Karen Loon’s Book Launch event – 1 September 2022

Watch Karen Loon at her Book Launch event


Listen to Karen Loon, Katrina Rathie (Non-Executive Director) and Jieh-Yung Lo (Director, Centre for Asian-Australian Leadership at ANU) speak on her debut book, Fostering Culturally Diverse Leadership in Organisations: Lessons from Those Who Smashed the Bamboo Ceiling.

In this engaging discussion, on 1 September 2022 in Sydney, they took a deep dive into the book’s findings and recommendations, including on:

1. The current state of play around addressing the ‘bamboo ceiling’

2. The push for greater Asian-Australian representation in senior leadership roles

3. What is required to change the way leaders, workplaces and organisations in Australia perceive cultural diversity


The event, introduced by Edwina Kwan, Partner King and Wood Mallesons Sydney, was co-hosted by the ANU Centre for Asian-Australian Leadership and King & Wood Mallesons.

Contents of this video

  • Welcome from Edwina Kwan, Partner King and Wood Mallesons Sydney
  • Introduction by Jieh-Yung Lo
  • Why did Karen write the book?
  • Karen’s new insights from writing the book
  • Katrina Rathie’s reflections on the book
  • What can we do to increase the cultural diversity in boardrooms
  • Why do companies need to leverage their culturally diverse talent?
  • Tips to support aspiring culturally diverse leaders
  • Progress to date/next steps
  • The role of government
  • Karen’s most surprising finding: the influence of family
  • Which country does well in fostering culturally diverse leadership
  • Do Asian-Australian men and women have different experiences at work?
  • Generational differences
  • Could the lack of Asian-Australian leadership be a symptom of a bigger problem in Australia?
  • The role of advocates
  • Katrina Rathie’s views on progress in increasing cultural diversity in leadership since 2014
  • Official launch of the book

To find out more about Karen’s book, download a sample chapter and to find links to purchase, visit here.