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Second Women in Business Forum in Guangzhou: Shaping the Future
With the theme set as "Shaping the Future", the forum aimed to showcase female excellence and achievements as well as to share stories about how women are shaping the future with their soul and wit.

Updated:1364978760Source:Lifeofguangzhou.com

Ping Ling Cheung, Art Director of EMG·ART, former war journalist


The British Chamber of Commerce Guangdong, together with the Cultural and Education Section of the British Consulate-General (British Council), hosted the second 'Women in Business Forum' on Wednesday 27th March at '@Alive' in Redtory, Guangzhou.

With the theme set as "Shaping the Future", the forum aimed to showcase female excellence and achievements as well as to share stories about how women are shaping the future with their soul and wit. With an open discussion format, the forum also highlighted the challenges and problems that most career women face today.

The forum was conducted using the TED-talk style approach with simultaneous interpretation available to all guests. Speakers did not deliver lectures but instead presented what could be considered as stories in a friendly and informal manner. Guests were also invited and encouraged to ask questions to the speakers. The forum was attended by around 100 guests who agreed that the presentations created a very inspiring environment.

Jazreel Goh, Director of Education Marketing China, British Council (L) and the moderator



The forum kicked off with a welcome speech given by Mr. Tom Simpson, Executive Manager of the British Chamber Commerce of Guangdong and Mr. Angus Bjarnason, Consul (Culture & Education) of the Cultural and Education Section of the British Consulate-General. This was followed by inspiring talks from Jazreel Goh (Director of Education Marketing China, British Council), Ping Ling Cheung (Art Director of EMG·ART; Former war journalist), An Xin Ping (Principal of China Unicom College (Guangdong)), Jessie Zhen (Freelancer, NGO Advocate), Dina Guth (Business Director of TECA Studios) and Boukje Koch (Director of Ask4Me Industrial Design Ltd). Speakers' talks were set out along three main themes covering self-discovery, female attributes and the work-life-balance.

The presentations were followed by a panel session which was moderated by Yin Jie, Director of Marketing and Branding for Guangzhou TV, providing an opportunity for the audience to put forward any questions. Yin was one of the speakers at last year's forum and was invited back to the forum this year as panel moderator. Under Yin's moderation, the audience and speakers had an in-depth discussion about how women are to find their own way and how to balance work and life with speakers offering their own experiences. Moreover, there were some male attendees who raised questions about career women from their point of view. This provided an interesting discussion with the female audience from a male perspective. At the end, the forum was closed with an enthusiastic atmosphere.


Editor:Lynus Tan
 
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