 2016: Agents of change
Against all odds, women in Asia-Pacific are fighting their way to the top. Those featured here are just a few leading the revolution.
Conversations around gender equality in the workplace have come a long way since the 1950s. But recent events in the industry—a party at Cannes that vetted female invitees based on looks, a Cannes-winning ad that many thought condoned rape, recent incendiary comments by Kevin Roberts—make it seem like just that: a conversation with not enough action behind it.
Furthermore, as we have explored in Social pressures, not bias, hold women back, workplace hurdles to gender equality can be insidiously different across cultures and markets.
Our Women to Watch list celebrates the disruptors: women who have succeeded against all odds and are changing industry norms and practices.
The 40 women we’ve selected are presented above, in no particular order. (Desktop users: Hover your mouse over the captions to expand them. Mobile users: Just swipe to proceed through the list.)
The stories you’ll read above show that positive change is taking place. Nonetheless, women are still under-represented in leadership roles, which is why we continue to believe female role models need to be singled out and celebrated in a feature like this. We’ll happily stop doing this annual feature when true equality is achieved. Who knows, maybe one day we’ll even have to consider launching an annual ‘Men to Watch’ list.
Regina Goh | MD Asia | Blis Asia
Known to her friends as the “tech geek”, Regina Goh is a mobile expert with a solid record for achieving real growth and performance across the digital marketing sphere. Goh started out as a software engineer for a mobile tech firm, and has since crammed a diverse range of experiences into her 15-year career. She joined Blis in January 2015, tasked with leading and building the global location tech company’s Asian operations. In 18 months with the firm, Goh has almost trebled her staff and expanded the Singapore team from a sales-only function to include account managers. Goh has also been activating new revenue in the region and growing the operation into a multimillion-dollar business. She has a fundamentally democratic management style, believing team members should be equally free to voice opinions and make suggestions, irrespective of seniority.
A word from Regina Goh:
Thanks Campaign Asia-Pacific! It’s a great honor! Huge congratulations to all the other great women whom are selected and to my dearest friend Miranda Dimopoulos as well! As much as I am happy with the acknowledgement, gender is only an anatomy. In the grand scheme of things, it is (should be) irrelevant. Stealing a line from Carl Sagan which I modified: “We make our world significant by the courage of our questions, the depth of our answers and the will in our actions.” Many of us are more than equipped to disrupt the status quo and make our world significant! I hope to get there soon.
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