The TomoWork A.B.L.E. Webinar Series
At TomoWork, we believe that Abilities, Belonging, Leadership, Empowerment (A.B.L.E) are the key success factors in achieving the goal of an inclusive workplace. We embarked on the TomoWork A.B.L.E. Webinar series at the height of COVID-19, when we were seeking stability in a time of uncertainty. We felt that this was a crucial time to foreground the importance of Diversity & Inclusion by opening up a dialogue on how Persons with Disabilities & Corporates can work in tandem to build inclusive ecosystems.

Going forward, we want to ensure that we uplift everyone as we recover, rebuild, and reach new heights.
Abilities: Crafting a Successful Digital Career
Date: Monday, 27 July 2020
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (GMT+8)
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Mr. Joshua Ong
Advisor for Communications & Culture, Hide & Seek
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Mr. Alister Ong
Community Tribe Lead
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Mr. Jerome Syed
Digital Marketing Advocate
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Mr. Se Jessen
Executive, Kinetic Learning Development Centre
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Ms. Teo Zi Lin
Business & Integration Arch Analyst
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Mr. Joshua Ong
Advisor for Communications & Culture, Hide & Seek
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Mr. Alister Ong
Community Tribe Lead
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Mr. Jerome Syed
Digital Marketing Advocate
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Mr. Se Jessen
Executive, Kinetic Learning Development Centre
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Ms. Teo Zi Lin
Business & Integration Arch Analyst

For the first instalment in our series, we dove into employment success stories & learned how PWDs can better showcase one’s abilities during their job search. This webinar gave insights into how our panellists with disabilities took steps to be career-ready & secured their dream digital jobs.

We picked up how PWDs could pitch themselves at interviews to highlight their strengths while effectively communicating their needs to potential employers.

Ms. Teo Zi Lin shared that mentioning one’s disability at the interview’s end helps retain the spotlight on one’s abilities & how one can value-add to the organisation. Knowing how and when to mention one’s disability are among the many strategies to better advocate for oneself.

Find out more by clicking on our highlights video!

Belonging: The Key to Maximising Potential
Date: Monday, 24 August 2020
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (GMT+8)
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Ms. Cindy Chng
Co-Founder, Partnerships
Hide & Seek
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Mr. Aaron Wong
Specialist, Apple
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Dr. Adrian Yap
Data Analytics Manager, Deloitte
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Ms. YuRong Cheng
Product Designer, Facebook
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Ms. Cindy Chng
Co-Founder, Partnerships
Hide & Seek
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Mr. Aaron Wong
Specialist, Apple
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Dr. Adrian Yap
Data Analytics Manager, Deloitte
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Ms. YuRong Cheng
Product Designer, Facebook

In the second webinar, our panellists from Facebook, Apple & Deloitte delved into what a ‘sense of belonging’ in the workplace means to them & how they undertook efforts to contribute to an inclusive ecosystem in their organisations. From finding common topics to better connect with colleagues, being open about their accessibility needs & being proactive about championing disability awareness, these panellists gave us an insight into how we can all play our part to create an inclusive environment in the workplace.

Leadership: Inclusive Growth for All
Date: Monday, 31 August 2020
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (GMT+8)
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Ms. Yvonne Huang
Regional Director - Asia
Insights Learning & Development
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Mr. Hosea Lai
Head of Social Impact (CSR),
APAC, LinkedIn
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Ms. Sophie Guerin
Head of Diversity & Inclusion,
APAC, Johnson & Johnson

During this webinar, Mr. Hosea Lai, Head of Social Impact (CSR), APAC at LinkedIn & Ms. Sophie Guerin, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, APAC from Johnson & Johnson explored ways companies can pursue inclusive growth given the current global pandemic. With the unprecedented disruption brought about by COVID-19, our panellists emphasised the need for creative solutions to ensure that we pursue economic growth while uplifting everyone, including Persons with Disabilities & other marginalised communities, in the process.

Ms Sophie Guerin, for instance, learns about what motivates her senior management team & pitches her D&I strategies according to their approach.  Similarly, Mr Hosea Lai has taken concrete steps at LinkedIn to narrow the network gap for individuals from less privileged backgrounds to level the playing field.  They also agreed that inclusive growth requires a two-pronged approach, where ground-up Employee Resource Groups & top management have to work together to create a culture where individuals are able to bring their authentic selves to the organisation. To them, this creates a win-win situation as employees & employers can all contribute effectively to the company’s progress.

The Power of Building an Inclusive Brand & Empowering the Differently Abled Community
Date: Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm (GMT+8)
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Mr. Marcus Loh
Senior Director of WE Communications
President of Institute of Public Relations of Singapore (IPRS)
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Ms. Catherine Flynn
Global Director of Gaming & Audiences Marketing, Facebook
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Ms. Marianne Waite
Director of Inclusive Brands,
The Valuable 500, UK
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Ms. Winnie Lewis
Head, Disability Inclusion, Employment & Employability, SG Enable
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Mr. Marcus Loh
Senior Director of WE Communications
President of Institute of Public Relations of Singapore (IPRS)
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Ms. Catherine Flynn
Global Director of Gaming & Audiences Marketing, Facebook
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Ms. Marianne Waite
Director of Inclusive Brands,
The Valuable 500, UK
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Ms. Winnie Lewis
Head, Disability Inclusion, Employment & Employability, SG Enable

We were proud to conclude the A.B.L.E. Webinar Series with our fourth webinar, ‘The Power of Building an Inclusive Brand & Empowering the Differently Abled Community. ’ Co-hosted with Facebook, this event provided us with inside scoops on inclusive branding from Diversity & Inclusion thought leaders at Facebook, The Valuable 500 & SG Enable. It was eye-opening for us to understand that disability is not a novel occurrence.

For instance, Ms. Marianne Waite, Director of Inclusive Brands at The Valuable 500 shed light on how on average, 72% of people are touched by disability when consider social and familial connections Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). Together, our panellists made a strong case for inclusive branding as a useful tool to create unique brand experiences for a diverse consumer base, including PWDs. Further, they came equipped with facts & numbers to show that inclusive branding & representing PWDs in corporate products & services are good for business & the bottom line!

We will continue this discussion on inclusive employment & employability with our wide range of partners. Stay updated on our upcoming events & programmes!

TomoWork is an initiative built on empowering Persons with Disabilities in the workplace by encouraging companies to embrace diversity & promote inclusive employment. Led by Sumitomo Life Insurance, a leading Japanese insurer, in collaboration with Hide & Seek, a local social enterprise & member of raiSE.

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