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Join us to hear the views of Frank Lavin, one of the most informed and lively observers of the Washington political scene. He will examine the dynamics surrounding the upcoming U.S. midterms and their consequences for political alignments and policy options in the closing years of the second Obama administration. Frank Lavin was U.S. Ambassador to Singapore (2001-05) and Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade (2005-07), and also served as White House Political Director (1987-89). Drawing on this extensive background, Frank Lavin will present on what we can expect from the mid-terms, from the final two years of the Obama Administration, and on the opening moves for the 2016 contest.

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Luncheon meeting with Ken Mehlman, Member of KKR and Global Head of Public Affairs, as he discusses: “The Changing Landscape of US Business and Society: How global investors and companies can simultaneously create value for their shareholders and stakeholders impacted by their operations.” Additionally, he will discuss the latest developments in the US political and economic situation.

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AmCham is pleased to announce that Nicholas R. Lardy, widely recognized as one of the top U.S. experts on China’s economy, will be speaking at an AmCham luncheon on Wednesday, September 17th on the topic “China’s New Model of Economic Growth.” This event will also include a book launch for Dr. Lardy’s latest book, published in September 2014 by the Peterson Institute for International Economics – Markets Over Mao: The Rise of Private Business in China. Copies will be available for purchase at the event. Lardy has been the Anthony M. Solomon Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics since March 2003.

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Digital marketing is sold as a quick and easy way to increase awareness, gain customers and improve loyalty. Yet many digital marketing programs fail to deliver value, partly due to inappropriate strategies, partly due to poor implementation. This practical workshop will set out the core tools and techniques that can help organizations deliver efficient and effective digital marketing programs, and identify how different digital marketing elements can work more effectively together. The session will cover: Search marketing. Tools and techniques for making your website and web-based content more visible in search engines Social media marketing. Techniques for using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn to increase awareness and consideration Email marketing. Tools and techniques for managing, delivering and analyzing email marketing programs Content marketing. How content can be used as the glue to deliver a more consistent and engaging online experience.

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Sam Gellman will be speaking about Uber's journey over the past four years. The company started as a project between friends to help them get around San Francisco; it has evolved into a global transportation network connecting riders and drivers in 130 cities around the world. There will be a focus on the initial roll-out internationally, how the company built a presence as a foreign company in China, and the consistencies between the many markets internationally.

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In recent years domestic banks in China have turned more cautious towards lending to the real estate sector and bank loans have become increasingly difficult to obtain. As a result, more developers are seeking alternative sources of financing to fund their growth and expansion. One option is to raise debt through the shadow banking market. The shadow banking system in China encompasses a collection of non-bank financial intermediaries which provide services similar to commercial banks but are not subject to the banking regulations. There are a wide range of intermediaries including underground banks, microcredit companies, off-balance sheet loans for domestic banks, private equity funds and trust products. Though the largest shadow banking markets are the United States and United Kingdom, China's shadow banking system has been growing at a tremendous rate. Recording an increase of 42% in 2012 alone, it is currently estimated to account for as much as US$ 3.5-5 trillion equivalent to 26% - 55% of the country's GDP. With this in mind, will there be more default cases in the Chinese residential markets? How will this impact the overall real estate market? Will this create a knock-on effect on the already slowing economy in China? Please join our lunchtime event to explore these issues and more.

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Have you ever noticed companies with websites that say "As seen on..." and then list publications where they've been featured? Have you ever wondered "How did they get featured in those publications?" Have you ever wanted to get your company featured in top tier publications so you could also enjoy the credibility that comes from being seen as an expert and the publicity that follows being featured in an article? Then come listen as marketing expert Joshua Steimle explains how you can manage your own public relations outreach and get written up in well known publications.

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According to Community Business' latest research, there is only 9.6% women on the boards of Hong Kong's top companies. Despite much momentum globally on this and HKEx recently introducing a code provision on board diversity for listed companies, the pace of change in Hong Kong has been disappointing. Another disturbing finding is that the number of female executive directorships on the Hang Seng Index has not increased since 2009, which indicates that companies are not creating a pipeline for women to reach the very top. Community Business considers this to be a business issue that companies need to understand, rather than positioned as a women's issue.

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Due to the competitiveness of the talent market, hiring and retaining the best people is often seen as one of the top challenges faced by SMEs in Hong Kong.

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Hosted by the Communications & Marketing Committee The growth of Digital and the need for Innovation raise questions on talent profile, organization and culture. In this session Natascha Jacobovits de Szeged will discuss the following questions: 1) What are the competencies and characteristics of successful digital leaders 2) How do we bring innovation into our organisation 3) What are the organizational considerations as we invest in digital 4) How do we integrate new talent for success and what implications to our culture