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
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
Joy’s bio: The short version
Joy Chen is a globally-acclaimed Chinese-American author and former Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles whose career has spanned four careers across three continents. Her ground-breaking new book, How to Get Lucky in Your Career, is based on her seven years working as a CEO headhunter for Fortune 500 global companies. The book is a step-by-step guide to acquiring the lucky breaks you need to pivot into a career of passion and purpose. Visit Joy at www.joychenyu.com (click ENGLISH).
Joy’s bio: The long version
Joy Chen is a globally-acclaimed Chinese-American author and former Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles whose career has spanned four careers across three continents. Her ground-breaking new book, How to Get Lucky in Your Career, is based on her seven years working as a CEO headhunter for Fortune 500 global companies. The book is a step-by-step guide to acquiring the lucky breaks you need to pivot into a career of passion and purpose.
Born in the United States to immigrant parents, Joy began her career as a commercial real-estate developer. When Joy was 31 years old, luck came crashing into her life when 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.
As her administration’s four-year term was coming to an end, Joy prepared to return to the real-estate industry, but in another lucky break, she was headhunted to become an elite corporate headhunter. In that role, Joy helped Fortune 500 and other global companies expand across the Americas, Europe and Asia by headhunting the CEOs and other top talent they needed.
During this time, Joy began a careers blog, in Chinese and English, to give Chinese study-abroad students inside advice on how to gain entrée into and climb up in global companies. The blog attracted a third stroke of luck, when Joy herself was headhunted 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 become more free and confident.
The success of Do Not Marry Before Age 30 launched Joy into a new career as a popular author, speaker and creator of pop-culture media in China.
Joy’s new book, How to Get Lucky in Your Career, is a practical guide to lucky breaks. In it, Joy points out that across myriad professions and geographies, the single thing that unites the lives of the thousands of highly-successful people she interviewed as a CEO-headhunter is that they, like her, enjoyed extraordinary lucky breaks, pivotal moments when luck turned their way, that they later point to and say, “And that’s when it all started.” How to Get Lucky in Your Career is a step-by-step guide to acquiring the lucky breaks you need in order to create a career filled with passion and purpose.
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 serves as a brand ambassador for SK-II, Olay and other leading brands whose products inspire and engage young Chinese people.
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
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