Women in Diplomacy

On Aug 31, AmCham hosted a group of senior female diplomats from Canada, UK and US who shared their perspectives on women empowerment in the diplomatic community.

From left: Jessica Bartlett (AmCham Chairwoman), Patricia Elliott (Acting Consul Consulate General of Canada), Rachel Brunette-Chen (Economic Unit Chief of US Consulate General), and Tamsin Heath (Deputy Consul General of British Consulate General)

Women have made great strides in the last decade on gender equality. Panelists noted that private sector studies have shown that diversity on boards often leads to better decision making, crisis management, and return on investment. Governments are also recognizing that diversity and inclusion play important roles in developing effective foreign policy.

Unfortunately, unconscious bias can result in managers hiring employees that share similar backgrounds, perpetuating workplace gender imbalances at various levels of the talent pipeline.  To further bridge the gender gap, it is important to put forward targeted and measured initiatives to ensure that women have an equal opportunity regardless of their ethnicities or physical limitations. Corporates can also draw on lessons from the diplomatic community by creating an environment in which women can envision themselves in senior roles and feel confident putting themselves forward for those positions.  

AmCham will be hosting the annual Women of Influence awards and ceremony on Nov 18. We invite you to nominate those you feel have made remarkable contributions in women empowerment. Please submit your nominations today! 

Submission Deadline:

  • Sep 7, 2021 (12:00 AM/ HKT) for early submission assistance
  • Sep 21, 2021 (12:00 AM/ HKT)