Women Empowerment Symposium

Ignite your vibes


Ignite Your Vibes​

Why ignite? Because it embodies power. When something is ignited, it’s alive. It exudes energy, meaning and purpose. It literally catches fire! That’s exactly how women should feel about themselves. They should feel alive and on fire with purpose and passion. And because most of the time, women are unable to clearly see the power or vibes they already have within themselves. It usually takes someone else, or organisation or even an event to affirm and ignite that power, and the vibes.

Organised by

Supported by

WOW symposium


Women EmpoWerment (WOW) Symposium, organised by Rotary International District 3300 Action Group for Women Empowerment (DAG-WOW) aspires to bring women together from all walks of life, to inspire and empower them to follow their personal aspirations and professional dreams, and subsequently play important roles in building their communities.

The Pearl Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
13 May 2023
9am to 5pm


Click to view full video

Igniting the vibes

Our Objectives

We have lined up dynamic and inspiring trailblazers to share their stories and insights to ignite the vibes of the participants – by inspiring and empowering them to:

  • understand and be cognizant of issues that have important impacts on girls and women
  • ponder and reflect on their lives and be true to their life purpose
  • create change and speak up for what they believe
  • break rules and take calculated risks, and embrace seemingly insurmountable challenges
woman in black long sleeve shirt standing near brown wooden shelf

Navigation & Gains

Panel Discussion

Issues & Challenges

Obtain differing professional viewpoints and perspectives while being cognizant of issues impacting girls and women

Breakout Sessions

Mapping Moves

  • Relate to the scene drawn by the session leader
  • Engage in the workshop led by the facilitator
  • Map action items to be implemented/applied (based on the breakout tracks)


Inspiration & Insights & Reflection

  • Be inspired by the sharing and motivated to take positive actions for self- improvement
  • Be “jolted” to awakening by new knowledge gained


WOW IyV Award

Celebrate the achievements of our sister and learn from her experience. Learn More >

woman in white long sleeve shirt
symposium takeaways

Take Aways

  1. Great reflections that ignite awakening from the panel, speakers, and session leaders who have trodden the winding paths that women could relate to and yet have risen to challenges
  2. A clear roadmap that any woman could immediately use to ignite their vibes.

WOW IyV Award

Recognizes extraordinary women who epitomize their spirit of independence, courage, and persistence in purpose.

IyV Award

Referring to the evergreen Ivy species, women climb after planting their roots firmly and they are able to rise and thrive under difficult circumstances, enduring a lot but resilient.
Once they reach the top, they spread their wings horizontally to be the inspiration for others to reach the top. Just like the flowers and berries of the Ivy, the spirit of women is a source of nourishment for other women to reach greater heights.
The Ivy is also one of the best ornamental plants for the home and extremely versatile. However, the Ivy is also not be taken for granted as some species are poisonous, so need to be treated with respect!

Who Should Attend

Non-government organisations (NGOs), corporates, government agencies, academics, lecturers, and individuals who deal with or are concerned with the following:

  • women and community services
  • women and entrepreneurship
  • women and business/entrepreneurship
  • women and poverty
  • education and training of women
  • women and health
  • violence against women
  • women and relationships
  • women and the economy
  • women in power and decision-making
  • institutional mechanism for the advancement of women
  • human rights for girls and women
  • protection of girl-children
  • girls and women related issues

The Programme

The Organiser reserves the right to amend, change or cancel the speakers, topics, and timing in the best interest of the conference.
The speakers and panelists have been invited and are subject to confirmation.

8:00 am


9:00 am


Arrival of Guest of Honour

Welcoming Speech

Kirenjit Kaur
Organising Chair
Chair, District Action Group on Women Empowerment
Past Governor, Rotary International District 3300

My Story – Against All Odds
Rotary WoW Inspiration Recognition Recipient Nerosha Krishnan

My Story – Starting from Scratch
Rotary WoW CACTUS AWARD Recipient

Award Presentation
Dato’ Bindi Rajasegaran
Past District Governor, Rotary International District 3300

WoW Cactus Award
Cacti symbolize endurance as it is a plant that can stand up to the test of time and the elements. The cactus flower is a symbol of maternal love because it can thrive in harsh conditions and therefore symbolic of a mother’s unconditional love

10:00 am

Address by Guest of honor

10:15 am

Coffee break & Press Conference

10:30 am

Igniting The Vibes Discussions

Panel Discussion Building Resilience – Creating a Positive Environment
Moderator: MS ANNIE TAN, Inspirational Speaker, Trainer, Coach & Author

DATO’ DR HARTINI ZAINUDIN, Founder, Yayasan Chow Kit Child-Crisis Center
DR ZAHURIN MOHAMED, Entrepreneur & Women Empowerment Advocate
INTAN SHAHIRA MOHD SHAHRU (invited), Head of HR, Group COE (Organisational Effectiveness & Rewards, Air Asia
EDWARD KHOO, District Governor-Nominee Designate, Rotary International District 3300

11:00 am

The World of Cybercrimes: The Good, Bad and Ugly

Session Leader: GEETHA RUBASUNDRAM CA (M) ACMA CGMA MSc, Director-Governance and Sustainability, Advicecube Consultancy

12:00 pm


Track 1: Entrepreneurship-Empowering Yourself and Make Yourself a Priority
Session Leader: CELINA JOSEPH, Entrepreneur, Self-Taught Culinary Wizard, National Association of Women Entrepreneurs (NAWEM)

Track 2: Workplace-Building Resilience during Challenging times
Session Leader: SAIMY TAN, Architect turned Community Leader,Personal Development Trainer and Corporate Team Building Coach

Track 3: Your Brand-Connecting Your Heart and Your Mind
Session Leader: FARAH HARITH MCPHERSON, Creative and Media, Chief Growth Officer, Naga DDB Tribal

Track 4: Being a Woman-Be the Woman You Choose to Be
Session Leader: BETTY YEOH, Consultant and Trainer, Engender Consultancy, Advancing the Empowerment of Women and Gender Equality
Moderator: YOGES, DAG-WOW

1:00 pm


2:00 pm

Ignite your vibes Challenges

Challenging the Norm – Dedication to Make a Difference

Session Leader: DCP DATO’ SASIKALA DEVI A/P SUBRAMANIAM, Deputy Chief Police Officer, Selangor
Moderator: DATO’ AZLIN AHMAD SHAHARBI (invited), Advocate & Solicitor and Former President of PENIAGAWATI

2:30 pm

Turn-up Your Vibes​

2:45 pm

The Silent Struggle – Maintaining a Balance

Session Leader: DR AMEER SIDDIQUE, Consultant Psychiatrist, Department of Psychological Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya

3:15 pm

Panel Discussion Building Resilience – Creating a Positive Environment

Moderator: SAMANTHA TANG, Community Manager of Women Will Penang (a Grow with Google Program)
PROF DATO’ ELIZABETH LEE (invited), Chief Executive Officer, Sunway Education Group
AHMAD FARIS AMIR (invited), CEO, IMPACT Malaysia
GURMEET SINGH (invited), Rotary Youth Leadership Award, Rotary International District 3300
MARIANNE DE REYES (invited), CEO and Co-Founder, Nicole David Foundation

4:15 pm

Conference Review

Conference Programme Director
Past District Governor, Rotary International District 3300

4:45 pm

Closing Address

District Governor, Rotary International District 3300

5:00 pm

WoW Summit Networking Tea & Fellowship

Download Program

Speakers and panelists

Click on the image to see bio

Kirenjit Kaur

Organising Chair
Past Governor
Rotary International District 3300


Spouse of the Prime Minister of Malaysia MP Bandar Tun Razak

Nerosha Krishnan

Recipient of Woman of Excellence Award by KL & Selangor Coalition Women Organisation 2021 and 2nd Runner Up of Wheel Chair Queen Competition 2018

Dato’ Dr Nellie Tan-Wong

Co-founder and Chairperson of Board of Trustees (WIM)

Aisya Binti Abd Aziz

Co-founder and Vice President of the Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (MUDA)

Michelle Fong


Edward Khoo

Governor Nominee, Rotary International D3300

Geetha Rubasundram

Director-Governance and Sustainability, Advicecube Consultancy

DCP Dato' Sasikala Devi A/P Subramaniam

Deputy Chief Police Officer, Selangor

Dr. Ameer Siddique

Consultant Psychiatrist Department of Psychological Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University Malaya

Siti Subaidah Mustaffa

Conference Programme Director Past District Governor, Rotary International District 3300

Dr Krishna Kumar

District Governor, Rotary International District 3300


The Pearl Hotel

5th Mile, Jln Klang Lama,
58000 Kuala Lumpur.


Be part of the women’s event of the year! Tickets are RM250 per pax.

Receive full access to all activities, coffee & tea breaks, networking luncheon, and symposium pax.

Seats are limited. Register today!

Share this event



Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo. Waiting for content. Section to be hidden when no sponsors.

Contact Us

We Want To Hear From You


[email protected]

Rotary WOW

Women Empowerment (WOW) Symposium, organised by Rotary International District 3300 Action Group for Women Empowerment (DAG-WOW)

Ignite Your Vibes &
Signup Today!