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Opening remarks
Colm RaffertyCharise LeCharles Shao

Overview of the Conference and Story of the Day

  • Colm Rafferty (Vice Chairman of AmCham China and Vice President, Asia Pacific/Chairman, China at Vermeer Corporation)

    Colm Rafferty

    Vice Chairman of AmCham China and Vice President, Asia Pacific/Chairman, China at Vermeer Corporation
  • Charise Le (Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer at Schneider Electric)

    Charise Le

    Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer at Schneider Electric
  • Charles Shao (Senior Client Partner at Korn Ferry)

    Charles Shao

    Senior Client Partner at Korn Ferry
Keynote: Challenges for Sino-U.S. Relations in the Biden-era and Its Impact on China Economy & Human Capital
Sean Stein

In the Biden-era, corporate leaders have been paying close attention to the direction of the new White House administration’s policy towards China, as well as how US-China relations shift, as it will have greatly impact on how US companies doing business in China. Sean Stein will address his perspectives on current challenges of Sino-U.S. Relations in the Biden-era and focus on how economic and political environments that influence business practices and human capital in China.

  • Sean Stein (Senior Advisor at Covington & Burling LLP; Former U.S. Consul General in Shanghai)

    Sean Stein

    Senior Advisor at Covington & Burling LLP; Former U.S. Consul General in Shanghai
Keynote: Briefing on Shifting Labor Landscape after 7th National Population Census
Prof. Zhang Qinghua
  • Prof. Zhang Qinghua (Professor at the Department of Applied Economics at Guanghua School of Management, Peking University)

    Prof. Zhang Qinghua

    Professor at the Department of Applied Economics at Guanghua School of Management, Peking University

    Dr. Qinghua Zhang is now Professor at the Department of Applied Economics in Guanghua School of Management, Peking University. She graduated from Wuhan University, where she received her bachelor's degree in economics. She received her Ph.D in economics from Brown University. She was a visiting scholar at the Department of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin from 2002-2004 and then at London School of Economics and Political Science from 2015-2016. She also served as a consultant for the World Bank in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2017.

    Dr. Zhang has broad research interests including Urban Economics, Public Finance, Labor Search and Matching, and Applied Econometrics. She is published in many distinguished economic journals including Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Monetary Economics, Rand Journal of Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Econometrics, and Journal of Development Economics. She has presented at many international academic conferences. She has led many research projects supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the World Bank, and international cooperative research institutions such as IGC (International Growth Center).

    Dr. Zhang received the Best Paper Award from the Global Chinese Real Estate Congress in 2016 for her original work on China’s housing market. She was also awarded the First Prize in the National University Research Competition (in Social Science) awarded by the Ministry of Education of China in 2020 for her pioneering work on transportation infrastructure and urban decentralization in China. She is currently a member on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Urban Economics.

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Panel I. Lessons from 2020: Prepare for the “Next Normal”
Charles ShaoTeresa ShiGloria XuCharles Yan

2020 has been an exceptionally challenging year for everyone, especially corporate leaders. As problems keep coming one after the other, they have been forced to make tough decisions, take immediate and decisive actions, and set organizational direction through crisis and disruption. In some cases, they are facing were unprecedented situations where there were no known solutions' or if they did, there were far too many choices and few clear ones. With good judgment and great foresight, the transformation of organizations, people, and leaderships made last year were expected to bring profound and deeper impact to future business operation in the long term.

In this session, we invite several C-suite leaders and other senior executives to share their biggest takeaways on how he/she was coping with the unexpected challenges from the past year and their insights on how to prepare for the “new normal” to succeed in uncertainties.

  • Charles Shao (Senior Client Partner at Korn Ferry)

    Charles Shao

    Senior Client Partner at Korn Ferry
  • Teresa Shi (Chief Financial Officer at Chayora)

    Teresa Shi

    Chief Financial Officer at Chayora
  • Gloria Xu (Vice President, Greater China at Dow Inc)

    Gloria Xu

    Vice President, Greater China at Dow Inc
  • Charles Yan (Managing Director | North China of Colliers International Property Services (Beijing) Co., Ltd.)

    Charles Yan

    Managing Director | North China of Colliers International Property Services (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
Tea break & Networking
Panel II. HR perspectives: Make Agile Transformation in a Resilient Organization
Michelle ZhangSteven SongMelody XuEdward Guo

Research by McKinsey and the Harvard Business School found that companies that had launched agile transformations pre-COVID-19 performed better and moved faster post-COVID-19 than those that had not. Agile transformation requires team and organization operating in rapid learning and decision-making cycles and it touches every facet of the organization, including people, process, strategy, structure, and technology. In facts, many MNCs have been working on agile transformation over the last few years; however, the pandemic has vastly intensified speed and needs of agile transformation.

This discussion is meant to be a dialogue amongst business and functional leaders across different parts of organizations to discuss the top priorities and collaboration strategies of undertaking enterprise-wide agile transformation, especially the key to build agility with resilient to react to the crisis in fast-moving and technology-driven world.

  • Michelle Zhang (Head of HR at Pfizer Investment)

    Michelle Zhang

    Head of HR at Pfizer Investment
  • Steven Song (Beijing Office Managing Director & Senior Client Partner of Korn Ferry Hay Group)

    Steven Song

    Beijing Office Managing Director & Senior Client Partner of Korn Ferry Hay Group
  • Melody Xu (Head of Human Resources, Greater China at HP Inc.)

    Melody Xu

    Head of Human Resources, Greater China at HP Inc.
  • Edward Guo (Head of HR, China at S&P Global)

    Edward Guo

    Head of HR, China at S&P Global
Lunch Buffet
Keynote: Deconstructing Digital Transformation in HR
Wei Wei
  • Wei Wei (Former Founder & CEO of McKinsey Academy at McKinsey & Company /Author/ Former Vice President of SAP)

    Wei Wei

    Former Founder & CEO of McKinsey Academy at McKinsey & Company /Author/ Former Vice President of SAP

    Wei specializes in the integration of advanced technology into overall business management and assists Chinese firms in rapid digital transformation and implementation. Wei has also held senior management positions at IBM, Capgemini, and Mercer, collectively, for over a decade, providing expertise for hundreds of large and medium-size enterprises in China in fields of organization and human resource transformation. In addition, Wei also has extensive experience consulting enterprises on corporate strategies, operation design, digital transformation, corporate development strategies, and overall operation management.

    Furthermore, Wei is also certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and a columnist for the “Harvard Business Review”, “China Business Network”, and media platforms alike.

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Panel III. HR’s Role in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Annie WangDr. Zhang DongmeiSylvia PanJohnny ChoiCici Wang

HR is always taking the lead of establishing DEI strategy and advance staff diversity, equity, and inclusion in workplace. DEI includes many aspects, race, ethnicity, gender, generational diversity, disability inclusion, and LGBT Diversity etc.and it’s critical to create satisfying employee experience and build trust across every business function.

We invite HR leaders to share how they enhance DEI awareness and take actions on creating culture and environment that people can thrive and bring their unique backgrounds, perspectives, and ideas to the work.

  • Annie Wang (HRVP, Bayer Greater China & Bayer Pharmaceuticals Division for China and APAC)

    Annie Wang

    HRVP, Bayer Greater China & Bayer Pharmaceuticals Division for China and APAC
  • Dr. Zhang Dongmei (Distinguished Scientist, Assistant Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia)

    Dr. Zhang Dongmei

    Distinguished Scientist, Assistant Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia
  • Sylvia Pan (Vice President United Family Healthcare; General Manager and CEO of Beijing United Family Hospital)

    Sylvia Pan

    Vice President United Family Healthcare; General Manager and CEO of Beijing United Family Hospital
  • Johnny Choi (Partner & Head of Employment, China at DLA Piper)

    Johnny Choi

    Partner & Head of Employment, China at DLA Piper
  • Cici Wang (Executive Vice President & China Head of HR at Edelman)

    Cici Wang

    Executive Vice President & China Head of HR at Edelman
Break and Mingle
Workshop:New Ways of Working and Leading Organizations into the Future
Lin GaoMalcolm NervaNatasha Miller Naderi

Breakout Session A at Ballroom A&B, facilitated by Gao Lin:

This workshop is for leaders who needs to motivate their team into high performance, but find that using the traditional incentive system and directing telling communication can be lacking.
This 45-minute Keynote Training will show them how to use the Coaching approach to engage their team's intrinsic motivation, which can result in more consistent, sustaining, and self-driven results.

Breakout Session B at Ballroom C, facilitated by Natasha and Macolm:

We are living in times of exponential change. The world is rapidly re-organizing before our eyes and re-orienting itself to new set of patterns and requirements. Remote and hybrid ways of working are becoming the norm, traditional hierarchical structures are losing their relevance, networks and entrepreneurial teams are gaining strength.

Within this workshop, we'll explore new ways of working, experience new patterns of relationships through an interactive exercise, and engage in meaningful discussions to support and inspire you to chart your own evolutionary work journey

  • Lin Gao (Executive Coach/ Trainer/ Writer/CEO of Message Coach)

    Lin Gao

    Executive Coach/ Trainer/ Writer/CEO of Message Coach
  • Malcolm Nerva (Co-founder & Partner of Emerge Global LLC)

    Malcolm Nerva

    Co-founder & Partner of Emerge Global LLC
  • Natasha Miller Naderi (Founder of Emerge Global LLC)

    Natasha Miller Naderi

    Founder of Emerge Global LLC
Lucky Draws
Closing Remarks