Hypnotherapy - ever wondered what it is and how it is used? Or want to try it out for yourself but hesitant to do so?
We’re here to satisfy your curiosity! Take that step forward into the unknown and join us for a session with a mental health professional on the benefits of hypnotherapy and how it is used to defeat anxiety and stress during this challenging time. Our guest speaker will elaborate on the practice of hypnotherapy and we will experience a basic workshop with a hypnotherapist to see some of the techniques first hand.
May 15, Fri 12 - 1pm Zoom Webinar
Join us by register here for an engaging and lively discussion !
Many of us are raised to be perfect and we are terrified of failure. We believe that success begets success and failure, well, that will end your career.
If you’re like Lin Shi, you mapped out your future when you were twelve and have been focused on achieving those goals. Unfortunately, life gets in the way of best laid out plans.
Come and join Lin Shi via Zoom to learn about her mistakes and setbacks, and be inspire to take risks and change the perspectives on failures.
May 26, Fri 12:30 - 13:30 Zoom Webinar
Join us by register here for an engaging and lively discussion !
|WIFA Article of the Month
Mark Austin, CEO of ASIFMA shared an article with us on the WiFA website – it brings home many of the truths of WFH in a positive, productive manner.
Advocating for a standard option of WFH for those working in the financial industry, he concludes that the COVID19 pandemic has shown the world that working from home or being in remote locations can be as effective as being onsite while dealing with record volumes, volatility, and disruption.
Austin points out that more flexible work and travel arrangements will encourage greater participation in the workforce for parents, a win-win situation for families and ultimately the environment. This unplanned social experiment of WFH has led to a cultural shift, proving that much of what we do can really be done via the joys of technology from home or remotely.
This is truly a step towards Creating the Workforce of the Future!
Do you want to use your skills for a good cause?
We are recruiting volunteers to support our 2020 charity partners, EmpowerU
and HER Fund
, to deliver financial literacy information to some wonderful women from grass-roots organisations and marginalised populations in Hong Kong. Apply by 30 May to join in our 2020 cohort of volunteers. Further details are below:
- All WiFA members are encouraged to apply
- We welcome those who are ready to make a consistent but flexible commitment for 6 months from June 2020 to December 2020
- Volunteering to support EmpowerU will involve being part of a team that develops curriculum content, lecture slides, and short pre-recorded lecture videos on one or more topics of personal financial literacy (savings, budgeting, borrowing, remitting), retirement and insurance, investment and entrepreneurship
- Volunteering to support HER Fund will involve being part of a team that develops and delivers two Saturday workshops at the end of the year focusing on basic financial and accounting knowledge for small organisations. It is preferable, but not necessary, for HER Fund volunteers to speak Cantonese
- Briefing sessions will be arranged for all volunteers
To apply, click here and complete the very short questionnaire by 30 May. Successful applicants will be contacted in June.
|The Women’s Forum: The Quest for Resilience
Our first first virtual forum - “WiFA 2020 Women's Forum - The Quest for Resilience” organised by the Networking Committee was a great success.
Our speakers and resilience experts provided us with valuable insights on how to manage business and build personal resilience in these unprecedented times.
We learned about the importance of looking inwards, outwards as well as seeking support. And we gained invaluable perspectives on how to move from survival to thriving by positively adopting different techniques and taking care of our wellbeing. As we move to the next phase of recovery, we can all use the tips and techniques that were provided. We are glad that the discussion was constructive and inspirational.
Thank you to our sponsor, Herbert Smith Freehills
for making the virtual forum possible. We look forward to a social networking session in the coming months. Stay resilient!
Recently, Peggy shared her personal and professional journey with WiFA members. She elaborated on her experience on building Lynk, with her co-founders, into a global network of more than 630,000 experts covering a large range of industries, specialisations, and markets, to “democratize access to knowledge,” allowing companies to access the latest thought leadership and expertise, providing insight and advice, through a range of strategic consultation options.
Peggy outlined how she developed her ideas around triangulation of information, research, and connection to people ‘on the ground’ to understand how facts can vary in different contexts. She realized that connections and the right conversation adds significant value, especially when speaking with ‘experts’. The recognition that this access to knowledge is meaningful when done on scale, was critical to Lynk being born.
Lynk prides itself of being ‘anti-disciplinary’, meaning that there is no specific way of thinking of a solution. When coupled with ‘resilience’ and ‘self-awareness’, the consultants working with Lynk are helping its client base to use their knowledge to provide support and guidance for short- and longer-term engagements to build strategic concepts, business strategies, or problem-solve small-scale issues.
Peggy shared some valuable lessons which have shaped her approach to building Lynk. By understanding that, while personal connections are important when working with consultants, there must be a data-driven approach to support the recommendations. The shift in the current market, with the current COVID-19 situation is changing the way firms operate. Peggy believes that consultative skills will be even more important as companies change their operating models to address ‘the new normal’. Peggy provided advice on how to become an ‘expert’, focusing on the recognition of your own knowledge and expertise. You do not need to know everything at once, you can build your ‘knowledge profile’ over time. Clients want their Lynk consultant to understand their perspective, and providing advice; by using your experiences and understanding that the facts can be interpreted differently, depending on the context, you will bring innovation and creativity to their table.WiFA Thought Leadership Committee thanks Peggy for her time and insight for our first session!
To succeed, you knew about the importance of IQ and EQ, but did you know about 'AQ' (Adaptability Quotient)?
On May 13, WiFA launched its inaugural Book Club event via a Zoom webinar, featuring Diana Wu David, author of “Future Proof: Reinventing Work in the Age of Acceleration”.
highlighted important ways to ‘future proof’ your career:
2) Future foresight
3) Clear ‘brand promise’
4) Strategic network
5) High ‘AQ’
Many thanks to the 155+ registrants, to Diana, to the WiFA Networking Committee, and to SC Ventures for making this a successful launch!
This year, WiFA is supporting EmpowerU
to develop a digital educational and empowerment platform for domestic workers in Hong Kong. EmpowerU was created to help connect domestic workers with opportunities to learn from top education, corporate and non-profit partners. Many of these women aspire to more than being domestic workers, but often lack opportunities to further their education while in Hong Kong.
EmpowerU aims to enhance the knowledge and skills of domestic workers via courses on financial literacy, health and nutrition, basic rights, nature appreciation, physical fitness, and performing arts. Although the social unrest and the outbreak of Covid-19 has limited the face-to-face learning that domestic workers have been able to engage in with EmpowerU over the past year, it has not stopped the EmpowerU team from delivering online content to hundreds of women. EmpowerU envisions becoming Asia’s largest education platform for migrant workers, and is supported by Migrasia, a student-led social enterprise.
EmpowerU is excited to work with WiFA for the second year running, to utilise the skills of the finance world for the benefit of a marginalised community in Hong Kong.
Please visit their website
to learn more about EmpowerU’s programmes. Details of how WiFA members can support EmpowerU are further below. Please reach out to Penny Barsha
or Karen Liu
if you have any queries.
|UPNOW APP AVAILABLE TO COMBAT THE COVID BLUES!
UpNow app, (available for free on the Apple App Store), offers a comprehensive library of self-hypnosis audios to help parents stay resilient and emotionally healthy as Hong Kongers continue to face disruptions to their daily lives.
As a way to give back to the community during Covid-19, Hong Kong hypnotherapist Christine Deschemin of Renewed Edge Hypnotherapy Center released the self-hypnosis app UpNow to assist parents and the community to tap into quick bite sized meditation tracks to help them through these challenging times. The app strives to support parents struggling with stress and anxiety to help them relax, remain calm, build mental resilience and practice self-care so they can combat the COVID blues.
UpNow is categorised into 15 dedicated audio categories featuring
Stress Management, Anxiety and Depression, Healthy Mindset, Losing Weight, Exam
Stress, Overcoming Smoking & Vaping and much more. Parents and teens can
fit these 20-25 minute sessions as daily self-hypnosis and meditative practice
and follow these sessions offline as needed.