SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

The Spare Room

11/17
I first shared the story behind my own social legacy, The Spare Room, at Hatch. I’m grateful to Yarrow Kraner for the invitation to speak at his incredible event – it led to my TEDx talk, innumerable conversations with extraordinary people, and where I am with the idea of social legacy today.

FEEDBACK FROM EVENTS

P&G Alumni Event

“Emily was the consummate professional, well-prepared and engaged through the planning process. She delivered a fantastic presentation that truly inspired our large (500+) global audience (largely P&G alumni professionals around the world) while staying within her time limit. In fact, she was kind enough to agree to be “raffled off” alongside other notable P&GL alumni including Marc Pritchard and Brian McNamara after the event, as well. Thanks, Emily!”
Deborah Kielty
Board Chairman – P&G Alumni Foundation

The School of the New York Times

“I wanted to thank you personally for bringing your expertise into our classroom at the SoNYT. The students really expressed what an excellent session they had and the collective insights they learned about debate styles between the US and China. Thank you so much for sharing your expertise and experience with the class.
Dan Bullock
Professor at New York University / The School of the New York Times

GRMA Growth & Innovation Forum

“It was our privilege to have Emily present to our audience of senior leadership from fortune 500 corporations at GRMA’s Growth and Innovation Forum. She left a remarkable impact on our group. Her talk was both engaging and inspiring. With elegance and style, Emily delivered a fresh perspective about how purpose driven values can lead to successful business growth. She coins the term “social legacy” and through her authentic conversation with audiences, she inspires passion in leaders and teams to reflect deeply about what kind of social and company legacies they wish to leave and the possibilities of their impact. Whether Emily is speaking to audiences of 25 or 1000, she always inspires and delights!”
Stephanie Fischer
President and CEO, Global Retail Marketing Association

Cisco Greater China Partner Conference

“Emily delivered a keynote at the Cisco Greater China Partner Conference on the topic of Next Gen Marketing. Addressing a room of hundreds of our closest partners, Emily shared unique insights to the marketing landscape for both B2B and B2C. Her talk was very well received and received strong positive feedback!”
Bill Song
CMO of Cisco

Adobe: Meetup with a Mentor

“I would like to express our deep appreciation to you, on behalf of the Adobe China Leadership program participants. We enjoyed and learnt a lot from your stories. During today’s sharing, we are inspired, engaged and touched by your wisdom, vision, generosity, courage and optimism. Your stories will help these Adobe China female managers build confidence and better pursue their careers. We can’t wait to read your book.”
Adobe China Leadership Program

Disney APAC Merchandising Leadership Team

“On behalf of my wider APAC team, I’d like to thank you again for taking the time to share your leadership approach. I’ve gotten many notes of thanks and how inspiring you are. I will keep these top of mind:

-If you say yes, it can bring unbelievable opportunities.
-KIBUN
-#social legacy

You have also given us some good ideas for team events in the future 😊”
Alex Lin
VP, Regional Merchandising & Product Design APAC Consumer Products | The Walt Disney Company

United World College (UWC)

“Emily’s personal story, approach to life, and practical wisdom were thought-provoking for our students and faculty. Her authentic sharing made us think about living with a purpose and how we can enrich the lives of others by opening ourselves to truly connect and be there for them when they need us.”
Gergely Lovasz
Dean of Experiential Learning at UWC Changshu China

Shanghai Girl Scouts

“For our first city-wide Shanghai Girls Scouts Book Club, we chose Emily Chang’s amazing memoir, ‘The Spare Room.’ Most of us – parents and girls – had never heard the term ‘social legacy’ before and we were all blown away by how Emily discovered her ‘outrage’ and matched it with what she could offer as a solution. Emily is a rare combination of top executive and 100% relatable, compassionate human being. She is an extraordinary role model and challenges us, at any age, to ask what more we can be doing to make our communities, families, schools, and workplaces healthier and stronger. I highly recommend reading ‘A Spare Room’ and taking Emily’s path of authentic leadership to heart.”
Heather Kaye
Shanghai Girl Scouts Training Chair and Troop Leader

USC MBA Marketing Class

“Emily was extremely engaging, enthusiastic and shared excellent real world experiences of how to successfully employ marketing strategies within a variety of companies she has worked for or clients she has worked with in her CEO role at a world-class advertising agency. Emily kept the class engaged throughout the session and we especially enjoyed how she summarized at the end of the class how she addressed all of the issues that students had identified at the beginning of the session. Brilliant!!”
Diane Bedame, PhD, MS
Professor of Clinical Marketing

CLIMB: Five Companies, Five Revelations

“Emily’s keynote speech and sincere sharing reached out to and resonated with more than one thousand BMS colleagues around the globe, and was received with passionate and curious questions about her inspiring career and life. The impact of her speech will certainly echo in each audience’s heart and go on to encourage them to find and leave their own ‘social legacy’. We believe these enthusiastic employees, especially the next-gen will be empowered to proactively continue their career adventure.”
Climb APAC Project Team

Rooted Sisters Women’s Breakfast 

“We had the privilege of having Emily Chang as our speaker for the 2023 Christian Business Women’s Breakfast in St. Louis, attended by nearly 700 professional women. Emily absolutely knocked it out of the park, inspiring us to radiate the light of Christ in the marketplace!

In addition to being winsome and engaging in style, Emily was also effective at equipping our attendees by providing practical tools they could apply to their professional and personal lives. She was also very generous with her time, staying afterwards to personally encourage every attendee that waited to speak with her.

We continue to receive tremendous feedback on the breakfast and Emily’s keynote. We highly recommend Emily to any group looking to be reinvigorated on their mission!
Lisa Nichols & Cindy Owens
Co-Founders, The Rooted Sisters

Rotary Club of Shanghai

The Speaker Program team struck gold with an extraordinary speaker, Emily Chang, CEO of McCann Worldgroup, China. She was well worth the wait since her moving keynote speech at this years IPWS awards. Emily inspired us to identify and visit our ‘spare rooms’ through stories of her encounters helping others experiencing difficulties in life. Over the past two decades, her family has helped children and young adults get a second chance at life by opening up their homes, hearts and lives. She shared how these experiences made her a more empathetic and approachable leader and shaped how she approached her industry. Her page-turning book, The Spare room, is nothing short of an exemplar of the best of humanity.
Rotary Pagoda Magazine
Issue 530 (Oct 26, 2021)

She’s on Top Workshop

“The presentation was great. It was such a valuable and unique workshop. I loved looking at your phone and recognizing what you were spending your time on.
Truthfully I would love to do it again.”

Jessica Wright
Co-Founder, She’s on Top

Holmes & Marchant Workshop

“Emily conducted a Spare Room workshop with sixty of my employees, and their reaction was extremely positive. It was touching yet lighthearted, inspirational yet practical. For anyone whose workforce is seeking more purposeful direction, who seeks to help employees uncover and embrace their purpose, I recommend signing up for a workshop!”
Lingzi Yue
Managing Director, Shanghai, Holmes & Marchant 

WeforShe Conference by AmCham Shanghai

“You were amazing Emily! Great inspirational speech. I wish everyone could hear it.”
Ker Gibbs
President at the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai

MOJO Conversations

“Emily led a Spare Room interactive and engaging workshop for our monthly MOJO Conversations event. She guided a discussion among more than 90 participants from Asia Pacific and Europe. Her authentic and warm style and inspiring stories kept the room personal despite being virtual. Our attendees shared that this was one of the best MOJO event so far.”
Avi Liran
Chief Delight Officer, Delivering Delight

Advertising Week x Facebook Table Talk Series

“Emily brought a refreshing authenticity and relatability, even via a virtual environment using BlueJeans. She avoids business speak and distills complex ideas into simple, relatable frameworks, like her idea of ‘3D Leadership.’ When Emily speaks, it’s clear she’s not trying to drive an agenda, but approaches the opportunity with a generous spirit to empower and inspire.”
Karen Teo
Founder and Vice President, Global Business Group, APAC, Facebook

Advertising Week x Facebook Table Talk Series

“Emily brought a refreshing authenticity and relatability, even via a virtual environment using BlueJeans. She avoids business speak and distills complex ideas into simple, relatable frameworks, like her idea of ‘3D Leadership.’ When Emily speaks, it’s clear she’s not trying to drive an agenda, but approaches the opportunity with a generous spirit to empower and inspire.”
Karen Teo
FounderVice President, Global Business Group, APAC, Facebook

Creative Leadership New Zealand

“Was wonderful to have Emily contribute to the success of the 3rd Creative Leadership NZ conference here in Wellington, NZ at the end of 2019. Her keynote plus workshop was extremely well received and many delegates highlighted the impact on their thinking/future leadership practices. Come back again soon please!”
DK 
Founder, justadandak

Leadership Scholars – Ohio

“Each year we take some of the best-of-the-best college leaders through an intensive 1-year journey that includes time with senior executives from the most powerful companies in the world. Each year Emily’s impact on our student leaders is flat-out stunning! She challenges and teaches in a way I’ve rarely seen. You think you’re just listening to an engaging or humorous story from her life and then realize you’ve learned a killer truth for your own. Whether it’s life lessons, work principles, or straight-up challenge, you won’t find a better use of your time than a few hours with Emily Chang.”
Brian Wells
Founder & Executive Director
Leadership Scholars
A selective 1- year leadership program on the campuses of University of Cincinnati,
Miami University, and University of Kentucky

Simon School of Business Keynote

“Emily wowed the audience our alumni, as well as current and prospective students with her insights on leadership. She gave practical yet inspiring advice and creates a framework that everyone can apply to their own situation with examples and anecdotes. Her talk was extremely effective while also warm, personal and accessible. We are so proud to have her amongst our most accomplished alumni.”
Andrew Ainslie
Dean, Simon Business School

Google Leaders Speaking Event

“Emily, I cannot express my gratitude for your honesty, vulnerability, and advice today in the Google fireside chat. You articulated so much in your perspectives of career growth that deeply resonated with me. In fact, I am taking this vocabulary to my manager (& my partner) today. Thank you so much”
Danyel Rios Printz
Senior User Experience Researcher/Applied Medical Anthropologist
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“Emily, you were incredibly inspiring and gave great advice. Thank you for being honest and real – it is quite unusula to find leaders/executives who are!”
Maggie Hohlfeld
Program Manager

OTHER EVENTS

Scroll down to see Speaking Events – listed in reverse chronological order.

Women ARE the C-Suite – Think LA

Women ARE the C-Suite – Think LA

The Women ARE the C-Suite event by ThinkLA spotlights remarkable female trailblazers who have written their standards for what is possible. Shelley and I chatted about the women who came before us, and how we might remember what they did to pave a more equitable way for us. We shared heartbeat moments when we followed our intuition in difficult situations. And we talked about how we can not only ensure representation but normalization. Like our mutual friend Rosa Rios – did you know that all our U.S. Treasurers have all been women since 1949?

P&G Alumni Global Conference DC23

P&G Alumni Global Conference DC23

The theme of this P&G Alumni Global Conference is Meeting the Moment as a Force for Growth and Good. Speaking alongside a diverse lineup of industry experts and emerging influencers. This event will engage attendees in dynamic dialogues on health, climate, equity, technology, AI, the future of work, civics, and philanthropy. The conference aims to craft an immersive experience, reigniting the spirit of purpose-driven innovation and camaraderie that has always defined the P&G community. Participants will be encouraged to take back lessons learned and drive positive change within their social and professional circles of influence to create value for their businesses and their communities. Register for the P&G Alumni Global Conference DC23 here.

The School of the New York Times: The Art of Negotiation

The School of the New York Times: The Art of Negotiation

Taught at The School of the New York Times on The Art of Negotiation: China vs USA. Building off of four key Chinese phrases, I unpacked key differences in how Chinese and Americans come to the negotiation table, how they approach the experience, and how they define success.

Disney APAC

Disney APAC

I addressed the Disney APAC Merchandising leadership team on “Intentional Leadership.”

USC Marketing Class

USC Marketing Class

Taught a class, “Through the Looking Glass: Marketing Strategy from Client and Agency perspectives.”

APAC2022 International Coaching Conference

APAC2022 International Coaching Conference

APAC2022 International Coaching Conference is a virtual conference hosted in Shanghai focusing on the theme of “Fast Forward 2030, Building Empowered Selves, Businesses and Society through the Power of Coaching.” With over 50 speakers and panelists, all sessions will be live-streamed globally from December 9-10 with translations.

I’m leading a breakout session: Define Your Social Legacy and How to Live with Intentionality and Lead with Authentic Purpose.

TEDx NYU Shanghai November Salon

TEDx NYU Shanghai November Salon

The TEDxNYUShanghai November Salon is an opportunity for students to hear from speakers at NYU Shanghai, NYU Stern, and NYU SPS. Spoke alongside Professors Dan Bullock, Raúl Sánchez, and Xingchen Zhang around the theme of nonessential. I share how adopting the nonessential mindset enables us to shift from surviving to thriving. From simply doing to engaging. And from “getting through the day” to living in abundance and joy!

Watch the full video of my talk at the TEDXNYUShanghai November Salon on my Youtube channel here.

sHero: Reimagining Female Talents

sHero: Reimagining Female Talents

Led a panel for sHero on: “Retention as a Business Strategy, with particular focus on growing, promoting and retaining women in leadership roles.”

The Drum Agency Business Awards

The Drum Agency Business Awards

I am on the judging panel for The Drum Agency Business Awards this fall to celebrate agencies across the world for their leadership, strategy, sustainability, well-being, and more! Read my interview with Dani Gibson here.

“For an agency business to succeed, all departments must work well together. The Drum Agency Business Awards recognizes the success of the whole agency, from strong leadership to the vital teams and functions often overlooked by other awards. These awards are for the agencies that excel through strong workplace culture, effective management, and excellent performance.”

Audi China Management Forum

Audi China Management Forum

I connected with all China managers and supervisors over an engaging hour! I shared my thoughts on how to motivate teams remotely and deepen team connection, even when we’re limited to virtual reality. For more on the event, check out my blog post here: 3 Ways Audi is Driving Change.

Adobe “Meetup with a Mentor”

Adobe “Meetup with a Mentor”

I spent an hour with 15 female rising stars across China. We spoke of women in leadership; while we covered some watchouts, we also spent time reflecting on our unique strengths as women. How do we take hold of what we can, with courage? How might we identify those elements completely out of our control, and let go? And importantly, what tools help us identify the difference between those two? As mid-lever leaders, defining our social legacy arms us with a North Star, a backbone of courage that helps us proceed with confidence. 

Nourishing Wellbeing: Building Sustainable Brands

Nourishing Wellbeing: Building Sustainable Brands

Addressed 320 attendees at the Eco-Business event, Nourishing Wellbeing: Building Sustainable Brands.

A few key points:

  • It’s time for brands take a stand. The recent McCann Truth about Sustainability report shows that 77% of people globally believe brands have more power to make a positive impact than the government. There’s enormous potential and frankly, responsibility for brands in this space.
  • While we put the WHO at the center of product design, we must put the WHY at the center of our brand purpose. I spoke about #thespareroombook, which is all about a leader’s social legacy. After all, how can we lead socially responsible business if we aren’t socially purposeful leaders? This social legacy serves as our North Star, because if we’re trying to appease or appeal to a variety of people groups, our compass will swing wildly.
  • Brands should find ways to work with NGO’s. Brands authentically stand behind their purpose and benefit from the affiliation, while NGO’s benefit from the brand partnership. I shared a bit about our award-winning work, helping Tencent partner with an NGO to create the “Composer in the Clouds” campaign.
Girl Scouts of Shanghai

Girl Scouts of Shanghai

What a pleasure to meet with the Girl Scouts of Shanghai! I had the opportunity to share some stories from The Spare Room book and explain the concept of social legacy. Here’s what inspires me: defining our social legacy to live with more intention is NOT a mid-life concept any more. Rather, I consistently find young people eager to understand the framework and identify their own Offer and Offense. There is no limit for these young girls!

CLIMB: Five Companies, Five Revelations

CLIMB: Five Companies, Five Revelations

Keynote addressing over 1000 Bristol-Myers Squibb employees on career, life lessons and Social Legacy. We discussed the power of “going broad” early in your professional life to learn as much as you can, which can accelerate your career in later phases. Also, touched on #professionalhalftime and when it may be enriching to take a break and pursue a personal passion. Mine was in writing a book!

WNORTH Conference 2022

WNORTH Conference 2022

I spoke at WNORTH Conference and shared my perspective on the future of leadership surrounding this year’s theme of The New Leadership Playbook for an Inclusive Economy. Watch a clip of my keynote at WNORTH Conference here.

I got to share the stage with global leaders of influence and visionary speakers, including: Shannon Platz, Chitra Anand, Hitha Palepu, Mita Mallick, Jane Stoller, Ashley Freeborn, Amy Nelson, Roselle M Gonsalves, Jenn Harper, and Heather Odendaal!

Throughout the three-day program, attendees engaged with visionary speakers, industry experts, and diverse delegates for a powerful agenda surrounding this year’s theme of The New Leadership Playbook for an Inclusive Economy. Learn more on the WNORTH Conference Website.

The She-Suite Summit22

The She-Suite Summit22

I spoke at The She-Suite Summit22 Reset the Standard: Your Next Bold Move in Work and Well-Being on March 11 alongside speakers from Mastercard, Emerson Global, Logitech, and more!

Thanks to the inimitable Jeanne Sparrow for moderating an incredible discussion!
Sharing thoughts alongside Tivonnia (TJ) Harvey and Francis Hondaltwo key themes emerged: 
1. How Intentionality lies at the foundation of all good work and life practices
2. Why looking at the long game enables us to plan successful careers with purpose

To read more, click here to read the full interview that was printed in the She-Suite magazine.

For more about these topics, please click here: Reset the Standard.

IPWS Breakfast: Work-Life Integration

IPWS Breakfast: Work-Life Integration

I spent time with the IPWS members during their Breakfast Conversation to talk about how we can shift our mindsets to achieve true work-life integration. A few pieces of advice were:

  • You can use all your energy trying to equally balance two different things, or you can do a paradigm shift and consider work and life together as one.
  • Shift away from a ‘sacrificing’ mindset. If you feel as if you are sacrificing parts of your work and life (for example, you ‘sacrifice’ a dinner or a meeting to spend time with family), you may soon feel as if someone owes you for making the sacrifice. This sense of feeling as if you are owed something creates stress and frustration. Instead of viewing choices as sacrifices, see them as conscious decisions and gains as part of living a purposeful and intentional life.
  • Communicate what you need to have work-life integration. For example, if you need time for a weekly run, schedule and communicate your needs to those around you to make sure it can happen.
  • Try to not do too much at once. I try to have no more than 3 big things going on at the same time.
  • Know your limits.

Watch the Work-Life Integration video on my YouTube channel here.

Read more about the IPWS Breakfast Conversation here.

Junior League of Nashville: Rise! Women’s Summit

Junior League of Nashville: Rise! Women’s Summit

Rise! Women’s Summit helps women restore, refocus and refine how you can live a more intentional life and lead with authentic purpose.

In this online conference, I engaged with 200 people about social purpose and The Spare Room. A few key points covered:

– The constantly flipping equation: In focusing on contributing more than we consume, we inevitably gain more than we give. I couldn’t help but share adorable videos of Wayne, our 17th Spare Room kid. 
– The definitions of Purpose and Authenticity. If Purpose is the intention that underpins our action, Authenticity is the character that underpins behavior.
– It’s not enough to define WHO we are and WHAT we stand for – we must bring our commitments to life through a clear HOW. 

P&G Alumni Network: Our Best Selves

P&G Alumni Network: Our Best Selves

I’m honored to share some thoughts on “The Power of And”, alongside legends like Katie Couric – Award-Winning Journalist, Susan Wojcicki – CEO of YouTube, Marc Pritchard – Chief Brand Officer at Procter & Gamble, Gary Bolles – Chair for the Future of Work for SingularityU and more!

Learn more about the P&G Alumni event here.

Watch the video of “The Power of And” at P&G Alumni Network’s 2021 Global Conference here:

The Marketing Society Global Conference: 2021 Changemakers

The Marketing Society Global Conference: 2021 Changemakers

The Global Conference gathers marketing leaders from across the globe to speak on driving change within the industry to provide the tools, vision, connections, and thinking space to come back stronger.

I share with 400 senior marketers about leading change. Key points:


– Today, social purpose has become an urgent leadership imperative in the business world. To be successful, we must lead with authenticity and purpose. And in order to embody social purpose and embed its values in the workplace, we must get clear on our own personal purpose. After all, it’s tough to lead a socially responsible business if we aren’t socially purposeful leaders.
– How I defined my own social legacy: Providing good ‘kibun’. The origin of that word and what “comfort for the spirit”  looks like in the workplace.
– When work and family come together, our social legacy can provide that consistent thread of who we are, wherever we are. Congruency between our beliefs and our company’s ethos allows us to be even more consistent in who we are as leaders.

G-Media Marketing Transformation

G-Media Marketing Transformation

Delivered a master class at the annual G-Media event on Marketing Transformation to 70 marketing executives. The three ingredients we discussed were: Agility, Courage and Partnership.

Live with Intention, Lead with Authenticity

Live with Intention, Lead with Authenticity

What an enlightening evening! I never realized the Rotary Club was so active, or contributed so meaningfully to society!  The service organization  brings together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. Awesome!

McCann & McKinsey at Tsinghua University in Beijing

McCann & McKinsey at Tsinghua University in Beijing

What a privilege to be invited as an adjunct professor to teach the global MBA class with Senior Partner, Daniel Zipser! We talked about Marketing in today’s digitally-driven, purpose-inspired world.

The Global Interview

The Global Interview

The Global Interview keeps you up to date with the latest news and information direct from leading creatives, leaders and thinkers. 

FBIF 2021

FBIF 2021

Delivered keynote and led a panel for a 10,000-participant event in Suzhou. We covered hot topics like cross-brand collaborations and the best integration of KOLs in marketing.

Cisco Greater China Partner Conference

Cisco Greater China Partner Conference

What a privilege to share about Next Gen marketing at the annual Cisco Greater China Partner Conference! One topic we discussed was the importance of how online and offline come together in consistent brand experience, whether B2C or B2B.

National Retail Federation 2020

National Retail Federation 2020

I had the opportunity to deliver a keynote to thousands of students entering the retail workplace. We talked about “Dancing to Life’s Rhythms, Instead of Making Life March to Yours”. Learn more about RF and this event here. Watch video here.

Simon School of Business, University of Rochester

Simon School of Business, University of Rochester

Delivered the keynote to 200 at a Simon School of Business Alumni Event On “Leading with Your Strengths”. Also moderated a Women’s Leadership panel with some excellent female leaders!

Leadership Scholars in Ohio

Leadership Scholars in Ohio

Repeat speaker for Leadership Scholars in Ohio, addressing and engaging 50-60 college leaders. (11/19, 12/18, 11/17)

CEO Forum in Washington, D.C.

CEO Forum in Washington, D.C.

What a humbling experience, sharing thoughts on Transformational Leadership with a room of highly successful CEO’s.

Google Women

Google Women

Joined my friend and ex-colleague to share with ~80 Googlers on the topic of “Building an Authentic Personal Brand at Work”

P&G Signal 2018 Talk

P&G Signal 2018 Talk

Joined the 7th Annual Signal P&G conference, addressing 2,200 P&G employees and partners on the subject of Leading Through Mass Disruption with 30 of the industry’s leading digital platform executives, founders & thought leaders.

Disney Asia Marketing Team

Disney Asia Marketing Team

Shared with the 30+ person marketing team about “The New Digital Landscape and Persuasive Communication.”

GDMS Summit

GDMS Summit

Global Digital Marketing Summit: Why O2O is a thing of the past.

USC guest lecturer

USC guest lecturer

Lectured to an undergraduate class of 100+ students on the topic of “How Planning and Measurement Impact the Bottom Line.”

Fortune MPW International Summit

Fortune MPW International Summit

Addressed hundreds of female leaders at the esteemed, invitation-only 4th Fortune Most Powerful Women International Summit on the topic of “Building a Better Future”. Spoke alongside leaders like Arundhati Bhattachary, chairman of the State Bank of India, Tan Le, a Vietnamese immigrant now leading a major bioinformatics company, and the fabulous Grace Chen, couturier for China’s most high-profile women. My talk was on the subject of “Leading a purpose-driven life

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