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  • Empowered Women to take Centre Stage at the BMW Malaysian Open 2014 with the Women @ Work presented by GE forum


    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 28, 2014 – Empowering women will be the main topic of focus at the upcoming BMW Malaysian Open 2014 with the ‘Women @ Work’ event presented by General Electric (GE).

    A speaking program focused on highlighting the increasingly important role women are playing across every tenet of modern day society, the ‘Women @ Work’ presented by GE event will feature speakers that include sports personalities Venus Williams and Datuk Nicol David; corporate leaders Datuk Yvonne Chia and Tan Sri Dr Jemilah Mahmood as well as the Malaysian Minister of Youth and Sports, YB En Khairy Jamaluddin.

    The event aims to bring the government and private sectors together on an on-going dialogue on the importance of programs and events that empower women here. It also explores the role of sports in developing stronger and more capable women and the creation of a community that supports this goal on an on-going basis.

    The by invitation only event which will be held on Thursday, 17th April 2014 at the VIP Marquee at the BMW Malaysian Open 2014 is supported by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Malaysia; Ricoh Malaysia and Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre.

    Announcing the ‘Women @ Work’ presented by GE event, YB En Khairy  Jamaluddin, Minister of Youth and Sports said, “This event will allow participants to get up close and personal with some of the most accomplished women in Malaysia. The speakers are women who have demonstrated tremendous strength, purpose, determination, passion and ability in their respective fields and we’re extremely pleased to see them given due recognition.”

    He added that the speakers are exemplary leaders whom both women and men can look up to and aspire to emulate. Women @ Work presented by GE is a leading global company that is focused on solving the world’s toughest problems in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. GE is a company whose growth is driven by a culture of innovation and diversity. Through its HR Diversity initiatives and Women's Network, GE is creating a pipeline of women leaders, advancing their careers, which will in turn drive the company’s success while contributing to the society in which they operate.

    “We have various programs within GE and support numerous initiatives around empowered women globally. The GE Women @ Work event is a unique opportunity for us to bring this important message of strength, talent, passion and beauty in women to the fore especially as one of the world’s leading sporting events for women - and one of the most competitive sporting events in general! - is running right here in Kuala Lumpur,” said Stuart Dean CEO of GE ASEAN.

    The ‘Women @ Work’ presented by GE event is also a unique opportunity for the BMW Malaysian Open tournament to enhance its own message of empowerment as being the most prestigious tennis tournament in the country. Themed “Strong is Beautiful,” the WTA sanctioned event has for years spoken to the strength and beauty inherent in women around the world.

    Sashi Ambi, Head of Corporate Communications, BMW Group Malaysia said, "We at BMW Group Malaysia are pleased to have the ‘Women@Work’ presented by GE initiative on the BMW Malaysian Open program this year. The speaking program not only recognises women and celebrates the WTA's theme of 'Strong is Beautiful' but is also a program that is authentic and creates value, two leading principles that the BMW Group believes in.

    Speakers confirmed for the event to date include:
    − Minister Of Youth and Sports YB En Khairy Jamaluddin;
    − The first woman during the Open Era to win the singles Grand Slam, Margaret Court;
    − 3 time world number 1 in singles and a worldwide phenomenon, Venus Williams;
    − Tan Sri Dr Jemilah Mahmood, President of MERCY Malaysia
    − Malaysia’s own women’s squash legend and world number 1, Datuk Nicol David;
    − North American, Asian entertainer and brand ambassador of Beverly Wilshire Medical
    Centre, Sarah Lian;
    − Editor in Chief of Marie Claire Malaysia, Mindy Teh.
    − Consultant Aesthetic Physician of Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre, Dr Karen Po
    − Datuk Yvonne Chia, an international banker and corporate leader in Malaysia.
    − Peter Johnston, Managing Director of WTA Asia-Pacific and a former professional tennis player.

    “Focused around the themes of talent and passion; the diversity of success; the importance of an enabling environment; and the ever important need for Women to Support Women; this event is the beginning of a new level of interaction for the tournament here in Malaysia. We will also be webcasting the event and it would be available for everyone on,” said Keld  Kristiansen, Executive Chairman of Carbon Sports Sdn Bhd, the organiser and promoter of the BMW Malaysian Open 2014.

    The BMW Malaysian Open will be held at the Royal Selangor Golf Club (RSGC) from the 14th to 20th April 2014. The tournament is promoted and organized by Carbon Sports with BMW Group Malaysia as the title sponsor and sanctioned by the Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia (LTAM).

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