Singtel director Teo Swee Lian on taking a stand for gender progress

Singtel director Teo Swee Lian hopes more companies can be progressive, but adds that it must never be about choosing a woman just for her gender.
Singtel director Teo Swee Lian hopes more companies can be progressive, but adds that it must never be about choosing a woman just for her gender.

Singtel director Teo Swee Lian made sure she had the last laugh when a man kept making sexist jokes at a meeting where she was the only woman present.

She communicated her discomfort by saying she was heading to the washroom and they could joke all they wanted, but when she got back they would get down to serious business.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 11, 2019, with the headline 'Taking a stand for gender progress'. Print Edition | Subscribe