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 an internationally acclaimed writer and media personality.  A Chinese-American former Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles, Joy is author of the smash China best-seller Do Not Marry Before Age 30, which debunks conventional wisdom that single women are “leftover” by their late 20s, and helps them unlock their potential and realize their dreams.  Joy partners with top media companies to create movies, television shows and viral videos to delight and entertain modern Chinese audiences. She and husband Dave are blessed with two young daughters.

Visit Joy at www.joychenyu.com (click ENGLISH).

Joy’s bio:  The long version

Joy Chen is an internationally acclaimed writer and media personality.  A Chinese-American former Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles, Joy is author of the smash China best-seller Do Not Marry Before Age 30, which debunks conventional wisdom that single women are “leftover” by their late 20s, and helps them unlock their potential and realize their dreams.  Joy partners with top media companies to create movies, television shows and viral videos to delight and entertain modern Chinese audiences.

Born in the United States to immigrant parents, Joy was appointed 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.  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 #1 best-seller across China and is helping a generation of modern Chinese women to be more free and confident in their lives.

Joy now is partnering with China’s Wanda Media Group to make this book into a romantic comedy movie scheduled for release in 2015.  Additionally, Joy has several other projects in development with top media companies for movies, TV shows and viral videos to delight and entertain modern Chinese audiences. Joy’s role on these projects is both behind the camera as a writer, and in front of the camera as a media personality.

Joy also 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 realize their own potential, Joy was honored by the Chinese government as a 2012 Woman of the Year by the All-China’s Women’s Federation, the 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.

Visit Joy at her website www.joychenyu.com or weibo @陈愉JoyChen.



    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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