Harriet Baldwin:和“誓愿”行动的VOWer们对话是随英国财长访华的一大亮点!

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9月22日,The VOW Project“誓愿”行动的女性企业家们与British Treasury英国财政部经济次官Economic Secretary To Treasury (相当于财政部副部长) Harriet Baldwin女士亲密对话,分享作为职业女性的经验,并对项目的商业内容和相关企业进行了深入探讨。Harriet Baldwin女士临行前说这次对话是她陪同英国财政部长George Osborne访华一行的一大亮点!英国商会非常荣幸能够与英国驻上海总领事馆共同协办此项目!

On 22 September, the five female entrepreneurs of the VOW Project had an intimate conversation with Mrs. Harriet Baldwin, Britain’s Economic Secretary to Treasury (equals to Vice Chancellor of the Exchequer). The two sides shared their experience of being women in profession and had an in-depth discussion on the Project’s commercial contents as well as its related subjects. Mrs. Harriet Baldwin spoke highly of this conversation, saying that it was an absolute highlight on her visit to China with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. George Osborne. It is a great honour for the British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai to be co-hosting the VOW Project with the British Consulate General Shanghai.

对话伊始,英国驻上海总领事馆的区域事务处处长仰婷婷向Harriet Baldwin女士介绍了The VOW Project的缘起和背景,和项目未来的计划。Harriet Baldwin女士分享了她自己的经历,作为一个金融机构职业人,一个母亲,直到她从政,她作为一个女性,能够理解女性所面临的挑战。但她也强调了英国非常重视女性平等,在所有英国前100强的公司都有女性的董事。

At the beginning of this conversation, Ms. Yang Tingting, Director of Regional Affairs of the British Consulate General Shanghai, introduced the origins, background and future plans of the VOW Project. Then Mrs. Harriet Baldwin shared her experience of being a professional in finance, a mother, and now a politician. She expressed her understanding of the challenges that a woman may encounter. She also pointed out that gender equality is greatly emphasised in Britain, since almost all Top 100 British companies have female leaders on the board.

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她谈到她的成功离不开支持她的丈夫。作为一个全职母亲,她同时要分顾许多不同的事情,但是孩子终究会长大,而且每个孩子都有自己独特的成长环境,各有优劣。她回忆有一次去香港出差,临近起飞时接到家人电话说她八岁的儿子得了水痘,她再三犹豫还是上了飞机。完成工作回家后儿子的病也好了,家里的一切都井然有序。职业女性的事业生涯要作长久的打算。有研究发现,母亲是职业女性的男人在婚后会更支持妻子在事业上的发展。所以在场的单身女孩都可以把这条加进择偶标准(笑)!

Mrs. Baldwin mentioned that she would not be able to succeed without support from her husband. There were times when she had to giggle many things at the same time. But children will grow up in different environments, and there will be merits and pitfalls. Once, when she was at the airport for a business trip to Hong Kong, her family called, telling that her eight-year-old son was having chicken pox. Hesitating over and over, she still decided to take off. After she finished the work and returned back home, everything was going well. Women in profession have to have a long-term plan for their career life. According to research, a man whose mother is a woman in profession will be more likely to support his wife’s career. Therefore, all the single girls on the scene should include this point in the criteria for choosing their life partner.

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VOWer们纷纷发言,介绍了自己和企业,谈及在南京三胞集团和合肥百大集团的学习经历。还畅谈了她们对将要在英国站进行的向帝亚吉欧集团,洲际酒店集团和维珍集团学习的期望和准备。Harriet Baldwin女士向VOWer们推荐了在英国适合她们参访学习的企业和项目,例如Cath Kidston, Burberry,和Chelsea Garden Show。

The VOWers had actively taken part in the conversation, introducing themselves and their companies. They also talked about their learning experience in Nanjing SanPower Group and Hefei Department Store Group. For their upcoming visit to Diageo, InterContinental Hotels Group, and the Virgin Group in the UK, the ladies freely shared their expectations and preparations. Moreover, Mrs. Harriet Baldwin recommended a few British corporations and projects appropriate for them to visit, for example Cath Kidston, Burberry, and Chelsea Garden Show.

上海英国商会的执行副会长华轶作为这个有一百年历史的商会的第一位中国女性副会长也为现今女性在商业领域的地位提升有着切身感受。她介绍了商会在华东地区给英国企业的支持,和在The VOW Project 过程中对创造新的商机的期待。Harriet Baldwin女士祝贺上海英国商会的百年诞辰,同时也赞许了商会此项项目在促进中英两国长期经济合作的推动作用。

Mrs. Angela Lock, the first female Deputy Executive Director of the British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai, which is now in its centenary year, has also experienced women’s rising status in business spheres herself. After introducing the Chamber’s support for British companies in East China, Angela Lock expressed that she very much looked forward to the creation of new Sino-British business opportunities during the VOW Project. In the end, Mrs. Harriet Baldwin congratulated the Centenary Year of the British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai. She also appreciated the active role that the Chamber’s VOW Project had played in promoting the long term economic cooperation between China and Britain.