Women in Leadership Forum is a flagship forum focusing on empowering women at senior levels.

Focusing on empowering young and senior female leaders, the Women in Leadership Forum has become a flagship event jointly held since 2013 by the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) and our partners United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN).

As a platform for empowering female leaders, promoting gender equality in the workplace, celebrating success stories, and offering opportunities to create positive change, the Women in Leadership Forum offers unique insights from distinguished leaders like Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook’s COO), Barbara Woodward (Former British Ambassador to China), Jan Adams (Former Australian Ambassador to China) and Jean Liu (President of Didi Chuxing Technology Co), among many others.


from 12 countries


Offline participants


Participants are director-lever & above


Unique viewers online


Chinese and global media attended



Past Speakers

Sheryl Sandberg

COO of Facebook and Founder of Leanin.org

Barbara Woodward

Former British Ambassador to China

Jan Adams

Former Australian Ambassador to China

Clare Fearnley

Ambassador of New Zealand to China

Helena Sangeland

Ambassador of Sweden to China

Asa Torkelsson

Former Regional Advisor on Women’s Economic Empowerment, UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Gabrielle Williams

Minister for Women, Minister for Youth, Minister for Prevention of Family Violence, Victorian State Government of Australia


Founding Dean, Professor of China Business and Globalization, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)

PhD, University of Alberta

Jean Liu

President of Didi Chuxing Technology Co., CKGSB Alumna

Yang Lan

Prominent TV Presenter and Co-founder of Sun Media Group

Li Na

Former Professional Tennis Player, CKGSB Alumna

Wei Sun Christianson

CEO, Morgan Stanley China, Co-CEO Morgan Stanley Asia Pacific

Xiaoping Yang

Former Chairman and President, BP China

Greg Gilligan

Chairman of the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce in China and PGA TOUR China Managing Director

Gill Zhou

Chief Marketing Officer, IBM APAC & Greater China Group, CKGSB Alumna

Shirley Chen

Managing Director, China International Capital Corporation Limited, Executive Chairwomen, CICC Investment Management Committee, CKGSB Alumna

2019 Women in Leadership Forum Summary video


Keynote Speech: UK Government in China’s ‘Be Yourself – Pledge for Progress’ Campaign, Barbara Woodward


Keynote Speech: Gender Equality and Inclusion: What Can Governments Do? Jan Adams


Welcome Remarks, Maria Guimaraes


Welcome Remarks, Zhou Li


Keynote Speech: When Digital Human Is Coming, Gill Zhou


Keynote Speech: Challenges and Trends of Equity Investment, Shirley Chen


Keynote Speech: Promoting Philanthropy through Behavioral Science, Zhu Rui


Keynote Speech: Social Responsibility – Navigating Creative Routes, May Mei


Panel Discussion: Public-Private Collaborations Empowering Women


Panel Discussion: SHE Changes the World


Panel Discussion: Heart + Mind = Innovation Social Entrepreneurship


2019 Women in Leadership Forum

2019 Women in Leadership Forum

2019 Women in Leadership Forum

Audience 2019 Women in Leadership Forum

Panel 2019 Women in Leadership Forum

Panel 2019 Women in Leadership Forum

Barbara Woodward at 2018 Women in Leadership Forum

2017 Women in Leadership Forum

2017 Women in Leadership Forum

Asa Torkelsson at 2017 Women in Leadership Forum

Liu Nan at 2017 Women in Leadership Forum

Panel 2017 Women in Leadership Forum

Jean Liu at 2014 Women in Leadership Forum

Xiang Bing at 2014 Women in Leadership Forum

Yang Lan at 2014 Women in Leadership Forum

Sheryl Sandberg at 2013 Women in Leadership Forum

What People Think

The forum like this today, gives us a great opportunity to visibility champion the female leadership, share your perspectives though your real life experiences. I think that is very powerful.

Daisy SHEN

Partner, KPMG Advisory (China) Limited


When the business knowledge, business essentials come together with uniqueness of women leadership, this is where I see the most magic is going to happen.

Cindy Mi

Founder & CEO, VIPKID, CKGSB MBA Alumna and CKGSB Chuang Community Student


I think the idea of collaboration and partnership is intrinsically important in this area. And the idea of bringing an internationally recognized institution together with one of the emergent great business schools of the world, this is fantastic.

Tim Payne

Senior Partner & Head of Asia Brunswick


2022 Women in Leadership Forum


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