Joy’s bio: The short version
Joy Chen is an internationally acclaimed women’s advocate and writer. A Chinese-American former Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles, she now is a columnist for the Wall Street Journal China and several leading Chinese fashion and lifestyle media. Her smash China best-seller “Do Not Marry Before Age 30″ debunks conventional wisdom that single women are “leftover” by their late 20s, and instead inspires them to realize their dreams. Joy maintains an active presence across China’s print, broadcast and digital media with a goal of helping Chinese women be more happy and confident. Visit Joy at www.joychenyu.com (click ENGLISH).
Joy’s bio: The long version
Joy Chen is an internationally acclaimed women’s advocate and writer. A Chinese-American former Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles, she now is a columnist for the Wall Street Journal China and several leading Chinese fashion and lifestyle media. Her smash China best-seller “Do Not Marry Before Age 30″ debunks conventional wisdom that single women are “leftover” by their late 20s, and instead inspires them to realize their dreams. Joy maintains an active presence across China’s print, broadcast and digital media with a goal of helping Chinese women be more happy and confident.
Born in the United States to immigrant parents, Joy become Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles at age 31. While Deputy Mayor, she was responsible for education and workforce development for America’s 2nd-largest city. In this role, Joy spearheaded innovative education and workforce-training programs which are helping a generations of Californians gain access to the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century.
Following her time in public service, Joy spent years as an elite corporate headhunter, finding CEOs and other top talent for large global companies, and helping those companies expand their operations across China. It was in this role that she began writing her Global Rencai blog, to give young Chinese talent the inside tips they need to succeed in global companies.
The success of the blog led to Joy herself being headhunted to write a book of life strategy for China’s career women. The resulting best-seller, Do not marry before age 30, is helping a modern generation of Chinese women to be more free and happy in their lives.
Joy now works as a full-time women’s advocate, speaking and contributing actively across China’s media sphere. She writes a biweekly column for the Wall Street Journal China, and monthly columns for leading fashion magazine Rayli <瑞丽伊人风尚>, and leading women’s lifestyle magazine Woman’s Day <健康之友>.
Additionally, Joy serves as a brand ambassador for Procter & Gamble and other leading companies whose products aid and inspire Chinese women.
For her work in helping women throughout China realize their own potential, Joy was honored as a 2012 Woman of the Year by the All-China Women’s Federation’s media, a rare honor for a non-Chinese national.
Joy has been profiled as a modern female role model across China’s news, business and fashion media including China Daily, People’s Daily Online, Vogue China, ELLE China, CCTV, Marie Claire China, Cosmopolitan, BTV, and China Radio 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.
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
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
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