Three respected panellists delved into the significance of cultural diversity, gender equality and inclusion at the workplace in an ACC panel discussion at Clifford Chance’s Hong Kong office on 24 May.
The panellists also underscored the role of in-house legal counsel in promoting and maintaining cultural diversity, gender equality and workplace inclusion in celebration of the UN World Day for Cultural Diversity on 21 May.
“The evening explored the importance of cultural diversity, gender parity and inclusion in the workplace and the role of counsel in promoting and sustaining these practices,” said Kat Kukreja, president of the ACC Hong Kong.
The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Hong Kong, in collaboration with Clifford Chance, held the panel exclusively for its members.
The three speakers were Laura McHale, managing director and leadership psychologist at Conduit Consultants; Charlotte Leung, a partner at Clifford Chance in Hong Kong; and Puja Kapai Paryani, associate professor at the Faculty of Law and convenor of the Women’s Studies Research Centre at the University of Hong Kong. Dauwood Malik, the managing partner of Clifford Chance’s Hong Kong office, acted as moderator for the session.
“We were very honoured to partner with ACC Hong Kong to discuss cultural diversity in the workplace, a fundamental value that we are proud of and celebrate at Clifford Chance,” said Leung.
“I was particularly delighted to speak on this topic as it’s one we might take for granted living in a multicultural city like Hong Kong. I know from personal experience that when we create equality of opportunity for all colleagues and foster an enriching work experience across our entire organisation, we also represent our clients more effectively and become better advisers.”
During the event, the panellists and attendees shared insights on how to effectively communicate cross-culturally and how to lead or play a significant role in cross-cultural teams.