Chamber Chairman Betty Yuen’s warm, informal and interactive chat kick-started our brand new series “Dialogue with the General Committee” on 19 January.
A Non-Executive Director of CLP Holdings Limited, Yuen is also the Chairman of CLP Power Hong Kong Limited and Castle Peak Power Company Limited. At the event, she shared with members milestones in her career, as well as her leadership portfolio and work in decarbonization. She also emphasized the importance of doing the right thing for the company. Having strong values and guiding principles is important in leading a company to dovetail with Hong Kong’s overall development goals, while also benefiting the community in some way, she said.
Discussing the importance of leading by example, Yuen explained that her own leadership style was to be direct with colleagues, especially if they were going the wrong way. She said it was necessary to give feedback that was practical and useful. “More often than not, I can persuade them,” she added, to laughs from the audience.
No matter what kind of ups and downs a company might face, Yuen said having a good team would help overcome any challenges. “Also, if you have a strong belief that you are doing the right thing, then these things will pass,” said Yuen.
To a request for advice for university students who are about to embark on their careers, the Chairman said the sky is the limit.
“There is no better place in the world to be a working woman than in Hong Kong,” she said. “Hong Kong is very accepting of female leaders. Just embrace the opportunities and pursue them with confidence.”
After the talk, members attended a cocktail reception to acknowledge the sponsors of the Good Citizen Award Fund.
The “Dialogue with the General Committee” series offers our members a chance to engage with Chamber leaders in a relaxed atmosphere, facilitating friendly conversations without agenda or speech. Keep an eye on the Chamber’s website for details on the next instalment.