Regional Director for Asia Pacific, Partnerships, and Events
WEConnect International in China identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women's business enterprises that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women. WEConnect International is the only non-profit connecting women-owned businesses with multi-national corporate purchasing organizations outside of the United States. Greater China includes Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
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"Official data shows Chinese women are increasingly being sidelined, in the country’s economic boom. In 2011, women only made up 32 percent of China’s company directors, down from 43 percent in 2005. The pay gap also widened, with Chinese women earning 67 percent of what their male colleagues did in 2010, compared to 78 percent, in 1990.
On November 13, 2014, leading corporations, women entrepreneurs, government representatives, and local women's organizations met in Beijing for a one day event featuring a marketplace of women-owned businesses and corporate booths, a number of workshops, and matchmaker meetings. The focus of the Marketplace is business development for women business owners and promoting best practices for the corporations interested in supporting them.
WEConnect International in China hosts successful training workshop and launches local Advisory Council formed by: Tony Yu, Accenture; Isabelle Yu, Cummins; Franny Yao, EY; Suhaib Sajid, IBM (not pictured); Sandra Wu, Intel; Heidi Lu, HP (not pictured); Charles Lu, Marriott; Ted Gidezewski, Microsoft; and Guy Robertson, Walmart.