GEN A Melbourne Launch & Masterclass with Alice Wong


60 minutes, 20 participants, 1 master

We are pleased to welcome Alice Wong, Asia Society Australia Board Member and former Head of Asian Leadership at the Westpac Group to EY as our first Melbourne Masterclass speaker under our new GEN A program. This new series is designed to bring together Asia experts and leaders with a successful track-record of working in Asia with our GEN A participants for intensive one-hour masterclasses.


About our speaker

Alice Wong GAICD

With thirty eight years’ experience in banking, Alice has developed a unique understanding of both Asian and Australian business and economic conditions, international trade, and Asian and Western business cultures. Her initiatives have focused on increased dialogue and connectivity between the Asian community and the Australian mainstream, including the introduction of the Language and Culture Learning Program throughout the Westpac Group, the International Student Internship and the Asian Community Leaders Luncheon series, which turns the spotlight on increasing the involvement of the Asian community in philanthropic activities.

She recently retired as Head of Asian Leadership at the Westpac Group, where she developed strategies to improve how Westpac attracts, develops and retains Asian Leaders in order to increase the Asia capability of the organisation and the diversity of its leadership core. At Westpac, she was also the inaugural Chair of the Asian Leadership Employee Action group, which grew to over 1,000 members in less than 9 months and pioneered initiatives within Westpac such as Targeted Mentoring and Thought Leadership events. The Employee Action Group not only provided a bank-wide networking forum for those employees interested in both Asia Capability and diversity in leadership, but broadened opportunities and awareness for staff across the bank to put their leadership skills into practice. In addition, Alice also launched a program to increase engagement between Westpac and the community through an e-mentoring program with postgraduate students.

This has been part of Alice’s longstanding passion to build a greater cultural knowledge base and forum for exchange as part of an evolving and expanding the modern Australian identity.

Most recently, Alice has advised the Premier of Victoria on China-related matters, including accompanying him on his first official visit to China. She is also the Strategic Advisor to the University of Sydney on their Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Leadership Strategy.

A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Alice is a Council Member of the National Library of Australia and of International House at the University of Melbourne, where she is Chair of their Advancement Advisory Committee. Alice is the Special Adviser to the Bangarra Group Board, Board Member of the La Trobe University Business School as well as on the Asia Century Advisory Committee of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and the Course Advisory Committee of the Swinburne University of Technology. She is also Patron of the Chinese Cancer Society of Victoria, and a judge for the Indian Executive Club Awards.

She was a Board member at Asialink at the University of Melbourne, a member of the Advisory Committee of the Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne, a Board Member of the Asia Society AustralAsia Centre and a member of the Prime Minister’s Reference Group for the National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program.  

This event is generously hosted by EY

Event Details

Fri 16 Dec 2016
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Ernst & Young, Level 23, 8 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, Victoria
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