Tiziana Figliolia – President
Based in Shanghai, Tiziana is a global executive with more than 20 years’ experience in Finance, Business Strategy and Operation fields. In her career she has worked for a variety of companies and industries ranging from small start-ups to large high tech companies.
Tiziana recently joined PTC, a global provider of technology and solutions in the Internet of Things (IoT) space. As the Sr. Vice President of Finance, Tiziana leads all Finance functions across Asia Pacific. She is also the lead and core member for the Global Customer Operation Transformation and the CFO Talent Development programs.
Prior to joining PTC, Tiziana worked for Autodesk where she held different executive roles in the CFO and Sales organization across Europe, US, Asia and Worldwide Emerging Markets. As of late she was responsible for APac Business Strategy & Operation, focusing on the enablement and execution of the company’s strategic initiatives, such as the move to SaaS/Cloud business model.
Having worked and lived in the US, Europe and Asia, Tiziana has developed a strong acumen in cultural diversity and the ability to effectively manage cross-functional and cross-cultural teams.
Tiziana is passionate about the power of purposeful communities. She is the President and Board Member of IPWS – International Professional Women Society (formerly EPWS), a non-profit that provides professional women with different platforms to connect, and foster personal and professional growth. IPWS has a community reach of more than 2000 women and chapters in China and India. Tiziana also serves in the Scholarship Committee of the World Academy for the Future of Women.
Tiziana holds an MBA from USC Marshall Business School in Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Universita’ Cattolica in Milan, Italy.
Amanda J. Argentieri – Vice President
Amanda J. Argentieri is a United States-licensed attorney presently living in Shanghai, China. She recently began working in the International Healthcare industry, having joined United Family Healthcare earlier this year as Coordinator of Community Relations for its Shanghai operations. Prior to relocating to Shanghai in early 2014, Amanda was an Associate Attorney with the Boston, Massachusetts office of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, where she focused her practice in consumer litigation, insurance coverage and defense matters, and professional liability defense. Amanda also has served three terms as a judicial law clerk, most notably for a Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court–the state’s highest appellate tribunal. Amanda received her J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island with honors, her Master of Business from the University of Queensland in Australia with honors, and graduated first in her undergraduate class at the University of Rhode Island, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Marine Policy. She is a member of the Federal and State bars in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Amanda also served as the Treasurer and Membership Chair of the Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association for three terms before moving to China.
During her time in China, Amanda has worked as a Foreign Associate Attorney with a China-based law firm, has undertaken lessons in Mandarin, and volunteers with local children’s charities. She looks forward to continuing her professional development in Shanghai, particularly through IPWS.
Simone Groeneveld – Finance & Administration
Simone is the head of Business Development and Marketing for ManpowerGroup and Right Management Greater China and APME, a responsibility she has held since 2014. Simone has been working for the ManpowerGroup since 2008, holding different roles as Regional Director & Director RPO for ManpowerGroup in the Netherlands. Since 2011, she was responsible for the RPO market in Europe. Before joining ManpowerGroup she served 15 years as Managing Director and Sales Director within the largest consulting firm and Staffing Organisation in the Netherlands. During her years in the business she was responsible for building several Business lines and strategic directions and training teams to be successful.
Simone is a recognized expert in the field of Talent Management with 20 years of staffing, recruiting and human resources experience gained from senior leadership roles in Europe and Asia with a successful track record in establishing recruitment business models, comprising specialist focus practices and creating business value and ROI. Simone is a results driven leader and people coach with the strategic focus to create sustainable, profitable, client and candidate centric business platforms. She has a successful track record of driving business and operational growth, performance and results, delivering quality and exemplary professional services.
Vanessa Narvios – Events
Vanessa‘s passion for languages and different cultures drove her from California to Spain and then on to Mexico where she completed her Bachelors degree in International Business. After realizing what opportunities an international lifestyle has to offer, she moved to Shanghai in 2011 to complete her Master’s degree in International Business.
During her time in Shanghai, she has built an international network through volunteer opportunities with some of the most prominent nonprofit and professional organizations in the city. These include TEDx, the annual dining event Chi Fan for Charity, coordinating events for the Shanghai Foreign Correspondence Club and directing events for the International Professional Women’s Society. She is the Head of Operations at China Sport Promotions; organizing high-end boxing events across Asia as well as producing the TV show “White Collar Boxing”.
Vanessa is excited to share her experience, enthusiasm and welcome you all to the IPWS Community.
Margie Chiang – Partnership
Margie has 15 years of health & wellness marketing and business development experience along with 13 years of hands-on China operations experience. In 2000 after obtaining her MBA and accumulating product management experience in both the wellness space and medical device area, she launched an herbal tea line and ayurvedic aromatherapy series for Deepak Chopra’s family start-up – My Potential – whereas in the medical device space with Guidant (purchased by Boston Scientific) – she managed the USD65 million endoscopic vessel harvesting device line for cardiac surgery.
In 2007, she re-entered China on the health care team at Ruder Finn Public Relations. The following year, she joined Edelman Public Relations as one of their directors in their corporate communications practice. Beckoned by her desire to bring health & wellness products to China, she became a partner at World Health Store and led the firm’s market entry into Shanghai. Presently at Octave – a curated wellbeing platform for individuals and corporations – she oversees business development and guides corporations on their quest for employee wellbeing.
As a community advocate, Margie serves as the Vice Chair of AmCham’s Marketing Committee, Vice Chair of the Kellogg Alumni Club, Sponsorship Chair of TEDxShanghaiWomen and is active with MBA Bibles, SHMBA and the USC alumni club in Shanghai. Margie holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Evanston, Illinois and a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and minor in Communications from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, California.
Amelia Chappelow – Marketing & Communications
Amelia came to Shanghai in late 2014 and quickly adapted to the city’s vibrant arts & culture, especially enjoying the possibilities & networks. She is a freelance Media Consultant, dealing with digital strategy & social media and is extremely savvy with understanding audiences and creative content. Holding an Bachelor of Arts – Media & Communications (Honours) Degree from Melbourne’s Swinburne University of Technology & Royal Melbourne University of Technology, Amelia continued her passion with arts & culture and media creation, in radio and online.
A Senior Producer at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Sydney & Melbourne, Amelia worked across daily news, music & lifestyle programs while organising major broadcast events and researching audience & innovation strategy for close to 14 years.
In Shanghai, Amelia has held talks at the Shanghai International Comedy Festival & The Shanghai International Literary Festival, and has worked with many organisations as an independent International Media Consultant, while producing a video project about Pre-Wedding Photography. In 2016, she joined the IPWS Board and looks forward to working with women in Shanghai to help make strong working & personal connections.
Jenna Öhrnberg – Marketing & Communications
Jenna moved to Shanghai in the summer of 2016, but her passion for China began already back in 2009, when she first relocated to Beijing to do her Master’s Degree in International Business. She went on to work in marketing and business development within the education and trade sector, and even had the chance to get a taste of the “real China” by spending one year working in Chongqing, before relocating back to her native Europe in 2013.
For the past few years, Jenna has been working with marketing and communications, specializing as a consultant in digital marketing, working with both strategy and hands-on execution within various platforms. In addition to advising companies on how to optimize and maximize results on digital marketing effors, she has conducted numerous trainings and workshops within the area of her expertise. As one of her career highlights she mentions conducting a four-day digital marketing education series with Google for 50+ Swedish companies in 2015 and 2016.
Besides loving all things digital, Jenna is passionate about travel, photography and wellness. She is also very focused on her Mandarin studies at Jiaotong University in order to further strengthen her capabilities of working with the Chinese market. After living in Europe, Asia and the US, Jenna thrives in a multi-cultural and diverse environment, and is looking forward to making a positive impact with IPWS and all international professional women in Shanghai.
Ellen Aichelmann – Membership
Since 2013 in China, Ellen is a young professional with over 5 years’ working experience in hospitality. In her career she has worked for several major hotel companies, in 5 different countries and over 2 continents. Ellen joined the Grand Kempinski Shanghai last year, a 5* hotel of the European Kempinski Group with over 70 luxury hotels worldwide.
As Senior Sales Manager for International Events & Groups, Ellen is responsible for the business development of all international markets of the hotel. Prior to moving to Shanghai, Ellen worked as Event Operations Manager in the Kempinski Hotel Beijing having moved from the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme. With an eye for business and people, Ellen is passionate about welcoming guests and building teams which understand different needs and goals of clients from diverse backgrounds.
In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis as well as loves the arts and the theatre. Ellen holds a bachelor’s degree in international business with a focus on hospitality & tourism from Cesar Ritz Colleges, Switzerland.
Alyssa Wieting – Sponsorship
Alyssa is an enthusiastic young professional originally from the US. Her career experience ranges across the fields of non-profits, politics, and publications. While getting her MA in International Relations in the United Kingdom, Alyssa worked for SENEthiopia where she frequently traveled to Ethiopia to register the organisation and train staff on the ground. After returning the States, she delved into the world of political campaigns working on the fundraising staff of a congressional race in Hawaii and gubernatorial race in Oklahoma.
She arrived in Shanghai in early 2015 and is currently the Editor-in-Chief for Urban Family Shanghai and the Community Editor for That’s Shanghai. While she enjoys her newest field of work, her true passion resides in international relations, foreign policy, and politics.
She looks forward to further expanding her horizons in Shanghai, developing her professional skills, as well as fuelling her ardor for traveling around Asia.
Katja Bidmon – Global Relations
Katja is a German attorney-at-law who has been working in Shanghai for more than 5 years. She has qualified in international business law and worked as a lawyer in London, Germany and Shanghai. After her legal state examination she started her phD in business law which was awarded by a scholarship. In 2004 she won the 2nd place of another scholarship for business law graduates issued by an international law firm and got the opportunity to work for the head quarter of this law firm in London in 2006. After finishing her phD in business law in 2007, she started her professional career in an US law firm based in Germany with focus on M&A and corporate law. In 2010 she was offered the position as in-house lawyer in the head quarter of a German Blue Chip company operating worldwide. 2011 she moved to Shanghai and started working for an international law firm specialized in business law. Katja held several lectures for professionals and students as well as published articles about topics in international business law.
Katja is married and gave birth to two sons in Shanghai in 2013 and 2016. She is passionate about literature, traveling and sports. She is also interested in Chinese (and international) art and design, and likes to stroll through local markets.
Katja loves to connect with other women and is enthusiastic to drive forward the role and influence of women as business leaders at the same time as mother.
Cecilia Zhang – Intern
Cecilia Zhang is originally from Jinan, Shandong Province, China. After graduating from university in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in finance, she joined the Trade & Investment Center in the The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai as a project assistant helping US companies to understand the business environment in China.
Back in University, Cecilia was a student director and a 4-year member of a multi-level leadership program called the World Academy for the Future of Women, which is the beneficiary of IPWS. She liaised as a cross-culture communicator to bridge students and facilitators, and coordinated the 9th and 10th Annual Women Symposium with over 5000 attendees and 40 international speakers
in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. She is also the founder of student project HIV/Aids Awareness based on United Nations Sustaining Goals to help HIV orphans in Henan Province by creating a drama-dance fundraising show based on their stories.
Cecilia is passionate about helping people, especially women, raising their self-awareness and developing leadership skills. She joined IPWS as an intern in September 2016, and she is looking forward to learning, growing and being fully expressed in the international environment in Shanghai.
Kang Kang – Intern
Kang Kang came to Shanghai with her internship at the CSR department of AmCham in 2015. Her passion of doing CSR and NGO came from being a member of the World Academy for The Future of Women, where she demonstrated her commitment to leadership by committing 8-10 hours per week as a volunteer to attend leadership seminars, interactive labs, coaching, and open forums to acquire leadership skills to address the United Nations Millennium Development and Sustainable Development Goals from 2011 to 2015. These issues address the world’s most dire issues of social justice, human rights, and gender equality.
Following her graduation, Kang Kang was employed by St. James Place Wealth Management, and also got involved with the SJP Charity Foundation to help more beneficiaries. She then joined IDEO design consulting company to develop more professional skills related with Human Design Thinking.
Kang Kang is focused on making contacts and interacting with people in a purposeful and meaningful way. She cares about people and the vision of what she is doing, is to share and help more of the society and community after joining IPWS as a Marketing intern in February 2017.