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Lean In unCONFERENCE 2018



Lean In Unconference 2018 (LIU 2018) entitled, “What’s Next? Leveling Up The Conversation” with the theme ‘Diversity in Career and Societal Issues’, the conference aims to create platform for women from all walks of life who want to part in nation building by bridging conversations and actions from different segments of society into one. The goal is to broaden our coverage of inclusion amongst the members of our nation.

This year, The Unconference will be held on the 8th of December 2018 (Saturday) at the Lanai Kijang, Bank Negara Malaysia and is expected to attract up to 400 participants from 18 to 45 years old. We are also pleased to welcome the participation of the founders from Lean In Circles from all over Malaysia who will present their circle stories with the audience. The High Commissioner of Australia in Malaysia, Mr. Andrew Goledzinowski is expected to deliver the welcoming remarks, and the Dean of University of Malaya, Datuk Prof. Dr. Roziah Omar will be our keynote speaker. The honourable Deputy of Minister of Youth and Sports, YB Steven Sim will officiate the event and share his vision for youth and women empowerment in the closing remarks.

Lean In Unconference, an alternate version of our annual flagship event, the Lean In Malaysia Summit, is where we gather prolific speakers who are experts in their fields to discuss a wide range of progressive ideas on the betterment of the Malaysian society. Our conference themes differ each year, but the primary focus is to inspire more women to be empowered professionally and personally. We help by providing platforms, connections, and spaces to guide women in their pursuits, whatever it may be. At the conference, participants will see a showcase of Lean In Malaysia’s best practices and most popular modules that have been delivered throughout the year.

We are now living in an ear of unprecedented change in the form of technological and economic disruption, geopolitical instability and an uprising of grassroots, social movements such as #TimesUp, #MeToo, and March for Our Lives. Women leaders are reclaiming their rightful power on the domestic and international front, both as voices and icons of change, as well as inspiring role models creating a wave of empowerment for other women around the world. Realizing this, Lean In Malaysia is focused on nurturing and supporting more women leaders who can use their talents to improve their surroundings and the state of the nation through societal, legal, industrial, and cultural means. LIU 2018’s panel session on Malaysia Baru seeks to discuss these issues with key opinion leaders such as prominent social activist Ivy Josiah.


0800 - 0900



0900 - 0910

Opening Remarks

Ashley Suelyn, President, Lean In Malaysia

Sharmila Ravindran, Head of Legal, Lean In Malaysia

0910 - 0920

Welcoming Remarks

His Excellency, Andrew Goledzinowski, Australian High Commissioner, Malaysia

0920 - 0950

Opening Keynote

Prof. Datuk Dr Roziah bt Omar, Chief Executive, President College

0950 - 1000

Presentation: Asia School of Business

Leaning in at ASB

1000 - 1015



1015 - 1115

Panel Session : What’s Next, #Malaysia Baharu

​Dato Seri Johan Raslan, Board Member, The Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia
Sumitra Visvanathan, Executive Director, Women’s Aid Organisation
Ng Yeen Seen, Founder & CEO, Centre for Research, Advisory & Technology
Zaidel Baharuddin, Executive Secretary, Barisan National Youth

1115 - 1130

Presentation: Lean In Circles

5 pitches on building Lean In communities

1130 - 1230

Fireside Chat

An hour of open conversation with industry experts, entrepreneurs & activists.
Get inspired by their Why, How and What

1230 - 1245

Presentation : Lean In Youth


1245 - 1305

Closing Remarks 

Dr. Amani Salim, First Malaysian to launch a NASA satellite to space & Thora Halstead ‘Young Investigator’ 2012 Award Winner

1305 - 1400

Networking Lunch


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