In efforts to educate and inspire the next generation of female leaders, The Taipei City Government hosted the ‘Female Pioneers of Taipei City Panel Discussion’ at Bailing High School, hosted by Annie Kuo.
Panellists included Vivian Huang, Deputy Mayor of the Taipei City Government, Debra Lai, Chairman of the Taiwanese Chain Stores and Franchise Association (TCFA), Ambassador Jasmine Elise Huggins, Ambassador of Saint Christopher and Nevis to the Republic of China (Taiwan), Arati Shroff, Deputy Economic Chief of the American Institute in Taiwan, Stephanie Lee, Acting Director of the New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office and Revital Shpangental, founder and CEO of Anemone Ventures Ltd.
Through recounting anecdotes and challenges encountered in their professional lives, panellists discussed how to challenge gender-based norms, and how to successfully manage a career as a female leader.
Vivian Huang, Deputy Mayor of the Taipei City Government, highlighted the importance of developing self confidence and trust in one’s ability, and learning to ignoring pressure from external influences when establishing one’s career. Debra Lai, Chairman of the Taiwanese Chain Stores and Franchise Association (TCFA) commented on the additional societal pressure of traditional gender stereotypes, urging students to transcend these barriers to professional growth.
Stephanie Lee, Acting Director of the New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office further emphasised the importance of overcoming self-doubt. She explained that building a supportive network around her has personally helped her throughout her career, and encouraged students to foster their own. She encouraged students to begin with celebrating the achievements of those around them.
Revital Shpangental, founder and CEO of Anemone Ventures Ltd. advised students to dare to fail. She explained that failure is an opportunity to improve yourself and the beginning of a learning process that is critical for self growth.
The Ambassador of Saint Christopher and Nevis to the Republic of China (Taiwan), Jasmine Elise Huggins, addressed the crucial role of mental health in contributing to one’s professional success. She recommended that students engage in communal activities to foster their confidence and sense of self-worth.
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