Smashing the Bamboo Ceiling: Strategies to Foster Culturally Diverse Leadership

Supported by AustCham People's Forum

Smashing the Bamboo Ceiling: Strategies to Foster Culturally Diverse Leadership

Supported by AustCham People's Forum

AustCham is thrilled to introduce Karen Loon, former Senior Executive-turned Author, as guest speaker, hosted by AustCham People's Forum.

Karen will share her insights and perspectives gained from her experience, as well as research and findings from her book, 'Fostering Culturally Diverse Leadership in Organisations: Lessons from those who smashed the Bamboo Ceiling.'

Leveraging academic research and case studies, knowledge as a business leader and diversity practitioner, and personal experience, Karen Loon examines how successful culturally diverse leaders at work resolve the contradictions and tensions of their identities within organisations. What can we learn from those leaders who have thrived and smashed the ‘bamboo ceiling?’ Moreover, are there other factors holding organisational change back?

The book proposes research-based recommendations for aspiring leaders and corporate practitioners whilst revealing the potential inhibitors to progress. Split into three sections, Loon examines current research on identities in multicultural nations and organisations, delves into the career progression of successful Asian-Australian leaders to explore how they negotiate identity in the workplace, and provides a roadmap of actions for business leaders looking to create more inclusive and diverse cultures in their organisations.

Written for both people new to diversity and those keen on new perspectives, the book is well-suited for aspiring leaders at any stage of their careers looking to accelerate their careers, as well as C-Suite, HR and Diversity leads.

In a ‘fireside-style’ format, Karen will be in conversation with Stefanie Evennett, CEO of AustCham. 

Join us for an engaging and enlightening conversation about this cross-cutting topic, impacting leaders across all industries.

Please note: The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed by the speaker(s) belong solely to the speaker, and are not representative of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.


Tue, October 25, 2022


12:00 PM - 01:00 PM





Member: $0.00


Karen Loon
Author and Non-Executive Director |

Karen Loon is a Non-Executive Director with over 30 years of international, cross-cultural experience working with organisations across the Asia Pacific. She is a former Financial Services Assurance partner of PwC Singapore, where she was its Banking and Capital Markets Leader. In addition, she was its Singapore and Asia-Pacific Diversity Leader and a member of its Global Diversity Leadership Team and its Global Financial Services Diversity Steering Committee. Karen is a recognised thought leader and speaker on workplace diversity and inclusion.  She is the author of the book, Fostering Culturally Diverse Leadership in Organisations: Lessons from Those Who Smashed the Bamboo Ceiling, which Routledge published.