FEW x Hagar International: An Innovative Methodology to Help Women in Developing Countries to Build a Business
We invited our members to an exclusive lunch gathering with Micaela Cronin, CEO of Hagar International to discuss how they create an entrepreneurial support system for women in developing countries. First some confronting statistics. Did you know that:
- 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.
- Approximately 70% of the world’s poor are women.
- More than 700 million women in the world today were married as children, before the age of 18.
What can we do? As the saying goes, ‘If you feed a man a fish you feed him for a day. If you show him how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime’. FEW always looks for innovative and sustainable solutions to problems in the community. This time we worked with Hagar International to host a gathering and by joining this lunch we:
- learnt how help other women can also help you;
- found out how a nonprofit organization develop an innovative model that empowers women to solve their own issues;
- opened our eyes to possibility, question our assumptions, and unlock our potential and power.
Date: Wednesday July 12th, 2017
Location: The China Club, 15/F, The Old Bank of China Building, Bank Street, Central
We gathered over 300+ emerging designers, fashion entrepreneurs, and other community influencers to discuss ways we can contribute to the fashion ecosystem, restructure the business model and make fashion more sustainable. FEW #RethinkFashion event included panels, workshops, presentations, and more centered around the hottest areas in fashion & beauty right now.
How did I become the fashion queen and lead multinational companies by Mimi Tang
A Platform for Global Young Design Talents by Professor Tak Lee
What It Really Takes to Succeed in Fashion with Denise Ho, Sarah Fung, & Sarah Chessis
How Do Sustainable Fashion Startups Survive and Compete with Industry Giants? with Michelle Bang, Linda Quach, & Kristine Nudds.
Style & Beauty Workshops by Sheryl Bolden, Angela Wong, Diane Younes, Gemma Soames, Grace Lam & Helen Ma
Moderators: Vivienne Tang, Gordon Lam, & Christina Lau Tam
Date: Saturday 3rd, June 2017
Time: 10:30am - 6:30pm
Location: OnTheSpace, G/F & LG1 Printing House, 6 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong
FEW x Thomson Reuters Film Screening
You were invited to rethink fashion and to attend the screening of a groundbreaking documentary “The True Cost.” Filmed across the world featuring interviews with leading influencers including fashion designer Stella McCartney, Oxfam Global Ambassador Livia Firth and environmental activist Vandana Shiva, “The True Cost” invites us on an eye-opening journey into the lives of garment workers and unethical factory practices. The 45 min documentary excerpt was followed by a 20 min panel discussion around the human and environmental costs that come with fast fashion.
Matt Friedman, CEO, Mekong Club
Mimi Vu, Director of Advocacy & Strategic Partnerships, Pacific Links Foundation
Jill Grinda, Executive Director, Redress
Suzanne Cheng, CEO, Friends of the Earth
Moderator: Cynthia Claytor, Legal Editor, Legal Media Group, Thomson Reuters
Date: Monday 20th, March 2017
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: 18/F ICBC Tower, 3 Garden Road, Central.
Leadership & Teamwork Workshop: Play Hockey With Olympic Gold Medalist Dr Hannah Macleod.
We were thrilled to team up with Great Britain hockey Olympic Gold medalist, Dr Hannah Macleod, to bring you an experiential session, leadership and teamwork training through playing hockey. Alongside playing international sport, Dr Hannah Macleod also runs a nutrition business that helps companies build their brands based on science. Recently she has been awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire(MBE) in recognition of her contribution to the country.
This mini hockey training with Dr Hannah Macleod focused on learning:
If you can dream it and believe in it, you can do it;
None of us is as smart as all of us - the value of teams;
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way;
Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results;
Be an enzyme - a catalyst for change.
Date: Friday 10th, March 2017
Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Hong Kong Football Club, 3 Sports Road, Happy Valley.
FEW Media Gathering: How To Pitch Media So They Actually Like It.
Expert Tips from Senior Editors from WWD, SCMP & The Wall Street Journal...
We all know it's important to get coverage in the media to build your brand, increase your visible expertise, improve your credibility and bring in more businesses. However, do you know that many journalists reported that every day they receive a hundred emails and scores of calls from PR people. They rush to say "pick me!" and the pitches were lengthy, boring or irrelevant.
Journalists don't need more emails starting with lines such as these:
Can you publish my press release?
I know you’re busy and all, but would you come to our press launch?
I would really appreciate if you could intimate me with your decision.
So what do the media want?
How could you do better and win their attention?
We hosted a media gathering to help you know more about how editors work and what the media want to see in a pitch.
Date: Friday 24th, February 2017
Time: 12:00nn - 2:00pm
Location: Eaton House, 5/F Three Garden Road, Central.
Guest speakers: Christina Lau Tam, Head of Marketing & Communications at Brinc; Kylie Knott, SCMP Senior Editor; Anjani Trivedi, The Wall Street Journal Columnist for Heard on the Street; Tiffany Ap, WWD’s Asia Correspondent.
FEW x Bridge Partnership: What To Do When You Feel Stuck As An Entrepreneur
What we sometimes hear from the female entrepreneurs is: "I have to be honest, I'm feeling stuck. I'm exhausted and overwhelmed all the time. I'm not sure where to focus my energy and efforts on to grow my business. I don't feel motivated anymore."
We all want to make our lives beautiful and successful, but we all get stuck sometimes. It’s part of life. Especially early on when your business is fragile, you might doubt your abilities and worry about the future.
Ask yourself: what might be underneath my feeling of being stuck? Am I scared? Am I anxious? Am I intimidated? Am I unclear? Am I off-track?
We’ve teamed up with Bridge Partnership to help you find your true-self and overcome barriers to success. We hope everyone who joined this workshop had new thoughts or found a new direction to take—or, simply reconnected with their life's original purpose and values.
Date: Tuesday 24th, January 2017
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: The Work Project, 15/F, Soundwill Plaza ll - Midtown, 1-29 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay
Guest Speaker: Alix Farquhar, Lead Consultant at Bridge Partnership.
Rediscovering the true spirit of Christmas: Give & Receive
Entrepreneurship is a two-way street. We always support good causes, and give our time and expertise to help. We hosted a Christmas party at an art exhibition "LOVE IS WILD" by Sean Lee-Davies, in aid of endangered wildlife with 25% net proceeds going to charities fighting illegal wildlife crime. In the party, everyone was encouraged to share their updates and 2017 resolutions with us!
Date: Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
Time: 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Location: Awethentic Gallery, Shop 28, Ground Floor, Central Building, 1-3 Pedder Street, Central.
Breakfast with Fearless Female Entrepreneurs
Your social circle defines you. If your friends are smart and successful entrepreneurs, the environment will push you to do better, and you will develop faster as an entrepreneur.
The FEW community is full of wonderful women who are here to share their knowledge and support one another. We invited three fearless female entrepreneurs who answered all your burning questions:
Diane Younes, a former New York-based lawyer, has recently landed in Hong Kong and immediately launched her own business Sponge - a mobile hair and make-up service. We've been so impressed by her as she started everything in a completely new market simply by herself! Her smile is addictive, her laugh is contagious.
Nicole Denholder quit her senior position at PWC to start her own venture, The Next Chapter, a crowdfunding platform specially for female founders. Starting a business is not easy, we listened to her ups and downs story!
Jasmine Smith, along side her Blogging and Styling established RAVEN + ROSE - a lingerie brand that represents edgy females. She shared with us valuable tips on how to embrace entrepreneur lifestyle.
Join our community and surround yourself with people who have dreams, desire and ambition; they'll help.
Date: Friday, November 11th, 2016
Time: 8:30am - 10:00am
Location: Mercedes Me, Shop C & D, Ground floor, Entertainment Building, 30 Queen's Road, Central.
Business Etiquette & Style Luncheon
By FEW, Stuart Weitzman & Corporate Trainer of Cathay Pacific
FEW investigated women's new relationship with fashion. We met Stuart Weitzman and decided to bring modern business and career women together for lunch and networking. Besides, a special sharing guest, Odette Umali, Corporate Trainer of Cathay Pacific, was here to tell us more about the golden rules in business etiquette and dress code.
1. Dressing for success
2. Body language
4. Conversation etiquette
Date: Thursday, October 27th, 2016
Time: 12:00nn - 2:00pm
Location: Isola, Shop 3071-75, Level 3, IFC mall, 8 Finance Street, Central.
Guest Speaker: Odette Umali, Corporate Trainer at Cathay Pacific Airways and Managing Director at Gordon Parenting
FEW 1st Anniversary Cocktail Party
THANK YOU FROM
FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS WORLDWIDE!
FEW's 1st anniversary celebration is finally over! The theme was "This Woman Is Different" and during the celebration, the whole party was filled with the feeling of hope and excitement as everyone there shared their passion and dreams for the future.
A very warm thank you to everyone who joined us for our anniversary celebration on August 25, 2016. As always, we had a great time and it was a terrific moment to us!
In the near future, we aim to provide more business development and market expansion support for female entrepreneurs on an international level. Now we are working hard to develop our network especially in Mainland China and South East Asia.
Let's keep on sharing good positive vibes and spreading good energy! Once again, may we thanks all of you for joining us, and please visit our Facebook page for more photos of the event.
We're looking forward to seeing you in our next event!
FEW x GA | Women in Tech
A new generation of megabrands like Facebook, Dropbox, Airbnb, and Twitter haven’t spent a dime on traditional marketing. No press releases, no TV commercials, no billboards. Instead, they rely on a new strategy—growth hacking—to reach many more people despite modest marketing budgets. Growth hackers have thrown out the old playbook and replaced it with tools that are testable, trackable, and scalable. They believe that products and businesses should be modified repeatedly until they’re primed to generate explosive reactions.
Guest speakers: Michelle Sun, Founder, First Code Academy, Kim Leitzes, Founder, ParkLu, Iella Peter, Co-Founder, BloomMe.
When: Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 18:00 - 21:00
Where: Google headquarter, Times Square Level 21 Tower 2, Times Square 1, 1 Matheson St, Causeway Bay
FEW x GA | Influencer Marketing in Fashion
Influencer marketing has become one of the most effective channels to reach modern day consumers, whose interest and attention has become increasingly harder to capture. Find out tricks to create effective content, fresh ideas to give your business a competitive advantage, and learn how to boost your creativity and build an online community.
Guest speakers: Angela Wong, Founder, Little Things in Life, Suhani Jain, Content & Social Director, Grana, Adriana Lica, Digital Marketing Manager, Swire Properties, Dervla Louli, Director of Integrated Content, Edipresse Media Asia, Sarah Zhuang, Chief Designer, Tak Fook Jewellery Limited, Jasmine Smith, CEO & Designer, RAVEN + ROSE.
When: Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 18:30 - 21:00
Where: Garage Society, 299 Queens road, Sheung Wan
FEW x GA | Healthy Living Female Founder's Panel
Four fantastic female founders shared their tips for a healthier lifestyle! They discussed ideas to improve well-being, how to assess and improve work-life balance and personal happiness, and shared their life-changing ideas.
Guest speakers: Angela Wong, Co-Founder Little Things In Life, Sonalie Figueiras, Founder, Ekowarehouse + Founder and Publisher, Green Queen & Laurie Mias, Founder Mr. Green Juice.
Moderator: Charlotte Douglas, Yoga Teacher, Flex Studio & LoveLifeHK.
When: Thursday, March 31, 2016, 18:30 - 21:00
Where: Platform Event Space, 120 Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
CHRISTMAS BRUNCH | Mini Market & Brunch Gathering
A day event – part retail exhibition and part brunch gathering - was held in a creative space. Over 20 female entrepreneurs were invited to exhibit their products and enjoyed a delicious brunch. The goal was to provide a more creative way for female entrepreneurs to meet potential customers and business partners.
When: Saturday, December 5, 2015, 10:30 - 15:30
Where: 16 Floor A, Kwai Bo Industrial Building, 40 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
HAPPY HOUR | Dual Entrepreneur Guest Speakers
Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide (FEW) was delighted to host this special happy hour with The Entrepreneurs' Network (TEN), a non-profit organization and now in its 10th year of supporting entrepreneurship. Two accomplished female entrepreneurs were there to share their perspectives on seeking funds and growing connections.
Guest speakers: Maxine Ryan, Co-Founder & COO, Bitspark Ltd. & Karena Belin, Co-Founder of W Hub.
When: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 18:30 - 21:00
Where: Levels, 2/F, On Hing Building, No.1, On Hing Terrace, Central, Hong Kong
GALLERY + COCKTAIL | What Are The World’s Entrepreneurs Doing?
We were delighted to partner with The Other Hundred and Swire Properties to host a gallery exhibition and cocktail party on Thursday the 15th of October, that aimed to share local and global entrepreneurial stories and bringing together hundreds of entrepreneurs, professionals, senior executives and media friends in town.
Four inspiring women shared their successful entrepreneurial stories: How they build Confidence, Capability, and Capital to Succeed.
When: Thursday, October 15, 2015, 18:30 - 22:00
Where: ArtisTree, 1/F Cornwall House, Taikoo Place, 979 King's Road, Island East, Hong Kong
FROM STARTUP TO SCALE UP | Lunch & learn with investors, lawyers and marketers
Over 30 female founders gathered and met at Alchemy on Friday the 25th of September for a networking business lunch. While enjoying delicious food in a cozy and intimate environment, they built strong connections with all participants and heard inspirational talks from three guest speakers selected because of their strong background in the fields of investment, legal sector and marketing.
Irene Chu, Head of High Growth Technology & Innovation Group at KPMG, talked the secrets to getting funding for your startups; Yana J. Robbins, founder of JumpStart Magazine told us how to acquire customers and build relationship with media, and Gill Meller, Legal Director and Secretary of MTR Corporation shared important legal advice with our entrepreneurs.
When: Friday, September 25, 2015, 12:00 - 14:00
Where: Alchemy, 16 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong
Legal Director and Secretary, MTR Corporation
Head of High Growth Technology & Innovation Group, KPMG
Yana J. Robbins
Founder/Editor-In-Chief of Jumpstart Magazine
LAUNCH PARTY | Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide
A launch party was hosted on Wednesday, 8th July 2015. Remarkable female guests were invited to share on the topic “How happy successful women think and what they do differently.” A hundred of attendance including founders, startups, entrepreneurs and professionals of different industries will also be brought together.
When: Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 19:30 - 22:00
Where: Oolaa, G/F, Bridges Street, CentreStage, Soho, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong
Founder of Hong Kong Yachting
Co-Founder of Creazine
Executive Director of Takfook Jewellery
Co-Founder of TopDoc