The 2020 Women's Economy Summit Dinner is designed with the theme of "Educating and Mentoring the Next Generation". The purpose of this dinner is to engage around the importance of collaborative for change: to celebrate progress, reflect on lessons being learned, and think collectively about how we can shape the future for the ultimate benefit of millions of women in China and around the world.
It will bring together professional women, corporate leaders, business experts, women entrepreneurs as well as young women graduates from both Educating Girls in Rural China (EGRC) and World Academy for the Future of Women (WAFW). The special mentoring session between these two groups is planned for the experienced to hear and support young women, also creates the opportunity for younger generation to discover possibilities in life and learn from women role models as well as male champions. By collaborating, and creating a platform for women to support each other, we believe we can support meaningful and sustained improvements in the lives of women worldwide.
We are also planning to make this a fundraising event for EGRC, a program that provide financial sponsorship and emotional support to young women from rural regions of Western China, and WAFW, a bold and daring action leadership programs to develop young people, especially women, as leaders who engage and address the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals worldwide.
from U.S Shenyang Consul General Nancy Abella
from U.S Shenyang Consul General Nancy Abella
Consul General at United States Consulate General in Shenyang
Nancy Abella arrived in China on August 1, 2019, to serve as Consul General at the United States Consulate General in Shenyang.
Ms. Abella joined the State Department in April 2001, and is a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service. She served two previous assignments in China at the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai and at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. She has also worked overseas at the U.S. Embassy in Banjul, The Gambia, and embedded with U.S. military forces at a U.S. Provincial Reconstruction Team in Farah, Afghanistan.
Ms. Abella’s most recent Washington, D.C, assignment was in the State Department Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Office of Mainland Southeast Asia. Previously, she worked in Washington at the State Department 24-Hour Operations Center, the Bureau of Consular Affairs, the White House National Security Council, and the Office of the Counselor to the Secretary of State.
Ms. Abella was born in New Jersey and grew up in Connecticut. She graduated from the Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service with a Bachelor of Science, and speaks Chinese Mandarin and Spanish.
Headquartered in London, bp is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies. It has operations in 79 countries and its major business activities include exploration and production, refining, marketing and lubricants etc. bp has around 70,100 employees worldwide and its shares are traded at the London and New York stock exchange markets.
bp’s purpose is reimagining energy for people and our planet. Our ambition is to be a net zero company by 2050 or sooner, and to help the world get to net zero. bp also introduced a new strategy that will reshape its business as it pivots from being an international oil company focused on producing resources to an integrated energy company focused on delivering solutions for customers.
bp has been operating in China since the early 1970s and is one of the leading foreign investors in China. Our business activities here include aviation fuel supply, oil products retailing, lubricants blending and marketing, oil and gas supply and trading, LNG terminal and trunk line operation, chemicals technology licensing, advanced mobility as well as venturing. We are committed to contributing to China's energy solutions and to creating material value growth for bp by continuing to be a trusted energy partner and valuable contributor supporting China's strategic development.
Building on its business successes in China, bp has also expanded partnerships with the national energy companies beyond the country’s borders. bp is working with CNPC in Iraq and Australia, Sinopec in Angola and Singapore, CNOOC in Australia, Indonesia and Argentina, and with China National Aviation Fuel in Singapore.
bp publishes bp Statistical Review of World Energy and bp Energy Outlook on annual basis. The publications are regarded as one of the world’s most reliable sources of energy data and are widely consulted.
In parallel, bp has been working to contribute to China society by helping address the local sustainability issues. bp has also been actively engaged in energy research activities, particularly in clean energy R&D initiatives. To date, bp’s accumulative spending on community contributions in China has exceeded US$ 50 million. bp’s community practices have been widely recognized.
bp is committed to contributing to China’s energy solutions by continuing to be a trusted energy partner and valuable contributor supporting China’s strategic development.
Honeywell is a Fortune 500 technology company that delivers industry specific solutions that include aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings and industry; and performance materials globally. Our technologies help everything from aircraft, buildings, manufacturing plants, supply chains, and workers become more connected to make our world smarter, safer, and more sustainable.
Honeywell’s long history in China goes back to 1935 when it established its first franchise in Shanghai. As of today, and all of Honeywell’s strategic business groups are substantially present in the country, with Shanghai serving as the company’s Asia Pacific headquarters. Honeywell has over 50 wholly owned enterprises and joint ventures in more than 30 cities across the country, including 20 plus manufacturing sites. Honeywell now employs about 11,000 people in China, among which about 20% are scientists and engineers.
Merck, a leading science and technology company, operates across Healthcare, Life Science and Performance Materials. Around 57,000 employees work to make a positive difference to millions of people’s lives every day by creating more joyful and sustainable ways to live. From advancing gene editing technologies and discovering unique ways to treat the most challenging diseases to enabling the intelligence of devices – the company is everywhere. In 2019, Merck generated sales of € 16.2 billion in 66 countries.
Merck has been in China for 87 years, In 1933, Merck founded E. Merck Chemical Co., Ltd., its first subsidiary in Shanghai. China is one of the most strategically important countries for Merck and has become a global center of innovation for Merck. Merck’s Healthcare in Nantong, Life Science in Nantong and Performance Materials in Shanghai have investments of 170 million Euros, 80 million Euros, and 44 million Euros respectively. Merck China has nearly 4,100 employees and 20 legal entities operate in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Wuxi, Suzhou and Nantong.
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation and leading business positions to achieve profitable growth. The Company’s ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company. Dow’s portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure and consumer care. Dow operates 109 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 36,500 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $43 billion in 2019.
Dow has been present in China since 1979. The Company today gathers around 3,200 employees at 18 locations, including 8 manufacturing sites, serving customers in consumer care, infrastructure and packaging industries. Greater China is the second largest market for Dow globally with a comprehensive network of commercial offices, world-class manufacturing sites and innovation facilities. The capabilities Dow has in China enable us to work seamlessly with customers to deliver sustainable solutions to the transformation of the packaging, infrastructure and consumer care industries in China.
Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB), headquartered in Charlotte, NC, is a global specialty chemicals company with leading positions in lithium, bromine and refining catalysts. We power the potential of companies in many of the world’s largest and most critical industries, from energy and communications to transportation and electronics. Working side-by-side with our customers, we develop value-added, customized solutions that make them more competitive. Our solutions combine the finest technology and ingredients with the knowledge and know-how of our highly experienced and talented team of operators, scientists and engineers.https://www.albemarle.com
A family-owned business with more than a century of history, Mars is a leading global food manufacturer and distributor. Our brands are well loved by consumers worldwide, including M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS® and BANFIELD® etc. As a company, headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Mars is active in over 80 countries and regions and employs over 125,000 Associates across four key businesses. We are guided and united by our Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom. In particular, Mars aims to generate shared value and mutual benefits for our stakeholders along the entire value chain. In China, Mars operates through 3 segments and 1 strategic partnership - Mars Wrigley Confectionery, Petcare, Mars Foods and KIND. We have established a strong presence with 7 factories, 4 innovation centers and the only Mars Global Food Safety Center, employing 9000+ Associates.http://www.mars.com/china/zh/home
EGRC‘s mission is to provide financial sponsorship and emotional support to young women from rural regions of Western China, to enable them to receive high school and university educations. EGRC provides further opportunities to these women, who have the potential to become the future leaders that China needs.
EGRC was founded on the belief that educated women have educated children. Through EGRC‟s financial sponsorship and dedicated emotional support, hundreds of young women from rural Western China have changed their lives through education. In turn, they have positively impacted their families and communities.
Record of Success (since 2005):
• 1280 Students sponsored
• over 99% Student graduation rate
• 100% University graduate employment
• 50% University graduates working in home provinces
• 100% Families lifted out of poverty
WAFW is a bold and daring action leadership program to develop young people, especially women, as leaders who engage and address the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals worldwide. It enrolls university women (and men) to discover their purpose, passion and path to success. Beginning on Sias University campus (Xinzheng, Henan Province) in 2009, WAFW grew from a one-year program for 100 women to a multi-level three-year program for women, and a Men’s Academy for the Future of Women, a program requested by men students, which prepares men to support the advancement of women.
The WAFW members spend a minimum of 8-10 hours each week for a full year in the Academy. They attend seminars, labs, coaching, Open Forums and WAFW community projects to achieve the curriculum outcomes. Each member must be engaged in a WAFW projects where they take their skills to action in the community. They join an existing Project or create on by themselves that addresses a UNSDGs. These address HIV-AIDS village children, Left Behind and Migrant Children, Elders who work on campus but lack nutrition and warm clothing, street workers who labor at night and are unknown and unrecognized for the contributions they make, Literacy where we teach parents to read and learn with their children ….and MORE! WAFW members do not receive university credit because they believe leadership is not for credit, it is for contribution. The WAFW alumni association has more than 1200 members, many who continue their service and support the WAFW’s growth through their careers and communities. The WAFW growth also depends on the generosity of the Academy facilitators, who prepare the five-week module presentations based on their personal skill sets and experiences that are aligned with the curriculum outcomes. More than 160 facilitators from U.S, U.K, Australia, Netherland etc. traveled to WAFW at their own expense.
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