[eNews] In Support of International Women’s Day

In support of International Women’s Day in March, the School has played an active role in organizing and participating in different activities during the month.

Alumni Sharing Session “When Art Meets Business"

As part of the HKUST’s International Women’s Day initiative, the School organized an alumni sharing session entitled “When Art Meets Business” on March 5, featuring two alumni speakers – Dolphin Yip (BBA-MARK; MA-SOCS), Visual Artist and Founder of the Art of Dove Meditative Art Studio, and Eric Yim (MBA), Founder & Designer of Jadeite Atelier.

As business graduates, both Dolphin and Eric are passionate and dedicated in combining their background in business and expertise in art.  Dolphin alchemized meditation with expressive arts and opened a studio specializing in a neo-form of art healing called “Soul Painting”. Eric first graduated as a software engineer. He later found his genuine interest in design and made a career change in 2007. He joined the jewelry industry with an aim to demonstrate the beauty and cultural significance of jade in an innovative way.

To both speakers, art and business are not mutually exclusive.  “Art is anything that’s creative and can be seen in everyday life”, Eric said.  Dolphin said that “Art and business can be closely connected. Business is the door opener to art, and art can create countless possibilities.”  They both gave credit to their business education at HKUST for providing them the foundation as well as the problem-solving skills to run their businesses today.      

Dolphin also mentioned her unique recipe to maintain a work-life balance. “Meditation is a way of healing and unwinding for me; from time to time I have to step out from my hectic work life to find that mindfulness. It helps me focus and find new inspiration.” 

When asked about how they overcame the challenges in their entrepreneurial journey, Eric said that it was important to keep a ‘day one’ mindset to keep one’s passion.  “Never be afraid of trying something new, I firmly believe that people will change their stereotypes of jade one day when they see the modern design of my brand.” 

Dolphin added, “To achieve one’s goal, it is important to do things with perseverance, courage and determination, this apply to all aspects in life.”

For the event’s photo album, please click here.

For more information about HKUST’s International Women’s Day programs, visit the official page at IWDatHKUST.

Opportunities and Challenges for Women Pursuing an International Career

Four distinguished women, within the HKUST community, were invited to talk about their personal career journeys, and the opportunities and challenges for women pursuing an international career.

Prof Rhea LIEM, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Ms Euphemia CHOW, Head of the Office of Global Learning; and Ms Yong LEE, Director of Internal Audit joined a panel session, moderated by Prof Veronique LAFON-VINAIS, Associate Professor of Business Education and Executive Director (Career Development and Corporate Outreach) of the Business School.

The panel discussion was a joint effort between the Vice-President for Institutional Advancement Office and the Career Center at HKUST.


Workshop on "The Magic of Female Leadership"

Also, as part of the IWD series events, another workshop "The Magic of Female Leadership" invited Ms Caroline STOCKMAN, CEO of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. Caroline shared her career experience as a female leader. She had a very good interaction with the audience, which included both our alumni and students.


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