Editor’s note: This originally appeared on Analyse Asia, a weekly podcast hosted by Bernard Leong, dedicated to dissecting the pulse of business, technology, and media in Asia. The podcast features guests from Asia’s vibrant tech community.

Helen Duce and Uma Thana Balasingam from Lean In Singapore joined us to discuss the movement that helps to progress the challenges of women leadership in the workplace. We discussed how Lean In Singapore provide help and coverage to women in their career progression and also its interaction with the other chapters across Asia. In the same conversation, Helen and Uma highlighted the unconscious biases and challenges which women face in their careers.

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Here are the show notes and links to the discussion (with time-stamps included):

  • Helen Duce (@helengreenocean , LinkedIn), Managing partner Green Ocean Group & Uma Thana Balasingam (@umathana , LinkedIn) VP, Channel & Sales of Riverbed Technology and both are co-founders of LeanIn SG. [0:38]
    • How did you start your career? (With Helen [1:20] and Uma [5:28])
    • What is Helen’s role and coverage in Green Ocean Group [2:22] and Uma’s role and coverage in Riverbed Technology [6:10]?
    • Throughout your career journey, what are the interesting career lessons learnt? (With Helen [3:07] and Uma [6:49]?
  • Lean In SG (@leaninSG, Facebook, LinkedIn) and Women Leadership in Asia [8:46]
    • As an introduction, can you describe the concept of the Lean In movement pioneered by Sheryl Sandberg in her famous book and TED Talk (who happens to be COO of Facebook)? [9:10]
    • How did you end up starting the chapter of Lean In Singapore together? [10:18]
    • What are the key objectives of the Lean In movement globally and then specifically in Singapore? [13:54]
    • What are the chapter’s typical activities and does the chapter also extend its invitation to other chapters within Asia? [16:04]
    • What are the key challenges for women in the workplace, comparing the US & Europe against Asia? [18:54]
    • What are the unconscious biases that we need to watch out for in our workplaces when it comes to interactions with women? [23:16]
    • What is your advice to women in how they should approach practical things like taking on a more senior role or asking for a raise? [26:15]
    • How can me help women advance from home to the workplace? [28:09]
    • In your experience within Asia, do you see that women encounter the same kind of challenges as their counterparts in the US and Europe? Are there specific cultural differences? [30:24]
    • We have seen male CEOs, VCs and senior executives being outed for sexual harassment and even assault in some cases coming from Silicon Valley, what are your perspectives on this? [34:22]
    • Why an honest dialogue between men and women in an area with psychological safety matters in such difficult conversations. [37:58]
  • Closing [38:54]

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