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In the business world, the concept of diversity has come into increased focus. Companies are being challenged to increase diversity at all levels, and the rise of human centred design principles being applied across a range of business disciplines is driving the diversity agenda even more.
Afterall, if we’re not designing for all, then who are we really designing for?

Academy Xi is pleased to welcome a diverse panel of leaders in business, experience and product design to share stories about their current projects, their emergence as leaders in the field, and memorable design case studies. With a particular focus on Women in Leadership, our panelists will reflect on their own experience of how they nurtured their career in the notoriously difficult digital ecosystem.

This event will inspire and educate with stories of success and overcoming adversity and everyone will find the practical advice on how to create inclusion (arguably the first step to achieving diversity) in your workplace or next project sobering.

At Leadership by Design: Women, we will immerse you in a conversation that will explore:

Intersectionality and its role in today's leadership landscape
How unconscious bias affects everyone
The unique traits of women and men in leadership
How collaborative leadership shapes organisations for success
How to build an inclusive culture beyond demographics

Don't miss this thoughtful discussion that will demonstrate how the consideration of everyone's perspective will lead to a greater experience for all.


Vicky Zheng | Asia Pacific Innovation & Design @ Visa

Developer turned product manager and UXer, Vicky has worked with some of the leading tech companies in the world, and now works in the FinTech space. Vicky is originally from China, and is passionate about helping women achieve their leadership goals.

Maya Madhusoodan | Director Brand Strategy @ Space Doctors

Maya is a branding guru, having held leadership roles in iconic companies like Hall & Partners, Flamingo and Unilever. She's grown specific markets in India for brands, and now leads brand strategy for Space Doctors who specialise in cultural and semiotic insights.

Annie Lim | Global Lead Inclusion & Diversity @ Sanofi

A business marketing graduate turned Global HR Leader, Annie has over 20 years of experience leading talent management, acquisition, HR transformation and and career transition for some of the biggest life sciences companies in Asia. She is now the Global Lead for Diversity & Inclusion at Sanofi, and an active coach and mentor to others embarking on their career.

Mark Newman | CEO Canopius & Mentor @ Protege Program

A senior leader for many years, Mark knows what it takes to lead and nurture great teams. He passionately believes in the power of people in business; beyond the best strategy or investment. He's a mentor in the highly respected Protege Program which aims to support women to achieve their greatest potential. As an ally to women in leadership, Mark brings a male voice to the discussion.


6:30-7:00 - Sign-in, networking, refreshments
7:00-8:00 - Event
8-8:30 - Networking and refreshments