In this episode of the Level Asian Podcast, we’re joined by Karen Loon, a former senior Big 4 partner, diversity practitioner and author of "Fostering Culturally Diverse Leadership in Organisations."
We’re discussing the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, how family dynamics influence the way you navigate work culture, and we also explore the role of mentorship for the younger generation.
0:00 - Intro
01:00 - A Background Look into ‘Fostering Culturally Diverse Leadership in Organisations’
03:21 - The Public Reactions to Published Book & Karen’s Further Findings
05:34 - Karen’s Unconventional Upbringing, Family & Her Experience Being 4th Generation
10:23 - The Start of Karen’s Career Journey & Milestones
14:23 - Working in Diversity Leadership Roles & It’s Focus Now Compared to 8 Years Ago, Working as an Accountant & Karen’s Other Passions & Dreams
18:16 - The Pathway That Led Karen to Write Her Book
20:54 - Karen’s Experience Navigating the Corporate World in Australia Vs. Singapore
24:23 - How Family Situations Influence the Way You Carry Yourself in the Workplace
29:27 - The Toolkit Young Asian-Australians Need When Navigating Themselves Into the Workplace
32:28 - Why We’re Wired to Choosing Workplaces Based On Family Dynamics & The Importance of Having Nurturing Relationships with Colleagues & Staff
39:15 - Karen’s Advice for Company Leaders Wanting to Focus on Diversity, Supporting Staff Members & Fostering Sponsorships
44:39 - Exploring Mentoring & Sponsorships
47:42 - Karen’s Hopes for the Future of Diversity & Inclusion Within the Workplace
53:24 - Karen’s Advice for Young Listeners Wanting to Change Careers
59:36 - Karen’s Plans for The Future & Parting Words
01:02:10 - Outro
Fostering Culturally Diverse Leadership in Organisations: https://karenloon.com/book/fostering-culturally-diverse-leadership-in-organisations/
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