Four outstanding women, a business leader and an exceptional company have earned “Women of Influence” Awards in recognition of their career achievements and their support for the advancement of women at the 10th Annual Women of Influence Conference & Awards held at the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong today.
Organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong in association with the South China Morning Post, the awards recognize and honor the accomplishments and success of these female leaders in Hong Kong as they provide great inspiration for many other women to excel in their professions. The event is held annually to bestow accolades to individuals and organizations who have demonstrated their dedicated support for the advancement of women.
Corresponding with this year’s theme “Learning from the Past – Leading to the Future”, AmCham was honored to have Dr. Rebecca Lee Lok-sze, Founder of Polar Museum Foundation Ltd. officially open the event, and Ms. Jing Ulrich, Managing Director & Vice Chairman of Asia Pacific of JPMorgan Chase & Co. as the luncheon keynote speaker. Dr. Lee shared from her life “extreme” experiences – being the first Hong Kong person and the first woman to have visited the Artic, Antarctica and Mount Everest and Ms. Ulrich discussed the rise of China and women leaders in Asia, both bringing tremendous inspirations to the audience.
Concurrent breakout sessions were led by 12 exceptional women business leaders who elaborated their challenges and success stories on three themes: (1) mistakes made and lessons learned, (2) diversity initiatives that really work and (3) women leading in Asia.
The following outstanding women for the four award categories were announced at the awards ceremony:
Leading Woman on Boards
Ms. Laura M. Cha
Chairman of Financial Services Development Council
Ms. Laura Cha’s success in contributing in the board rooms of major multinational enterprises as well as her philanthropic focus on education and extensive public service in Hong Kong, China and globally, make her a true inspiration and role model for other women who may one day wish to serve on boards.
Professional of the Year
Ms. Teresa Ko
China Chairman & Partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
In addition to her ground breaking track record in her legal career, Ms. Teresa Ko is acknowledged for her tireless work in raising the bar on corporate governance in Hong Kong coupled with her passion for change and the advancement of young talent, have truly made a long lasting impact on Hong Kong’s professional and social structure.
Entrepreneur of the Year
Ms. Debra Meiburg
Director of Meiburg Wine Media Ltd.
Ms. Debra Meiburg’s mastery and influence in the wine business, a very non-traditional career for women, serves as an inspiration for aspiring women entrepreneurs. More importantly, her role as an educator has contributed to Hong Kong’s status as an international wine centre and has created opportunities for small family businesses around the world.
Masters in Charity
Ms. Kylie Uebergang
Board Co-Chair & Co-Founder of PathFinders
Ms. Kylie Uebergang’s contribution to the lives of women and children in Hong Kong, in combination with her work with the Hong Kong government to change policy demonstrate leadership that goes “beyond the impact” on Hong Kong.
“These awards are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the success and achievements of women in our community. This year we had a record number of nominees – all extremely accomplished and high caliber candidates – so our judges had their work cut out for them. Our individual award winners provide visibility to great example of leadership in traditional and non-traditional sectors with local and global impact.” said Janet De Silva, Dean, Ivey Asia and Co-Chief Judge of the Awards
The following outstanding individual and company for the two award categories were presented:
Champion for the Advancement of Women
Mr. Hayden Majajas
D&I Director, Asia Pacific, BP Asia Limited
Best Company for Women
Citi Hong Kong
This is the eighth year that AmCham has partnered with the South China Morning Post to identify and spotlight Hong Kong’s Women of Influence and is the tenth year since AmCham founded and spearheaded this much-anticipated annual event. This year’s event is generously sponsored by Charles Schwab, Tiffany & Co., White & Case, Goldman Sachs, Ivey Business School, Jones Lang LaSalle, Kellogg HKUST, and Gall.
More than 50 entries of nomination for the Awards were received from July to September this year. A panel of twenty judges reviewed this year’s nominations. They include:
Co-Chiefs of the Judging Panel
Dr. Janet De Silva, Dean, Ivey Asia, Ivey Business School at Western University
Ms. Anne O’Riodan, Global Industry Managing Director – Life Sciences, Accenture Co. Ltd.
Judges for “Professional of the Year”
Ms. Liza Allen, Managing Director – Technology, Greater China of Accenture Company Limited
Mr. Brian Brenner, Head of Tenant Representative, Hong Kong Markets, Jones Lang LaSalle
Ms. Su-Mei Thompson, CEO, The Women’s Foundation
Judges for “Entrepreneur of the Year”
Ms. Eva Ip, Managing Director- Transaction Advisory Services, Earnst & Young Transactions Ltd.
Ms. Elizabeth Thomson, Chairwoman, Orangefield ICS Limited
Ms. Margreet van Dijk, Head of Human Resources Asia Pacific, BNY Mellon
Judges for “Master in Charity”
Ms. Shanthi Flynn, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Walmart Asia
Ms. Shalini Mahtani, MBE, Founder and Board Director, Community Business
Ms. Diana Tsui, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility & CEO of KPMG Foundation, KPMG
Judges for “Leading Woman on Boards”
Mr. Jamie Allen, Secretary General, Asian Corporate Governance Association
Mr. Simon Page, Managing Partner, Egon Zehnder
Mr. Nicholas Sallnow-Smith, Chairman, The Link Management Limited
Judges for “Champion for the Advancement of Women”
Ms. Christine Lam, Country Business Manager, Citibank Global Consumer Banking, Citibank (HK) Ltd.
Ms. Anita Leung, Partner, Jones Day
Ms. Anne Wong, Director of Marketing, South China Publishers Ltd
Judges for “Best Company for Women”
Ms. Diane Chiu, Senior Director, Marketing, McDonald’s Greater Asia
Mr. Stephen Golden, Head of Global Leadership & Diversity, Asia Pacific, Goldman Sachs(Asia) LLC
Ms. Jennifer S. James, Regional Senior Director, Corporate Affairs, PepsiCo Asia Pacific
Dr. Rebecca Lee Lok-sze, Founder, Polar Museum Foundation Ltd.
Ms. Jing Ulrich, Managing Director & Vice Chairman of Asia Pacific, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Panel A: Mistakes Made and Lessons Learned: Sharing Experiences
Ms. Jane Horan, Founder & Strategic Consultant, The Horan Group
Ms. Lisa Hunt, EVP, International Services & Special Business Development, Charles Schwab & Co.Inc.
Ms. Elizabeth Thomson, Chairwoman, Orangefield ICS Ltd.
Ms. Sarah Graham, Managing Editor, SCMP.com (Moderator)
Panel B: Diversity Initiatives that Really Work
Mr. John Allison, Vice President, Human Resources, Asia Pacific, FedEx Express
Ms. Jyoti Chopra, Managing Director, Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion, HR Talent Strategy, BNY Mellon
Ms. Vania Chu, Managing Director, Head of Internal Audit in Asia Pacific Ex-Japan, Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC Ms. Anne-Marie Balfe, Talent Leader Financial Services, Asia Pacific; Asia Pacific Diversity & Inclusiveness Leader, EY (Moderator)
Panel C: Women Leading in Asia: Personal Stories
Ms. Chia-Fang Hu, General Manager, PepsiCo Japan
Ms. Barbara Chiu, Managing Director, Cisco Systems (HK) Ltd.
Ms. Beverly LW Sunn, SGMS, Founder & President, Asia Pacific Properties Ltd.
Ms. Dana Breitenstein, Regional Director, Intercultural & Language Solutions, Asia Pacific, Cartus (Moderator)
Mr. Dannio Chan
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NOTES TO EDITORS
About the Women of Influence Awards
Organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong in association with the South China Morning Post, the awards seek to recognize and honor the best that Hong Kong has produced and to provide inspiration to other women. Past winners of individual categories awards in 2011 and 2012 include Phyllis Marwah, Prof. Sian Griffiths, Jill Robinson, Salina Yu Lai Si, Prof. Agnes Tiwari and Shalini Mahtani. For more details, please visit: http://www.amcham.org.hk/events/signature-events/women-of-influence
All individuals connected with AmCham, South China Morning Post, Women of Influence Committee, as well as all sponsoring companies of the event and the employees of those companies, were not eligible for entry to the Awards.
About AmCham Hong Kong
The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (AmCham) is one of the largest American Chambers outside the United States, the largest international chamber in Hong Kong, and one of the most dynamic and influential international business organizations in the Asia-Pacific region. AmCham’s mission is to foster commerce among the United States, Hong Kong, and Mainland China; and to enhance Hong Kong's stature as an international business center. For more information, please visit: http://www.amcham.org.hk
About The South China Morning Post
First published in 1903, The South China Morning Post is the flagship publication of the SCMP Group Limited, a leading newspaper and magazine publisher listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (SEHK: 583). The paper has the city’s most affluent and influential readership. Striving to maintain the highest standards among the world’s quality newspapers, the South China Morning Post receives constant international recognition.