Tea & coffee
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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