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Join this fantastic Panel of leading Female entrepreneurs who will take you on their journey and share with you how you can #BeBoldForChange this #International Women’s Day.
This year’s theme is a challenge to us all to go beyond the everyday by taking action that truly drives the greatest change for you and your life.
Join our expert panel who will share their knowledge; their journey; and their ups and downs about how they built and grew their businesses from Crowd funding, Restaurants, Travel, Fashion storage to Wellness.
About Women’s International Day (IWD)
International Women’s Day, originally called International Working Women’s Day, is celebrated every year on March 8. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women for their economic, political and social achievements. IWD has been observed since in the early 1900’s – a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others. Thus International Women’s Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action.
Nicole Denholder – Founder and CEO of Next Chapter.
Next Chapter launched in early 2016, and is a funding portal especially for female entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses in Asia, to improve their access to funding. It’s first service is a rewards-based crowdfunding platform that supports entrepreneurs wanting to raise funds, create market buzz and validate their business ideas. See www.nextchapter.com.hk
Nicole previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in London and Hong Kong in PwC’s US IPO and Advisory practices working on large scale projects across Europe and Asia. Nicole is passionate about female entrepreneurship, and changing the way the funding system works so that the world benefits more from the talent and wisdom of women
Lucy’s family roots in Asia go way back to 1876 when her great, great grandfather helped finance the expansion of colonial Hong Kong during his tenure as the Chairman of HSBC. Fast forward nearly 140 years and Sir Thomas Jackson’s statue still stands in Hong Kong’s central business district, and Lucy’s love affair with Asia continues!
Her credentials include working for three of the leading tailor made travel companies in the UK, and her career has progressed from a travel specialist with a focus on Latin America to one with a global scale, organising educational trips across the continents. From 2007 to 2010, she assembled and directed her own team of travel consultants, before setting up a travel company in Hong Kong and co-founded Lightfoot Travel’s second Asian hub in 2011. Lightfoot Travel started in 2010 and now has offices in Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai.
Louisa Wong – Co-Partner, Marketing & PR Director – Yum Cha, Urban Park & Dragon Noodles
With a background in the finance industry and was a seasoned investor relations practitioner, Louisa, met hubby Benjamin Ang when she was working for Xiao Nan Guo. Benjamin was responsible of XNG’s south china operations, while Louisa was head of IR.
The pair ventured out to start their own F&B business. Within a short one year time, they opened 5 restaurants under three brand names, namely Yum Cha, Urban Park and the newly opened Dragon Noodles Academy. Benjamin focuses on the creation from food to interior, and overall operations of their restaurants. Meanwhile, Louisa has lead the business success with her her hand in marketing alliance and PR to build their brands
Barbara Yu Larsson – Founder, PAKT
As an investment banker with Morgan Stanley and Lehman Brothers, and later in Executive Search, Barbara’s experience has consistently been marketing and relationship management at senior levels. She has a BA from Harvard and MA from University of London and is fluent in Mandarin, English, French, Italian and Swedish.
Born in Taipei, daughter of a diplomat, Barbara grew up in New York and has lived and worked in many cities. Barbara founded PAKT in 2015 – she wanted to combine the concept of a ‘digital’ wardrobe with expert clothing care. Barbara is passionate about beautiful clothes and reducing waste in the fashion industry so PAKT, a unique clothing care and storage service in HK, also provides a preloved clothing marketplace to buy, sell and donate unwanted clothes.
The PAKT journey has been full of challenges, highs and lows, and as the brand gains recognition, the business model continues to be refined.