Conference to nurture leaders

Speaker Lim Siong Guan from Singapore, renowned for his legendary leadership in transforming various governmental ministries (Jan 22, 2016)

To be held at Olive Tree Hotel in Bayan Lepas, from March 10 to 12, it is set to feature 13 world-class speakers from the United Kingdom, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

It is organised by Livingston House of Learning in collaboration with the hotel and corporate leaders like Rehda (Real Estate and Housing Developers Association) Penang president Datuk Jerry Chan.

Livingston executive director Sonia Ong believes that good leadership is even more vital now than ever as various industries, businesses, NGOs and institutions are experiencing uncertainty in the face of trying times for the country in particular, and world in general.

As part of the corporate community in the field of education, Living-ston is strongly committed to cultivating and promoting training programmes and conferences that have a profound impact towards developing a knowledge-based workforce, she noted.

Among the speakers is Briton Paul McGee, popularly known as the S.U.M.O.

Participants of the conference will get to learn his S.U.M.O (Shut Up and Move On) concept of leadership.

Sonia Ong, executive director of Livingston House of Learning (Jan 22, 2016)
Sonia Ong

McGee, who was also a motivator of Manchester United Football Club, will engage, entertain and equip participants with ideas and inspirations to help them make a difference.

Another speaker is Lim Siong Guan, the group president of the Singapore Government Investment Corporation (GIC) and former head of the Singapore Civil Service from 1999 to 2005.

Lim had also been the Permanent Secretary in the Singapore Ministry of Defence, Prime Ministers Office, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Finance, and his leadership in transforming various governmental bodies is legendary.

“Many supervisors will tell you what they want are people with energy, initiative, and imagination, but in reality, they feel threatened by people who have different views from theirs, and thus, discourage or diminish those who carry bad news or make mistakes.

“Those who expect to harness the power and muscle of stallions must be self-confident, open-minded, intellectually honest and also humble,” he opined.

From neighbouring Indonesia is Tanri Abeng, the founder of Tanri Abeng Universiti, who was also a former president of Indonesia Telkom, commissioner of the Jakarta Stock Exchange, Member of Parliament and Minister of State Owned Enterprises.

Conference fees are HRDF (Human Resource Development Fund) claimable.

Early bird fees are RM850 per participant for a minimum group of three, and RM950 for single participants, valid until the first week of February.

Normal rates are RM1,050 and RM1,250 respectively. All fees include a copy of Lim’s book, lunches and tea breaks.

Olive Tree Hotel is the official hotel and all bookings can be made directly at 04-6377777.

For online registration, visit, write to or call Mr Chew at 012-4892990 for further information.

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