Fe­male busi­ness lead­ers hon­ored

Shanghai Daily - - BUSINESS - Ding Yin­ing PER­SON­NEL

WOMEN can be half the sky in the busi­ness world and some for­eign com­pa­nies ac­tu­ally have more women lead­ers in their China of­fice than their over­seas of­fices, par­tic­i­pants said dur­ing a fo­rum hosted by Shang­hai Daily to­day.

The Women Re­form Lead­er­ship Fo­rum aims to honor out­stand­ing com­pa­nies and fe­males for their achieve­ment in pur­su­ing gen­der equal­ity and women’s lead­er­ship.

Six Women Lead­er­ship Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion Awards were given out along with 15 Women Lead­er­ship In­no­va­tion Awards at the fo­rum.

The Women Lead­er­ship pro­gram is held by the Of­fice of Shang­hai Eth­i­cal and Cul­tural Build­ing Com­mit­tee and Shang­hai Women’s Fed­er­a­tion in part­ner­ship with Bri­tish Con­sulate Gen­eral in Shang­hai.

Fo­cus­ing on out­stand­ing fe­male achieve­ments in var­i­ous in­dus­tries and fields, the pro­gram is de­signed to em­power women’s ca­reer and lead­er­ship and push for­ward gen­der equal­ity in com­pa­nies.

One of the winners is Vi­vian Xiao, head of in­te­grated com­mu­ni­ca­tions for China at Sig­nify, who said con­fi­dence is cru­cial for women to be good busi­ness lead­ers.

Jean Liu, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and chief cor­po­rate af­fairs of­fi­cer at EF Ed­u­ca­tion, said women ex­ec­u­tives ac­counted for 60 per­cent at EF China of­fices, above the pro­por­tion of 50 per­cent for EF world­wide.

“We are do­ing bet­ter in our China of­fice,” Liu said.

Bayer, Sephora, Bax­ter, Ea­ton, Amway, DSM, Roche, Boehringer In­gel­heim, GM, Dow Chem­i­cal are among the win­ning com­pa­nies.

The Awards for Aca­demic Ad­vi­sor for Women Lead­er­ship are pre­sented at the Women · Re­form · Lead­er­ship Fo­rum held at Four Sea­son Ho­tel in Shang­hai yes­ter­day. — Jiang Xiaowei

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