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In its fourth year as the premier LGBTQI+ workplace inclusion conference in China, the 2021 Out & Equal China Forum will bring together hundreds of LGBTQI+ and ally professionals from national and multinational companies in the APAC region in partnership with our China Business Inclusion Council. 

We have transformed our annual conference into quarterly virtual engagements and publications, with each quarter covering a particular theme. Each quarter will include a 2-hour, interactive, virtual event featuring remarks from partner executives and the chance for attendees to learn and share best practices. Leading up to each event, Out & Equal will release resources to advance understanding of the particular theme.   

The theme that we will focus on during the third quarter of 2021 is The Future of Work. Forum participants will explore the ways in which younger generations are driving change in the workplace and what we can do together to create more inclusive environments for both the present and future workforce. The forum will take place in English with closed captioning available and simultaneous translation available in Mandarin. 

China Forum Series: Quarter 3 – The Future of Work 

September 10, 2021, from 9:00-11:00 (Shanghai) [21:00-23:00 EST, Sep 9]

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If you are interested in partnering with us in future engagements, please reach out to: partnerships@outandequal.org

Time Section Speakers 
9:00 am CST Out & Equal Opening Deena Fidas Managing Director | Chief Program and Partnerships Officer (she/her)  
9:10 am CST Key Note Speaker Emily Chang CEO McCann Worldgroup, China (she/her)  
9:20 am CST Fireside Chat Jenny Pan Volunteer ShanghaiPRIDE and Ladies Who Tech (she/her)  
Charlene Liu Co-Founder – Diversity & Inclusion Consulting (DNIC), Ladies Who Tech, Q-Events, ShanghaiPRIDE  (she/her)  
9:40 am CST  Breakout Rooms   All participants 
10:50-11:00 am CST Final Observations  Out & Equal  

Emily Chang – CEO, McCann Worldgroup, China (she/her) 

Prior to joining McCann, Emily was the CMO for Starbucks China, where she led marketing, sales, loyalty, customer engagement, and the digital ecosystem (ecommerce, loyalty, payments, partnerships). Her teams helped open the Starbucks Shanghai Roastery and launched the brand’s delivery program.  

Before joining Starbucks, Emily was the CCO for InterContinental Hotels Group, Greater China, where she was responsible for all commercial functions across 320+ hotels, six hotel brands, three loyalty programs, and a team of 5,200 S&M members. Her teams designed and launched new hotel brand HUALUXE and completed the acquisition of Kimpton Hotels. 

Her passion for crafting O+O branded customer experiences began at Apple, where she led Retail Marketing across APAC, opening new stores and designing customer experience as the brand entered China. 

A strategic business leader with 22+ years of experience, Emily began her career with eleven years at Procter & Gamble.  

Emily sits on the board of SOS Children’s Villages and last year, took a year off to write a book called “The Spare Room,” the topic of her first TEDx Talk. 

Jenny Pan – Volunteer, ShanghaiPRIDE and Ladies Who Tech (she/her) 

Jenny Pan was born and raised in Shanghai, China. She is currently at Brandeis International Business School pursuing her master’s degree in Marketing and Data Analysis. 

In 2020, she joined the ShanghaiPRIDE volunteer team. Her proactive personality made her the executive assistant to the co-founder, assisting in various planning and operations of many of the festival’s events. In the same year, she also volunteered for Rainbow Academy, an LGBTQ knowledge learning platform, and made a video combining 42 curriculums for IDONH, reaching 216K views on Weibo. 

As an advocate for gender diversity, she also volunteered for Ladies Who Tech, a social impact community aiming to close the gender gap in the STEM industries, helping with events promotion and on-site management.  

These volunteering experiences created an opportunity for her to pursue a future career in marketing, and she is now interning for a communications agency to learn more about online marketing. 

Charlene Liu – Co-Founder – Diversity & Inclusion Consulting (DNIC), Ladies Who Tech, Q-Events, ShanghaiPRIDE (she/her) 

Charlene Liu was born in Malaysia and has lived in the US, Singapore, and now Shanghai, China.  She is an engineer, a social change maker, and a community leader. 

Charlene has 16 years of community leadership, commercial event management, and Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) advocacy experience.  In 2009, she co-founded ShanghaiPRIDE, an annual festival run entirely by volunteers that promotes diversity, in 2014 Q-Events, an event management company, in 2016 Ladies Who Tech, a social impact community for women in STEM, and in 2019, D&I Consulting, a consultancy which helps corporates cultivate a more inclusive culture.  Charlene is now embarking on a full-time journey managing these platforms. 

作为中国主要的LGBTQI+职场多元共融论坛的第四年,2021年Out & Equal中国论坛将与我们的中国商业共融委员会合作,汇集来自亚太地区和跨国公司的数百名LGBTQI+和盟友专业人士。

我们已将年度会议转变为季度线上活动和电子刊物,每个季度都涵盖特定的主题。每个季度将包括一场两个小时的线上互动活动,其中包括合作伙伴高管的分享以及与会者学习和分享最佳实践的机会。在每次活动之前,Out & Equal 将发布相关资源以促进对特定主题的理解。 








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