Joy Chen is a superstar in China, the champion of young women known as “leftovers” — those who are still single in their mid-20s and scorned by all. —ABC News

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Joy’s bio:  The short version

Joy Chen is a globally-acclaimed Chinese-American author whose career has spanned four careers across three continents. Joy began her career in Los Angeles as a real-estate developer. At age 31, she was appointed Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles where she led education and economic development initiatives for America’s second largest city. She then worked as an elite CEO headhunter across the Americas, Europe and Asia. Joy’s first book is the smash China best-seller Do Not Marry Before Age 30. Her second book, a headhunter’s guide to career success, is due for release in mid-2017. Visit Joy at www.joychenyu.com (click ENGLISH).

Joy’s bio:  The long version

Joy Chen is a globally-acclaimed Chinese-American author whose career has spanned four careers across three continents. Joy began her career in Los Angeles as a real-estate developer. At age 31, she was appointed Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles where she led education and economic development initiatives for America’s second largest city. She then worked as an elite CEO headhunter across the Americas, Europe and Asia. Joy’s first book is the smash China best-seller Do Not Marry Before Age 30. Her second book, a headhunter’s guide to career success, is due for release in mid-2017.

Born in the United States to immigrant parents, Joy began her career as a commercial real-estate developer. At age 31, she was appointed Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles. While Deputy Mayor, she worked in education and economic development for America’s 2nd-largest city. In this role, Joy spearheaded innovative education and economic development projects which are helping a generation of Californians gain access to the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century.

Following her time in public service, Joy spent seven years as an elite corporate headhunter, finding CEOs and other top talent for the Fortune 500 and other large global companies, and helping those companies expand their operations across the Americas, Europe and Asia.

During this time, Joy herself was headhunted by China CITIC Press to write a book of life strategy for Chinese women. The resulting book, Do Not Marry Before Age 30, became a best-seller across China and is helping a generation of modern Chinese women to be more free and confident in their lives.

Joy currently is working on her second book, which is a headhunter’s guide to career success. It offers practical lessons drawn from her own career and the careers of the thousands of highly successful executives she interviewed while a CEO headhunter. The book is due for release in mid-2017.

Joy serves as a brand ambassador for SK-II, Olay and other leading brands whose products inspire and engage Chinese women.

For her work in helping women realize their potential, Joy was honored as China Woman of the Year by the All-China Women’s Federation, the Chinese government’s department for women.

Joy has been profiled as a modern female role model across news, business and fashion media including Vogue China, ELLE China, CCTV, Marie Claire China, Esquire China, Good Housekeeping China, Cosmopolitan China, People’s Daily Online, BTV, and CNN International.

Joy earned MBA and M.A. in Urban Planning degrees from UCLA, and a BA from Duke University. She and husband Dave are blessed with two young daughters.

Joy Chen’s website: www.joychenyu.com

On stage, celebrity Joy Chen is like a walking exclamation point. She speaks in rolling torrents and flashes a brillant white smile. Her poise and polish are hallmarks of her much vaunted sisterhood — call them the Alpha Females of China. Today, a hushed audience of tens of thousands of white-collar women — all young, educated, urban and all in black pumps — are eagerly eating up every word of her feminista rallying cry. “We don’t want to survive in society,” she says. “We want to lead society.” It’s a brazen decree with a lot of lofty ideals behind it. But with doe-eyed looks and a certain gal pal appeal, Chen is a modern-day Joan of Arc. If anyone could launch a feminist crusade in China, it’s Chen. “It will take a revolution from within,” she says, à la Gloria Steinem.” — OZY Media

 

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    What audiences say about Joy:

  • Our executives and staff all loved hearing Joy speak. She spoke at the end of the annual conference of our Greater China Business Units. Her talk electrified us and set an inspirational tone as we start off on a new year. She speaks personally to all of us with her moving personal stories and practical tips. Joy is a fabulous role model for how to bridge Chinese and global cultures.
    Eileen Wang
    Procter & Gamble
  • Joy Chen is one of the best motivational speakers and leadership/management trainers I have worked with. She is able to connect with young, up and coming managers and leaders in particular and inspire them to greater success.
    Alistair Nicholas
    Weber Shandwick
  • Joy is such a respected role model among Chinese women – we were excited to secure her as a keynote speaker for one of our top global clients. She speaks in such a warm, funny and engaging way. Her lessons are as inspiring as they are practical. We will look for more opportunities to present her to our clients and to their employees and consumers.
    Celia Tian
    Edelman Worldwide

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