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AmCham Shanghai’s Entrepreneurship Committee and Sorority China invite you to join an exclusive dialogue on Women Founders of the Future on Wednesday, November 15 from 16:00 – 18:00 at the AmCham Shanghai Conference Room, followed by drinks and networking opportunities.

Over the last decade the number of female-led businesses around the world has more than doubled*. Nearly 20% of start-ups are founded by women. In the technology sector, China is now ahead of the U.S. and the U.K., with a 74% ratio of female to male leadership.

What does this tell us about the future? What are the challenges and opportunities that women will face as they seek to build start-ups, scale their businesses, and eventually lead large companies from the top?

This event will bring together accomplished women CEOs and start-up founders to help share their experience and thoughts on the future. There will be discussion on the challenges as well as opportunities that women founders will face, and offer practical advice on how to scale and lead from the top.

*Source: Crunchbase

Agenda:

16:00 Registration
16:15 Welcome and opening: AmCham Entrepreneurship Committee Chair, Barbara Ex
16:20 Women in Entrepreneurship in China: She Power Organization Chairman, Daisy Qiu
16:25 CEO of Scale Keynote: Hearst Media China President, Yvonne Wang
16:45 Women Founders of the Future Panel and Q&A
17:45 Closing remarks
18:00 Networking & Drinks


Speakers

  • Yvonne Wang (China President at Hearst Media)

    Yvonne Wang

    China President at Hearst Media

    Yvonne is a member of Hearst Asia Investment Committee, and has more than 20 years’ of global top 500 enterprises IPO, merger and acquisition professional management experience in media, exhibitions, event marketing and entertainment business, focusing on enterprise investment merger, post merger integration and operation, strategic planning and development. Yvonne holds EMBA from University of Southern California-Marshall Business School, Bachelor of Accounting and Finance Degree from California State University, and is a qualified Certified Public Accountant-California, USA. Before joining Hearst Corporation, she was CFO/VP for Shared Services Center of Reed Exhibition, a world number one exhibition organizer.

    Hearst Media China affects millions of audiences on the basis of the total circulation of more than 12 million magazines audience per month; also on new media platforms including APPs, social media, TV, web, etc. Hearst Media China is highly influential in high-end female audiences and plays a leading role in digital fashion media.

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  • Barbara EX (Moderator) (Founder of WhiteSpace)

    Barbara EX (Moderator)

    Founder of WhiteSpace

    Barbara Ex is the Founder and CEO of WhiteSpace, a sharing economy business that offers flexible, affordable short-term meeting and training room space. A ‘mini-unicorn’, WhiteSpace has been profitable since the day it opened its doors, and is now ready to scale across China’s local business communities.

    Barbara’s lifelong interest has been the application of cutting edge technology to open up new markets, enable strategy and transform existing business models. As a general manager in the manufacturing industries in the 1990s, she was a leading edge adopter of B2B e-commerce models. She was also responsible for commercial business development for an energy data SaaS company in China.

    Barbara moved to China in 2005, and has more than a decade of experience in working in both multinational and Chinese companies. Barbara holds an MBA from London Business School and both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Chemical Engineering from MIT.

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  • Daisy Qiu (Founder/Chairman of Ruiwen Group/She Power Organization)

    Daisy Qiu

    Founder/Chairman of Ruiwen Group/She Power Organization

    Ruiwen is China’s most influential platform for women in the workplace. Daisy is also the Chairman of “She Power Organization,” and has personally mentored 3,000 professional women in her seasoned career. She is also a founding partner of Talent Lead head hunting and consulting agency. Daisy is a graduate of University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business EMBA program.

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  • Michelle Li (Panel Facilitator) (Founder and CEO of Sorority China)

    Michelle Li (Panel Facilitator)

    Founder and CEO of Sorority China

    Founded in 2015, Sorority China is a pioneer in providing safe and affordable coshared living and working spaces for women. Born in China and raised in the U.S., Michelle later returned to Beijing with a firm belief in the independence and support young women should have while trying to grow their own careers and life experiences in China. Thus, Sorority China was founded on the principle of a mutually supportive sisterhood community to “let now women feel alon e,” since then Michelle and her team have opened two projects in Shanghai with a third to open in early 2018 in Beijing. Prior to embarking on her own start-up, Michelle led overseas investment for Chinese capital in the Fashion and Retail industry, was Head of China for leading U.K.-based CEO leadership development firm Xinfu, and was responsible for training and customer satisfaction programs at Mercedes-Benz.

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  • Nayoung Chung Mathiesen (Panelist) (Founder of Skills Training Institute of Asia)

    Nayoung Chung Mathiesen (Panelist)

    Founder of Skills Training Institute of Asia

    Nayoung Mathiesen is a serial entrepreneur with entrepreneurial and professional background from S. Korea, USA, Norway, Singapore before arriving in Shanghai in 2014. Currently, besides co-chairing the Entrepreneurship Committee at AmCham, Nayoung is running her startup (www.stiachina.com) creating interactive, bite-size digital training content for the Senior Care sector in China. STIA's content is for training caregivers as well as giving necessary information to the seniors and their family members.

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  • Ekaterina Lambert (Panelist) (Founder and CEO of FASHICON APP)

    Ekaterina Lambert (Panelist)

    Founder and CEO of FASHICON APP

    Ekaterina Lambert is Founder and CEO of FASHICON APP. It’s a P2P platform with 25k user base, just launched in April 2017 to connect people who love fashion with professionals from the fashion industry. FASHICON is a community of passionate, confident, unique people that help each other to improve in style, in self-confidence as well as promote and grow their business. Born in Russia, Ekaterina is also a fashion blogger, young fashion designer and since a young age interested in design and creating something different, which she believes is the driving passion that has led her to create FASHICON. Ekaterina holds a Bachelors degree in Journalism from Ural Gorkey University and Bachelors degree in Fashion design and technology from IFA Paris.

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  • Shiny Chen (Panelist) (Founder of Shinijia)

    Shiny Chen (Panelist)

    Founder of Shinijia

    Shiny Chen is the founder of Shinijia, a real estate company which focuses on creating uniquely designed co-living spaces. It has created about 700 units shared apartment rooms, servicing thousands of Chinese and international young students and professionals in the downtown districts of Shanghai. Now Shinijia is building a B2C platform for uniquely designed apartments, community in the cities, and co-living buildings.

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  • Zoe Z. Pollack (Panelist) (Fashion Designer/Brand Builder/Business Operator)

    Zoe Z. Pollack (Panelist)

    Fashion Designer/Brand Builder/Business Operator

    Zoe Z. Pollack is a seasoned fashion designer, brand builder and business operator with over 17 years experience ranging from large famous brands to innovative start-ups. As a new mother excited by the huge market in one of the fastest growing fashion segments, Zoe joined as a founding partner in a childrenswear brand at the end of 2014. Within 3 years, the brand grew revenues 800%, and grew a fan base of 60,000 followers. With early success comes even greater energy and enthusiasm, and Zoe is just getting started.

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