October 4th: Panel Discussion

We are excited to host our first women-only panel discussion and networking event “Women Inspiring Women”. Our panel discussion features four amazing female leaders from different industries, and we would highly encourage mothers to bring along their daughters (high school age and up) to expose them to networking and for the rare opportunity to hear from an inspiring female panel.

Our speakers include Stamford’s Head of School, Karrie Dietz, Managing Director of Global Life Sciences at Accenture, Anne O’Riordan, Director of Human Resources at White and Case, Lillian McCaw, and the Co-founder of Zero Waste Life, Paola Cortese.

You will hear about the challenges and opportunities facing women in the modern workforce, as well as the changes our speakers have encountered and conquered over the past few years, and what might be to come. Our panel of accomplished women will share their different journeys on their path to success, and what they aspire to achieve in their future.

Our panel discussion will last for approximately 30 minutes, followed by an intimate networking session with light refreshments. Join us for a great evening of inspiration and empowerment you cannot afford to miss.


Thursday, October 4 


6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


Admissions Office, Suites 4005-07, Level 40, Two Exchange Square, 8 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong

About the Speakers

Karrie Dietz

Head of School, Stamford American School

Karrie Dietz

Ms. Karrie Dietz joined Stamford American School Hong Kong after more than 20 years of teaching and school leadership experience in 5 countries. Most recently, Karrie served as a Principal at Stamford American International School in Singapore, where she oversaw the growth of the Elementary School division from 450 to 800 students. Karrie is passionate about collaborating with others to empower children to reach their full potential and make a difference. In addition to being an experienced International Baccalaureate workshop leader, Karrie also serves on and leads Council of International Schools accreditation teams for schools in the Asia Pacific region.

Anne O’Riordan

Managing Director, Global Life Sciences at Accenture

Anne O’Riordan

Ms. Anne O’Riordan is a global Industry Senior Managing Director for Accenture and a global client lead.  She has been with Accenture for 28 years. Over this period she has worked across the US, Europe and Asia with global companies transforming their business and operating models, to meet changing market and portfolio needs.  She has been in China since 2007 and has been on the board of the global Products Operating Group of Accenture since 2006. She has published numerous articles over the past 20+ years. Her most recent publication is a book entitled ‘Healthcare Disrupted: Next Generation Business Models and Strategies@ (Wiley Feb 2016)”. Based in Hong Kong, Ms. O’Riordan is a member of The Women’s Foundation, the 30% Club and co-chair of the Women of Influence Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce.

Lillian McCaw

Director of Human Resources, White and Case

Lillian McCaw

Lillian McCaw is the Asia-Pacific HR Director for White & Case, leading the HR function for the firm’s 9 offices around the region . Prior to joining White & Case, Lillian was the International HR Director at a large global retailer, where she led strategic HR efforts across Asia and Europe. She has strong track record of delivery, leading geographically dispersed teams to win on talent, drive cost efficiency, and improve HR standards. Lilian is also experienced in building strong board level relationships and working as a trusted advisor and partner of C-level leaders.

Paola Cortese-D’arcy

Co-founder, Zero Waste Life

Paola Cortese-D’arcy

Paola Cortese-D’arcy is a certified Climate Reality Leader and currently the only zero waster living in Hong Kong who has successfully reduced all her household waste in 2017 to 289 grams. Paola is the Founder of Zero Waste Life - a startup educating the need for a waste free environment by practicing the Zero Waste lifestyle, guided by the highest standard of sustainability today - the Circular Economy standard. Zero Waste Life aims to equip eco-enthusiasts with the life skills and resources needed to live a truly sustainable lifestyle in modern, urban environment in Asia.