RECAP OF BREAK THE CEILING TOUCH THE SKY | World Edition 2019 | Singapore

My team was very energised and inspired by all the sessions at Break the Ceiling touch the sky. They are still talking about it… keep it up.

Pier Luigi Sigismondi
Worldwide President, Packaged Foods, Dole

50 Shades of Pink
Attending yesterday’s Break the Ceiling Touch the Sky World Edition 2019 as a delegate and jury member for the Leonie Awards.

So proud to see this flagship Summit for Women in Leadership grow from strength to strength due the dedication and true grit of dear friend Anthony Rose, Dilya and his wonderful team for the 5th year running. Yesterday’s solid programme was as usual inspiring and thought-provoking.

Particularly enjoyed the Keynotes by Jim Lafferty (Fine Hygenic Holdings) and Christina Ruggiero (Hindustan Coca Cola) and the Resilience and Courage Masterclass by Vijay Santhanam, a stroke survivor. Glad to have been able to attend with Zonta International President Susanne von Bassewitz and ITE Dy CEO Sabrina Loi. Both were impressed and inspired by the high level, quality presentations.

Malathi Das
Former President, SCWO

Dear Anthony, et al,

My email comes with a note of thanks to Break the Ceiling Touch the Sky for an exceptional event. I had no idea that my Prime Time Professional Association membership would lead to attendance at such a momentous opportunity.

What I enjoyed tremendously was the opportunity we had to speak to Suresh Rai, VP of HR at Unilever during the Speed Mentoring session. This was a brilliant idea which I/we found this to be quite valuable. It is a session I had never experienced at ANY forum.

Judith Dawn Francis-Wertenbroch
Roffey Park Institute, Regional Director of APAC

Thank you Anthony Rose, Alex von Behr, and the great minds who I’ve had the privilege to meet and interact with during this summit – incredibly inspiring – Be Unstoppable at #breaktheceilingtouchthesky!

Together with an excellent panel, we discussed on the roles men can play in powering the diversity & inclusion agenda. Thank you Sarita Singh for being an excellent moderator, and to the rest of the male champions panelists Richard Mclean Max Rangel Chester Twigg

I believe that many men want to be involved in the D&I agenda, but may not know where to start or begin. If I may encourage you – start a conversation, observe your environment, identify gaps and think of what you could do to contribute and make a positive impact. Together, we can do so much!

Am also proud that Unilever was recognized for being one of the best companies for gender diversity (gender-balanced here at SEAA!) Diversity & Inclusion is at the heart of Unilever and the driving force of why we do what we do here.

Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.

My vision is for all of us to dance together!

#diversity #inclusion #justdoit #empoweringvoices #changemovement
#houseofrose #vision
Suresh Rai
Vice President, HR, Souteast Asia and Australasia at Unilever

Dear Anthony

Through Malathi, I’ve the honour and privilege of experiencing and learning at this wonderful and rich conference organised by you/your company. I am particularly impressed by the diversity of companies and countries, as well as your personal conviction and deed in remembering and thanking everyone who made a difference and contributed to the success of the conference.

And, most importantly, thank you very much, for including me in your conference as a guest.

Deeply appreciated!

Sabrina Loi
Deputy CEO (Corporate) at Institute of Technical Education

Dear Anthony,
Thank you for a wonderful conference. I enjoyed the personal stories of the power women you invited to this conference and was inspired by their personal journeys. The panels were well balanced and I appreciated the perspective of male leaders and their support for gender diversity in their companies.

Having so many men attending this conference is a testament that the situation for women is changing and that conferences like yours aid in sharing best practices and subsequently moving the needle for more gender balanced businesses.

Thank you again and I am looking forward to next year’s conference.

Kind regards

Ulrike Agostin
Entitlement and Compliance, Cisco Services

Dear Anthony

Deeply humbled and honoured that Nestle India was #2 in the Top Companies embracing Gender Diversity & Inclusion at the Leonie Awards. I thank the Jury for their professionalism, expertise and judgement! I am also deeply honoured to be judged #2 in the CEO Awards for leaders significantly embracing Diversity and establishing best practices herein I am privileged to lead a fabulous Team at Nestle India where gender is just a reality of birth and EACH woman is a fantastic contributor to the strong fortunes of my company.

Thank you Anthony for your friendship , your championship of the cause of Diversity , for setting Global standards and for espousing each year examples in the Leonie Awards.

Kind regards

Suresh Narayanan
Chairman and Managing Director, Nestle India

Hi Anthony

Thanks for inviting me to attend the conference. It was really a day well spent full of learning and insights listening to the leaders from the best companies in the world all in one room. Kudos to you and Dilya for hosting yet another brilliantly planned and executed event. Another feather in your already overcrowded cap.



Congratulations on a well organized event once again, it was immaculate from start to end. I thoroughly enjoyed all the learning, sharing and felt the sessions were well integrated between inspiration of personal journeys and key lessons of leadership & diversity. As a woman carving my own business, I’m further motivated by your beliefs. Well done to you both and your team!

Evien Tan
Ridegeland International