I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the world’s best companies. As with all important things in life, it’s the people and experiences that have stayed with me. Here, I share a few precious memories and what I learned.


I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the world’s best companies. As with all important things in life, it’s the people and experiences that have stayed with me. Here, I share a few precious memories and what I learned.

If you have a question or thought, jot it down here and I’ll do my best to answer it. I’ve learned so much in the last twenty years and would like to use this platform to share the wealth.

Speaking Engagements

The Spare Room

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.

NRF Foundation Student Program 2020


“Raise Your Hand”: Define your personal brand equity, purpose and the social legacy you’d like to leave.

Creative Leadership New Zealand


The power of AND: unlocking new opportunity at the intersection of perceived juxtapositions

Executive Roundtables

With the GRMA, we hosted CMO discussions in Atlanta and Boston on Personal Purpose & Social Legacy.

Leading with Purpose

At the 2019 Global Retail Marketing Association Growth and Innovation Forum, I was invited to share the stage with Joe Hartsig, Walgreens Chief Merchandising Officer to share on the topic of leading with purpose.

Knotch Opportunity Makers Podcast


In honor of National Immigrants Day, Knotch has launched Opportunity Makers, a series profiling immigrant leaders and celebrating the value immigrants bring to the workplace.

Check out my story here

Facebook & Advertising Week Panel


Joined the Advertising Week x Facebook Table Talk Series on “The Future of Equality in Business.”

HATCH Impack Labs


Served as a pitch coach and panelist with other innovative, creative and purpose-driven leaders.

Becoming a Purposeful Leader

Delivered a webinar to “Aspiring Women”. Watch our discussion here

Burson Cohn & Wolfe Asian-C

Sat on a panel with Curtis Chin, moderated by Shaila Manyam on “The Asian Consumer in a Post-COVID World.”

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”.

TEDx SeattleWomen

The Spare Room, updated! Reshaped in line with the book’s development and updated with the kids’ latest updates

Creative Leadership NZ

Keynote, “The Power of AND” and workshop, “Developing Your Personal Brand.” To view the talk, please click below.

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Leadership Scholars in Ohio

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

Simon School of Business, University of Rochester

Simon School of Business Alumni Event Keynote on “Leading with Your Strengths.” Also moderated a Women’s Leadership panel, which was fun and inspiring!

CEO Forum

CEO Forum in Washington, D.C. What a humbling experience, sharing thoughts on Transformational Leadership with a room of highly successful CEO’s.

AWESOME Women’s Leadership Conference

AWESOME Women’s Leadership Conference in Seattle, addressing 200 women in supply chain.

Google Women

Building an Authentic Personal Brand at Work.

P&G Signal talk

It felt like a homecoming, speaking at P&G’s 7th Annual Signal conference. I was invited to speak on Leading Through Mass Disruption with 30 of the industry’s leading digital platform executives, founders and thought leaders.

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On Killing Chickens.

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GDMS Summit

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

10,000 Women in Tech APAC

I was delighted to record a webcast that encourages women in tech. While many women feel pressure to “fit in” to the male-dominated industry, we discussed tips to embrace authenticity and purpose.

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Kellogg Marketing Leadership Summit

The CMO Imperative: Fragmentation, Customization, Optimization.

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China Advertising and Brand Conference

Localized Strategies for International Brands.

Fortune MPW International Summit

I was honored to be asked to share on “Leading a purpose-driven life” at the fourth Fortune Most Powerful Women International Summit.

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C2 Montreal

The Many: How the 4th Industrial Revolution Will Reshape Collaboration.

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Ogilvy APAC Velocity Brand Forum

Making Brands Matter in a New Consumer World.

Disney Asia Marketing Team

The New Digital Landscape and Persuasive Communication.

Converse Board of Directors

Creating OMO digital experiences.

Ford APAC Leadership Team

Searching for Insights to Improve Organizational Performance.

American Chamber of Commerce WEN (Women’s Executive Network)

“How a cool head, warm heart, and working hands come together as the winning formula for success”.

British Chamber of Commerce VOW

On Authentic Female Leadership.

American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai

Sat on a panel discussing  Chinese Outbound Tourism.

University of Washington Foster Business School guest lecture

Marketing in the New Digital Age

Design Your Life sponsored by Kellogg

Designing Your Life for Meaning and Success.

ACU Distinguished Speaker Series

Keynote on Transformational Leadership addressing 200+ students, faculty and community.

USC guest lecturer

How Planning and Measurement Impact the Bottom Line.

Feedback on speaking

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!”

Founder, justadandak

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

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


“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

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

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

HATCH 9/16… where I first shared the stories from our Spare Room.

Harvard Executive Program – we learned as much as we laughed… I promise!
The execs who attend INSEAD are truly some of the most inspiring leaders in the world.

Big smiles with the legendary Pattie Sellers, Chair of the Most Powerful Women Summit, who invited me to speak at the event in Hong Kong. Thank you so much for that incredible honor!

Some of my favorite female leaders I met at Harvard. Inspiring!
I learned a ton, and loved my teammates at the INSEAD LEAP executive program.


Many years after earning my undergraduate degree in Science and my MBA in Finance, I was gifted with the opportunity to attend two executive programs. In 2016, I attended the ”Leading Change and Organizational Renewal” executive program at Harvard. The content, case studies, and most importantly, follow attendees made for a rich and valuable experience. The course provided fantastic grounding and thought provocation for the massive transformation we were driving at IHG in Greater China!

Later in 2017-18, my boss supported me to attend a fantastic course at INSEAD called, “Leadership Excellence through Awareness & Practice”, or LEAP. This nine-month course for C-level executives is designed for senior executives who are operating at or near the top of their organizations and enables participants to better understand our leadership style, its origins, and impacts on self and others. I shared some of my aha moments on LinkedIn; you can search #emilychang@INSEAD to read on.


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