What is the biggest challenge you face?
How to grow the business, how to spot new trends in changes in supply, demand and customer behavior, and make business decisions accordingly.
What advice do you have for other women in the industry?
Treat all with respect, seriousness and integrity, and insist that you are treated likewise.
How has the working environment changed over time in the industry for women in the industry?
In big cities like Shanghai there has been a steady increase in women in the professional workforce, this is the same for all industry. I myself find it easier in Shanghai than in the U.S. for mid- to high-level career women to manage work life balance because of the availability of good and affordable domestic help.
Where would you like to see the industry evolving with women in the industry in 10 years?
I see the increase in both the number and importance of professional women to continue. I would like to see women in the industry be more willing to take credit for their contribution at work and strive harder for advancement opportunities. Women are sometimes less willing to be assertive, which may cause us to be misunderstood. I also wish that women not only accomplish but can be satisfied with their chosen professions. Some recent studies have shown that women's happiness level has not increased over the past 30 years or so despite higher level of income and professional status. One thing I think women shall realize is being a high achiever in any field is not easy, and there are always trade-offs.
Who has paved the way for you to get where you are today either inside or outside the industry?
A few of my mentors and superiors who held very senior positions in the early stage of my career on Wall Street provided me with role models, and allowed me to see and learn how they work and manage personal lives. Later, including now, I am very blessed with plenty of female peers with important responsibilities in their companies with whom to share and exchange, both in China and the U.S.