2019 Women in Business Forum
The 8th Women in Business Forum was successfully organised by The British Chamber of Commerce Guangdong. This year’s event was held on 31st May 2019 at the Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai Hotel, and the theme of the Forum was #BalanceforBetter.
由广东英国商会主办的以#BalanceforBetter为主题的第八届杰出商业女性论坛于2019 年 5 月 31 日在深圳蛇口希尔顿南海酒店圆满落幕。
The overall aim of the event was to establish a platform for women to exchange ideas and inspire each other, showcase inspiring female leaders in business and hear about their stories about balance for better.
2019 Women in Business (WIB) was held in Shenzhen for the fourth consecutive year, and we were delighted to welcome more than 230 business leaders, including business women from many different industries, nationalities and levels of experience. We were also delighted to have men in the audience, who were there to show support to their friends and colleagues, and to also get inspired!
We were honoured to be able to invite six inspiring women leaders, each bringing their own stories and personal journeys to be the guest speakers of WIB. Each of the speakers brought their own unique perspectives and ideas to the stage, providing the audience with a wide range of amusing, insightful and at times emotional stories.
Kara Wutzke, founder and head coach of K2Fit, shared with us the experience of fighting against cancer and going through numerous surgeries and extreme setbacks but still staying positive in life. After the tragedy, she inspired and helped thousands of people to live a happy and healthy life. Her positive energy was infectious.
Chelsea Perino, managing director, Global Marketing & Communications of The Executive Centre, shared her insights on balance between life and work, family and friends, men and women and women and men. She enlightened us that it’s not only about gender equality, it’s about the equality of ideas and choices. Ms. Perino also advised the audience to listen, be fearless and be true to yourself.
Leiya Lei, founder and executive chairman of Lean In Shenzhen, Shenzhen Women Leadership Development Association. Ms. Lei managed to develop a successful business career while building an equally successful part-time life of leader of female networking and business support association. She shared with the us the opportunity and intention of starting a second life, ways to keep balance and the choice between sink or swim. The truth is that there is no real perfect balance, just make the sacrifices to make it work and yourself happy.
Jessie Li, founder of Melt Fashion Consultancy and Sushan Zou, managing partner of Melt Fashion Consultancy brought us the topic of “Enabling others to shine ourselves, we are age 29.” The story of them saying no to the leftover women stereotype echoed with the participants. They also advised the audience of ways to break into the fashion industry.
Melt Fashion Consultancy的创始人李嘉颖和管理合伙人邹素珊为我们带来了“赋能于人闪耀真我， 我们今年29”的主题演讲。她们对剩女刻板印象的“反叛精神”引起了观众的共鸣。他们还向观众分享了小白打入时尚界的建议。
Laurie Underwood, communications specialist, author, journalist and corporate communication director, talked about the three lemons she encountered through life, including company downsizing, financial struggles and job changes. She then guided us through the steps and tools to turn these lemons into lemonade. Right friends, right attitude, strong social network, knowledge, positive psychology and other means are necessary in this process.
The afternoon was a huge success and it was great to see so many of our audience taking inspiration from the panel of speakers, and the conversations and sharing of stories continued long after the event closed!
This event would not have been possible without the support and involvement of many organisations, and we would like to offer a huge thank you to each of our key sponsors and partners for helping make the 2019 Women in Business a great success.