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2019 Women in Business Forum

2019 Women in Business Forum 

2019 杰出商业女性论坛


  • Theme of The Year 
  • 2019年主题


Balance for Better


From grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance. We notice its absence and celebrate its presence.

无论是草根活动,还是全球行动,我们都正在进入一个令人振奋的时代。在这个时代,整个世界都期待着平衡。 我们渐渐意识到它的缺失,我们开始歌颂它的存在。

Balance is not a women's issue, it's a business issue. The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced media coverage, gender-balanced sports coverage ...Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.

平衡不仅仅是女性的问题,它还是一个商业问题。 我们正在追求男女平衡的董事会,男女平衡的政府。我们也在着力追求员工的性别平衡,财富的性别平衡,媒体报道的性别平衡,体育报道的性别平衡等等......性别平衡无论是对于经济和还是社区的蓬勃发展而言都极其重要。


  • Speakers 
  • 演讲嘉宾


How Cancer Made Me Better, 
but I Still Wouldn't Recommend It!


Kara Wutzke 

Founder and Head Coach of K2Fit, an online fitness training platform. 


Growing up in Canada, Kara was surrounded by athletic and competitive boys. She played soccer alongside them, until the parents of opposing teams petitioned to get Kara off the field.

She went into the male dominated industry of Personal Training at 19 and quickly became the number one sales person in the city, then rising to Management.

Since being diagnosed with Cancer in December 2015, she went through numerous surgeries and extreme setbacks including being unable to workout (which for a fitness trainer is a huge blow), to not being able to walk without extreme pain and days being bedridden. The PRD community helped her through her battle and finally getting back to her normal self.

She realised that her calling was to help teach people how to live their healthiest lives. She changed the way of training and has helped thousands of people so far. Now, one of the most recognised trainers across China, it is her goal to help over 1,000,000 people transform their lives and live happy, healthy, and fit.


Following Your Gut: Making Decisions That Help You Stay Balanced 

Chelsea Perino

Managing Director, Global Marketing & Communications

The Executive Centre 


With an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Linguistics from NYU and after a four-year solo trip around the world, Chelsea Perino first discovered her love for advertising in Cape Town, South Africa. There, Chelsea spent two years running all things marketing related for an experiential marketing startup, before returning to New York to complete her MA in Public and Organizational Relations. Since then Chelsea has worked in advertising both in New York and most recently in Seoul, South Korea, leading digital strategy for a global mobile communications brand. Now based in Hong Kong, Chelsea is the Managing Director, Global Marketing & Communications at The Executive Centre, Asia’s leading premium flexible workspace provider.

 Chelsea is passionate about organizational culture and believes that creating a dynamic and collaborative working experience positively affects team morale, productivity, and fosters community. Through a newly developed global marketing strategy and complete re-brand, her goal is to establish The Executive Centre as the leader in workspace experience, community and corporate-culture facilitation.


Future Women and Option B 

Leiya Lei

 Founder of Lean In Shenzhen, Executive Chairman of Shenzhen Women Leadership Development Association


  • * BA in Economics and Finance, Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU)     
  • * MBA, Peking University
  • * Relationship Manager, Corporate and Investment Banking Department, Citibank China     
  • * Senior Relationship Manager, Cross-Border Financial Institutions Department, a Global 500 Chinese bank
  •  Leiya founded Lean In Shenzhen in 2014 as the first batch of Chinese Lean In Communities in order to connect and support young professional women to have the confidence and know-how to achieve their goals. Later, she co-founded Lean In China as a national Lean In women network.

 Leiya organized and hosted the Young Professional Women Panel for the Queen of Belgium during her visit in China; invited Joy Chen, herself a former Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles, a former CEO headhunter for Fortune 500 companies and also the author of a best-seller book Do Not Marry Before Age 30, to give the keynote speech to over 600 people in Shenzhen; successfully organized She Loves Tech Greater Bay Area series events with over 500 participants, and the women technology competition covering over 14 countries and over 100 start-ups companies.


Enabling others to shine ourselves, we are age 29

 Jessie Li

Founder of Melt Fashion Consultancy

University of the Arts London-LCF MA Fashion Management


During the stay in London, Jessie Li worked for Estee Lauder UK headquarters, starting from a salesperson and officially entering the fashion retail industry. From the initial time on John Lewis Oxford street to the world-famous high-end department store Selfridges, it took her only two months. In the fourth month, Jessie was promoted to be the Head Chinese Marketing Coordinator due to planning several events with a leading sales performance.

Back to China, Jessie joined the Daniel Wellington Watches Asia team, responsible for the PR & Marketing of Asia, witnessing the hardship and rapid development of the brand from 0 to 1. Helped Daniel Wellington land in the Chinese market, and cooperated with KOL and celebrities globally. In the end, DW has become an "influencer" watch brand become very popular all over the world, in addition to the amazing sales and the expansion of 200 stores in China during her stay.

In the years of experience in foreign companies, the rewards of life are always eager to update. Through the headhunting, Jessie was recommended as the PR Marketing manager of Darry Ring Jewelry, responsible for PR in the Greater China and the expansion of new stores in France. Nowadays, she made her foray into entrepreneurship and set up her company Melt Fashion which is a professional fashion consulting/Education company.



 MELTFASHION Managing Partner


Graduated from BirkBeck, University of London and University of Southampton (UK top.1 Luxury Brand Management), she mainly focused on Academic Studies, including: Luxury Brand Management, Fashion Branding, Fashion Marketing. She took the job as a curator and researcher in Hampshire County Council Museum Office after the graduation.

 She always dreamed of being a CEO of her own fashion company since she studied in UK, she cofounded the start-up company named the style workshop with a senior brand specialist when she returned to China Mainland. The company was designed to provide Chinese fashion brand-owner participants with exclusive insight and a global perspective of the fashion and luxury industry via education and consulting in Paris, Milan, London and New York,to help fashion brands grow and navigate in the global market.


When Your Career Gives You 'Lemons', 

Make 'Lemonade'


Laurie Underwood 

Communications Specialist, Author, Journalist, Corporate Communication Director


Prof. Underwood is an American specialist in cross-cultural and corporate communications with 20+ years of experience in Greater China. Having co-authored two best-selling China business books (China CEO and China Entrepreneur), she is finishing the third book this summer.  As a Sr Consultant with Sino Associates, she specialises in Crisis Management, Leadership, Intercultural Communications, Corporate Communications, and Cross-cultural Management. She holds an MBA from CEIBS and a DBA from Grenoble Ecole de Management, and is based in Shanghai. 

"When your career gives you lemons, make lemonade!" This twist on the American saying is the topic Prof. Laurie Underwood will share during the Women in Business conference. Matching the theme of #BalanceForBetter, Dr. Underwood tackles the difficult but increasingly common problem of overcoming unexpected career set-backs, with the goal of turning disappointment into discovery. She will share (publicly for the first time ever) her own initially painful professional experience as one of the 'targets' of a corporate downsizing -- not once but three times -- during her own career.  The topic is particularly relevant for women: Due to the high number of female employees in 'soft skills' departments (communications, marketing, and HR), more women may be 'first cut' during a business downturn. Being prepared -- mentally and emotionally -- is the secret to surviving and thriving when facing such a challenge.


  • Event Details 
  • 活动详情

Time&Date: 13:30-17:00, Friday 31th May 2019 


Venue: China Merchants Hall, 2/F, Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai


Address: No. 1177, Wanghai Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen


Price: Member RMB 100/ Non-member RMB 200

价格:会员价100元/ 非会员价200元 

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  • About WIB 
  • 关于WIB

Following on from last year’s successful event, the British Chamber of Commerce Guangdong is planning on holding its 2019 Women in Business (WIB) Forum in Shenzhen on 31st May. The event has been held for 7 years in a row in Guangzhou and Shenzhen, and welcomed over 200 guests each year. 

Through this forum, the BritCham hopes to establish a platform for women to exchange and inspire each other, allowing them to find their true character and place in life. 




  • Event Review 
  • 活动回顾


  • BritCham Contact 
  • 英商会联系方式

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Event Details

Event Date: 
Friday, May 31, 2019 - 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Pricing Info: 
BritCham Member Ticket: RMB 100 Non-member Ticket: RMB 200
Booking Phone Number: 
020 8331 5013 ext. 607
Place Address (English/Chinese): 
China Merchants Hall, 2/F, Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai, No. 1177, Wanghai Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen
call us: +86-755-3395-5850