Jo Hayes is the director of pipeline initiatives at the Women’s Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls in Hong Kong.
Hayes joined the foundation in February 2016, leading all gender diversity and inclusion programmes, partnerships and initiatives that support the development of the pipeline of female talent in Hong Kong for executive and non-executive roles. Pipeline initiatives include the Mentoring Programme for Women Leaders, the Male Allies, the 30% Club, Women on Boards, the HR Advisory Council and the TWF suite of HR Best Practice Guides covering Return-to-Work Programmes, Global Mobility Programmes, Unconscious Bias, Women’s Networks and Mentoring Programmes.
In addition to working at The Women’s Foundation, Hayes is highly committed to D&I initiatives and advancing future leaders through mentoring and sponsorship on programmes such as the University of Birmingham Alumni Mentoring Programme, the Cherie Blair Mentoring Programme for Women in Business, the FinS (Fruits in Suits) Mentoring Programme and the TWF / Microsoft GirlSpark Mentoring Programme.
Hayes is a keynote and TEDx speaker who regularly speaks on and moderates panels about gender diversity and inclusion. Topics she has spoken on include: Breaking through Barriers for Women Leaders, A Strategic Approach to Addressing Unconscious Gender Bias, Mentoring and Sponsoring and the Benefits of Both, Plugging the Leaky Pipeline, Making Mistakes & Authentic Leadership, HR Best Practice for a more Gender-Inclusive Workplace, Empowering Female Entrepreneurs and Male Allies – Influencing and Driving Change.