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Program Schedule

The Women World Partners leadership conference in Beijing, China, is June 15, 2013.

Women’s Leadership: Making a Difference in the World

June 15 Conference
Welcome and Opening Remarks: Educating Women for Global Leadership
Hosted by Professor Sun Qixiang, Dean, School of Economics, Peking University
  • Professor Ke Yang, Executive Vice President, Peking University
  • President Kim Bottomly, Wellesley College
Session I: Giving Voice to Women’s Leadership
Yang Lan, Media Entrepreneur. Hosted by Mei-Mei Tuan, Partner, Notch Partners, LLC; with Q&A from the audience.
Session 2: Navigating the Path to Leadership
Pam Melroy, Former Astronaut for the United States. Hosted by Kris de Juniac, Former Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group; with Q&A from the audience.
11:00 to Noon
Session 3: Facing Leadership Challenges
Panel moderated by Mona Locke, TV Journalist; with Q&A from the audience.
  • Wu Qing, Legislator and Educator
  • Sarah O’Donnell, CEO, Hong Kong Seibu Enterprises
  • Lin Tianmiao, Artist
Noon-1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break
1:15-2:15 p.m.
Session 4: Story Tables—Understanding Leadership through the Stories of Women Leaders
Hosted by Susan Harmon, Former Managing Director, Public Radio Capital.
Story Table leaders shared personal stories to stimulate an exchange about leadership among the women at their table. This mutual sharing generated discussion of the challenges faced by women who hold or seek leadership roles. Discussion included where leaders find inspiration, the ethics of leadership, and the value of and approaches to mentoring. In addition to the Story Table leaders, every table included at least one student. The session ended with individual tables presenting one important idea from their discussions.
2:15-3:15 p.m.
Session 5: Creating Solutions to Global Problems—the Power of  the Liberal Arts
Hosted by Caroline Cai, Managing Director, Christie’s China
  • Madame Wu Qidi, Former Vice Minister, Ministry of Education
  • Shirley Young, Former Corporate Vice President, General Motors
  • Wellesley and Peking University faculty response: Yuan Ming, Director, Institute of International Relations, Peking University; Joseph Joyce, Faculty Director, Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs.
  • Q&A from the audience
3:15-3:30 p.m.
Tea Break
3:30-4:15 p.m.
Session 6: New Learning for a New World
Featuring the Wellesley and Peking University next-generation leaders. Hosted by Joanne Murray, Director of the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs, and students Josie-Dee Seagren, Ruo Shuang, Wanru Xiong, and Bonner Campbell.
4:15-5:00 p.m.
Session 7: Making a World-Changing Difference
Hu Shuli, Founder of Caixin Media, and Hsueh-ming Wang, Chairman of China, BlackRock. Hosted by Alison Chung, President and Founder of Teamwerks; with Q&A from the audience.
Break and Travel to Diaoyutai
6:00-8:30 p.m.
Gala Dinner at Diaoyutai
Hosted by Shirley Young '55. Welcome by President H. Kim Bottomly, Wellesley College; and Vice President Li Yansong, Peking University.
  • Remarks by Gary Locke, U.S. Ambassador
  • Dinner Keynote: A Vision for Women’s Leadership
    Chen Zhili, Vice Chairman, 11th Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress
  • Greeting from Tan Dun
  • Musical Performance: An Amazing Dream
    Excerpt from Tan Dun's Peony Pavillion, with co-producer Zhang Jun and Jou Meiling.