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Odette Umali

Founder, Gordon Parenting

Odette Umali is the Founder of Gordon Parenting (www.gordonparenting.com) and brought Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) to Hong Kong, Macau and the Philippines. P.E.T. is a parent training program which was developed in 1962 by Nobel Prize Nominee and multi-awarded psychologist, Dr. Thomas Gordon. Since then, it has benefitted millions of parents across 55 countries. 

In addition to conducting P.E.T. courses and certifying instructors, Odette has helped develop Parent Education programs of different International Schools, Pre-schools and Corporations. Odette has also worked extensively with various NGOs (Christian Action & Free to Run), volunteer groups and social workers to make P.E.T. accessible to less fortunate families of the community. As one of the pioneers of P.E.T. in Hong Kong, she spearheaded the effort to successfully translate the training materials into Traditional Chinese (Cantonese) and for P.E.T. to be accredited by the Macau School Board as a course in the School of Continuing Studies of Macau University of Science and Technology (UST). Odette’s articles have been published in South China Morning Post (SCMP), Expat Living HK, and Sing Tao Daily, as well as other online media. 

Odette has been invited to speak or conduct workshops in corporations such as American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong , The Pure Group, Morgan Stanley, DBS Bank , Hong Kong Shanghai Bank, Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., Mayer Brown, Dairy Farm, VF Asia Limited among others. 

Prior to founding Gordon Parenting, she was a Corporate Trainer for more than 10 years in Cathay Pacific. She has a degree in Psychology and completed her Executive MBA from Chinese University of Hong Kong. She also holds a diploma on Adult Training and Education from Hong Kong University. She has a daughter (21 years old) who is currently studying Engineering at Cornell University and a son (16 years old) who is in Grade 11 at Hong Kong International School.

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