Women in Engineering (WIE) International Leadership Conference 2021

Exchanging ideas at the flagship event

The Women In Engineering (WIE) International Leadership Conference 2021 was sponsored by CMI – and was a huge success. The four-day virtual event hosted 120 speakers from 50 countries, and 425 industries were present across three time zones. It was a fantastic opportunity to share information and exchange ideas. Three members from the CMI Hong Kong board, Paulina Chan, Derek Choi, and Agness Wun, participated alongside members of WIE; Derek successfully managed the CMI Exhibition Booth, connecting with prospective members. Agnes joined the panel session titled 'Voices from WIE Asia', and Paulina, as a member on the Executive Committee of the conference, introduced CMI to the IEEE, facilitated the setup of the CMI booth, invited CMI's CEO Dr Ann Franke OBE as keynote speaker, and also moderated and spoke at ‘Voices from WIE Asia’.

The pandemic has boosted the application of technologies across both public and private sectors. It is important for managers and leaders everywhere to maintain a high level of awareness of technologies in today's digital era. In Hong Kong alone, IEEE HK has 9,000 voting members, many of them scientists and engineers in leadership and management positions.

Through this international conference, the conversation between CMI and IEEE has been initiated and more collaborations are expected in the future, which we’re very excited for and will keep you updated on this relationship as it continues to grow. The leadership of IEEE WIE are interested in joining CMI and promoting CMI news to the IEEE community. In the time to come, CMI Hong Kong will actively strive to foster closer relationships and develop joint initiatives between the two professional bodies.

On behalf of CMI Hong Kong, Paulina thanks Joanna Frohmaier, Jamil Karkach, Ian Doherty and Derek Choi for making the CMI Exhibition Booth possible and successful at the conference. The event was very successful and fruitful, and marked the start of an exciting collaboration opportunity.