How to Stop the Motherhood Brain Drain in Hong Kong

Upcoming Events


Breakfast Briefings

How to Stop the Motherhood Brain Drain in Hong Kong

Please email for more information
Supported by:

26% of Hong Kong women would quit their jobs for their family, the highest percentage in Asia*. This follows the disturbing results of the study by the Equal Opportunities Commission showing the impact of the “motherhood penalty” in Hong Kong.

Back to Work HK deals with women on a daily basis who struggle to get back into work after taking a career break. In this presentation, Nerice Gietel and Shirley Adrain will share best practice and specific examples from their experience to illustrate themes such as: the benefits to companies of retaining female talent, and how to tap into this potential pool of talent; data on the cost of losing talented women, and how to calculate this; and how men can be part of the solution.

*source: HSBC Global Survey on 17,000 people.


About the speakers

Shirley Adrain is Managing Director at Back to Work HK. She had over 20 years of Financial Services experience spent in a variety of leadership roles with global banks, before retraining as an executive coach. Shirley has always been a strong advocate for the advancement of women, contributing to the critically acclaimed book, “Your Loss: How to Win Back your Female Talent”. As CEO of "Career Catalyst Group Ltd”, Shirley focuses on coaching, training and consulting. Her main clients are global banks and law firms who appreciate her deep knowledge of their environment and understanding of the challenges they face.



Nerice Gietel is a Certified Executive Coach and Director at Back to Work HK. Her career to date includes being an HR Business Partner at Global Policy consultancy firm and leading a pan-London Domestic Violence Advice Service. Her evidence-based work is grounded in postgraduate qualifications in HR Development and Consultancy, Law and Social Sciences. In addition to her coaching practice, Nerice continues to research the Hong Kong labour market and has had several articles published, including the struggles mothers face getting back to work in “China Daily’, and how to return to work after a career break in “Sassy Mamma HK”. 



Ticket includes a light breakfast, tea and coffee.


Member $ 300.00 HKD
Non-Member $ 400.00 HKD
Y-Network $200.00 HKD
Startup $200.00 HKD
  • Reservations in advance are required. Please consider your booking confirmed unless notified otherwise.
  • Cancellations must be made in writing 24 hours prior to the event. No shows will be charged.
  • This event is closed to the media.
  • The event will be cancelled if the No.8 Typhoon signal or the Black Rain Storm warning is in force.
  • For further information please email
  • Please make cheques payable to: "The British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong" & send it to Room 1201 Emperor Group Centre, 288 Hennessy Road, Hong Kong

How to Stop the Motherhood Brain Drain in Hong Kong

Fri, January 25, 2019
08:00 AM - 09:30 AM

Shirley Adrain, Managing Director, Back to Work HK


Nerice Gietel, Certified Executive Coach and Director, Back to Work HK

Pinsent Masons, 50/F Central Plaza, 18 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
Contact Person:
Yammie Yuen
Contact information:


  • Colliers Insights | Hong Kong's Expanding Railway Links with the GBA
    14 Mar 2019
  • Sainsbury’s/Asda and the CMA - A statement of intent pre-Brexit
    13 Mar 2019
  • Lim-Loges & Masters and Hehsed Consulting Announce Joint Partnership
    01 Mar 2019