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D&I Asia Webinar Series

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by Charlotte Gurney

Volt Singapore's Brian Hardiman, Associate Director of HR and Wendy Young, HR Consultant are partnering with Lisa Mulligan, Group Diversity & Inclusion Director at Worley, to run a series of webinars on the major topics impacting the D&I agenda in Asia.

Each lunchtime zoom session will feature guest speakers and thought leaders who will share their own perspectives and experiences with the audience on the topic at hand. We’re excited to share our first event:

How have the cultural events of 2020 impacted the D&I agenda in Asia?

Host: Lisa Mulligan (Group Diversity & Inclusion Director @ Worley)

Speakers: Michelle Cronin (APAC D&I Partner @ Facebook) & Shoon Lim (Global D&I, Asia Practice Leader @ Microsoft)

3rd December 2020 – 12pm – 1pm, Singapore Timezone

Discussion Topics: Black Lives Matter, founded in 2013 gained international media attention this year with the death of George Floyd during a police arrest in May. As a result race relations and diversity & inclusion are once again major talking points for international companies but how has the BLM movement changed the conversation here in Asia? 

How can HR and D&I Leaders make a meaningful impact on bias or racism in their own organization across our multi-ethnic and diverse region? What can we all do to ensure a more inclusive 2021?

Our goal is to raise awareness and provide all attendees with tangible takeaways and usable action points so they can work towards improving the experience of every employee in their own workplace.

If you would like to receive information about this and upcoming events and to join our D&I Asia community please Register here

Speaker Bio's

Michelle Cronin
Diversity and Inclusion Strategy at Facebook
for APAC


Michelle is a Global HR Leader with 17 years experience in the tech industry in a variety of roles across Diversity & Inclusion, Org design, Training & People Development, with deep experience in the APAC and EMEA markets. Michelle is currently leading the Diversity & Inclusion strategy at Facebook for the APAC region in their efforts to find, grow and keep diverse talent. Prior to that she spent nearly 14 years at Google and played many roles, including the Head of Diversity & Inclusion for APAC. She also spent 10+ years in Learning and People Development and some time in Sales.

Another huge part of where her passion came from was her volunteer experience on the Women's Aid Helpline in Ireland, which provides a safe, non-judgmental space for women to talk about their experiences in relation to domestic violence. Over the 7 years, Michelle developed a deep understanding of domestic violence through in-depth training and active listening skills, aiding her development in both work and personal life. Michelle lives in Singapore, is originally Irish and grew up in South Africa. She has two children and is passionate about supporting minority communities at work.

Lim, Shoon Yin (林舜音)
Global Diversity & Inclusion, Asia Practice Leader, Microsoft


Shoon leads the development of a pan-Asian, One Microsoft Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) strategy for Microsoft addressing Culture, Inclusion, Allyship, Gender, Disability, Mental Health, LGBTQ+ as key focus areas for the more than 22,000 Microsoftees working in Asia. She brings an Asian voice to Microsoft’s Corporate D&I work, bridging the “translation gap” between global and regional D&I agendas and helping to land Corporate strategy in the field. She sees her role as one transforming the culture of the company she works for as well as the that of the wider eco-system of customers, partners and community that Microsoft operates in, striving toward greater inclusion of diverse talents in the workplace and ultimately, empowering everyone on the planet to achieve more.

Prior to Microsoft, she worked for Shell in a number of business roles in operations, branding and communications, change management, and planning before moving to the Global D&I Practice in Human Resources. She is passionate about helping people realise their full potential and feels truly privileged to be doing a job that allows her to tap into that passion to make a difference every day. She graduated with a Bachelor in Business Administration (Honours) from the National University of Singapore. A single mother, she lives in Singapore with her 4 adorable girls.

Lisa Mulligan
Group Diversity & Inclusion Director at Worley

Lisa has 20 years’ experience in Human Resources and Organisational Development gained at domestic and global listed companies operating in the Retail, Distribution, Insurance, FMCG, Port Management, Engineering Services and Manufacturing industries. Her passion and focus is developing people, and in particular, leaders in organisations to help them create an effective organisational culture. Lisa is currently the Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Worley, a global engineering and project management company.
Lisa has undergraduate qualifications in Applied Science and Business, and a Masters in Organisational Coaching from Sydney University.

Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you on our D&I Asia webinar series.

The Volt Team