Villy Leung, Director of Events & Marketing at AmCham, shares career advice and her love of travel
By Jennifer Khoo
What were you doing before you joined the Chamber?
I worked in the Customer and Marketing Division at The Hong Kong Jockey Club.
Tell us more about your role at AmCham. What do you like most about it?
As Director of Events and Marketing, I oversee the Chamber’s annual signature events, such as the China Conference, the Women of Influence Conference and the Annual Ball. In addition to these, our team conducts over 300+ breakfast and lunch events in collaboration with 25 different industry focus committees from over 500+ multinational corporations, to deliver the latest industry insights and trends to our members. Our department also provides a platform for AmCham members and government bodies to meet; we regularly host government relationship meetings and luncheons, as well as high-level CEO round table events.
AmCham is an international business organization with an open-minded environment and friendly staff. It is a place that can make miracles happen.
What are some upcoming projects the Events team is currently working on?
At the moment, we are busy preparing for the 14th Annual Women of Influence Conference & Awards taking place on 10th November. This involves receiving nominations and working alongside a judging panel comprised of individuals with respected professional and social status. The next major event to follow that will be the 26th Annual Human Resources Conference in December. It will be a busy fall and winter period!
What advice do you have for anyone considering a career in Events and Marketing?
This industry is suitable for anyone with a passion for creativity and challenges. You will need to enjoy meeting new people and building concrete relationships with your business partners. At AmCham, we do this by offering valuable sponsorship opportunities to our members, along with other value-added marketing strategies. This industry is also great for people who love to plan from scratch; it is extremely satisfying when your clients buy into the original concepts and strategies you have created for them.
Marketing is a long-term game. You can’t expect to see instant results, but there is great contentment in a successful final outcome. My job requires continuous trial and error, as well as a positive mindset to compete in the market. If you are the kind of person who enjoys bringing fresh ideas and surprises to others, with an attitude that “nothing is impossible,” definitely consider this career!
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to travel to different countries. Travelling inspires me to come up with fresh ideas, as exposure to new nations and horizons broadens my perspective and strengthens my capacity for creative and strategic thinking. It exposes you to a continuous learning process, as every day, something new is happening on the other side of the world.
The entire travel process - starting from researching your destination to gradually becoming familiar with it - is a fun way to polish your analytical skills.