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 creator of books, movies, videos and other pop-culture media for China. A Chinese-American former Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles, she 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. Film rights to the book are owned by Wanda Media, with whom Joy is collaborating on a comedy movie of the same title. Joy’s second book, on how to find your career direction, is due for release in early 2017. Visit Joy at www.joychenyu.com (click ENGLISH).
Joy’s bio: The long version
Joy Chen is a globally-acclaimed creator of books, movies, videos and other pop-culture products for China. A Chinese-American former Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles, she 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. Film rights to the book are owned by Wanda Media, with whom Joy is collaborating on a comedy movie of the same title. Joy’s second book, on finding your dream career, is due for release in early 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 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 best-seller across China and is helping a generation of modern Chinese women to be more free and confident in their lives. Film rights to the book are owned by Wanda Media, with whom Joy is collaborating on a comedy movie of the same title.
Joy’s second book, How to Find the Career of Your Dreams, is due for release in early 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
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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