Forum on inspiring next generation of talent

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AN exciting line-up of 15 world-class global and local speakers, panellists drawn from a talent pool of distinguished judges and inductees of the Penang Chinese Girls School Union Alumni Hall of Fame will take part in the ‘Fuelling the Aspiring Minds Forum’ on March 7 next year at G Hotel Gurney in Penang.

The union’s deputy president Cheam Shaw Lee said the forum, themed ‘Igniting Hope, Inspiring Future’, would be a grand finale to its ‘PCGS Centennial Celebrations – Alumini Hall of Fame.’

“It is also an unprecedented community outreach programme supported and sponsored by the Penang government aimed at igniting hope and inspiring 600 industry professionals from diverse backgrounds, youth, college and high school students,” Cheam said at a press conference called by state executive councillor Chong Eng in Komtar today.

“We hope this interactive learning platform will bring together a broad array of high-profile inspirational speakers and panellists deliberating on thought-provoking topics to inspire our next generation of talent to blaze their own trails and achieve breakthroughs in life.”

Chong Eng said the state government is committed to realising gender equality.

“It is my fervent hope to attract particularly the women talents among these gifted individuals back to contribute to Penang’s development.

“We want to tap on their experience and ingenuity to explore opportunities, train and inspire future generations of women talent, benefiting the women community and Penang people as a whole.

“I am delighted to be informed that a special video keynote address titled ‘Levelling the Global Playing Field In Style’ will be delivered by Jane Jie Sun, the director and chief executive officer of Trip.com at the forum,” said Chong Eng, who is in charge of Women & Family Development, Gender Inclusiveness and Religions other than Islam.

“As we all know, digital revolution has rapidly transformed the global workplace and whether we like it or not, we all have no choice but to embrace the transformation in order to stay ahead in the digital economy.

“Studies have revealed worrying signs of a widening gender divide and the participation of women is still lagging behind their male counterparts in digital fields.

“Through this thought-provoking panel discussion, I believe we are able to identify the gaps and challenges and find plausible solutions in bridging the digital gender gap.”

Registration is now open online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e7876574359 till Feb 22.

For further information about PCGS Union, PCGS Alumni Hall of Fame & Forum, visit:
http://www.pcgs-union.org

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