SHENZHEN, China, Aug. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Tuesday August 2, 2016 in Shenzhen, China, DHgate.com and the APEC Business Advisory Council co-hosted the APEC Luncheon for Women's Entrepreneurship in the Digital Economy. Key speakers at the luncheon included Facebook's Head of Public Policy in Asia Ms. Elizabeth Hernandez; former CEO of the ZESPRI Group Mr. Tony Nowell; Mr. Robert Milliner Senior Advisor of International Affairs at Wesfarmers Limited; and a female entrepreneur who sells on DHgate.com, the CEO of Baby Online Ms. Shen Lin.
These mainly female executives and entrepreneurs shared their experiences and insights, on the challenges they've faced and how they were able to leverage the digital economy to overcome them. The resounding message these speakers conveyed to attendees was: women are just as capable as men, and we are all working toward a world where in the future there will be no "female leaders" or "women executives," just leaders and executives.
Ms. Shen Lin explained how her life has been changed thanks to DHgate.com, which allowed her to start a small business when she was only in her 20's, and then scaled it up in size until she became a top seller, without having to sacrifice time with her children. In just four years of development, her company's annual sales are over 1.4 million US dollars, her business covers over 200 markets, has its own factory, and needs only 70 employees to operate. 60% of her orders come from the United States, Canada, and Australia.
Speakers then participated in a panel discussion where they highlighted the obstacles to enabling more women to leverage the digital economy to become entrepreneurs. Stories were told about a diverse group of females from all over the APEC region, who leveraged technology, either to upgrade their traditional businesses, or embraced the trend of globalization through digitalization to reach global markets, especially through digital platforms like DHgate.com, where half of the 1.4 million active sellers are women.
'CALL TO ACTION'
Co-Chair of the APEC Women Leadership Forum and DHgate.com CEO Diane Wang said,
"The answer to empower more women to succeed in business starts with (1) promoting the stories of role model female entrepreneurs to help women break through inhibiting mental barriers to develop the mindset that they too can succeed in business, (2) providing capacity building programs to teach women relevant skill sets for today's digital economy, and (3) motivating women with incentives and effective award mechanisms, especially small scale-entrepreneurs in developing countries: to participate in capacity building programs; to start their own businesses; and to not give up."
DHgate.com is the first to market and the biggest transactional cross-border B2B e-commerce marketplace in China, aiming to provide global buyers with quality products at competitive prices. Founded in 2004, DHgate.com has approximately 10 million global buyers from 230 countries and regions, with 1.2 million global sellers offering 33 million products. DHgate.com's business enables buyers to directly access global manufacturers of the world's top brands with rich product selections. DHgate.com is an all-in-one platform with integrated services for international logistics, cross-border payments, internet financing, etc. DHgate.com's US product distribution warehouses allow for 24 hour delivery and convenient product returns & refunds, bringing great convenience to buyers at http://www.dhgate.com.
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