Stellar & USC Marshall Women's Leadership China Delegation Partners with American Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai: U.S. & China Women Leaders Forum, May 23, 2011, Four Seasons Hotel
The Stellar & USC Marshall Women's Leadership China Delegation partners with the American Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai for an engaging program between young, experienced, successful and emerging professionals. The theme of the program "Developing Global Women Leaders" featured topics such as: Developing Talent for Global Roles; Leadership Development in a Global Context; Business Strategies, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Social Media's Impact on Leaders and Leadership. Networking, facilitator, presentation and reporting opportunities provided students and young professionals with unique and unforgettable experience and exposure. The program culminated with a networking reception at the U.S. Consul General's Mansion. Our Stellar & USC Delegates joined this roster of delegates in this dynamic program. We are grateful to Brenda Lei Foster, President, and Siobhan Das, Director of Committees, AmCham, Shanghai for their collaboration and coordination of this powerful program.
Beatrice Camp, US Consul General, Shanghai
Beatrice Camp arrived in September 2008 for a three-year posting as U.S. Consul General in Shanghai. She has previously served in Beijing, as well as at embassies in Thailand, Hungary, and Sweden.
Her most recent overseas assignment was as U.S. Consul General in Chiang Mai, Thailand. During several Washington assignments, Ms. Camp has managed international information programs for Europe, coordinated educational exchange and advising programs worldwide, and served as U.S. Information Agency desk officer for Southeast Asia. Before joining the Foreign Service in 1983, Ms. Camp worked as a reporter and editor in Washington and New York City.
Brenda Lei Foster, President, American Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai
Brenda Lei Foster assumed the newly created position of President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AmCham Shanghai) in September 2005. She is responsible for overseeing all of the Chamber’s initiatives, as well as representing it and American business interests in China.
Prior to assuming this position she was President and CEO of ULU Group, Ltd., a firm specializing in emerging technologies in the Asia-Pacific region. Brenda has also held the positions of Executive Advisor to the Governor of Hawaii for International and National Affairs, Director of the State of Hawaii’s Office of International Relations, and Executive Director of Hawaii’s World Affairs Council, the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council.
JoAnne "Joni" S. Bessler, Director, Booz & Company, Shanghai
JoAnne S. Bessler (Joni) is a Director of Booz & Company based in Shanghai. In her 28 years with Booz, she has lived and worked in China, U.S., Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia. In Shanghai, Joni leads Booz & Company’s Consumer and Retail practice with a focus on sales and distribution. She has served clients in both the public and private sectors world-wide.
In addition to her years of client work, Joni served a three-year term as the Worldwide Chief Human Resources Officer for Booz & Co. Joni holds a B.S. in Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Rebecca Branham, Co-Founder & Managing Director, B&L Group, Inc.
Rebecca Branham is a co-founder and Managing Director of B&L Group, Inc., an international project management and consulting company based in Shanghai.
Rebecca has over 24 years experience with foreign and international investment and engineering companies in the fields of office management/human resources, government relations and business development. Rebecca has been involved in charity activities in China since 1997 until now and is currently working with families in Dujiangyan, Sichuan and serving as the Vice Chairman of CSR Committee for The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.
Sarah Butler, Director with Booz & Company, Shanghai
Sarah Butler is a Director with Booz & Company based in their Shanghai office. She focuses on growth strategy, go to market customer and distribution strategy, and organisation. She was previously in Australia for 17 years and earlier based in London. Sarah has over 20 years consulting experience in Asia, Australia and UK/Europe assisting clients in capability-driven strategy, go to market customer and distribution strategy, organization change, M&A and performance improvement. Sarah was a scholar at Christ’s College, Cambridge and received a BA Honours & MA in Natural Sciences. Sarah is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Hope Chen, Managing Director, Draper, Fisher & Jervetson, China
Hope Chen is a managing director with Draper Fisher Jurvetson and head of DFJ China leading investments in TMT, Energy and Consumer retail sectors in Energy and Consumer retail sectors in China.
Hope is the chairperson and one of the founding members for Women in Leadership, a premier organization for women leaders in venture capital firms, private equity funds and multi-national corporations in China. Ms. Chen has close to 15 years of operational experience in internet and IT industry.
She was most recently founder and co-CEO of Billpoint, Inc., which pioneered online person to person payments. Hope holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School. She received her BA in both Computer Science and Philosophy from Wellesley College.
Siobhan Das Bachran, Director of Committees, AmCham, Shanghai, China
Siobhan Das Bachran was appointed Director of Committees in 2006 to head the new department at AmCham Shanghai that today oversees 23 industry committees. A seasoned executive and communicator from the media and entertainment field, Siobhan builds networks and communities within the membership to provide a platform for members to interact. She is responsible for overseeing the Chamber’s strategic partnerships with organizations such as The Brookings Institution and the Asia Society.
Prior to joining AmCham Shanghai ran her own film and event production company. Educated in the U.K. and the U.S., Siobhan is originally from Malaysia and lives in Shanghai with her husband who is from Hawaii.
Lorna Davis, President, Kraft Foods, China
Lorna Davis is President of Kraft Foods in China, responsible for developing and directing business strategies for Kraft Foods’ growth in this dynamic market. With over 20 years’ experience in the food industry, Lorna’s depth of knowledge and ability to manage people across cultures has allowed her to provide innovative and highly effective business solutions.
Lorna has served as Managing Director for four international biscuit companies - Danone Biscuits Company in China, Jacobs Bakery in the United Kingdom, Irish Biscuits, and Griffins in New Zealand. Lorna worked for Danone for more than 10 years in strong international markets, including China, France, New Zealand and UK. She has a bachelor’s degree in Social Science in Psychology from the University of Cape Town.
Camille Purvis Dawson, U.S. Consulate, Shangahai
Camille Purvis Dawson began her assignment at the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai in November 2009. In this capacity, she coordinates U.S. Government activities in Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui provinces.
A career Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, Camille has been assigned to Beijing twice, first as the Deputy Spokesperson from 2003-2005 and then as the Public Diplomacy Officer responsible for exchange programs from 2006-2009. She served as a Political and Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Manila from 2000-2002.
Camille received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University.
Debbie Delaney, Consultant, Multinational Companies in Asia, US, Europe and South Africa
Since 2000, Debbie Delaney has worked with multinational companies in Asia, the US, Europe, and South Africa developing, facilitating and coordinating individual and team development efforts. Included in these efforts is the facilitation of creativity workshops to build corporate innovation strategy plans; the development of comprehensive leadership development programs for Asia Pacific managers and global executives; and the design of learning programs that assist transformational change management.
Debbie currently lives in Shanghai, China and volunteers for the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai’s Education & Training Committee.
Pilar Dieter, Principal, Solidance
Pilar Dieter serves as Principal for Solidiance, Asia’s premier strategy consulting firm leading their Greater China operations in their Shanghai office.
Based in China for five years, Pilar most recently was Senior Director for Alaris Consulting in Shanghai where she was responsible for managing client accounts for the firm’s clients focused on projects related to supply chain initiatives, market growth strategies and transaction services.
Pilar has been an active member of the Silicon Valley Product Management Association, American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, where she served as a committee chairperson, the Global Supply Chain Council and Women in Logistics. Originally from California, she and her family currently reside in Shanghai.
Nancy Gougarty, Vice President, TRW, Asia Pacific Region
Nancy Gougarty was appointed to the position of vice president for TRW operations in the Asia-Pacific region in January 2008. Based at the Asia-Pacific headquarters in Shanghai, she oversees operations of over 25 plants. Nancy’s career began in 1978 when she started with Delphi Packard Electric as an industrial engineer.
She is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt and holds an EMBA from Case Western Reserve University and a B.S. in industrial management from University of Cincinnati.
She serves as Advisor to the President of Marietta College and the GM Pace Award Advisor for University of Cincinnati. She lives in Shanghai with her husband and three daughters.
Alejandra Guzman, Author & Independent Consultant
Alejandra Guzman worked for 7 years as Planner and Marketing Strategist in Ogilvy & Mather in her hometown of Mexico City and New York. After moving to Shanghai, she was head of communications of an international healthcare company.
Later, she co-authored the book Thrive, Thirty-four Women. Eighteen Countries. One Goal, a book published in June 2010. At present, she is an independent consultant and advisor to www.latinoamericanosenchina.com, and other Latin American companies doing business in China.
She lives with her husband, 2-year old daughter and 5-month old son in Shanghai.
Clancey Houston currently serves as senior counselor and client leader for WPP’s blended public relations team supporting Ford Motor Company in their Asia Pacific and Africa region. She provides counsel to Ford communications teams in the region and guides a WPP blended agency team comprised of consultants from Burson-Marsteller, Hill & Knowlton and Ogilvy.
Clancey brings more than a decade in communications expertise to clients around the region and close to two decades of consulting experience covering corporate, marketing and crisis communications, and market-entry and investment research based on time spent as a professional in San Francisco, Shanghai, Taipei and Guangzhou.
Clancey holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and a Masters in Public Health from University of North Carolina.
Marie Kissel, Director, Government Affairs, Baxter International
Marie Kissel was appointed to the position of Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP), Asia Pacific, for Baxter International in 2006. Marie provides overall Asia Pacific coordination and leadership to Baxter’s government affairs and market access function, covering 16 Asia-Pacific markets.
Marie currently serves on the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. Marie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government/ International Affairs and Japanese Language from University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, and Master of Business Administration from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird), Arizona, USA.
She is a native of Princeton, Indiana, USA.
Linda Kozlowski, International Corporate Affairs, Alibaba.com
Linda Kozlowski is based in Hong Kong and responsible for all international corporate affairs for Alibaba.com. Her responsibilities include communications and strategy around international growth and operations.
Prior to coming to Alibaba.com, she was a Senior Vice President with Fleishman-Hillard International Communications in their technology group. Her career spans more than 16 years in Hong Kong, San Francisco and North Carolina working for consultancies including Fleishman-Hillard and Text 100. Her experience includes technology, corporate communications and consumer campaigns with significant work in crisis communications as well as influencer campaigns.
Ms. Kozlowski is originally from North Carolina and holds a B.A. in Journalism and Corporate Communications from Elon University and an M.A. in Journalism and Public Relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Ruth Kuguru, Founder & CEO, Grace Publishing
Ruth Kuguru is the Founder and CEO of GRACE Publishing, an independent company publishing cross-cultural non-fiction and fiction titles for women and girls. GRACE publications are designed to serve as platforms for the development of inspirational, practical multimedia initiatives.
Prior to founding GRACE, Ruth served as the Chief Editor at ParkwayHealth, and also led multinational campaigns for leading communication and public relations agencies in the United States.
She has worked with major healthcare and media companies, including, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Merck, Pepsi, O, the Oprah Magazine and Yue-Sai Kan Productions. (www.publishedbygrace.com)
Christabel Lo, Chief People Officer, China Division, Yum! Brands Inc.
Christabel Lo is currently the Chief People Officer of the China Division of Yum! Brands Inc. Christabel oversees the entire human resources function in China. As of the end of 2010, the company has over 300,000 employees in Mainland China, servicing about 4,000 restaurants over 700 cities across the country covering 4 brands: KFC, Pizza Hut, Pizza Hut Home Service and East Dawning. Christabel has been with Yum! since 1997, starting off as the training and development director and becaming the head of HR in 2000. Christabel holds an MBA from Cornell University and Bachelor Degrees in both Mechanical Engineering and Economics from Tufts University in the United States.
Shirley Lu is a seasoned marketer with experience gained from leading MNCs in the consumer product and B2B industries across Asia. She works for Rich Products Corporation as the Regional Marketing Director for Asia Pacific, based in Shanghai. At Rich Products, she spearheads consumer and customer insights, strategic planning, innovation, marketing and culinarian services. Shirley has instrumentally taken Rich's innovation capabilities and results to a new level, since joining in 2006. Prior to Rich's, Shirley worked for P&G, Mars, and Coke in Taiwan, Korea, Southeast Asia, mainland China, and across Asia in brand management, new product development, and market entry strategy development and implementation. She received her MBA from Columbia Business School and her B.A. from National Taiwan University.
Sarah Moore, Committees Associate, American Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai
Sarah Moore is a Committees Associate with the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. She has worked on various projects at the Chamber, including developing a new online internship platform to connect U.S. university students with AmCham Shanghai member companies.
Sarah grew up living between Japan and the U.S. and has lived in Shanghai for one year. She enjoys singing, swimming and traveling and holds a B.A. in East Asian studies from Davidson College in North Carolina.
Krisanna Oopik, Committees Liaison, American Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai
Krisanna Oopik is a Committees Liaison with the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. She is in charge of seven committees at the Chamber including Aerospace, Design & Construction, Education & Training, Environmental and IT. In her role at the Chamber, she has helped American businesses in China address current issues in their industry, and has planned dozens of events and roundtables based on member needs.
She has lived in Shanghai for 2 years, and enjoys running, playing tennis, biking, and traveling. Krisanna holds a B.A. in Chinese and International Studies from UNC Chapel Hill.
Carol Potter, President & CEO of BBDO Greater China
Carol Potter, President & CEO of BBDO Greater China is one of the best known and respected women in global advertising. She arrived in Shanghai as CEO of BBDO China in 2006. She started her career as a young graduate in the then hottest advertising agency - Saatchi & Saatchi. Having worked successfully in Sydney, New York, Tokyo and London, marketing and advertising the world’s most famous brands and dealing with Fortune 500 companies, she is one of the most experienced women in global advertising.
Along the way Carol has contributed to the success of brands from detergents to diamonds. Companies and brands she has worked with include Unilever, Pepsi, Visa, Kelloggs, Avis, Dunlop, Cinzano and Nivea. She spent between 2001 and 2004 running the De Beers account globally. During that time more women in the world received a diamond than ever before.
Carol is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of D&AD and of the Film Business Academy Advisory Board. She also sits on the UK Board of Special Olympics. She has been living in Shanghai with her 12 year old son for 4 years.
Helen Ren, Director of Finance and Administration at AmCham Shanghai
Helen Ren has been Director of Finance and Administration at AmCham Shanghai since 1999. She leads a team of accounting, HR, IT and admin staff. As part of the management team, she assists the President in strategic planning and budgeting process. Before join AmCham Shanghai, she also worked as an auditor with PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
Helen holds an MBA from SUFE-Webster and a B.A. from the International Business School of Shanghai University. Studying and living in China, Helen is a good example of local Chinese professional woman growing and developing in western companies in China.
Mary Rezek, Founder and Principal Consultant of Saatori
Mary Rezek has a passion for people development. She is an accomplished advisor, facilitator and mentor, having shared her insight, talent and expertise with more than 9500 individuals from over 23 countries during the last 19 years. She is the , a boutique consultancy that specializes in executive development and corporate dynamics. She came to China 1998 with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a National Training Manager merging Coopers & Lybrand’s and Price Waterhouse’s training systems into a single streamlined human development department functioning effectively across six locations. In her spare time, Mary loves to cook and entertain in her home; she is an avid traveler and keen motorbike enthusiast.
Lisa Blunt Rochester, Author & Former Deputy Secretary of Health & Social Services
Lisa Blunt Rochester has devoted her 25-year career to advocating for women and their families in the United States and abroad. Raised in Wilmington, Delaware, Lisa earned her BA in International Relations and an MA in Urban Affairs and Public Policy.
Making Delaware state history in the cabinets of two governors, she served as the first African-American woman Deputy Secretary of Health and Social Services, Secretary of Labor, and State Personnel Director.
Today through writing, giving speeches, consulting, and coaching others, Lisa is living her life's passion. She is an author of Thrive, a collection of 34 stories of women from 18 countries redefining success for themselves in Shanghai, China.
Kate E. Ryge, AmCham Shanghai's Committees Department
Kate E. Ryge moved to Shanghai from the San Francisco Bay Area in 2008 and joined the AmCham Shanghai’s Committees Department soon thereafter. She is responsible for a portfolio of working groups including Food, Ag & Beverage, Healthcare and Marketing. She recently helped to start the Chamber’s Young Professionals Forum, a group for professional and leadership development and networking.
Apart from her responsibilities at the Chamber, Kate is an avid cook and fashion lover, and contributes to blogs about both. She holds a B.A. from the University of California, Davis and a teaching credential from St. Mary’s College.
Ing-Nan Nancy Shen is a senior branding, marketing and operations executive, with 20 years of experience in developing, marketing and managing consumer brands worldwide. As of May 1st, she joined London-based global private equity firm, Neo Capital, as Senior Operating Advisor and will support expansion of the firm and its portfolio companies throughout the Asia-Pacific region, with a particular focus on China. She will be based in Shanghai. She will retain her current position as the Founder and Executive Director of Edamame Inc., a company that she co-founded in 2003 in New York as a full service “turn-key” consultancy, specializing in beauty and personal care industries.
Whitney Foard Small, Regional Director of Communications, APA, Ford Motor Company
A veteran in the field of communications, Whitney Foard Small’s career has spanned the full spectrum of public affairs – from crisis communications, corporate and product communications to CSR, technology, digital and marketing communications. In her present role as Ford Motor Company’s Regional Director of Communications for Asia Pacific and Africa (APA), Whitney leads a team of 42 communicators in the research, planning and execution of product and corporate communications programs in 11 markets across the region. A Chinese and occasional Thai speaker, she is a member of the Foreign Correspondents Clubs of Hong Kong and Thailand.
Blessing Waung, Editor & Reporter, Time Out, Shanghai
Blessing Waung is an editor and reporter for Time Out Shanghai, currently designing the magazine’s website and digital media platforms.
Blessing chairs the Young Alumni Council in Shanghai for the University of Southern California. Her past work experience includes Condé Nast Traveler in New York, where she monitored the magazine’s Facebook, Twitter and blog accounts and was instrumental in the redesign of the magazine’s interactive media site.
Blessing holds bachelor's degrees in Print Journalism from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism as well as East Asian Languages & Cultures. She was selected as Ms. USC 2010, as well as to the Order of the Laurel and the Palm, for her distinguished leadership.
Deborah Widjaja, Deputy Vice President of Operations, Shanghai Golden Bund Real Estate
Deborah Widjaja is the Deputy VP of Operations at Shanghai Golden Bund Real Estate, a Singapore-based real estate company that developed the Bund Center. Prior to working at Bund Center, Deborah launched the Grand Opening of the new Grand Tower at Westin Bund Center, and furthered her Chinese at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Deborah graduated as a Renaissance Scholar from the University of Southern California with magna cum laude honors, double majoring in International Relations & Communication with a minor in Cinema-Television. Upon graduating, Deborah continued to pursue her interest in film at New York Film Academy and made four short films.
Nora Wu, Lead Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Nora Wu is the Lead Partner for Shanghai PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). She oversees the PwC Shanghai office business across service lines, comprising of 2,800 professional staff including 100 partners.
Nora chairs the Culture Committee and Corporate Responsibility for PwC China/HK/Singapore firm. She also sits at the Global PwC Experience Steering and is one of the PwC Global Gender Advisory Council members who provide advices to PwC Global CEO on diversity issues in PwC.
Nora received her bachelor degree in accounting from the University of San Francisco, Cum Lauder in 1988. She was a California Certified Public Accountant.
Huoy-Ming Yeh is a managing director with SVB Capital China responsible for managing SVB's renminbi-denominated funds. She brings to the position more than 12 years of experience in venture capital.
She co-founded and was director of PacRim Venture Partners, a venture capital firm focused on diversified IT investments. Prior to PacRim, she worked at Technology Funding with previous experience in advisory work on M&A and public offerings for venture-stage companies at Lehaman Brothers.
Huoy-Ming holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Wellesley College, a master's degree in electrical enginieering from USC and a master of business administration degree from MIT.
Tineke Zuurbier, Public Policy Manager
Tineke Zuurbier is Public Policy Manager for Baxter in Asia Pacific, based in Shanghai. Before moving to Shanghai in 2008, Tineke was the Assistant Director of the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue (TABD) in Brussels, a group of European and US CEOs supporting joint US-EU economic and regulatory cooperation. She also was EU Affairs Advisor for Deltalinqs, the industry association for companies in the Port of Rotterdam. From 2002 to 2006, Tineke was Policy Assistant to Dutch Members of the European Parliament in the European Liberal Democrat party, working on various portfolios including transport and chemicals regulation. Tineke is a Dutch national and holds a Master degree in International Relations from the University of Groningen.