D&I in the Workplace: Insights from Dow Jones's Smita Pillai

D&I in the Workplace: Insights from Dow Jones's Smita Pillai

Supported by the Women in Business Committee  

What does a strong culture of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) really mean for your business? And when you are a multi-national company with employees from an infinite number of different cultures and backgrounds, how do you implement a coherent strategy across them all?

The Chamber is delighted to welcome Smita Pillai, the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer of Dow Jones to discuss the how Dow Jones navigates these questions on D&I in the workplace, and also specifically how Asia compares against other global practices. 

Smita is responsible for designing and implementing global D&I strategy, overseeing diversity and inclusion efforts across talent management, leadership accountability and corporate culture leading to better business results.

Prior to joining Dow Jones, Smita was Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Prudential Financial. She also spent over a decade at Johnson & Johnson, where she held several leadership positions in global marketing, strategy and enterprise level diversity and inclusion positions.   

Smita earned her MBA in International Business from Symbiosis School of Business, India. She is also an alumnus of the leadership program for Strategic Thinking and Management from the Wharton School of Business.

About the moderator

Kirti Lad is Executive Director of Meraki Executive Search & Consulting Limited.  She has worked in Executive Search for over 20 years. Kirti is one of the pioneer’s behind the Women's Directorship Programme, a joint-venture with The University of Hong Kong, a corporate governance programme to help women prepare for board responsibilities. Kirti also leads the Meraki Network, an Executive Women's network in the region and is an active member of the Women in Business Committee at the British Chamber in Hong Kong. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, Kirti was named as one of the Global Top 50 Diversity Professionals in Industry by the Economist Magazine. 



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9/17/2019 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
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