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Announcement

Thank you all for your interest and generous support for the AmCham Women of Influence Awards!


We are extremely excited to announce that the 19th Women of Influence Awards are moving to February 21, 2023 (Tue) to kick off the month-long celebrations of International Women's Day in Hong Kong! We hope you will join us for an inspiring lunch and awards ceremony at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong to celebrate the incredible women who have been nominated for these awards.

 

The 19th WOI Awards seamlessly align with the theme of 2023 International Women's Day, #EmbraceEquity, inviting all women and their allies to make the world a more equitable place. Ahead of IWD, we will discuss ways to create sustainable pathways for the growth of women from all walks of life, the under-represented and the community at large. Through meaningful and impactful dialogues, let us inspire, and be inspired, by what the future of women will look like.

 

Hong Kong is a global city with many dedicated women leaders who transform Hong Kong into a better and more inclusive place. Companies have also stepped up in diversity and inclusion efforts to forge positive change and drive sustainable success for all. The Awards will play a part to actively support and embrace equity as we honor the amazing achievements of these heroes. It will be a celebration of the achievements of ALL of us that is not to be missed.

 

Stay tuned for more WOI programming in the lead up to the Awards in February. Events details will be available via the WOI event page as well as social media channels of AmCham.

 

We look forward to seeing you all in 2023!

 

-Updated on Dec 2, 2022

Conference

This year we celebrate our 19th Annual Women of Influence Conference by expanding our focus beyond our community of members and supporters to include all women and their allies that are striving to make the world a more equitable place; creating sustainable pathways for the growth of women from all walks of life, advocating for those most underrepresented, and inspiring the community to reimagine what the future for women looks like.


We look forward to welcoming our community back face-to-face to listen to inspiring speakers and participate in interactive workshops at our Conference and to recognize and celebrate the Women of Influence award nominees and winners at this exciting and long-awaited in-person event! It will be an event not to be missed, where we will have a chance to reconnect (although still complying with COVID-19 restrictions) after years of social distancing restrictions to consider what it means to reimagine a sustainable future for women and to honor the women and men of Hong Kong who work tirelessly to elevate and support women who are working to make such reimagined future a reality. 


The last several years have been challenging for everyone; as we begin to see light at the end of the tunnel the WOI wants to help everyone leverage new opportunities that have resulted from COVID-19 and to take advantage of a new-found open-mindedness to focus on how we empower ourselves to emerge stronger and more positive than ever about the journey that lies ahead. We will focus on sustainability and leadership, on our mental and physical health, on learning about alternative investing in sustainable initiatives, and on community building and the power of giving back.


Too long have we been hindered by the global environment; it's time to rekindle relationships, build new ones, and rejoin in our shared mission of changing the future through woman empowerment.

Speakers

Ignite Talks



Ignite Talks are a unique way to inspire and share stories to make a change. It is 20 slides, auto-moved for 15 seconds – Why? To get to the point fast. To use images to tell the rambling – and to wow/shock the audience. The success of the last four years has carried the momentum forward. Are you ready?

19th WOI Awards

Now in their 19th year, the AmCham Women of Influence Awards highlight women who have strived to make Hong Kong a more livable place for women from all walks of life during these challenging times. The Awards are also an exciting and important recognition of outstanding supporters such as male allies and companies. This year, we have added a new award – Woman Champion of Disadvantaged Groups & Minorities – to directly address sustainability and the pandemic to support the 2023 theme.


Finalists to be announced from December 6 onwards!


Young Change Maker

This will be awarded to a woman under the age of 30 who has demonstrated strong leadership potential and contributed above and beyond her peer group, delivering actionable and trackable change for women – whether by establishing a non profit organization focused on a specific issue of concern for women, setting up a start up that is developing a product or service that would have a significant impact on women's lives or working within an established organization or corporation to make a difference for women's lives and careers.


Finalists: 

Woman Entrepreneur / Non-Profit Leader

This will be awarded to a woman demonstrating outstanding success in managing her own business, her advocacy, power and Influence, and her community involvement and responsibility, or a woman (or team) who is a leading personality in a non-profit, NGO or community serving organization. These are not mutually exclusive but all nominees should be able to show how their efforts are reimagining what a sustainable future for women means.

Champion for Women

This will be awarded to a person (male or female) who leads the way in the empowerment, inclusion and development of women in Hong Kong, advocating for equal rights, opportunities and visible change in policies and organizational culture.

Woman Change Maker in Sports

This will be awarded to a woman who has made remarkable contributions to the development, encouragement and reinforcement of women and girls' participation in sport on and off the field of play. The winner must demonstrate a strong advocacy for female empowerment through sport, as well as actively be working to develop career pathways for women in this industry. The awardees bring about change not only on the field of play, but also in the workplace, at home, in schools and in other areas of society. Her persona shows us all how when girls play sport they can transform their own lives as well as the lives of those around them.


Finalists to be announced on Dec 9.

Leading Woman Director / Executive

This will be awarded to a woman who is currently sitting on the board of a company listed in Hong Kong or on an international exchange, on the board of an NGO or charity board recognized under Section 88 of the Hong Kong Inland Revenue Ordinance, or on subsidiary and joint venture boards, or holds a C-suite title (or equivalent). The nominee must be elected and active in her role on or before December 31, 2021.


Finalists to be announced on Dec 12.

Woman Champion of Disadvantaged Groups & Minorities

COVID-19 has made apparent the inequalities that minorities and disadvantaged groups in Hong Kong suffer on a daily basis, yet so often they are neglected and forgotten. This category will recognise a woman that has taken significant steps to improve the infrastructure that supports Hong Kong's most at risk, and that strives to develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being.



Finalists to be announced on Dec 13.

Woman Change Maker in STEM

This will be awarded to a woman who is a leading personality in a STEM role at her current or past organization and has a proven track record of advocating for increased visibility and opportunities for women in her industry.


Finalists to be announced on Dec 14.

Best Company Championing Women

The nominee for this award should be a company that has shown outstanding achievement in supporting the development of women in business and providing innovative work/life programs that develop and facilitate sustainable career pathways for the advancement of women either internally in its own company or through policies that encourage or require diversity in its vendors and service providers. This company will have operations in Hong Kong, must have a clear and strong link with Hong Kong, and submission materials must provide evidence of the nominee's ongoing activities and impact for elevating women in Hong Kong.



Finalists to be announced on Dec 15.

Distinguished Judges

We'd like to highlight and acknowledge our distinguished team of judges who are from across multiple industries and backgrounds in Hong Kong, and selecting the three finalists and winners for each of our 8 award categories.


There is a huge amount of work that goes into the ENTIRE process! Thank you to all of our judges for all that you do to make the WOI Awards such a prestigious and honorable achievement to receive.

  1. Belinda Esterhammer, Managing Director, The DO Asia
  2. Olivia Cotes-James, Founder and CEO, Luuna
  3. Natalie Chung, Co-Founder, V'air
  4. James Cunningham, Director of Sustainability & Business Development, Speed Sourcing
  5. Chelsea Perino, Managing Director, Global Marketing and Comms, The Executive Centre
  6. Susheela Rivers, International Chair Real Estate Sector, DLA Piper
  7. Natalie Truong, CMO - Asia, Middle East & Africa (AMEA) & Partner, Mercer
  8. Catherine Gurtin, CEO, PathFinders
  9. Jessica Chan, Invesor Solutions Lead, JLL
  10. Virginie Goethais, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, RUNHK
  11. Santina Philips, Co-Founder, URSUS
  12. Jeff Rotmeyer, Founder, ImpactHK / Love 21 Foundation
  13. Marcia Ellis, Global Chair of Private Equity, Morrison Foerster
  14. Bowie Lam, Founder, Teen's Key
  15. Victoria Wisniewski Otero, CEO and Founder, Resolve Foundation
  16. Tina Wong, Founder, Social S
  17. Jen Flowers, Group and ASP Head of Customer Intelligence and Partnerships, Wealth and Personal Banking, HSBC
  18. Julia Monk, Partner, HOA
  19. Jessica Lam, Chief Strategy Officer, WeLab
  20. Dr. Jamie Chiu, Founder, The Brightly Project
  21. Jennifer Parks, COO, White & Case
  22. Florence Sai Wing Chan, Culture & Inclusion Specialist, DLA Piper
  23. David Mui, Practice Lead, Centre for Diversity and Inclusion Asia
  24. Genevieve Hilton, Co-Chair, AmCham E-ESG Committee
  25. Michelle Wei, VP & Deputy General Counsel, Flex
  26. Joanna Hotung, Founder and Director, Hotung Mills Education Foundation
  27. Ines Gansfi, Founder, Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide
  28. Helene Li, CEO & Co-Founder, GoImpact
  29. Serena Fan, Founder, Children's Discovery Museum
  30. Anne Sawyer, Founder, IMS
  31. Shelley Bolland, Head of Property, Standard Chartered Bank
  32. Janelle Mims, Head of Diversity and Inclusion Asia Network (DIAN), Community Business
  33. Tina Arcilla, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Executive, Manulife

Events

Join us for an array of exciting events in the run up to the 19th Awards Ceremony! Scroll down for more details.

Nov 3 | 8-9:30am

AmCham Community Hub


Statistical data shows women's representation is still relatively low compared to men in web3, especially in leadership roles. Given we are still at the forefront of this exciting new industry, what opportunities for women currently exist, and how can we empower women to become part of the innovation and growth of Web3? In this fireside chat, our speakers will share how they navigate the challenges of being a leader in a male-dominated industry, and why it is important to increase women's representation. It will be followed by networking opportunities to expand your web3 connections.

Nov 17 | 6-8pm

The DO


We are at a time of hyperconsumerism, creating an enormous amount of waste, including electronic waste. We say we throw them "away", but where is "away", anyway? Join us for a workshop to follow the lifecycle of electronic devices. You will play a game and create the story while learning about the principles and Circular Economy and discovering the ways to close the loop.


You will build a team and explore the environmental inputs & outputs at different stages of an electronic appliance's lifecycle.


What is a circular economy?

What is the lifecycle of products in a linear economy vs. circular economy?

How might we create inclusive cities using the concept of circular economy?

Nov 22 | 6-10 pm

HULA


Do you need a new special something to wear? An accessory to jazz up your back to work wardrobe? Do you have a piece of clothing that you bought because you loved it, but you can't figure out how to wear it? Join us at sustainable fashion expert HULA for a fun night of shopping and styling!


HULA Founder and CEO Sarah Fung will share some of her passion for sustainable fashion and tips for building a designer wardrobe on a financially savvy budget. HULA experienced stylist, Fernanda Marocco, will assist you in reaching your style goals, offering trend advice tailored to your needs; and helping you style that piece that you don't know quite how to wear. Enjoy canapés and sparkling wine, while you browse through their collection of unique pre-loved pieces

Nov 29 | 6-8 pm

AmCham Community Hub


What is invisible pain, and why women are vulnerable? Do you feel comfortable talking to others about it? What can employers do to help alleviate invisible pains?


Please join this wellness talk about women's full-body well-being and why it is important to address these silent issues visibly to create a sustainable workplace for women.

About Us

Tell me about the Women of Influence (WOI) Committee…


Launched in 2003, we are a connected community of professional women representing a diverse range of cultures, ages, industries and perspectives, working towards a shared vision.


The WOI Committee is proud of our past successes and is dedicated to working alongside the other committees within the chamber and women's networks across Hong Kong to help promote women in leadership. Each year, we deliver the acclaimed Women of Influence (WOI) conference and awards where we recognize and celebrate the exemplary accomplishments of women, and the allyship of men in Hong Kong. We play a critical role as an influential community contributor and strong advocate for women's empowerment and advancement in the workplace. Through our committee meetings and other events, our members have the opportunity to build their network and expand their influence both personally and professionally.


We welcome all members of the American Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong, to join the WOI Committee at any time throughout the year, as active and engaged members. We welcome your voice, your perspective and your passion for our purpose.


We host regular meetings that feature local entrepreneurs, non-profit and corporate leaders. We celebrate people that are making a difference and moving the needle for women in leadership in Hong Kong and globally.


The WOI Committee is organized by a Steering Committee of volunteer professional women from across Hong Kong and supported by members of the staff at the American Chamber.

Our vision

Helping professional women in Hong Kong to be the best that they can be.

Our purpose

Championing the women leaders of today and empower more women to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Our promise

To provide our members with the opportunity to explore professional growth and success through the lens of inclusion, inspiration, generosity and self-expression, by leveraging our networks and collective experiences.


Awards FAQ

Q1: What is the purpose of the awards?


The Women of Influence Awards is AmCham's annual signature and one of the most important initiatives that recognizes women, male allies and companies that have demonstrated an exemplary level of achievement in Hong Kong.  


In total there are eight awards, six for individual woman, one for a company, and one for a woman/man who will be recognized as a champion for women.

Q2: Do I need to be an American citizen, or an AmCham member to be part of it? 


Candidates are not required to be US citizens, to work for a US corporation or to be an AmCham member. For a company submission, candidates are not required to be US-based entities. 


Everyone is welcome to nominate themselves or to be nominated, as long as the candidate, whether an individual or a company, has a strong impact and demonstrable link to Hong Kong. 

Q3: How much does it cost to apply for awards?



Application submission is complimentary and all winners will receive an AmCham WOI Awards Commemorative Trophy, and will be included in the press release following the award ceremony. 



Q4: Can I nominate someone for more than one category?



You may not nominate the same person for more than one category. Candidates can only be nominated and awarded in one category only.



Q5: How do I nominate for an award or how can I nominate? Can I nominate myself? 



All award nominations should be submitted via the nomination form. You can nominate individuals or an organization. You can nominate multiple individuals and/or organizations. You can also self-nominate.


Nominations must be submitted online and will be confirmed via email. Once the nominations have been submitted, we will notify you if any additional steps are required (i.e. additional material required if the application was incomplete or requires verification).

Q6: What are the deadlines to apply?


Award nominations are open until Friday, September 16, 2022 (11:59pm HKT). Please make sure to submit the nomination before the deadline. Submission after the deadline won't be considered.  

Q7: What's the timeline of the judging process and award ceremony? 

 

Nominations deadline

  • September 16, 2022 (11:59 pm HKT)

The judging panel will make its final choices from a shortlist of nominees in each category

  • October 17, 2022

Notification to all successful and unsuccessful nominees

  • November 1, 2022

Announcement of top 3 finalists of each category:

  • From December 6 onwards

Announcement of 19th WOI Awards winners

  • February 21 2023 - LIVE! At the AmCham WOI Awards Presentation Ceremony 

Q8: We are a sponsor of the WOI Conference this year. Can we be a nominee? 


As a sponsor, your directors, managers and employees can be nominated for individual awards. However, for justice and fairness, the company cannot be nominated for the Best Company Championing Women award. 

Q9: Besides nomination, how can I participate and be part of the WOI Awards Ceremony?


We would love to have you participate.


For corporations: we are looking for corporate champions to sponsor this annual signature event of AmCham. If you would like to become a sponsor, or would like to support us via other means, please send us a message to Miss Charlie Chan at chchan@amcham.org.hk 


For Individuals: the WOI conference event will be held in person in 2023 - further details will be announced shortly! 


We look forward to meeting you in person there.

Q10: What if I still have other questions?


AmCham team and WOI committee are here to help, please send a message with your questions to Miss Charlie Chan at chchan@amcham.org.hk 

Cancellation Policy

  • Registrations for events held outside the AmCham HK office are non-cancellable and non-refundable. No-shows will be charged.
  • When Typhoon 8 (or above) or Black Rainstorm Signal is hoisted, all events will be canceled. 
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