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COVER STORY: Women’s Day. Luncheon at Shangri-La Hotel, Tianjin
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Women’s Day
Luncheon at Shangri-La Hotel, Tianjin
By Natasha J

cover 01“迟日江山丽,春风花草香。”在这个明媚的春日里,“三八”国际劳动妇女节如约而至。在刚刚过去的节日期间,世界各地举行了形式多样的庆祝活动,为女性送去节日祝福,让人们共同铭记她们为这个社会所作的努力和贡献,《Business Tianjin》和《Tianjin Plus》也在这美好的日子里,邀请各界优秀女士齐聚天津香格里拉大酒店韵咖啡,畅谈“她力量”,交流“女性领导力”。她们中的每一位都曾在各自的职场及人生道路中克服了巨大的困难和阻碍,方得以收获今天这令人艳羡的优异成绩。

其中我们荣幸邀请到了自由作家、记者及演说家张丽佳女士,她形容自己为沟通中国与世界的“交流者”。张女士曾在多所美国著名大学演讲,其中包括斯坦福大学,哈佛大学,悉尼大学等知名学府。其文章曾发表在多份一流媒体杂志上,她还是CNN、BBC的常客。

在分享与交流的同时,韵咖啡为大家带来了多样美食。热烈的氛围中,服务员为女士们呈上了丰盛的海鲜拼盘,其中包括法国牡蛎、鲍鱼、新鲜的金枪鱼沙拉、精美的日本料理等美食。新鲜的本土菜品和进口海鲜是韵咖啡的鲜明特色,大家在美食和有趣的话题中度过了愉快的“三•八妇女节”。

活动最终在张丽佳新书的签售中落幕。这本女性著作《莲花》(Lotus) 是张丽佳的第一部小说。本书前前后后写了12年,是受到她的奶奶的启发写就。她的家庭故事说明了中国人尤其是中国女性在过去半个世纪取得的巨大进步。在张丽佳的身上,我们可以看到21世纪中国女性面对的巨大变化和挑战,与此同时,从在座的每一位女士身上,我们都能感受到强大的“她力量”。祝愿每位女士都能活出真我,优雅永远。

Zhang Lijia gave a speech at the beginning of the event

Zhang Lijia gave a speech at the beginning of the event

With the intention of inspiring and celebrating the limitless potential of women in business, the feminine gender likes to celebrate International Women’s Day every day. But the annual March 8th day of recognition is exceptionally special, because so many organizations join hands to highlight outstanding individuals who have contributed to the advancement of women’s rights and taking initiatives towards furthering steps to facilitate advancement of gender parity.
 

To commemorate this special day, Business Tianjin and Tianjin Plus Magazines in tandem with Shangri-La Hotel, Tianjin, invited corporate leaders to celebrate this special day at Café Yun, Shangri-La Hotel, Tianjin, on 8th March, 2018.

Yvan Collet Executive Chef Shangri La Hotel Tianjin

Yvan Collet, Executive Chef, Shangri-La Hotel, Tianjin

International Women’s Day is a worldwide event sanctioned by the UN to celebrate women’s achievements - from political to social - while calling for gender equality including universal franchise. It has been observed since the early 1900’s and is now celebrated each year. It is not affiliated to any one group but brings together governments, women’s organizations, corporations and charities to inspire and empower women of the future.

cover 03This event was graced by influential business and bureaucratic women of Tianjin and Beijing. Each one of them is a woman leading in her own sphere of business and commerce. These ladies have overcome huge obstacles and hurdles to reach where they are now. They are an inspiration to the entire woman populationof china.
 

The Women’s Leadership Luncheon commenced with the welcoming of guests followed by a mouth-watering briefing from the Executive Chef of Shangri-La Hotel, Tianjin, Mr. Yvan Collet. He gave an insight into the special meal that was prepared for the attendees.

cover 06Zhang Lijia was the guest speaker of the event. A well-known writer, journalist and public speaker, she describes herself as a communicator between China and the rest of the world. She related her family story reflecting the changing role of women in China, and their challenges and hopes for the future. The attendees listened in awe as she spoke of the hardships that women of her family including herself as a little girl endured in life. Their courage was truly inspirational, and her speech was very appropriate for the event.
 

Since then her dedication, passion, drive and commitment has inspired thousands of people all over the world. She was the subject of a BBC TV documentary “Peschardt's People”. She has also lectured at many top Ivy League universities including Stanford, Harvard and the University of Sydney. Her articles have been published in many newspapers and magazines. During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she served as a producer for the BBC crew that were reporting the games. She was also a fellow on the University of Iowa's International Writing Program in 2009 and is a regular guest on ABC, BBC and CNN, the global leaders in electronic media.

cover 04To heighten the sense of the occasion, the hospitable staff served generous seafood platters including French Oysters, Artic Clams and Abalone, among other favourites and a fresh Tuna Salad. Subsequent to relishing the appetizers, guests were invited to a widespread truly intercontinental buffet extravaganza at Café Yun.
 

Freshest local and imported seafood was a definitive hallmark at Café Yun. The Seafood-on-Ice selection became even more indulgent with six seasonal seafood varieties, including succulent Scampi, Flat Lobsters, Alaskan Crab Legs and Tiger Crabs. Lovers of fine Japanese cuisine were delighted at the Japanese spread. A Deli station showcased fine cheeses and cold meats sliced to order in the Italian meat slicers. Specialty chefs created cooked-to-order Asian flavours and at the Western kitchen, international specialties were freshly cooked and served. Beef burgundy, roast lamb leg and Baked Oysters with garlic, were served to name a few.

cover 95With a chic pink, white and black design, the Dessert station provided a sweet ending to a memorable meal. With so many tempting treats crafted by the pastry chefs, such as Napoleon cake, Raspberry cheese pie, Green tea opera and Italian Tiramisu with Biscotti, diners enjoyed a wide array of servings.
 

The event culminated with a photo session and book signing with Zhang Lijia. As it is important for women of all walks of life to connect with and support one another, this event provided women with the opportunity to do just that. It was a wonderful afternoon and was certainly an inspiration to all attendees.

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