How can women empower each other?
What does empowerment really mean? Are we doing enough to support women around us?
Often it is men that empower women, whilst women have a tendency to hold back. Building a strong support network around ourselves is essential: it allows us engage with people we would like to develop, it creates a solid group of potential leaders. Most importantly, it helps us achieve our own goals. Empowerment is often an overlooked leadership skill amongst women, though one of the most important.
Our next Viva event will explore empowerment with two amazing speakers. Viva will then host a dialogue followed by a workshop to discover what we can do to empower more women in our environment.
Meet the speakers: Rachael Bedlington, Commercial Minister, Canadian Embassy and Agatha Lee, Regional General Manager, Cathay Pacific.
Dialogue and workshop moderated by: Cindy Jensen, Executive Coach, Founder of Inpower One.
Ms. Bedlington began her assignment as Minister (Commercial) at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing in December 2019, her fourth assignment with the Government of Canada in China. Immediately prior, she served as Canada’s Consul General in Guangzhou, from 2015 -2019, and previously served at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing (from 1995-1998 and 2006-2011). She also served as political counsellor in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Chargé d’Affaires in Colombo, Sri Lanka. When posted to Global Affairs Canada headquarters in Ottawa, she has worked on a diverse range of issues, working within divisions responsible for negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, for bilateral relations with India, and with South East Asia, and within Personnel Branch on diplomatic assignments.
In 2011, she became head of Canada’s Sudan and South Sudan Task Force, representing Canada at the Darfur Peace Agreement Implementation Follow-up Commission and serving as Chair of the International Contact Group on Sudan and South Sudan. From 2013 – 2015 she served as Executive Director for Human Rights and Indigenous Affairs Policy within then Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.
Ms. Bedlington is married and has one son.
Agatha Lee is Regional General Manager China for Cathay Pacific Airways, leading the airline group’s operations and commercial functions in the region. She is also the Chairperson of the Board of Airline Representatives in China.
She joined the Cathay Pacific group in 1999 and has extensive experience in aviation industry. Prior to her current position in China, she held managerial roles in several places in Asia including Hong Kong, Thailand and Taiwan. Agatha was a Director at the European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan in 2018-2019. Back in 2008-11, she was responsible for cargo sales and airfreight development in Hong Kong and China. She then took up the role of Country Manager Italy for the airline, and subsequently managed the distribution subsidiary Abacus for Cathay Pacific in 2014-15.
Agatha enjoys reading, hiking and music at leisure time.
Cindy Jensen is an Executive Coach and Founder of INPOWER ONE, a consulting firm with a focus on building organizational Leadership. She is also the co-founder of JT Coaching Certification, a company that offers ICF accredited coaching certification programs.
Cindy spent her corporate years working with PepsiCo Foods as part of the Senior Leadership Team working over a span of ten years in multiple functions including HR, Sales & Operations. She later joined TELUS Mobility as National Account Manager overseeing the company’s two largest retail corporate accounts.
Cindy is a very active member of the community, she is a former Board Director for Educating Girls of Rural China (EGRC), a charity dedicated to helping young women from rural areas of Western China obtain an education. She is currently a Corporate Strategy Advisor for Business for a Better Society. She is on the executive as an advisor of VIVA, a professional women’s networking organization. She has her BComm from Dalhousie University, Canada and an international EMBA from Rutgers University, USA. Cindy has been an advocate for the development of women her entire career and started a corporate mentorship program for women when she was 30 years old in her first senior leadership role. She believes that women supporting women creates an amazing ripple effect for personal growth and career advancement.