FWA Women Empowered Impact (WEimpact) pillar is pleased to host a dynamic huddle on “Closing the Gender Gap with the Power of Financial Literacy” with Ms Jean Chia, CIO and Head of Portfolio Management and Research Office for Bank of Singapore and Mr He Ruiming and Mr Wei Choon Goh, Co-Founders of The Woke Salaryman. The discussion will be moderated by Ms Jean Chong, FWA Singapore Executive Committee – sub-committee for WEimpact .
In December 2020, FWA WEimpact pillar invited our members to participate in a Financial Literacy survey. The results and recommendations would be submitted to the Singapore Government’s consultation process on gender equality issues in Singapore and subsequently, the release of the White Paper later this year. The gravity and importance of Financial Literacy has become more critical in the aftermath of COVID19. Building on this agenda, the panel discussion hopes to address key elements in helping to bridge the gap whilst leaning on overarching survey findings.
- Gender gap in financial literacy may contribute to the differential levels of retirement preparedness between women and men
- 97% of our members regard financial planning as highly important but nearly half does not feel sufficiently prepared for retirement.
- How can and when should millennials start preparing themselves for retirement especially when retirement needs forecasting comes with unpredictability?
- Obligations to family members as opposed to knowledge is cited as one of the top factors limiting women’s ability to be more financially literate.
- Can the role of household decision making help reduce gender gap in Financial Literacy?
- Upon starting one’s career, ‘family’ is cited as the top factor influencing how one manages their salary. How can parents be more involved and engaging in being this role model?
- Family and schooling are major drivers to improving financial literacy.
12:30pm Opening address by
FWA WEimpact Chair – Grishma Kewada
FWA President – Jacqueline Chua
12.40pm Panel Discussion
Panellists – Jean Chia, Bank of Singapore
Wei Choon Goh, The Woke Salaryman
He Ruiming, The Woke Salaryman
Moderator – Jean Chong, FWA Singapore
13:30pm Event Ends
Registered participants will receive the link for the Zoom meeting one day before the event.
Panellists and Moderator Bios:
Chief Investment Officer (CIO) & Head, Portfolio Management & Research Office (PMRO)
Bank of Singapore
Jean Chia is responsible for Bank of Singapore’s CIO Views, Macroeconomics, Investment Strategy, FX, Equity & Fixed Income Research, as well as Discretionary Portfolio Management (DPM), Advisory Portfolio Management (APM) and Funds Due Diligence teams at Bank of Singapore. She is a member of the board of directors for BOS International Funds, Luxembourg and a member of the OCBC Wealth Panel.
Jean has over 20 years of experience in Private Banking and Asset Management. Prior to her current role, she was previously Head, Equities Advisory & Sales, responsible for the equities and derivatives business at Bank of Singapore, and Head of Client Advisory Services for Equities, Investment Products & Services at UBS Wealth Management, Singapore.
Prior to UBS, she was Vice President, Head of Grassroots Research at Allianz Dresdner Asset Management (now known as Allianz Global Investors).
Jean graduated with an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from University of Oxford, UK. She is currently a Financial Women’s Association of Singapore (FWA) Female Champion.
Wei Choon Goh
Co-Founder, The Woke Salaryman
Co-Founder, The Woke Salaryman
Wei Choon Goh and He Ruiming are the co-founders at The Woke Salaryman, a personal finance blog that helps Singaporeans make better financial and life choices through their educational webcomics.
The duo were previously content creators at Mothership, Singapore's most popular social news website, and they started The Woke Salaryman as a side hustle in April 2019 after one of their webcomics went viral. Today, The Woke Salaryman commands around 200,000 followers on Facebook and Instagram.
Through their accessible webcomics, the masterful copywriters break down complex and seemingly boring topics of the financial and economic world for the curious. Rui Ming writes the stories, Wei Choon illustrates, and sometimes they do both.
Ultimately, they believe that when people are financially stable, they are more able to make rational and wiser decisions. Not just for themselves, but for society.
Ask Wei Choon and Ruiming about how their blog went viral with one webcomic, how they juggle between their freelancing responsibilities and their side hustle, and of course, any financial advice you need
Moderator, FWA Singapore
Jean Chong serves as a Committee Member of the Financial Women’s Association (FWA) Singapore. As a social impact and sustainability enthusiast, Jean also volunteers her time with the FWA pillar on Women Empowered Impact (WEimpact), which aims at fostering diversity of thought and empowering women both professionally and personally for sustainable development.
Jean has built her career in both the public and private sector, focusing on strategic markets development and stakeholder engagement. Motivated by the positive direction of new technology and policy development, Jean has worked with the global financial messaging provider, SWIFT and capital markets regulator, the Securities Commission of Malaysia. She is currently the APAC Regional Senior Manager of the Global Stakeholder Engagement team of ICANN.
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