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Don’t Miss the Leadership Conference of the Year!

This June, IPWS is proud to bring you a professional & personal development experience like no other in Shanghai. Meet and network with China’s top female leaders at the 2017 IPWS Leadership Summit powered by IE Business School, featuring dynamic speakers and innovative workshops exploring this year’s theme: A Roadmap to Success – Understanding Power & Leadership. Through a curated agenda, the Summit will provide opportunities for participants to learn how you can seize POWER by identifying your strength, understanding your barriers, and persistently taking it. You’ll also have a unique a chance to rub shoulders with the best leaders and influencers of our community.

The IPWS Leadership Summit will feature the Women Leadership Awards 2017, China’s longest-running international award recognizing women, now in it’s 11th year. Throughout the program, we’ll honor & celebrate the winners of the Women Leadership Awards 2017, and naturally end our inspiring day with an exquisite After Party.

Why you should attend:

  • CONNECT with community leaders – professionals, entrepreneurs, social contributors, gender champions, rising stars
  • Enhance your LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT through insightful discussion, interactive design thinking, and powerful presentations
  • LEARN how to Understand Power through Leadership in today’s world from industry experts – get your ROADMAP to success
  • CELEBRATE the winners of the 2017 IPWS Women Leadership Awards
  • RELAX after an inspiring afternoon program with our WLA winners, jury members and fellow participants


Friday, 2 June 2017


12:00 - 18:00 (Registration from 12noon, the Leadership Summit officially starts 1.30pm sharp)

18:00 - 22:00 After Party Cocktails & Canapes and Live Music!


The Place, Unit 407, Floor “R”, Phase IV, Bridge 8, 457 Jumen Road, near Xietu Lu

局门路457号407室8号桥4期, 近斜土路


Smart Business/Office Casual.


IPWS Members & Affiliates RMB 500; Non-Members RMB 650 - Event Price includes canapés and two drinks.

Group Price:

Purchase group tickets of 5 or more, you can receive all tickets at Member Price; meaning a saving of 150 RMB a ticket.

On June 2nd 2017, IPWS is proud to bring you the second annual IPWS Leadership Summit right here in Shanghai. It will be a professional & personal development experience like no other, giving you the chance to participate in innovative workshops, meet & network with China’s top female leaders and influencers, and of course hear from our line-up of high-profile speakers. This year’s speakers will include the inspirational women below, and many more!

Virginia-Tan-Thumbnail.jpeg?resize=150%2Virginia Tan
Keynote Speaker
Co-founder and President, Lean In China

In 2013, Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In encouraged women to “lean in” to their ambitions. Lean In China’s mission is to empower Chinese women to pursue their goals and aspirations. It actively builds communities for women to thrive across China, promoting a culture of mentorship, leadership and mutual support. At present the platform has over 80,000 members across more than 25 cities and 50 universities in China. She also founded the Her Startup competition in 2015, the first global tech entrepreneurship competition for female founders, which held 12 rounds across China, USA and South East Asia. She is also a founding partner of Teja Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund investing in technologies and startups emerging out of the Her Startup competition, to address the funding needs of women entrepreneurs as well as seeking to use technology as a bridge to build deeper ties between East and West as well as encourage social innovation in China.

Virginia’s background is in law and finance, where she was an experienced finance lawyer for more than 8 years specialising on strategic investment in the energy, resources and infrastructure sectors in emerging and frontier markets, and has worked in Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa and South America representing governments, large corporates and financial institutions for 2 magic circle firms. She moved to Beijing to work on investments related to the “One Belt One Road” initiative representing Chinese state owned companies and banks. She is deeply passionate about using capital and expertise from the private sector as a tool for facilitating sustainable development in developing countries. She has extensive experience advising pro bono NGOs and charities on social financing and commercial issues.

She is also a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.

Wenchi-Yu-Thumbnail.jpeg?resize=150%2C15Wenchi Yu
Asia Pacific Head of Corporate Engagement, Goldman Sachs

Wenchi Yu is Goldman Sachs’ Asia Pacific Head for Corporate Engagement, leading the firm’s strategic philanthropy and social investment in the region. Immediately before Goldman Sachs, she started a business connecting investors and social entrepreneurs between Asia and the United States. Previously, she worked in the U.S. Department of State and the US Congress. She serves as an advisor to a number of nonprofit organizations and is a fellow of Asia Society.

Wenchi has written extensively on political economy and society in Asia for the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Council on Foreign Relations, Caixin, and other international media outlets.

May-Lee-Thumbnail.jpeg?resize=150%2C150R May Lee
Dean, School of Entrepreneurship and Management, ShanghaiTech University

May is widely regarded as an expert on innovation gained through her experience as a business leader, an entrepreneur and educator in the U.S. and China. Over the last 25 years, May has held senior positions at organizations, such as Goldman, Sachs, Merrill Lynch, NYU, and ShanghaiTech, enabling her to thrive in environments that require strategic, operational and entrepreneurial skills. She speaks regularly about education and innovation, and consults with corporations on these topics. Recently, the World Economic Forum invited May to serve on the Global Future Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

May is currently Dean of the School of Entrepreneurship and Management at ShanghaiTech University, a new university created by the Shanghai Government. As the inaugural Dean of the School of Entrepreneurship and Management at ShanghaiTech University, May is creating a 21st century business school that connects creativity and innovation to business and science.

May is also a Lifetime Trustee at the NYU School of Law, and sits on the Board of Directors for the National Partnership for Women and Families and the Chelsea Day School in New York.

Lorna-Doucet-Thumbnail.jpg?resize=150%2CLorna Doucet
Associate Professor, Business Administration, Fudan University

Dr. Doucet received her Ph.D. and M.A. degree in management from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She was most recently an Associate Professor of Management at CEIBS, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Management at Wharton School. She has over twenty years’ experience teaching MBA, Executive Education and PhD courses in USA, Europe and China.
 Dr. Doucet’s teaching and research focus on organizational behavior and leadership – with a specific focus on emotions and culture. She has published multiple case studies and scholarly articles in top tier academic journals. Dr. Doucet is also a founding member of TEDxShanghaiWomen. Prior to receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Doucet worked for Labatt Brewing Company as Assistant Brewmaster, Assistant Manager for Experimental Brewery and Management Trainee. Dr. Doucet received her B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering, summa cum laude, from University of Ottawa.

Erin-McGinley-Thumbnail.jpg?resize=150%2Erin McGinley
Stand-up Comedian, Head of Language Department at Shanghai Experimental Foreign Language School

Born in Canada and raised in Athens, Georgia, Erin moved to Shanghai in 2009, with just a college diploma and $1000 in her pocket. Since then, she has held various positions in the education world, from administration to instruction, and she received Massachusetts teacher licensure in 2012. She is currently the head of the English department at Shanghai Experimental Foreign Language School in Yangpu district. Erin also frequently works as a college applications consultant, helping high schoolers achieve their dreams of getting into American universities.

Erin devotes a large portion of her time to writing and performing comedy, both standup and teleplays. She believes that the role of women in comedy is at the crucial point these days, and that comedy is a great uniter of people. Erin has written two sitcom pilots this year, one of which is currently in the running for consideration in this year’s Sundance Episodic Storytelling lab. She has also headlined at Shanghai Comedy Club and thanks them for their efforts to foster the women in the Shanghai standup comedy scene. In 2015, Erin delivered a TEDx talk in The Mixing Room of Mercedes-Benz Arena entitled “How Embracing Chaos Might Bring You a Hollywood Ending.” Erin lives in The Former French Concession with her five year old son Felix, who she credits as being her biggest inspiration.

Erin holds bachelors degrees in Philosophy and Comparative Literature form The University of Georgia, and a graduate certificate in television writing from the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

More speakers to be announced soon!

When and Where

 June 2, 2017 at 12:00 PM


 June 2, 2017 at 6:00 PM

 The Place, Unit 407, 4/F, Phase IV, Bridge 8, 457 Jumen Road

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