Women Media Networks (WMN) is a new not-for-profit media organization that is creating a regional network to empower women and help them realize their full potential. WMN will launch in the Asia-Pacific region with a breakfast event on Tuesday 3rd November 2009 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Hong Kong. The event, held in conjunction with CASBAA Convention 2009, features a line-up of Asia’s most prominent media business leaders and women from Australia and New Zealand are welcome to attend.
Established in Hong Kong, by lawyer Ms Bobbi Campbell, WMN provides members with professional support, leadership development and networking opportunities and consists of women employed in media companies, suppliers to those companies and women aspiring to work in the industry, across the Asia-Pacific region. WMN offers member activities and a mentoring program that taps into the region’s leading female executives.
“WMN is an organization which celebrates excellence by bringing together women in media to share, inspire and support each other. Our launch event features Asia’s most prominent and inspirational women media executives and we are honored to have The Walt Disney Company (Asia Pacific) Limited sign on as Founding Sponsor and Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific as a Corporate Patron Sponsor. The involvement of these leading executives and media companies demonstrates the opportunity to be gained,” said Bobbi Campbell, founder of WMN.
The opening event panel, moderated by CNN’s Kristie Lu Stout, includes:
- Christine Fellowes, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Comcast International Media Group (CIMG),
- Michelle Guthrie, Senior Advisor, Providence Equity Asia Limited
- Aliza Knox, Head of Online Sales and Operations, Google Asia Pacific
- May Lee, Lotus Media House, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
- Rohana Rohzan, Chief Executive Officer, Astro
- Laura Wendt, Vice President and Managing Director of Walt Disney Television International (Southeast Asia).
”Disney is delighted to support WMN. Helping people realize their full potential ensures Disney attracts and retains great people to build our business. We commend WMN in providing a network to make this a reality for women in Asia Pacific,” said Andy Bird, chairman Walt Disney International.
In addition to the professional commitment, WMN will donate all profits to support Meng Eng Orphanage and Daya Hongbo Vocational School, part of the China Nest of Hope Foundation. The Foundation, which focuses on children and in particular girls who fall out of China’s adoption framework, supports the building of schools, education of children, job training and development of young women and aims to provide a brighter future.
“The choice of China Nest of Hope Foundation reflects the role we can each play in making a difference,” said Ms Campbell.
Membership to Women Media Networks costs HK$800/ US$100 (AU$120), and is open to individuals across the region including Australia and includes member rates for events and complimentary access to mentoring services provided by leading international coaching and leadership development organization, Praesta.
For more information about joining WMN and attending the WMN Breakfast visit the website at www.womenmedianetworks.com