17 July 2019

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm


The Executive Centre, Frasers Tower Singapore

Event Description

Mentoring is a buzzword in the business world and many companies see mentors both internally and externally as key drivers of performance, particularly for women moving into leadership roles. The rise of Human-Centred Design skills being brought into mainstream business globally has seen a growing need for diversity across product and service development.

After all, if we’re not designing for all, then who are we really designing for?

Academy Xi is pleased to welcome a diverse panel of leaders in business, experience, and product design. The panelists will share stories about their current projects, their emergence as leaders in the field, and memorable design case studies. With a particular focus on mentoring, the speakers will reflect on their own experience of how they were nurtured in their career in the notoriously difficult digital ecosystem.

This event will inspire and educate with stories of success and overcoming adversity and everyone will find the practical advice on how to navigate their career journey sobering.

At Leadership by Design: Mentoring, we will immerse you in a conversation that will explore:

– Diversity and inclusion and their role in today’s leadership landscape,
– How unconscious bias affects everyone,
– How to find a great mentor,
– How mentoring can shape your career, and set you up for success.

Don’t miss this thoughtful discussion that will demonstrate how the consideration of everyone’s perspective will lead to a greater experience for all.


Nurul Hussain

Founder, The Codette Project

Nurul is the founder of The Codette Project which aims to get more minority/Muslim women into technology. In 2018 they ran Singapore's first women-only hackathon where half of the attendees were minority women, between the ages of 9-45. More than half had no tech background and over 70% had never been to a hackathon before.

Aside from changing the world for minority women in S.E. Asia, Nurul is a Facebook Community Leadership Fellow and steering committee member of Yayasan Medaki.

Leesa Soulodre

General Partner, r3i Ventures

Leesa is a serial in/entrepreneur and venture builder, she has had one IPO, a number of successful exits, and knows the hard knocks of lessons learned.

Leesa has worked for 20+ years on the cutting edge of innovation, technology and strategy consulting, and has advised 400+ multinationals and their start-ups in 19 sectors across Europe, the Asia-Pacific and the Americas. She has led companies from seed to $14B USD into new markets and raised over USD35M in Seed to Series C investments.

Ian Chadsey

Director, JLL's Liquid Lab

Ian is a Solutions Development Director at JLL, helping corporate clients improve the productivity, cost, efficiency and performance of their real estate portfolio. Prior to locating to Singapore, he worked in Russia, and is originally from the US. In Singapore, Ian runs JLL's Liquid Lab, a proptech innovation team.

Ian has mentored colleagues formally and informally in his teams. He has a vast international network, and can provide insights into how mentorship can help everyone to grow.

Louise Tagliante

Founder & Owner, Protégé Mentoring Program

Louise is the founder and owner of Differentiate and its renowned mentoring programme, Protégé, launched in 2013 to support young businesswomen to find their own voice and ensure they have a ‘seat at the table’.

Louise’s entrepreneurial approach to business is founded on more than 30 years corporate experience in the financial services sector, having worked both globally and regionally in senior leadership roles. Prior to founding Differentiate in 2006, she created and launched the Visa Business School across all countries in Asia Pacific, and headed the ABN AMRO Asia Pacific Training Academy – one of three in the world.

Dates and fees


17 July 2019

6:30 pm ~ 8:30 pm



The Executive Centre,
Frasers Tower Singapore

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