NEW YORK, Sept. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, September 21st, 2016, the 6th Annual Official "First Ladies Luncheon" hosted by Fashion 4 Development honored Chinese entrepreneur Mengqing Fan with the Empowerment Innovation Award. The luncheon and award ceremony, held during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at the Pierre Hotel in New York City, was hosted by F4D's President and Founder, Evie Evangelou, along with Livia Firth (Creative Director of Eco Age) and OAFLA (Organization of African First Ladies). This is the second time that the humanitarian work of a Chinese entrepreneur has been recognized at this annual gathering of first Ladies, fashion industry mavens, influencers and diplomats from over 100 nations. Mengqing Fan is the founder and CEO of Shixi Technology, a platform which has helped 10 million students in China. Fan's fellow honorees include internationally famous rock star Annie Lennox, supermodel and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova and Petra Nemcova, CEO of Unilever Paul Polman, environmental advocate Suzy Amis Cameron and more.
In 2015, Chinese beauty mogul and philanthropist Yue-Sai Kan received the "Women's Champion Award." This year, another brilliant Chinese businesswoman was selected to celebrate with VIPs from around the world, the progress made of positive social change worldwide, in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. As China plays a bigger role in the global economy, we are very glad to see more successful Chinese begin to use their voice and power to improve social good and enter the philanthropic field.
In 2014, Mengqing Fan, founded Shixi Technology (www.Shixi.com), to tackle the issue of unemployment for new college graduates in China. With one third of the world's college students residing in China, employment has been a major concern for the nation. Fan is focusing on one thing that has been missing from the Chinese education system--the internship. Utilizing big data technology, she created China's first web-based platform providing information about internships, jobs, and volunteer opportunities.
Shixi Technology not only provides an efficient and reliable platform with internship information but also internship solutions, such as insurance practices, internship fund and loan facility, while encouraging employers to offer internship opportunities to help themselves find qualified student candidates, thus reducing the cost of training and recruitment of new hires. At the luncheon, many of the honorees promoted the idea of "Empowerment," "education is empowering," "protecting is empowering," "providing jobs is empowering." By connecting over 1,000 Chinese universities and nearly 100,000 business enterprises with students and new graduates, Fan and her company are making a significant contribution in "the endeavor of empowerment." Today, Fan's acceptance of Empowerment Innovation Award is far more beyond just an honor, it is a truly influential event that will encourage more Chinese businessmen to increase their efforts for positive changes, to support sustainable development and to empower the less fortunate 98% of the global population to live better lives.
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