We were proud to sponsor a very inspiring event on workplace diversity – Break the Ceiling, Touch the Sky – earlier this month. FleishmanHillard’s Lynne Anne Davis joined speakers from across the public and private sectors to discuss the imperative to promote women and diversity in leadership.
In her keynote address titled, “Living on the Edge for Inspiration”, Lynne Anne focused on why diversity is essential to creativity, and the importance of embracing diversity in all aspects of our lives, not just at work, for broader, bigger thinking and situational awareness. As one example, she urged the audience to answer the need for more female representation on boards, not just in the name of social progress, but for better business in the region too.
She touched on a cause very close to FleishmanHillard’s heart – the Asian University for Women (AUW). Lynne Anne chairs the board of AUW’s Hong Kong Support Foundation and serves on its Board of Trustees.
As an independent liberal arts university in Bangladesh, AUW provides top-quality tertiary education to women from underserved communities in 15 countries across Asia and the Middle East and equips them to lead change in corners of the world that need it most. AUW actively recruits and underwrites scholarships for women from some of the most marginalized areas in Asia – from the Rohingya community in Cox’s Bazaar to conflict zones such as Yemen and Syria. FleishmanHillard continues to support this very worthy cause through pro-bono work to raise the profile of AUW’s mission.
As Lynne Anne touched on in her keynote, Albert Einstein put it best when he said, “we can’t solve problems using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Ensuring greater gender equality – and more workplace diversity in general – needs fresh thinking and ongoing commitment. This is something we feel very passionate about at FleishmanHillard and will continue to prioritize through our own network of agencies and our work with world-changing partners like AUW in Asia.
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September 11, 2018