AmCham Shanghai's Entrepreneurship Committee is proud to host a special fireside chat featuring Miguel McKelvey, Co-Founder and Chief Culture Officer of WeWork on Tuesday, March 6th, at the AmCham Shanghai Conference Center. Miguel and panelists will discuss Designing Culture: Driving China's Future.
Transforming from humble beginnings and a single location, WeWork is fast making its mark in today's world. It is helping to shape the future of how we work and live, making it more human and bringing people together.
WeWork debuted in Greater China and Asia in 2016; the company's swift expansion led quickly to its first location in Hong Kong, on September 1, 2016, followed by continued growth across the country. WeWork is also on a mission towards supporting the nation's "created in China" transformational journey from factory to laboratory.
What are the key success factors of WeWork? One of their most important philosophies is designing culture--amplifying a workspace beyond beautiful spaces, it is a movement about life, not just work. They are operationalizing culture as their foundation in rolling out continued growth. During our fireside chat, Miguel will join his colleagues and offer their expertise on creating culture for businesses from the earliest stage start-ups to the largest global enterprises and help empower them with the right tools to shape their own cultures.
During the event, the speakers will also share their vision on shaping the future of work by introducing different cultural dimensions to help make the workplace a better place to make a life, and not just a living. With culture weaving a common thread across design, experiences and missions, it will completely rewrite traditional norms of workspace culture.
8:00 AM - 8:20 AM
Registration and networking
8:20 AM - 8:25 AM
Welcome and introduction
8:25 AM - 8:45 AM
8:45 AM - 9:25 AM
9:25 AM - 9:30 AM
Co-founder and Chief Culture Officer of WeWork
Miguel McKelvey is the Co-founder and Chief Culture Officer of WeWork, a platform for creators that helps people make a life, not just a living. Miguel oversees diverse initiatives across the company, ensuring that WeWork's foundational values are infused into all aspects of the company's culture, products and operations.
Miguel and co-founder Adam Neumann started WeWork in 2010 in New York City. Before WeWork, Miguel and Adam started Green Desk, a turnkey eco-friendly work space solution based in Brooklyn. Previously, Miguel worked on the international rollout of American Apparel's retail stores.
Miguel began his entrepreneurial career by co-founding the company English, baby! - an English as a second language learning platform and social network - that is still thriving today.
Originally from Oregon, Miguel earned his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Oregon, where he also played basketball.
Christian Lee currently serves as Managing Director, WeWork Asia, including Greater China, India, Korea, and Southeast Asia. In this capacity, he manages all aspects of WeWork's operations in Asia.
Before assuming this role in 2017, Lee served as the Head of Global Development for WeWork and Chief Financial Officer of WeWork. Prior to WeWork, he served as Senior Vice President, Head of Corporate Development for Time Warner Cable and Director in the Finance & Acquisitions department at Time Warner Inc. He received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in International Relations from Carleton College.
He first came to China in 1995 where he was at Nankai University for a semester as a foreign language student and in 1997 he spent a semester at University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. He lives with his wife and two children in Shanghai.
Wen Yao is the Co-founder of POWWFUL. Wen is a marketing guru, a product prototyping expert, a fitness fiend and a color enthusiast, all this and more put her smack in the center of everything POWWFUL does: from brand vision, to outreach, to fabric selection, to prototype production, to new product development and color choices.
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.