Women on Board Discussion Series

Women on Board Discussion Series

On September 11 at the Landmark Hotel, AMCHAM held its second Women on Board event for the year. Women on Board is a discussion series featuring women in leadership positions around Thailand. This panel featured Jennifer Peng, Finance Director for the Greater Indochina HUB at Colgate Palmolive Thailand, and Rachel Davidson, Cluster General Manager of Hilton and DoubleTree Sukhumvit Bangkok. AMCHAM Executive Director, Heidi Gallant, moderated the discourse.The women started the conversation by providing background regarding their career trajectories and personal experiences. Interestingly, both Jennifer Peng and Rachel Davidson began their university study with an interest in engineering but eventually moved their focus into different industries. Jennifer, originally from New York, moved to China to pursue a career in business and financing. She stated that one of the challenges she faced was the cultural difference and continues to experience this, albeit less so, during her first year of transition to Colgate Palmolive Thailand. Rachel is a recent transplant to Bangkok; having only been in the country for the past three months. Raised by a single mother in Australia, she attributes her success to strong women who have lifted her up throughout her career in the hospitality industry.Heidi began the question and answer portion of the panel by asking the women about their movement in different industries. Jennifer encouraged attendees to get outside of their comfort zone and move to a new country as a global perspective influences the engagement a company can have. Rachel noted that value alignment was critical in a job search.
Both women also spoke about the significance of volunteering to better understand and contribute to a community. While it is not easy to balance a career, family life and volunteer, all at the same time, they emphasized on prioritizing for a balanced life. They also highlighted their personal challenges of breaking stereotypes by owning their decisions and creating cultural change by stepping up when given an opportunity.
As Jennifer Peng currently serves on the Board of Governors and Rachel Davidson has experience with the Okinawa AMCHAM, serving as the president for two years, both women had a lot to say about their involvement with chambers all around the globe.

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