Posted on 18/09/2017 by Marie Swarbreck
Meet Amy Tye, Diversity & CSR Mananger at Freshfields
Our interview with Amy:
Can you introduce yourself:
As Diversity and CSR Manager at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, I oversee diversity, pro bono, corporate responsibilities and environmental initiatives for the law firm in HK and rest of Asia. Before this and a career break, I was President of Bottega Veneta Asia Pacific and CFO, Gucci Group Asia Pacific.
I am a committee member of Women in Law Hong Kong (WILHK).
How did you get involved in the gender equity space;
Having been in senior management in luxury fashion for many years and working alongside many capable women in similarly senior positions, I genuinely thought the world has moved on by the time I decided to join a radically different industry and job, taking on my current role at Freshfields. How mistaken I was and further surprised to learn that the challenges are not unique to just the legal sector or Asia. But I have always welcomed a challenge and am happy to see progress being made and best of all, the ever growing number of like-minded women and men working towards the same goal.
What are you doing to inspire women in leadership;
At Freshfields, we provide specially-designed training opportunities for women at different career stages to support their personal and professional growth within the firm. Coaching is provided to junior women to build their confidence and to embrace their personal and professional strengths to take a strategic approach towards their careers. Senior women are given specific sponsorship opportunities to develop their business connections within and outside the firm and to gain valuable first-hand insights from their sponsors.
We encourage our people to proactively balance the rigours of life and work by having in place an Agile and Flexible Work Arrangement for all staff. At Women’s Day 2017, we hosted a panel discussion on this very topic where the speakers discussed the business case and practical experiences of how such arrangements were implemented in their workplaces.
I am also part of the working group within WILHK that works towards promoting agile and flexible work practices in the legal sector and beyond.
What changes outside the workforce would you like to see in HK, which could positively impact Gender Equity;
There are deep set cultural issues and social biases that can’t be shifted overnight therefore it is all the more important that women and men work together, raising awareness, changing mind-sets and putting practical solutions in place. Senior leaders have the influence and power to make positive changes in their organisations and the wider community and they can be assured they will be supported all the way.