TomoWork A.B.L.E. Webinar Series

Duration: July – September 2020

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.

ABLE Banner in 4 boxes, with texts read as Abilities, Belonging, Leadership, and Empower. Bottom reads Empowering Communities, Leveraging Diversity
Past Events
EDM for TomoWork ABLE Empower webinar on 23 September, from 04.00 pm - 05.15 pm over Blue Jeans.

Accessibility: Live notetaking & sign language interpretation will be provided

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)

Co-hosted with Facebook, our upcoming & final webinar will explore how brands can actively consider removing barriers & create better brand experiences for all. Brands are powerful. They can significantly raise awareness & interests of critical societal issues like health, safety, environment, diversity & inclusivity. They could even create life-changing customer experiences through unique products and services catered to underserved populations. One such underserved group is a segment with one billion people globally – the disabled people.

For most of us, our everyday activities like getting necessities, commuting to school or work, enjoying entertainment, are on ‘autopilot,’ so to speak. But that is not the case for people with disabilities. These communities are disabled by the society we live in, by default. As Sarah Newton MP, Minister for Disabled People, Health & Work of the United Kingdom (2017-2019) said: “Brands have the power to change the way that society thinks about disability. By collaborating with disabled people, by considering their needs in your product design, and by reflecting their lives in your campaigns, you have the power to make sure that no disabled consumer is left behind.”

Leadership: Inclusive Growth For All

Date: Monday, 31 August 2020
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

In the first two sessions of our A.B.L.E. Webinar Series, we heard from PWDs who shared their experiences landing their dream digital career & how they championed inclusivity in their workplace. For our third session, ‘Leadership: Inclusive Growth for All,’ we have invited distinguished executives who are growth leaders, trailblazers & active proponents of workplace inclusivity.

Hear from growth leaders about their leadership journey & the barriers they overcame in driving inclusivity as part of the corporate agenda. Learn about the strategies they employed to build an inclusive & open environment for all!
EDM for TomoWork ABLE Leadership webinar on 31 August, from 12.00 pm - 01.00 pm over Zoom.
Accessibility: Live notetaking & sign language interpretation will be provided
EDM for TomoWork ABLE Belonging webinar on 24 August, from 12.00 pm - 01.00 pm over Zoom.
Accessibility: Live notetaking & sign language interpretation will be provided

Belonging: The Key to Maximising Potential

Date: Monday, 24 August 2020
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Ever wanted to learn how a sense of belonging & the power of community can drive your career?

Join the second session of the TomoWork A.B.L.E. Webinar Series, ‘Belonging: The Key to Maximising Potential’ with our panellists to hear how they shaped their careers. Participate in an open discussion exploring how driving an inclusive ecosystem can foster a sense of belonging & drive high performance for PWDs!

Abilities: Crafting a Successful Digital Career

Date: Monday, 27 July 2020
Time: 11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for our first session, ‘Abilities: Crafting a Successful Digital Career,’ for an exciting & informative dialogue with our diverse panellists on how they geared themselves for success & secured their dream digital jobs.

By learning about their journeys & how they overcame their hurdles to achieving inclusive employment, discover strategies to navigate a digital career as a PWD & ways to showcase your abilities when job hunting!
Accessibility: Live notetaking & sign language interpretation will be provided

Yay! It's Monday with TomoWork!

Date: Monday, 11 May 2020
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Yay It’s Monday with TomoWork is our first virtual engagement activity, designed specially for our members & partners.During the Circuit Breaker period, we saw an opportunity to help our community build new habits that benefit the future of work & strengthen personal resilience.

We hosted 20 players with & without disabilities over a week to complete a series of tasks focused on personal & professional development, inclusive entertainment & wellness.

Demo Day 2020

Date: Thursday, 12 March 2020
Time: 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

At TomoWork Demo Day, we look forward to sharing what we have learned helps organisations to drive high performance with their PWD talents & showcase some of the projects that the TomoWork members have been working on during the duration of their Talent Accelerator Programme.

Group photo of TomoWork Talents Phase 2
People are getting sake & food at the party

Wonder of Japan Party

Date: Monday, 20 September 2019
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Enjoy curated food & drinks from Japan, hosted by DBIC & our Japanese crew to conclude the first phase of TomoWork!

Hiring & Retaining PWD Talents

Date: Tuesday, 17 September 2020
Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

At this exciting panel discussion, employers & PWDs will share practical insights on inclusive employment and managing talents with disabilities.


  • Adrian Yap, Assistant Manager, Data & Analytics Practice, PwC Singapore / Co-Founder, Singapore Professionals with Disabilities Network
  • Chong Hui Lin, University Talent Sourcer (Southeast Asia, Korea & New Markets), Microsoft
  • Daniel Teh, Founder, Pope Jai Thai
  • Winnie Lewis, Manager, Employer Consultancy, SG Enable

Facilitated by Jocelyn Lam, HR Leader, Global Functions Asia Pacific, Johnson & Johnson

Photos of panellists and big audience with poster & live notetaking on the back

Creating an Effective Workplace Environment for PWDs

Date: Friday, 13 September 2019
Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

At our first panel discussion event, hear from leaders in business, inclusive employment & organisational inclusion on creating an effective workplace environment for persons with disabilities.


  • Elena Chipalova, Regional HR Modernization and D&I Head, Asia Pacific, BP
  • Samuele Martelli, Creative Director, Business Community Development, CapitaLand
  • Patricia Goh, Senior Employment Support Specialist, SPD
  • Nadi Chan, Co-Founder, Foreword Coffee

Facilitated by Jonathan Carl Wong, Community & Eco-system Developer, Bridge+

Launch of TomoWork Singapore

Date: Monday, 9 September 2020
Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

To launch TomoWork Singapore, we have Alfie Othman, CEO of raiSE Singapore, to deliver the keynote address. Join us to network with PWDs, employers, special guests from Japan & key stakeholders fostering inclusive employment in Singapore.

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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