The 2022-2024 biennium for Zonta Club of Hong Kong started with our 50th-anniversary celebrations and what more to sustain this special milestone than with our continued commitment to bringing inspiring and thought-provoking Programs to fellow Zontians? Our Programs shall present today’s influential and inspiring speakers to address current societal developments in innovation, trends, culture, and climate issues and perhaps with a gender lens where we can make a difference.
1. ‘When Fashion is Not Just Fashion” (Ms. Angelica Cheung, 27 Sept 2022)
In a closed-door dialogue, Ms. Angelica Cheung, Venture Partner of Sequoia Capital China, and the former Editor in Chief of Vogue China inaugurated our biennium’s Program with our Program Chair, Ms. Lui Tong, and the topic was “When Fashion is Not Just Fashion”. We explored Ms. Cheung’s journey from a law student to launching Vogue China, how China’s fashion industry has been reshaping since the rise of consumption in China, where she sees the industry is heading and her thoughts on sustainable consumption. We discussed how are today’s designers influencing the fashion industry, and what are some successes. It was an overwhelming turnout by fellow and sister Club Zontians and District representatives.
2. ‘Global Economic and Financial Market Outlook” (Dr. Jacky Tang, 25 October 2022)
In the midst of the crazy state that inflation and interest rates keep growing, geo-political changes and supply chain impacts, we were privileged to have Dr. Jacky Tang, Managing Director, Wealth Management, Goldman Sachs, a seasoned advisor, and economist who joined our Program and shared a vivid insight on the “Global Economic and Financial Market Outlook”. We explored from macroscopic to microscopic implications on the equity market, currency, recession severity, and how the 2023 geo-locational economic and financial market look. Sister Zontians from ZCHK and sister Clubs joined in virtually for a fascinating discussion with Dr. Tang’s captivating analysis. To view the recorded session online, please click here.
3. “A Path To Build A Better World for Women and Girls” (Prof. Gillian Choa, 29 Nov 2022)
Gender equality matters in the arts. It determines the degree to which men and women fulfil their own right to artistic expression through self- representation, telling their own stories, and making an individual contribution to the cultural and creative landscape.
ZCHK’s very own Sister Zontian, Prof. Gillian Choa, the first female and the first homegrown President of The Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, shared with us how she inspires Hong Kong through art.
It was Prof Choa’s passion for ballet that led to performing arts, and stage design, which gradually evolved into a career path. Her multifaceted roles in teaching at the academy inevitably involve much administrative work. By Jan 2021, she had taken charge of Hong Kong’s leading performing arts academy, the HKAPA. A fresh study impressively showed 79% of HKAPA’s graduates have secured a professional job upon graduation, a higher statistic than any comparative institution. Yet there are still challenges for women and girls today in pursuing their dream. Members joined in and discussed how, in a male dominant society, it takes more than one’s capability to reach the top and thrive. So, we must find ways to support fellow females, just like our male counterparts support each other.