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OVERVIEW

The annual Women's Economy Summit (WES) is the largest gathering of women leaders in the AmCham China community with a mission to raise awareness of the key role women play in global economic development. The Summit celebrates how far we have come but also acknowledges how far we still have to go with regards to ensuring women's full economic empowerment. It also addresses the important topics of unconscious biases, women's empowerment initiatives, male advocacy, career planning and development, women's health and its cascading impact and much more.


This year the whole world has been affected by the global pandemic but in times of crisis, women and girls are disproportionately impacted often with longer term consequences. Responding to the pandemic will not only be about rectifying existing inequalities, but also about building a more resilient, long-term oriented world in the interest of everyone which includes women at the center of recovery.


Our Summit this year will focus on understanding the disproportionate effects of the pandemic on women and the impact on the economy, learning about how technology presents an opportunity for growth, and the importance of equal pay and sharing best practices. The Summit will take place over three days with half-day programs featuring talks and discussions, and will also include interactive workshops to gain practical knowledge.


As with many events in 2020, the Women's Economy Summit has been affected by the pandemic and will be held online for the first time. It is a great opportunity for us to reach interested participants beyond Beijing, China and we look forward to welcoming all!



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Oct 21 - 23, 2020

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SPEAKERS

Over 40 global leaders, innovators, thought leaders, experts, and entrepreneurs.

  • Dr Julie M. Albright (Digital Sociologist at University of Southern California)

    Dr Julie M. Albright

    Digital Sociologist at University of Southern California

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  • Sherry Carbary (Vice President, Boeing International, and President at Boeing China)

    Sherry Carbary

    Vice President, Boeing International, and President at Boeing China

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  • Dr Sharon Chan (Head of JLABS @ Shanghai at Johnson & Johnson)

    Dr Sharon Chan

    Head of JLABS @ Shanghai at Johnson & Johnson

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  • Shelley Chapman (Co-Founder at Organisations that Flow and Co-Founder of Insideout Arrabida)

    Shelley Chapman

    Co-Founder at Organisations that Flow and Co-Founder of Insideout Arrabida

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  • Clemon Courtney III (Founder and Managing Director of The Write Place)

    Clemon Courtney III

    Founder and Managing Director of The Write Place

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  • Alain Crozier (Corporate Vice President, Chairman and CEO of Microsoft Greater China Region)

    Alain Crozier

    Corporate Vice President, Chairman and CEO of Microsoft Greater China Region

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  • Claudia de Llano (Associate Consultant at Bearapy)

    Claudia de Llano

    Associate Consultant at Bearapy

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  • Julien Dedman Jr (Senior Director, Innovation and R&D Communication of Johnson & Johnson, Asia Pacific)

    Julien Dedman Jr

    Senior Director, Innovation and R&D Communication of Johnson & Johnson, Asia Pacific

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  • Adriana Diaz (National Correspondent at CBS News)

    Adriana Diaz

    National Correspondent at CBS News

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  • Angela Dong (General Manager, Nike Greater China and Vice President at Nike Inc)

    Angela Dong

    General Manager, Nike Greater China and Vice President at Nike Inc

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  • Allan Gabor (President of Merck China, and Managing Director at Merck Performance Materials China)

    Allan Gabor

    President of Merck China, and Managing Director at Merck Performance Materials China

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  • Greg Gilligan (Chairman at American Chamber of Commerce in China)

    Greg Gilligan

    Chairman at American Chamber of Commerce in China

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  • Dr Karen A. Grépin (Associate Professor at the School of Public Health at University of Hong Kong)

    Dr Karen A. Grépin

    Associate Professor at the School of Public Health at University of Hong Kong

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  • Sophie Guerin (Head of Diversity & Inclusion, APAC at Johnson & Johnson)

    Sophie Guerin

    Head of Diversity & Inclusion, APAC at Johnson & Johnson

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  • Su Cheng Harris-Simpson (Founder and CEO of SCHS Asia)

    Su Cheng Harris-Simpson

    Founder and CEO of SCHS Asia

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  • Michelle Ho (President at UPS China)

    Michelle Ho

    President at UPS China

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  • Mu Hong (Director-General, Liaison Department of All-China Women's Federation (ACWF))

    Mu Hong

    Director-General, Liaison Department of All-China Women's Federation (ACWF)

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  • Cindy Jensen (Executive Coach and Founder of INPOWER ONE)

    Cindy Jensen

    Executive Coach and Founder of INPOWER ONE

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  • Elina Jiang (Senior Project Manager at SCHS Asia)

    Elina Jiang

    Senior Project Manager at SCHS Asia

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  • Karen Kesner (Head of Americas and Executive Vice President at Chayora)

    Karen Kesner

    Head of Americas and Executive Vice President at Chayora

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  • Alvin Koh (Enterprise Technologist Director,  Infrastructure Solution Group of Dell EMC Greater China)

    Alvin Koh

    Enterprise Technologist Director, Infrastructure Solution Group of Dell EMC Greater China

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  • Tze San Koh (President, China Gas Marketing at ExxonMobil)

    Tze San Koh

    President, China Gas Marketing at ExxonMobil

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  • Christine Lam (Chief Executive Officer at Citi China)

    Christine Lam

    Chief Executive Officer at Citi China

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  • Dongning Li (Anchor at CGTN)

    Dongning Li

    Anchor at CGTN

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  • Yoke Look Lim (President at Dow Greater China)

    Yoke Look Lim

    President at Dow Greater China

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  • Jenny Oan (Communications Manager at Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Asia Pacific)

    Jenny Oan

    Communications Manager at Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Asia Pacific

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  • Lulu Sang (Senior Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft China)

    Lulu Sang

    Senior Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft China

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  • Charles Shao (Senior Client Partner at Korn Ferry)

    Charles Shao

    Senior Client Partner at Korn Ferry

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  • Daniel Shih (Chief Development Officer, General Counsel and SVP of Legal at Walmart China)

    Daniel Shih

    Chief Development Officer, General Counsel and SVP of Legal at Walmart China

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  • Jill Tang (Co-Founder of Ladies Who Tech)

    Jill Tang

    Co-Founder of Ladies Who Tech

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  • Andres Tapia (Senior Client Partner and Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategist at Korn Ferry)

    Andres Tapia

    Senior Client Partner and Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategist at Korn Ferry

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  • Dalida Turkovic (Coach, Author of Mindfulness for Beginners, and Founder at Beijing Mindfulness Centre)

    Dalida Turkovic

    Coach, Author of Mindfulness for Beginners, and Founder at Beijing Mindfulness Centre

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  • Fernando Vallina (Chairman at ExxonMobil (China) Investment Co., Ltd.)

    Fernando Vallina

    Chairman at ExxonMobil (China) Investment Co., Ltd.

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  • Zhi Wang (Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft China)

    Zhi Wang

    Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft China

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  • Robyn Wexler (Group Level Director of the Space Academy, and the Co-Founder at Yoga Yard)

    Robyn Wexler

    Group Level Director of the Space Academy, and the Co-Founder at Yoga Yard

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  • Amy Xie (Senior Finance Manager at Microsoft China)

    Amy Xie

    Senior Finance Manager at Microsoft China

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  • Gloria Xu (Public and Government Affairs General Manager, Greater China at Dow Greater China)

    Gloria Xu

    Public and Government Affairs General Manager, Greater China at Dow Greater China

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  • Minda Xu (Chief Commercial Officer Global High Growth Regions at Honeywell)

    Minda Xu

    Chief Commercial Officer Global High Growth Regions at Honeywell

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  • Katrina Yu (China Correspondent at Al Jazeera English)

    Katrina Yu

    China Correspondent at Al Jazeera English

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  • Bing Zhou (Vice President at Dell Greater China)

    Bing Zhou

    Vice President at Dell Greater China

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  • Michael Zhu (Global Vice President, Managing Director of China at Hewlett Packard Enterprise)

    Michael Zhu

    Global Vice President, Managing Director of China at Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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AGENDA

  • Day 1 (October 21, 2020)
    9 AM - 9:05 AMWelcome
    A short welcome message from the organizers and an introduction to the Summit.

    Su Cheng Harris-Simpson

    Founder and CEO of SCHS Asia

    Elina Jiang

    Senior Project Manager at SCHS Asia

    9:05 AM - 9:20 AMDaily check in
    Mental and emotional health is increasingly being recognized as an important component of effectivity. Prior to starting our day, we will lead a short, guided meditation to set our frame of mind and our intentions for the day.

    Shelley Chapman

    Co-Founder at Organisations that Flow and Co-Founder of Insideout Arrabida

    9:20 AM - 9:30 AMOpening Remarks
    Short remarks from the AmCham Chairman and Co-Chair of the Women’s Advisory Council on the mission of WES, the importance of this year’s theme and the purpose of this year’s summit.

    Greg Gilligan

    Chairman at American Chamber of Commerce in China

    Gloria Xu

    Public and Government Affairs General Manager, Greater China at Dow Greater China

    9:30 AM - 10 AMLightning Talks
    Short talks providing different perspectives on how the pandemic has affected them personally, their businesses, and the economy.

    Michelle Ho

    President at UPS China

    Mu Hong

    Director-General, Liaison Department of All-China Women's Federation (ACWF)

    Tze San Koh

    President, China Gas Marketing at ExxonMobil

    10 AM - 10:45 AMDiscussion
    An interactive deep dive discussion on how the pandemic has impacted women, what it means for business and how businesses are responding. It will be a moderated discussion with an opportunity to address questions from the audience.

    Allan Gabor

    President of Merck China, and Managing Director at Merck Performance Materials China

    Dr Karen A. Grépin

    Associate Professor at the School of Public Health at University of Hong Kong

    Minda Xu

    Chief Commercial Officer Global High Growth Regions at Honeywell

    Katrina Yu

    China Correspondent at Al Jazeera English

    Su Cheng Harris-Simpson

    Founder and CEO of SCHS Asia

    10:45 AM - 11 AMTying it together
    Wrapping up session 1 and sharing how our conversation today feeds into our session tomorrow.

    Elina Jiang

    Senior Project Manager at SCHS Asia

    Katrina Yu

    China Correspondent at Al Jazeera English

    11 AM - 12 PMConcurrent workshops
    Choose one workshop to attend for personal development.

    Track 1: Creating Wholeness in Challenging Times
    Track 2: Enabling Leadership Resourcefulness
    Track 3: Mindfulness of the Marginalized

    More info below!

    Clemon Courtney III

    Founder and Managing Director of The Write Place

    Claudia de Llano

    Associate Consultant at Bearapy

    Cindy Jensen

    Executive Coach and Founder of INPOWER ONE

    Dalida Turkovic

    Coach, Author of Mindfulness for Beginners, and Founder at Beijing Mindfulness Centre

    Day 2 (Yesterday)
    9 AM - 9:05 AMWelcome
    A short introduction to the day’s topic and sessions.

    Elina Jiang

    Senior Project Manager at SCHS Asia

    9:05 AM - 9:15 AMDaily check in
    Mental health and physical health are deeply connected, both are important for our overall health and productivity. Prior to starting our day, we will lead a short and simple, yet energizing yoga session to align our mind and body and prepare for the day ahead.

    Robyn Wexler

    Group Level Director of the Space Academy, and the Co-Founder at Yoga Yard

    9:15 AM - 9:35 AMInsight Talk
    Dr Albright, a digital sociologist who focuses on the intersection of society, behavior and technology will share her insights in a talk on The Great Reset: Coming Untethered in Pandemic Times – Challenges and Opportunities

    Dr Julie M. Albright

    Digital Sociologist at University of Southern California

    9:35 AM - 10 AMConversation
    An interview style conversation with Dr Julie M Albright to dive deeper into the insight talk with questions from the audience.

    Dr Julie M. Albright

    Digital Sociologist at University of Southern California

    Adriana Diaz

    National Correspondent at CBS News

    10 AM - 10:45 AMDiscussion
    A panel discussion on how digital technology has enabled us to change the way we work in 2020 and the possibilities going forward. Also discussing how it can provide more opportunities for women and what precautions we need to take.

    Dr Sharon Chan

    Head of JLABS @ Shanghai at Johnson & Johnson

    Alain Crozier

    Corporate Vice President, Chairman and CEO of Microsoft Greater China Region

    Dongning Li

    Anchor at CGTN

    Jill Tang

    Co-Founder of Ladies Who Tech

    Bing Zhou

    Vice President at Dell Greater China

    10:45 AM - 11 AMTying it together
    Wrapping up session 2 and sharing how our conversation today feeds into our session tomorrow.

    Dongning Li

    Anchor at CGTN

    Elina Jiang

    Senior Project Manager at SCHS Asia

    11 AM - 12 PMConcurrent Workshops
    Choose one workshop to attend for professional development.

    Track 1: The Future of Coding facilitated by Microsoft
    Track 2: The Future of Strategic Communications facilitated by Johnson & Johnson
    Track 3: The future of digital infrastructure facilitated by Dell and Chayora

    More info below 'Speakers' section!

    Karen Kesner

    Head of Americas and Executive Vice President at Chayora

    Alvin Koh

    Enterprise Technologist Director, Infrastructure Solution Group of Dell EMC Greater China

    Lulu Sang

    Senior Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft China

    Zhi Wang

    Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft China

    Amy Xie

    Senior Finance Manager at Microsoft China

    Julien Dedman Jr

    Senior Director, Innovation and R&D Communication of Johnson & Johnson, Asia Pacific

    Jenny Oan

    Communications Manager at Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Asia Pacific

    Day 3 (Today)
    9 AM - 9:05 AMWelcome
    A short introduction to the day’s sessions and topic.

    Elina Jiang

    Senior Project Manager at SCHS Asia

    9:05 AM - 9:15 AMDaily check in
    To imagine a new future, we need to clear our minds of the business-as-usual past thinking. Prior to exploring this day’s topics, let’s begin with the end in mind and tap into the wisdom of our future selves. Find a quiet place to participate in this visualization exercise. (Note: best with headphones on.)

    Dalida Turkovic

    Coach, Author of Mindfulness for Beginners, and Founder at Beijing Mindfulness Centre

    9:15 AM - 9:45 AMLightning Talks
    Short talks that dive deeper into the topic of gender equality and the importance to address this issue.

    Sherry Carbary

    Vice President, Boeing International, and President at Boeing China

    Angela Dong

    General Manager, Nike Greater China and Vice President at Nike Inc

    Daniel Shih

    Chief Development Officer, General Counsel and SVP of Legal at Walmart China

    9:45 AM - 10:15 AMDiscussion
    An interactive deep dive discussion on why gender equality is an important topic, how it benefits us all, and what businesses can do. It will be a moderated discussion with an opportunity to address questions from the audience.

    Sophie Guerin

    Head of Diversity & Inclusion, APAC at Johnson & Johnson

    Yoke Look Lim

    President at Dow Greater China

    Michael Zhu

    Global Vice President, Managing Director of China at Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    10:15 AM - 10:30 AMInsight Talk
    A keynote by Korn Ferry on the gender pay gap situation in China based on the Gender Pay Report. Presenting insights about gender pay gap, what it means for business and the benefits of equal pay. Sharing what can be done and best practices.

    Charles Shao

    Senior Client Partner at Korn Ferry

    Andres Tapia

    Senior Client Partner and Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategist at Korn Ferry

    10:30 AM - 10:40 AMSpecial announcement
    The Women's Advisory Council will make a special announcement.

    Su Cheng Harris-Simpson

    Founder and CEO of SCHS Asia

    Fernando Vallina

    Chairman at ExxonMobil (China) Investment Co., Ltd.

    10:40 AM - 10:50 AMLightning Talk
    We end our Women’s Economy Summit with an inspiring talk by Christine Lam on the opportunities ahead.

    Christine Lam

    Chief Executive Officer at Citi China

    10:50 AM - 11 AMTying it together
    Our chance to wrap up the summit and share the importance of continuing the conversation going forward.

    Su Cheng Harris-Simpson

    Founder and CEO of SCHS Asia

    Elina Jiang

    Senior Project Manager at SCHS Asia

    5 PM - 9 PMVIP Reception and Dinner (invitation only)
    An in-person VIP reception and dinner, by invitation only.

WORKSHOPS

The workshops provides opportunities to develop both personally and professionally. There are a total of 6 workshops during the summit on days 1 and 2. You can join one workshop on day 1 and another workshop on day 2. 


The workshops on day 1 provide an opportunity for personal growth and development while the workshops on day 2 and more focused on professional development.




Day 1 Workshops

TRACK 1: Creating Wholeness in Challenging Times: Uplifting Aspects of Mental Health Awareness


"The highest levels of performance come to people who are centered, intuitive, creative, and reflective – people who know to see a problem as an opportunity." 

- Deepak Chopra


Come join an uplifting dialogue about mental health and learn the three keys to well-being. Together we will experience painting the landscape of your internal world to build strength, joy and wholeness in our personal and professional lives. 


Aimed at educating professionals about the role of mental health in the workplace, this workshop will address the role of psychoeducation, reducing stigma and increasing information flow in work environments. You will be led through experiential exercises to demonstrate how mind, body and spirit can be integrated in order to improve our relationship with ourselves and others, at home and at work.   


Facilitator:

  • Claudia de Llano, Associate Consultant, BEARAPY


TRACK 2: Enabling Leadership Resourcefulness: Redefining Leadership Identity during Times of Change


"Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you." 

- Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Join this workshop to explore the question: how do we remain empathetic and authentic while leading through change? Whether you are a leader experiencing unexpected growth in your business or devastating loss, the need to change comes with different challenges. 


Aimed at enabling leaders to redefine their identity during unpredictable, continuously changing times, while maintaining trust. Through a series of case studies and dialogue we will share experiences, engage in conversations on how empathy plays a role in leadership for the future, and also provide some concrete tools to enable you to have difficult conversations going forward. 


Facilitators: 

  • Cindy Jensen, Executive Coach, and Founder of INPOWER ONE
  • Dalida Turkovic, Coach, Author of Mindfulness for Beginners, and Founder at Beijing Mindfulness Centre


TRACK 3: Mindfulness of the Marginalized: Creating a More Inclusive Workplace


"Twenty-first century feminism [is] the idea that when everybody is equal, we are all more free." 

- Barack Obama


Join this workshop to better understand and address the varied impacts of the pandemic on marginalized communities. First, the workshop will present the unique challenges underserved communities are facing during this crisis. Second, it will address the most important question: What can we do to help?


Though a series of case studies and exercises, you will be led through companies' best practices to create a more inclusive workplace for all.  


Facilitator:

  • Clemon Courtney III, Founder and Managing Director of The Write Place

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Day 2 Workshops

TRACK 1: The Future of Coding - Supercharging Innovation

 

"500 million new apps are going to get created in the next five years. Think about that, that's more apps than in the last 40 years."

- Satya Nadella

 

There is an urgent need to provide better and easier access to coding. Until now there has been low representation of women in the technology industry, we hope to unlock their potential to include them going into the future.


Introducing one application platform for all – Microsoft Power Platform, a no code/low code application platform by Microsoft. Power Platform empowers its users to build applications by themselves simply and conveniently. You will learn how to increase agility within your organization by being able to build no-code/low-code apps that modernize processes and allows you to solve tough challenges.


Facilitated by Microsoft 

  • Lulu Sang, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft China
  • Zhi Wang, Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft China
  • Amy Xie, Senior Finance Manager, Microsoft China

TRACK 2: The Future of Strategic Communications: Navigating Challenging Times To Enhance and Protect Your Reputation


"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently."

- Warren Buffett


For corporates, companies and individuals, raising your profile online and offline may provide significant opportunities to increase your reach and impact but also has the potential to put your reputation at risk. Whether you are looking to enhance your image or preparing for a future challenge, understanding best practices and the do's and don'ts will be beneficial for when or if a crisis does come knocking at your door.

 

Designed to enable professionals to put their best foot forward, this workshop led by reputation and media communications experts from Johnson & Johnson Innovation will also provide an overview of the digital and social media landscape across Asia Pacific and how to best leverage today's platforms to tell your story more effectively in the future.


Facilitated by Johnson and Johnson

  • Julien Dedman, Senior Director, Innovation and R&D Communication Lead Asia Pacific, Johnson & Johnson Asia Pacific
  • Jenny Oan, Communications Manager, Johnson & Johnson Asia Pacific



TRACK 3: The future of digital infrastructure and the need for industry collaboration

 

"There's always an opportunity to make a difference."

- Michael Dell


The pandemic has abruptly accelerated the need for digital transformation and the insatiable demand for data center capacity is set to continue its exponential growth trajectory. Join us to discuss the transformation of the digital infrastructure becoming an essential service in the maintenance of both our economic activity and our social fabric highlighting sustainability, AI, IoT, Big Data, 5G, cloud solutions and connectivity.


New skills and training are essential for the data center engineering workforce. It is vital to increase collaboration, digital infrastructure and communication across the industry. We will look at the future growth of the sector and investment in skills with focus on the importance of diversity and inclusion.


Facilitated by Dell and Chayora

  • Karen Kesner, Head of Americas and Executive Vice President, Chayora
  • Alvin Koh, Enterprise Technologist Director, Infrastructure Solution Group, Dell EMC Greater China

TICKETS Register

General Ticket (Panel Sessions ONLY)

Price RMB 100 includes full access to all three half days of panel sessions from 9 am to 11 am (no workshops)

RMB 100
Standard Three-Day Ticket

Standard Price RMB 850 includes full access to all three half days of panel sessions and workshops from 9 am to noon

RMB 850
AmCham Member Ticket

1. Standard Price FREE includes full access to all three half days of panel sessions from 9 am to 11 am (no workshops)

2. Standard Price RMB 650 includes full access to all three half days of panel sessions and workshops from 9 am to noon

Ticket options are available for all employees of any AmCham China member company. Tickets will be verified via email address, so make sure to reserve using your official company email.

Free
RMB 650

ABOUT THE WOMEN'S ECONOMY SUMMIT

The Women's Economy Summit was initiated in 2017 through the joint efforts of the American Chamber of Commerce in China (AmCham China) and boutique consultancy SCHSAsia, the event is designed to be an energetic and bold experience packed with personal and professional development power for women. Over the years the Women's Economy Summit has grown and last year it attracted more than 300 professional men and women.


The Summit features inspiring keynote speeches, panel discussions, interactive workshops and networking opportunities. It brings together professional women, corporate leaders, business experts, women entrepreneurs, government officials and academia to support and celebrate women in business in China and globally.


The Summit also examines international, regional and national 'best practices' towards producing concrete steps companies can take to foster a healthy gender balance, inspire female employees to reach their full potential and unleash the power of women to boost the economy.


The Women's Advisory Council was initiated by SCHS Asia with the support of AmCham China in 2019. This advisory council aims to support women in the workplace as well as women entrepreneurs to grow both personally and professionally. We bring together a dedicated group of powerful women and men to support and sponsor the growth and sustainability of women leaders and women entrepreneurs. The advisory council provides support and direction to the programming for the Women's Economy Summit. 

Documents

2020 WES Program Book.pdf
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