2019 Women in Leadership Forum

Date: 20 Nov 2019

While issues surrounding gender equality in the workplace have become more prominent than before, women continue to face a myriad of challenges in the workplace and particularly at the senior leadership level. At the 5th Women in Leadership Forum, we will focus on unleashing the power of female leaders across business, government, academia, and sports in China and around the world.

Focusing on empowering women at senior levels, the Women in Leadership Forum has become a flagship event jointly held since 2013 by the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) and United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN).

As a platform for empowering female leaders, promoting gender equality in the workplace, celebrating success stories, and offering opportunities to create positive change, the Women in Leadership Forum offers unique insights from distinguished leaders like Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook’s COO), Barbara Woodward (British Ambassador to China), Jan Adams (Former Australian Ambassador to China) and Jean Liu (President of Didi Chuxing Technology Co), among many others.

Event Agenda

12:30-13:30 Registration

13:30-13:35 Commencement

Audrey MU, Founder & Chairman, Beijing Bonbaby Education Technology Ltd., CKGSB MBA Alumna

13:35-13:45 Welcome Address

XIANG Bing, Founding Dean and Professor of China Business and Globalization, CKGSB

13:45-13:55

Opening Remarks

Smriti ARYAL, Head of Office, UN Women China

Fostering Equality through Governance

13:55-14:05

Keynote Speech: Leading by Example: Gender Equality in the Public Sector

Gabrielle WILLIAMS, Minister for Women, Minister for Youth, Minister for Prevention of Family Violence, Victorian State Government of Australia

14:05-14:35

Dialogue: Pioneering Efforts towards Gender Parity

Clare FEARNLEY, Ambassador of New Zealand to China

Helena SANGELAND, Ambassador of Sweden to China

Moderator: TENG Bingsheng, Professor of Strategic Management, Associate Dean for Asia and Europe, CKGSB

14:35-15:15

Dialogue: The Role of Women at the Center of Africa’s Transformation

Tania ROMUALDO, Ambassador of the Republic of Cabo Verde to China

Sarah SEREM, Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya to China

Maria GUSTAVA, Ambassador of the Republic of Mozambique to China

Moderator: Hannah RYDER, CEO, Development Reimagined

Driving Business Growth through Gender Balance

15:15-15:25

Keynote Speech: Chinese Business Executive’s Leadership Transformation

ZHANG Xiaomeng, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Associate Dean for EE, Co-Director of Leadership and Motivation Research Center, CKGSB

15:25-15:35

Keynote Speech: Creating Sustainable Value for the Country and Company

Xiaoping YANG, Chairman and President, BP China

15:35-15:45

Keynote Speech: Female Power in the Age of AI

PING Xiaoli, General Manager, Baidu APP

15:45-16:25

Panel Discussion: Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Millennial Age

LIU Nan, Founder & CEO, Mia, CKGSB Chuang Community Student

LIU Fang, Founder & CEO, Teasure, CKGSB Chuang Community Student

Moderator: TENG Bingsheng, Professor of Strategic Management, Associate Dean for Asia and Europe, CKGSB

16:25-17:10

Panel Discussion: The Role of Male Champions in Gender Balance

Greg GILLIGAN, Vice President, Greater China Managing Director, PGA TOUR

Daniel BOYER, General Manager, Greater China and Minister (Commercial), Australian Trade and Investment Commission, Australian Embassy

Daisy SHEN, Partner, KPMG Advisory (China) Limited

Moderator: Su Cheng HARRIS-SIMPSON, Founder and CEO of SCHSAsia, Board of Governor of AmCham China

17:10-17:15

Keynote Speech: Women’s Empowerment Principles

Jialei LIN, Programme Officer, UN Women China

Achieving Personal Victories

17:15-17:45

Special Dialogue: The Female Advantage in Sports

LI Na, Former Professional Tennis Player, CKGSB Alumna

YAN Aimin, Professor of Management, Associate Dean of External Relations, Campus Development, and Administration, CKGSB

17:45-18:25

Special Dialogue: Inspiring Journeys and Overcoming Hurdles

FAN Yu, Co-founder of Nawa Life, CKGSB Alumna

LUO Jing, Mountaineer, CKGSB Alumna

Moderator: YAN Aimin, Professor of Management, Associate Dean of External Relations, Campus Development, and Administration, CKGSB

18:25-18:30

Closing Remarks

ZHOU Li, Assistant Dean, CKGSB

18:30-19:00 Networking

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