Adele's KeyNote

"Asian Leadership" embracing cultural agility and breaking Asian stereotypes 



In the wake of global movements such as #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter, overwhelmingly global corporates are loudly proclaiming its support for minorities, be it gender or ethnicity. These movements broadened attention not just on work equalities, but on the everyday indignities that minorities face: being marginalized, overlooked, and underpaid. Driving diversity and inclusion is no longer just nice-to-have, it is a business imperative that corporates must drive forward. No doubt the rise of the middle class and spending power has been accelerating in Asia. Many MNCs turn to Asia for business growth. The challenge is not just accessing the marketplace but also building ethnic Asians who could lead Asia and even bigger regions. 


To capitalize on Asian talents, many corporates develop customized Asian Leadership Programs. However, many MNCs still lament how few Asians talents they have. What does it take for Asians to step up? Adele, like many Asians, is deeply ingrained by the virtues of humanity, social and ritual propriety, loyalty, and filial piety. While these qualities make many Asians successful at the beginning of their careers, they often slow down their progress to attain more senior positions in MNC. To break the Asian leadership ceiling, Adele consciously transforms into a versatile leader who integrates multicultural quotients, allowing her to act local and lead global. Keen to know how to break Asian stereotypes and overcome self-limiting beliefs? Engage Adele for first-hand transformative experience sharing. 

About Adele

Adele Hung is currently Head of Established Portfolio and Digital GSK. Passionate about driving diversity and inclusion, she is also the chairperson for the Women's Leadership Initiative in GSK Singapore. A registered Speech Pathologist with a behavioral psychology background, Adele holds an MBA with a finance major and was formerly the founder of healthcare consultancy firms in Hong Kong and China. Born and bred in Asia, Adele believes in embracing authentic Asian identity and a multi-cultural quotient. Adele joined GSK through a global talent leadership program. She successfully progresses across local, regional and global settings.  


She has also worked and lived in Canada, United Kingdom, Singapore, Hong Kong, and China. With diverse career experiences and successful Asian leadership experience in global MNCs, Adele intentionally speaks about breaking the Asian leadership ceiling, with emphasis on cultural agility and unconscious bias. Adele's speaking style is breezy with humour and audience-interactive. Her speech is backed not only by her first-hand leadership experience but also through professional understanding as a speech pathologist about how humans communicate. Her analysis of human communicative and leadership behaviors always impresses and inspires participants to transform.

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