Event Details

FWA Lunchtime Talk: BRAVE CONVERSATIONS, 5 April 2018
05 April 2018
Level 21 Temasek Room,
21 Collyer Quay,
HSBC Building,
Singapore 049320
  • Members Only Event
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  • Member's Fee: $0.00


Please note that lunch will be provided. FWA thanks HSBC for their kind sponsorship of the venue and lunch.


THIS IS A MEMBER AND INVITE ONLY EVENT. To join membership, please follow this link https://www.fwasg.org/Membership/IndividualMember.aspx

BRAVE CONVERSATIONS - How to have them and why they matter

Too often, people hold off having the tough conversations required to improve performance, resolve conflict or address frustrations. They’re just too awkward, too risky or too hard. Easier to say nothing. 

Yet whether it’s providing candid feedback, addressing a sensitive issue, asking for support or holding someone accountable - it is the conversations that don’t occur which exact the steepest toll on individual engagement, team productivity and organisational outcomes.

Drawing on her background in business, psychology & consulting, author and executive coach Margie Warrell will share science backed insights and strategies to engage in critical conversations in ways that build your currency within your team/organisation, deepen engagement, grow collaboration and produce stronger results for all stakeholders.

We shall also hear from our panellists Wan Thonh Chow (MD, HSBC Singapore) and Ian Williams (Deputy CEO, Singapore) who shall share their experiences in how they tackled these tough conversations.

Event Agenda

12:00 pm

Registration, lunch & Networking

12:30 pm

Opening speech by HSBC

12:35 pm

Opening speech by FWA

12:40 pm

Keynote speech by Margie Warrell, Founder, Global Courage

12:55 pm

Panel Discussion:


Wan Thonh Chow, Managing Director, Head of Global Banking, HSBC Singapore

Ian Williams, Deputy CEO & Chief Remediation Officer, HSBC Singapore


Margie Warrell

1:55 pm

Gift Presentation & Close of Event




Best-selling Author, Founder, Global Courage, Speaker & Facilitator, Women’s Leadership Advocate

Find Your Courage. Stop Playing Safe. Brave. Make Your Mark. The titles of Margie’s four bestselling books reflect her passion for empowering to live and lead with greater courage. Margie has had to find her courage many times since growing up one of seven children on a small farm in rural Australia. Personal adversity, backpacking solo around the world, four children in five years: all have taught her valuable lessons on building resilience, challenging norms and embracing change.

Today Margie draws on her background in Fortune 500 business, coaching and psychology to arm people with the mindset, strategies and skills essential to lead themselves and others to better outcomes. Her clients include NASA, Accenture, UN Foundation, Facebook, Marriott and the Australian Federal Police.


Managing Director, Head of Global Banking, HSBC Singapore

Head of Corporate, Financials and Multinationals Banking, South East Asia

Wan Thonh has more than 20 years of banking experience. She started her banking career in Citigroup and joined HSBC in 2005 as the Head of Financial Institutional Group in Singapore.

In 2008, she moved to Hong Kong and spent the next 3 years with an expanded role, as Head of Financial Institutional Group Client Management for Asia Pacific.

Wan Thonh is currently the Head of Global Banking, Singapore & Head of Corporate, Financials and Multinationals Banking for South East Asia. She is responsible for driving the business across transaction banking, capital markets and strategic advisory for the Global Banking clients.

She is part of the senior management team and a member of the Executive Committee, Risk Management Committee and the Asset & Liability Committee in HSBC Singapore.

She is also a board member of HSBC Institutional Trust Services (Singapore) Limited and a member of the Global Banking Asia Pacific management committee.


Deputy CEO and Chief Remediation Officer, HSBC Singapore

Ian Williams has been the Deputy CEO and Chief Remediation Officer for HSBC Singapore since June 2016.

He has held various senior roles within HSBC Group over the past 39 years and initially joined HSBC Singapore as the Chief Risk Officer from 2013 to May 2016. 

RSVP Details:

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