High-achieving Female Business & Thought Leaders Acclaimed at AmCham’s Women of Influence Awards


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Hong Kong – November 16, 2018 – Seven impressive women, a business leader and an exceptional company were honored “Women of Influence” (WOI) Awards (「最具影響力女性」獎項) in recognition of their career accomplishments and their support for the empowerment of women at the 15th Women of Influence Conference & Awards (第十五屆「最具影響力女性」論壇暨頒獎禮) held at the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong on November 16.  

Organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (AmCham), the WOI conference is one of the most established women’s symposiums in the Asia Pacific region. The awards confer accolades on individuals and organizations who have made exceptional achievements and a steadfast commitment to supporting female leadership in business.   

The following awardees in seven categories were announced at a ceremony:

Lifetime Achievement 終身成就

Marjorie Yang, GBS
Chairman, Esquel Group

Master of the Arts 「藝術大師」

Andrea D. Fessler
Executive Director, Premiere Performances Hong Kong

Leading Woman on Boards 「傑出女董事」

Angelina A. Kwan
Chief Operating Officer, BitMEX

Professional of the Year 「最佳專才」

S. K. Witcher
Journalist and Immediate Past Chair, Editorial Committee, Society of Publishers in Asia

Entrepreneur of the Year 「最佳企業家」

Elaine Tsung
Founder & CEO, Garage Society

Non-Profit Leader of the Year 「最佳非牟利領袖」

Sally Begbie
Executive Director, Crossroads Foundation

Young Achiever of the Year 「傑出女青」

Jen Loong
Managing Director, Greater China, HYPE Asia

The following winners for two award categories were also honored:

Champion for the Advancement of Women 「最佳推女性進步者」

Clifford A. Hart, Jr.
Chair, Board of Advisors, HLS Asia

Best Company for Women 「最支持女性僱員公司」

Microsoft Hong Kong Limited

This is the fifteenth year since AmCham founded and spearheaded this much-anticipated annual event attended by over 300 senior business male and female executives. This year’s event was generously sponsored by BNY Mellon, Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC, Refinitiv, Stamford American School, White & Case, Aetna Global Benefits (Asia Pacific) Ltd, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Business School, Dell Computer Corporation, Eversheds Sutherland, HKUST Business School, JLL, United Airlines Inc (Official Airline Sponsor), Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (Cocktail Sponsor), Caramelcrisp Hong Kong Ltd (Garrett Popcorn Shops) (Table Gift Sponsor), PR Newswire Asia Ltd (Official Newswire Partner), Fortune China (Media Partner), Facebook Hong Kong Limited (Social Media Partner)

Below are some photographs taken at the WOI Conference & Awards Ceremony:

Photo 1: AmCham President Tara Joseph’s conversation with Vanessa Friedman, Fashion Director and Chief Fashion Critic, The New York Times (Photo: AmCham HK)

Photo 2: Luncheon Keynote Speaker Barbara Franklin (Photo: AmCham HK)

Photo 3: Clifford A. Hart, Jr., Chair, Board of Advisors, HLS Asia, recipient of the Champion for the Advancement of Women (Photo: AmCham HK)

For further details or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Agnes Tsang (Ms.)

Director, Government Relations & Public Affairs
Tel: (852) 2530 6927
E-mail: [email protected]

Queenie Tsui (Ms.)

Manager, Government Relations & Public Affairs
Tel: (852) 2530 6914
E-mail: [email protected]



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With close to 1,500 members, the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (AmCham) is one of the largest American Chambers outside the United States, the largest international chamber in Hong Kong, and one of the most dynamic and influential international business organizations in the Asia-Pacific region. AmCham’s mission is to foster commerce among the United States, Hong Kong, and Mainland China; and to enhance Hong Kong's stature as an international business center.