The Role of Allyship in Advancing Gender Equality

The INSEAD Masters Programmes Team led by Antony Widjaja, Associate Director, EMBA Marketing and Recruitment, organised a panel discussion on The Role of Allyship in Advancing Equality and Inclusive Leadership on 19 January 2023.


Dr Vinika Rao

  • Dr. Vinika Devasar Rao (Chairwoman | Executive Director, INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute & Gender Initiative; Director, HGIBS Asia)

moderated the panel with fellow panellists:

  • Corinna Lim (Panellist | Executive Director, The Association of Women for Action and Research | Director and Consultant, Catalyse Consulting, Business Unit of AWARE)
  • Professor Michael Jarrett (Panellist | Professor of Management Practice in Organisational Behaviour, INSEAD)
  • Hari Krishnan (Panellist | MBA’05D Alumnus | CEO, PropertyGuru Group)

Topics discussed during the session included learning how to recognise talent, sponsorship of talents,  acknowledging that the office can be a safe haven. We also touched on topics such as how we can be first responders if an employee works in a violent home. Most importantly, the main takeaway from the event was on how we should be the voice of each other as an ally.

To end off the session, Sharon Brooks, Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, INSEAD closed the session. It was an interactive session and the audience had a great time mingling post the session.

INSEAD commits to cultivating a community that pursues equity, exemplifies inclusion, and cherishes diversity in all its dimensions. In a similar vein, the INSEAD Alumni Association is holding the Business as a Force for Good Award and nominations are open. Read more here:

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