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Women Directors Programme



The global business environment is constantly evolving which means that board directors today must continuously find ways to elevate their performance to enable them to contribute meaningfully to boardroom deliberations.


Asking the right questions is one of the key qualities a director needs to demonstrate doing a good job. In this module, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to ask all the necessary questions to management on strategies or financial statements approval.


Through the use of real case studies, you will take away a list of topics and questions that will allow you to make better strategy and financial decisions, and understanding and managing stakeholder relations.



Who Should Attend

  • CEOs, CFOs, COOs, and Heads of functional units
  • New and current Women Board Directors who want to improve or refresh their skills and knowledge on the expectations of Boards today.

Key Benefits

Skills and strategies for effective decision-making and participation

  • Develop a strategic and financial leadership mindset that will guide you in:
    • asking the right questions: strategic thinking
    • gaining knowledge on corporate governance in finance, financial health of the company and shareholder value

Strengthening Communication with Directors, CEO/Management

  • managing conflict and difficult conversations

Building the networks and visibility for board opportunities

  • Connect with board recruiters and board communities
  • Opportunity for interactions with current and new board members, faculty and leading practitioners

Programme Content

Strategic Thinking Leadership

  • Introduction and Overview
  • Key Concepts of Strategic Thinking
  • The Strategic Thinking Framework
  • Securing the Future of the Organization


Improving Financial Savviness

  • Update on regulatory changes & requirements
  • Roles of the Board, Audit Committee, Management & Auditors on financial reporting
  • Quarterly announcement & annual financial statements – key differences
  • How to read, analyze & interpret financial statements
  • Pertinent questions posed by Audit Committee & Board to Management
  • Identify red flags – case studies
  • Key challenges & pitfalls on financial reporting
  • Case studies on what went wrong & what could have been done
  • Critical success factors on timely & accurate financial reporting
  • Establishing system of risk management & internal control
  • Engaging the Internal Auditors – scope of coverage, standards used & follow-up
  • Engaging the External Auditors – the Management Letter & Summary of Unadjusted Misstatements


Persuasive Communication & Conflict Resolution

  • Creating Value Through Strategic Acquisitions & Alliances
  • Design & Clarify Your Related Party Transaction To Shareholders
  • Manage Crisis Situation & Unforeseen Circumstances Due To New Generation Of Technology Advancement
  • Dealing with Activist Shareholders & Conducting an Effective AGM
  • Practical Workshop Session

The Faculty

Asian Regional Managing Partner of Haines Centre for Strategic Management


Stephen Lin is Asian Regional Managing Partner of Haines Centre for Strategic Management.  He is a member of the Centre’s Executive Committee and Board of Examiners for its Certification programs, and is also an adjunct instructor of the University of San Diego’s Division of Continuing Education.  He holds a Master in Organizational Leadership, and is co- author of “Enhancing Your Strategic IQ – Winning Strategies from A to Z”.


He is one of only a handful strategic management consultants outside of North America certified by the Association for Strategic Planning (ASP) as a Strategic Management Professional (SMP) – the highest level of competency.  He is also Founding Member and Council Member of the Strategic Management Forum, an international organization dedicated to the advancement of strategic management.


Stephen works with organizations in Singapore and the region, to improve long term performance by developing their strategic and design thinking, strategic management and innovation capabilities through training, coaching and facilitation. He is the Centre’s master facilitator in Asia for training and consultancy in strategic thinking, strategic planning, strategy implementation, leadership, design thinking and innovation.


Stephen has over 28 years of senior management experience in private and public organizations, both as an internal executive as well as an external consultant. As an internal executive, he has led strategic transformation and capability development efforts and been a key member of strategic and scenario planning teams.  As an external strategic planning consultant, he is in demand for in-company training as well as facilitation of strategic planning and implementation efforts.  He also regularly leads public workshops and seminars on key strategic management topics such as strategic thinking & planning, strategy implementation, change management, leadership and innovation, and has conducted these workshops in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Philippines, India, UAE, Kuwait, Fiji, Vietnam, China, Australia and the USA.


Stephen has led and facilitated numerous “live” strategic planning efforts and in-company senior management development programs, for a wide range of organizations including multi-national companies, non-profits and government agencies.  His clients have included the Brunei Ministry of Finance, Merck-Millipore India,  Ministry of Education Malaysia, Ministry of Education Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, National Community Leadership Institute, Panasonic Asia Pacific, See Hoy Chan Group Malaysia, Singapore MRT Corp, Singapore Telecoms, Singapore Turf Club, Toshiba Philippines, United Overseas Bank, Yayasan Mendaki, among others.


Stephen has also trained managers and directors  from over 23 countries in workshops and seminars, with consistently excellent evaluations by the participants, who come from a wide variety of organizations.

Consultant,  Speaker and Board Director


Lee Min On is a retired Partner of KPMG Malaysia after serving 36 years (20 years in Audit & 16 years in Advisory) with the Firm. He headed  the Firm’s Risk Consulting division and Internal Audit, Risk & Compliance Services unit


He speaks regularly at public seminars and in- house training on Sustainability, Corporate Governance, Enterprise Risk Management (including Fraud Risk Management), Internal Controls & Internal Audit – how to embed the practical applications in organizations


He is an Audit Committee Member of Institute of Internal Auditors, Malaysia, Chartered Accountant of Malaysia Institute of Accountant, Certified Public Accountant of Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  


A Director of Coalition for Business Integrity Bhd, a not-for-profit organization that advocates, and trains boardroom players and Management, on how to embrace & embed good governance & integrity in the market place, Min On is currently serving 4 Malaysian public-listed boards as independent non-executive board director.



Managing Director, Speaker and Board Member


He is the Managing Director of Terus Mesra Sdn Bhd, a governance and leadership development training company and an approved professional trainer since 2007 with Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad(“HRDF”). He has over 23 years of broad senior management experience in internal audit, financial management, general management, corporate affairs and regional business development with 5 major listed groups with listings in Malaysia, United Kingdom, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.


His industry knowledge covers financial services, industrial equipment assembly and distribution, general insurance, textile manufacturing, property development, infrastructure project management and integrated timber processing and marketing business.


Presently, he holds directorship in Dutch Lady Milk Industries Bhd, Green Packet Berhad, Gadang Holdings Bhd, Censof Holdings Bhd and Ho Hup Construction Company Bhd.


In the last 19 years, he had conducted and participated in seminars and conferences organized by:

  • Malaysian Institute of Accountants
  • Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators
  • Malaysian Investor Relations Association Berhad
  • Institute of Internal Auditors Malaysia
  • Minority Shareholder Watchdog Group
  • Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance
  • ACCA Malaysia

Chief Executive Officer, LeadWomen


Anne is the CEO of LeadWomen, a leadership development and consulting company, focused on developing and advancing women leaders in Asia.


With over 25 years of corporate experience in leadership positions across multi-functional units, she started as a technical trainer, and over the years has trained and coached her management & leadership teams. She has mentored many executives in the course of her career and continues this in her current capacity.


She is currently the lead facilitator for the softskills modules that are delivered on the Malaysian Women Directors Programme, a government initiative to increase women representation on boards of Malaysian PLCs. Anne has facilitated more than 200 workshops and trained over 700 senior women leaders for the past 2.5 years.


Prior to LeadWomen, she was the CEO of SAP and Cisco Malaysia. She was successful at building high-performance executive teams and leading technology and service organizations with P&L responsibility of US$100+ million.


A strong advocate and supporter for women leadership development, she is a frequent guest speaker and moderator in Women conferences and summits.


Anne serves on the Boards of Media Prima Berhad and Metrod as an Independent Non-Executive Director.  She is also a member of Small Medium Enterprise (SME) Women Entrepreneurs Panel and co-founder of the Malaysian Chapter of the 30% Club.

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Stephen Lin                    Lee Min On


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Boey Tak Kong             Anne Abraham

What Participants Say

“Very engaging sessions. Inspired reflective & thinking on various issues esp. on board dynamics & building our leadership brand. Takeaways are practical & implementable.” – Executive Director, Malaysian Investment Banking Association


“Excellent materials & delivery” – Chairman, AmCorp Properties Berhad


“Very interesting and gave us insights into a real scenario.” – Head, Communications & Government Affairs, Siemens

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18 – 19 April, 2018

9 am to 5 pm

Connexion @Bangsar South

RM2,900 + 6% GST

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