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

Focusing on empowering women at senior levels, the Women in Leadership Forum has become a flagship event held since 2013 by the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB), among which four editions were co-hosted with United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).

The 2023 online edition of the Women in Leadership Forum was organized by CKGSB with the participation of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on December 1st with a focus on Africa, a continent of the future.

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 (former Meta COO), Barbara Woodward (then British Ambassador to China), Jan Adams (then Australian Ambassador to China), Jean Liu (President of Didi Chuxing Technology Co), and Li Na (Former Professional Tennis Player), 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

Former COO of Meta and Founder of

Barbara Woodward

UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations, then British Ambassador to China

Jan Adams

Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia, then Australian Ambassador to China

Clare Fearnley

Ambassador of New Zealand to China and Mongolia

Helena Sangeland

Ambassador of Sweden to China

Maria Gustava

Ambassador of the Republic of Mozambique

Asa Torkelsson

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

Gabrielle Williams

Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Ambulance Services, Minister for Treaty and First Peoples; then Minister for Women, then Minister for Youth and then Minister for Prevention of Family Violence; Victorian State Government of Australia

Jean Liu

President of Didi Chuxing Technology Co. (CKGSB Alumna)

Yang Lan

Prominent TV Presenter and Co-founder and chairperson of the Sun Media Group and the Sun Culture Foundation

Li Na

Former Professional Tennis Player (CKGSB Alumna)

Wei Sun Christianson

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

Xiaoping Yang

Former President of BP China, and Chairman of BP China Holdings

Greg Gilligan

Chairman Emeritus 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

CKGSB Dialogue E-series x Women in Leadership: Fostering Gender Equality in Leadership Roles

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: 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 ForumSheryl Sandberg at 2013 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

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