International Networks has partnered with the University of California Marshall
School of Business to bring a delegation of 15+ women leaders in social
enterprise, education and aerospace with 15 leading female business school
students for a multigenerational women’s leadership mission to China to engage in
discussion, exchange ideas and link women leaders of the United States with
leading Chinese women; conduct corporate site visits to global corporations
owned and led by women; highlight women’s achievements in largely male
dominated sectors; discuss the significance of mentorship in the context of
goal achievement and examine educational models growing, promoting and
improving migrant student education. We will explore historical sites, learn
more about the Chinese culture and examine the importance of mentorship to
develop and further perpetuate the power of women’s leadership.
Our schedule in Beijing features a major program in
collaboration with the United States Embassy and Carnegie Tsinghua University
entitled: “Mentoring Women to Soar to
New Heights! “ This program will feature women leaders from the United States
and China to highlight the impressive achievements of women pioneers
in largely male-dominated sectors and discuss lessons learned from mentors who
helped them achieve their dreams and goals in
business, social enterprise, education and science and technology. Women
leaders from various industries and disciplines will share real life stories,
exchange ideas and discuss topics that inspire, inform and encourage women to
reach for the stars. Our schedule in Shanghai features a U.S. and China Women’s
Leadership Conference in partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce will
feature a women’s business leadership conference featuring powerful women
leaders from the U.S. and China.
Other programs on our itinerary include meetings with foreign and Chinese
business leaders to learn more about the successes and challenges of
entrepreneurship for women in China and highlight examples of successful women
giving back to their communities, including a visit to the Dandelion School in
Beijing and Shokay in Shanghai.
The profile of our delegation includes an American
astronaut with 5 space shuttle flights, Dr. Bonnie Dunbar; internationally
renowned author, speaker and professor of sociology Dr. Pepper Schwartz;
co-founder and chief executive officer of the largest independent advertising
agency in the United States, Michele Fabrizi; a 40yr veteran visionary
entrepreneur and former owner of the largest catering company in the United
States, Rhona Silver; the largest importer and distributor of traditional
Chinese medicines in the United States, Wina So; leading architect and designer
of Hyatt and Shangri-la hotels, Betty Blount; and powerful women in education,
real estate, investments, science and technology. Our delegation represents
states from the east to the western areas of the United
States and boasts 15 of the brightest female minds in
business school at the University
of Southern California.
Our Stellar & USC delegates possess great and sincere interests in
engaging, learning and developing new relationships with Chinese women in their
respective fields and backgrounds.
Our mission goals summarized are as follows:
Linking women leaders
across generations and cultures.
Creating a network for new
personal and professional relationships in US and China.
Examining the impact and
promoting the importance of mentorship to help emerging leaders pursue and
achieve their dreams and aspirations.
achievements of women in business, social enterprise, education and aerospace.
Providing US and Chinese women
leaders with a unique opportunity to engage in discussions and exchange ideas
on business, mentorship, aerospace, education and social responsibility.
Supporting the work of the
Dandelion School in providing education to migrant students.
The Stellar & USC
Women’s Leadership China Delegation is led by Laurie McDonald Jonsson, Founder
& President, Stellar International Networks and principal of Stellar
Holdings in partnership with James Ellis, Dean, University of Southern
California Marshall School of Business. The USC delegation leaders are
Professor Julia Plotts, USC Delegation Leader, Assistant Professor of Clinical Finance
& Business Economics; Jenny Jonsson,
Student Delegate Leader, USC Business School Student and Guillermina Molina,
Director of Undergraduate Programs, USC Marshall School of Business. Veronica
Very, Executive Assistant to the President, Stellar International Networks is
responsible for programming and Stellar Women delegate relations management.
Mauree McKaen, President & CEO,
Leadership Unlimited and Joe Borich, President, Washington China Relations
Council are project advisors.