Our people had the opportunity to get up close and personal with eight-time World Squash Champion Datuk Nicol David when they attended an exclusive Q&A session with her at our office on 12 March.
Datuk Nicol touched and inspired many with her sharing when she spoke about her journey as a sports icon, her role as a National Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and what it meant to be a role model for the younger generation.
"Amazing personal story on resilience and finding the strength within us," said PwC Malaysia People Partner Pauline Ho. Humble and down-to-earth, Nicol attributed her success to her parents and long time coach (former professional squash player) Liz Irving.
More than 90 of our people attended the Q&A session which was moderated by our Consulting Senior Associate Nur Afifah Mohammadiah.
Earlier that afternoon, Datuk Nicol also signed an agreement appointing PwC Malaysia as the strategic advisor to establish the Nicol David Foundation.
“We are very excited to work with Datuk Nicol David to set up this Foundation to benefit deserving young Malaysians. Datuk Nicol is a sports icon for our times, and an inspiring role model to many young Malaysians," said Sridharan Nair, Managing Partner, PwC Malaysia.
"As part of our #PwCWellbeing programme, we are on a journey to promote health and wellbeing. We are looking forward to working closely with Datuk Nicol to reach children who don’t have ready access to sports facilities, and provide them an avenue to lead healthy lifestyles, and to develop their confidence through this Foundation,” he added.
A first of its kind in Malaysia, the Foundation aims to promote sports as a vehicle to empower disadvantaged children. It also seeks to increase the participation of children in sports. Read about it here.
"It makes me happy to share what I have learnt and received. Giving back is the best way to say thank you."
This year, in conjunction with IWD, PwC released a global report titled Time to talk: What has to change for women at work.
The report revealed that women were confident and ambitious than ever, but many don't trust what their employers were telling them about career development and promotion.
In our effort to #PressforProgress and to get the debate started, we held a dialogue session in collaboration with Lean In Malaysia on 15 March to discuss the key findings of the report.
More than 70 Lean In Malaysia members and our people attended the dialogue which was moderated by our Consulting Director Natasha Yap.
It was especially enlightening to hear Lean In guests as well as our very own people - Consulting Director Redha Shukor, Consulting Senior Manager Elaine Chan, Tax Managing Consultant Lilia Edlina, Corporate Responsibility Leader Florence Tan - share their personal stories. From managing a career and family or being on a reduced work week, challenges they have gone through and how they overcame it based on the key themes from the report, making the event relevant and meaningful for guests.
Our People Partner Pauline Ho also shared how she juggled her career and being a mother to triplets, while our Human Capital Leader Salika Suksuwan shared how she benefitted from flexible working arrangements.
Overall, it was an interactive and eye-opening session for Lean In members and our people, and many walked away with new insights as to what has to change for women and men at work.
"I'll be more aware when having conversations as subconscious mind may be biased against the other gender unintentionally."
Following the dialogue session, we invited our PwC people and Lean In Malaysia members to see things from a different perspective focusing on open dialogue.
Themed 'Real People, Real Stories' we had five 'books' come and share their stories. These books included a reinventer, a blind entrepreneur, and a feminist man.
The participants were given 20 minutes to read a 'book' as a group, in the hopes that they would realise the importance of understanding and identifying unconscious bias.
The personal stories shared by the 'books' not only challenged the perception that many had, but was also a source of inspiration for some.
Here's what participants have shared with us:
"There's bias against men who take a role at home. There needs to be acceptance for men to feel comfortable choosing to play that part."
Our Consulting Leader Andrew Chan, discussed his thoughts on gender equality and the progress women have made with a distinguished panel at the launch of ACCA Malaysia's Women's Network held in conjunction with this year's IWD.
Andrew who took one year sabbatical as a Partner to support his wife's career, highlighted the stereotype and bias against men who stay at home.
Other notable panellists included Datuk Alexandra Chin (Chair of the ACCA Malaysia Women’s Network), Jessica Macias (Development Director of Lean In Malaysia) and Sugunah Verumandy (Head of Industry, Talent Partnerships and Solutions at TalentCorp). The event was graced by Her Excellency Victoria Treadell, British High Commissioner to Malaysia.
Our Markets Leader Nurul Ai'n Abdul Latif, joined an interesting panel of speakers at the recent #WomenofUEM event to share her views on the theme #TakeCharge.
The #WomenofUEM was organised by UEM Group and held on 8 March, in conjunction with this year's IWD.
Nurul shared her experiences about 'taking charge' during her career and the importance of women networks at the workplace.
"Support networks are key in advancing one's career. As Liverpool Football Club's slogan goes 'You'll never walk alone'," she quipped.
"A couple of men made a difference especially during my early years as an auditor at PwC. And I've been here for over 25 years."
The panel was moderated by Miss Universe Malaysia National Director Elaine Daly and included Dr Chong Su Lin (CEO of IMU and Healthcare non executive director, AIA), Kala Kularajah (Consultant at EgonZehnder) and Francesca Chia (CEO and Co-founder of GoGet).
PwC Malaysia was recognised for being one of the Top 5 Employers in Malaysia who hired the most number of women returning to the workforce in 2017 at the launch of TalentCorp's inaugural Career Comeback ReIGNITE Award.
The Career Comeback ReIGNITE Award was launched by TalentCorp in collaboration with the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, in conjunction with this year’s IWD theme #PressforProgress, to recognise Malaysian employers in raising the bar to support women returning to the workforce after a career break.
Other award recipients include Maybank Group, Mydin Mohamed Holdings Bhd, Keysight Technologies, and Credit Guarantee Corporation Malaysia Bhd.
Corporate Responsibility and Wellbeing Lead, PwC Malaysia
Tel: +60 (3) 2173 0334