Virginia Tan will share her work at Lean In China, her thinking as an investor, and her efforts to support women with ambitions to start their own companies, especially through the She Loves Tech global initiative. What can be done to help the next generation of Chinese women leaders navigate cultural and social expectations? What are the unique experiences of women in China, as they seek funding for their startups, strive to move up the corporate ladder, or balance work with their personal lives? Virginia also believes in leveraging women and technology to build stronger ties between China and the rest of world.
We invite Virginia Tan, Co-Founder at Lean in China to discuss.
Virginia Tan is the co-founder and president of Lean In China, a women’s platform with over 100,000 members across more than 25 cities and 50 universities in China, which supports the goals and aspirations of Chinese women. She has spoken at UNICEF, Baidu, General Electric, Bloomberg, the British Council, Facebook, the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University, Tsinghua University, Singapore Management University, etc and has been filmed by BBC, Reuters, CCTV and Vice. She co-founded Her Startup in 2015, the first cross border startup competition for women tech entrepreneurs as well as She Loves Tech，a global initiative focusing on technology by women and technology for women. She is also the founding partner of Teja Ventures, a venture capital fund targeting women-impact early stage ventures in Asia.
Virginia’s background is in law and finance, where she was an experienced finance lawyer for more than 8 years specialising on energy, resources and infrastructure sectors in emerging markets, and has worked in Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa and South America for 2 magic circle firms. She moved to Beijing in 2013 to work on strategic investments related to the “One Belt One Road” initiative on behalf of Chinese state owned companies and financial institutions.