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20th Women of Influence Awards Finalists Announcement

We are thrilled to announce the finalists for the 20th AmCham Women of Influence Awards, recognizing extraordinary leaders and allies who are fostering greater opportunities for women and underprivileged communities, and advocating for a more equitable Hong Kong. Their collective efforts epitomize the spirit of inclusivity and progress. Congratulations to our 20th Anniversary finalists:


Young Change Maker:

Sophia Hotung, Writer & Illustrator, Pangolin Society

Carla Martinesi (she/her), CEO & Founder, CHOMP

Lamia Sreya Rahman, Co-founder & COO, Vidi Labs Limited


Leading Woman Entrepreneur:

Jessica Cutrera, President, Leo Wealth

Bianca Ho, Co-Founder & COO, Wati

Trilby White, CEO, Creature Comforts Veterinary Group


Leading Woman Director or Executive:

Christina Gaw, Managing Principal, Global Head of Capital Markets & Co-Chair of Alternative Investments, Gaw Capital

Emmy Kan, President, Asia Pacific, Starbucks

Luanne Lim, Chief Executive Officer, HSBC


Woman Change Maker in STEM:

Karena Belin, Co-Founder and CEO, WHub and AngelHub

Diana Lynne Zuck I., Director of Shuyuan, The ISF Academy

Jing LEI, APAC Head of Strategic Accounts, PALO IT


Champion for Women:

Tina Lee Jebely, Managing Director & Founder, The Roya Agency Limited & Salda.Live

Kirti Lad, Executive Director, Meraki Executive Search & Consulting

Jane Wong, Vice President, Customer Experience, Century Supply Chain Solutions


Leading Woman in Arts, Sports & Leisure:

Anna CY Chan, Professor & Dean of School of Dance, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Crisel Consunji, M.A., M.Ed. Consunji, Co-founder and Head of Learning, Baumhau

Caitriona Jennings, Vice President Commercial, APAC, CDB Aviation


Woman Champion of Disadvantaged Groups & Minorities:

Anita Ma, Chairlady, Executive Committee, Playright Children's Play Association

Lynette Nam, Executive Director, Justice Centre Hong Kong

Kwan Pik Yik, Executive Director, Teen's Key Hong Kong 青躍


Best Company Championing Women:

Hongkong Land Limited

Manulife Hong Kong and Macau

Morrison Foerster


Join us at the Awards Gala on March 8, 2024 at Regent Hong Kong to find out who the winners will be! https://bit.ly/3QQmbsY

JESSICA Interview Women of Influence Chairs Chelsea Perrino and Belinda Esterhammer


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Inspiring Female Entrepreneurs Redefining the Industry


On November 7th, we hosted a panel with inspiring women shaking up the Tech industry of Hong Kong, founders Sarah Garner, Lamia Sreya Rahman, and managing director Jing LEI.


Tech for Social Needs (Visually-impaired)

Lamia Sreya Rahman, Tech Entrepreneur at Seekr has demonstrated their fantastic computer vision-focused AI assistive wearable that dramatically increases the quality of life and job-readiness of visually-impaired and elderly persons by translating their environment into carefully curated audio descriptions.

 

Tech for Sustainability

Jing LEI, Managing Director Hong Kong of PALO IT gave a presentation on their new open-source Impact Tracker for businesses: A data-driven, customizable tool powered by AI, this platform practically helps your organization quickly build a sustainability assessment and action plan.

Panel on the ripple effects of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action in education


AmCham's WOI committee co-hosted a panel discussion with The University of Hong Kong (HKU) - Gender Studies Program to explore the potential ripple effects of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action in education, industry, and public culture in Hong Kong and elsewhere in Asia. Thank you Jason Coe, Marcia Ellis, Puja Kapai and Elizabeth LaCouture for sharing your insights with the audience.

The inaugural edition of the Women of Influence Mentorship Program Launched


AmCham's Women of Influence Mentorship Program for Women Undergrads kicked off at the Community Hub. Throughout the program, mentees will gain valuable insights, guidance, and support from AmCham women members on navigating the complex process of obtaining their first job. Welcome on board!

Over 200 nominations received


Thank you for submitting nominations for the 20th Anniversary of Women of Influence! This year, we received a record of over 200 nominations – congratulations to everyone who was nominated.


We greatly appreciate your enthusiasm and support, and look forward to sharing the inspiring journeys of women leading up to the awards celebration.


Details and format regarding the Summit & Awards Gala will be announced soon. Stay tuned!

Inter-chamber DE&I networking event


In late August, members of The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, The British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, AustCham Hong Kong, and AmCham gathered at the Community Hub to celebrate and promote #diversity, #equity, and #inclusion (#DEI) in the #workplace and beyond.


Thanks all for joining such a special and meaningful evening of networking and collaboration. Special acknowledgment to Paragon for sponsoring drinks.

Panel on the mental wellness of migrant domestic workers 


On June 29th, we were pleased to co-host a panel discussion on supporting the mental wellness of migrant domestic workers with the Hong Kong Equal Opportunities Commission. Emily Cheng, Mike Cheung, Johannie TONG, Vikas Mehra, Maria Veronica A. Jose, and Devi Novianti shared the unique challenges faced by migrant domestic workers, including separation anxiety, language barrier and cultural differences, and how we can support them, to make sure that they feel happy at work. Thank you for joining us.

Celebrating Hong Kong Women: Past, Present & Future


We are pleased to launch the year-long 20th-anniversary celebration of the establishment of its Women of Influence (WOI) Committee at the Community Hub with the Committee Co-Chairs Chelsea Perino, Marcia Ellis, and Belinda Esterhammer. The theme for this year-long celebration – "Celebrating Hong Kong Women: Past, Present & Future" – will look back at the history of the Women of Influence initiative, as well as the evolution of women and their history in Hong Kong, where we are now and plans for where we all want to go in the future.


The series of anniversary events - to be held between now and March 2024 - will include interactive workshops and sharing sessions featuring women leaders and allies, to inspire our audience of professionals from all walks of life by sharing their journeys and activating women leadership in the workplace over the last two decades. This initiative will also explore how women have contributed to the development of Hong Kong throughout its history and imagine how women can contribute to a better, more equitable and more sustainable future for Hong Kong, for themselves and for the future generations of Hong Kong women.


The series will culminate in a conference and awards gala, both of which will be held in early March 2024 in conjunction with International Women's Day.


Thank you all for joining us and stay tuned for more announcements.

AmCham Hong Kong to Launch Year-Long Celebration of the 

20th Anniversary of Women of Influence Initiative


JUNE 8, 2023 - HONG KONG - The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong ("AmCham") launched the year-long 20th anniversary celebration of the establishment of its Women of Influence (WOI) Committee yesterday (June 7). 


The theme for this year-long celebration – "Celebrating Hong Kong Women: Past, Present & Future" – will look back at the history of the Women of Influence initiative, as well as the evolution of women in Hong Kong by examining the history of women in Hong Kong, where we are now and plans for where we all want to go in the future.


"The WOI Committee would like to re-engage with many of the women that have been so invested in this initiative over the years, to celebrate the progress of the women in Hong Kong, and to bring new and younger women into the conversation to build a pathway forward," said Chelsea Perino, Co-Chair of the Committee and Managing Director, Global Marketing & Communication of The Executive Center.

 

The series of anniversary events - to be held between now and March 2024 - will include interactive workshops and sharing sessions featuring women leaders and allies to inspire our audience of professionals from all walks of life by sharing their journeys activating women leadership in the workplace over the last two decades, exploring how women have contributed to the development of Hong Kong throughout its history and imagining how women can contribute to a better, more equitable and more sustainable future for Hong Kong, for themselves and for the future generations of Hong Kong women. 


"We want to highlight all the amazing stories of women who have dedicated their careers to the development of Hong Kong and are currently contributing to creating a better future for women in Hong Kong," said Marcia Ellis, Co-Chair of the Committee and Global Co-Chair of the Private Equity Group at Morrison Foerster.


The series will culminate in a conference and awards gala, both of which will be held in early March 2024 in conjunction with International Women's Day. Details of the conference and the gala will be announced in due course. 


The 2024 Awards Gala seeks to recognize and honor the progress that Hong Kong has made toward empowering women and providing inspiration to future generations of women. Last year's winners of awards included Stephanie Ng, Sarah Borwein, Lily Cheng, Vivian Lou, Felicity McRobb, Mary McHale, Samantha Scott, Manisha Wijesinghe and HSBC. 


"The awards are a testament to Hong Kong's vibrant culture, showcasing the progress made by women and their invaluable impact to the city's past, present, and future. All are welcome to nominate trailblazers, allies, and organisations who strive to create sustainable pathways for the growth of women and inspire the community to reimagine what the future for women looks like," said Belinda Esterhammer, Co-Chair of the Committee and CEO of The DO Asia.


AmCham will begin accepting nominations for this year's awards in September in the following categories: 


  • Young Change Maker
  • Leading Woman Entrepreneur 
  • Leading Woman Director or Executive
  • Woman Change Maker in STEM
  • Champion for Women
  • Woman Change Maker in Sports, Arts and Leisure
  • Woman Champion of Disadvantaged Groups and Minorities
  • Best Company Championing Women


Launched in 2003, AmCham's WOI Committee is a connected community of professional women representing a diverse range of cultures, ages, industries and perspectives, working towards a shared vision of equity both personally and professionally. For the past 20 years, the Committee has played a critical role as an influential community contributor and strong advocate for women's empowerment and advancement in the workplace. 


"Gender equality is one of the most important indicators for social development. Hong Kong has made fundamental progress in the 20th century protecting women status and interests, but more should be done as we enter mid-21st century to prepare for a more diversified and sustainable economy," said Dr. Eden Woon, AmCham President.

Reversed Mentoring sharing by future leaders


AmCham Women of Influence Committee was proud to join hands with Inspiring Girls Hong Kong for a panel discussion on Reversed Mentoring, where three future leaders shared their unique views on the future of work. It was an opportunity to learn from the next generation and gain valuable insights to future-proof your organization. We can't wait to see what the future has in store for them

#EmbraceEquity Mixer


On the evening of 28th of March, the AmCham Women of Influence (WOI) Committee hosted an #EmbraceEquity Mixer, a finale event in celebration of International Women's Month hosted by committee chairs Marcia Ellis, and Belinda Esterhammer, and attended by 19th WOI Awards winners and judges. Thank you Not Only Powder for supporting this event.


AmCham's Women of Influence Committee is a connected community of women who are dedicated to working alongside the other committees within the chamber and women's networks across Hong Kong to create a more sustainable future for all women in Hong Kong. In 2024, we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the WOI Conference and Awards where we recognize and celebrate the wonderful women of Hong Kong and their mentors, sponsors, and allies. Contact us if you would like to be part of the committee!

The 19th Women of Influence Awards


Congratulations again to the 8 female leaders Stephanie Ng, Sarah Borwein, Samantha Scott, Lily Cheng, Lou Vivian, Mary McHale, Felicity McRobb, Manisha Wijesinghe and leading company championing women HSBC who were honored yesterday at AmCham's 19th Women of Influence Awards!


Themed "Reimaging a Sustainable Future for Women", we were honored to have invited Poman Lo as our keynote speaker and 5 outstanding women Jennifer Parks, Hannah Duley, Fiona Callanan, Nina Faust, Tammie Tsang, N.C. for their inspiring ignite talks.

 

Thank you Goldman Sachs, Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated, Telstra, Uber, Morrison Foerster, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., NordVPN, Wallbrook (Global Risk Advisor), and Two Birds Communications (Communications Partner) as well as other supporting organizations for their generous support!

 

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