Amanda J. Argentieri – President
Amanda J. Argentieri is a United States-licensed attorney living in Shanghai since 2014, and is currently Manager of Business Policies, Training & Communications for Global Business Operations at PTC.
Prior to relocating to Shanghai, 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. 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 supported community relations and marketing efforts at one of China’s leading private healthcare companies, and has volunteered for several community initiatives. She has served on the IPWS Board of Directors as Membership Executive and Vice President, as well as the organizing committee for Mentor Walks Asia. She is thankful for opportunities that IPWS has provided over the past few years, and looks forward to continuing her professional development in Shanghai.
Laureate of Forbes China 30 Under 30, Rachel Daydou has lived in China for 7 years and speaks fluent Mandarin. She worked in the corporate world leading marketing teams for 9 years, including as events manager for the auction house Christie’s, brand manager for ABInBev products and project manager at Beaumanoir group. She then co-founded the startup Lihaoma 礼好吗 which was selected to the first tech accelerator in Asia, Chinaccelerator, and was awarded most innovative startup by the Shanghai government.
She has since specialised in entrepreneur’s education, leading an entrepreneurship program at Shanghai University, teaching Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Jiaotong university and launching her own founder’s training program, The Concept Lab.
She is very involved in entrepreneur communities, as managing member of Startup Grind Shanghai, mentor at French Tech and HerCentury. She joined the IPWS in the hope of getting a more active role in supporting professional females’ empowerment.
Helen Huang – Finance & Administration
Helen relocated to Shanghai in April 2017 to join Shanghai Hanyuan Law Firm to pursue her interests in Chinese law. She focuses her attorney training in Civil Law, Corporate Law and Intellectual Property Law. It has been an amazing and rewarding journey so far.
Helen is a fellow of ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), qualified in UK with over 10 years experiences in finance and accounting from SME to international corporations, in finance, services, IT, and healthcare industries. Helen holds a Master degree in Economics and Accounting from University of Edinburgh.
Besides work, Helen devotes herself to charity, with a track record of organizing fund-raising events for children in need, old folks home, underprivileged families, etc, and volunteering for various local and international NGOs. She has also joined the British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai CSR Committee, working on behalf of the British Chamber to develop a program of effective giving, to benefit charitable work in East China.
Helen is excited to join the IPWS Board to support the international professional women in Shanghai.
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.
Jenna Öhrnberg – Marketing & Communications
Jenna moved to Shanghai in 2016, but her passion for China began back in 2009, when she first relocated to Beijing to complete 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 5 years, Jenna has acted as advisor and specialist within digital marketing, online strategy, brand development, web analytics, SEO and SEM. While spending a few years with Google and in the agency world, she also conducted numerous trainings and workshops within the area of her expertise. As one of her career highlights she mentions facilitating 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 photography, as well as creating and curating beautiful, engaging content. She is also focused on her Mandarin studies at Shanghai 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.
Martina Beszedesova – Marketing & Communications
Martina already has a decade in China under her belt working for a variety of agencies – dealing with a vast array of Fortune 500 companies and global market leaders. Fluent in Chinese and three other languages (currently learning Japanese as her fourth language), she is a high level interpersonal communicator. Coupled with her astute attention to detail and solution-finding vision she is a formidable manager and organiser. Additionally, she devotes the majority of her spare time and professional knowledge to philanthropic causes, mainly in the areas of marketing, fundraising and partnerships for a myriad of local and international charities.
Martina is currently on the Board of Directors of Stepping Stones, a not-for-profit charitable organisation with a mission to improve the education and general welfare of disadvantaged children in China; and a Director of Shanghai Detour art map, a bilingual gallery guide for local connoisseurs, international art collectors and visitors. She is also an active supporter of Lifeline Shanghai, non-profit organisation that provides a free, confidential and anonymous helpline to Shanghai’s English-speaking community; Green Initiatives, an organisation that promotes awareness, facilitates actions, and implements projects towards environmentally sustainable models of growth and consumption; and RSDBT (The Rosebud Foundation), raising awareness and the necessary funds to support programs that benefit children living with cancer.
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.
Kristen Stanley – Sponsorship
Kristen is a seasoned sport and event marketing and PR professional from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She came to Shanghai 8 years ago with her family of four and almost immediately became involved in Shanghai’s nightlife and event planning scene. As the Head of Design and Technology at Western International School, Kristen taught robotics and film for 6 years. It was there that she utilized her organizational skills to plan every major event and international trip for the school’s 700 students annually.
From there Kristen transitioned to using her social aptitude and connections to create upscale events in Shanghai over the past few years. Having been heavily involved in club promotion and multiple entertainment industry event operations while a student at Howard University in Washington DC, she fit seamlessly into the Shanghai community. She has perfected the art of networking and anticipating the needs of VIP clients across many different industries. Moving to Shanghai has allowed Kristen to continue to flourish in an environment where her love of meeting new people and going to new events can consistently be nurtured. This vibrant city continues to provide adventure, excitement, and new opportunities around every corner.
Kristen started her Shanghai PR and marketing career by planning dinner parties and corporate events and now works on some of the world’s largest sporting events in China. She is currently working with the NCAA, NFL, F1, and Rolex Masters tournament as a Business Manager and VIP Hospitality Consultant. Kristen spends her non-working hours with her two sons Kyle and CJ and her husband Leonard.
Linda Lian – Intern
Linda is a recent graduate with a degree in English Interpretation now works for a foreign company, ELEVATE. The majority of her experience consists of translating PowerPoint presentations and interpreting for lectures for foreign professors. Several times a month, she would translate and interpret for classes. Linda was also an interpreter and assistant for keynote speakers during the Women Symposium, an event that includes 30 speakers and 5,000 attendees. She helped the speakers understand Chinese culture, accompanied them on trips around campus and the city, and also served as their interpreter at their breakout sessions during the Symposium.
She is passionate about leadership. She has been a member of the World Academy for the Future of Women (WAFW) for four years, a program focused on developing women for leadership roles that is committed to achieving the United Nations’ Millennium Goals. She became the student director for the WAFW during her senior year which she directed all activities for 63 advanced leadership members and oversaw all recruitment, activities and events to ensure the Academy runs smoothly. She also worked with foreign facilitators and provided advice on curriculum needs.
During college, Linda also participating in various community service activities including visiting mentally and physically challenged children and provided suggestions to improve the project.
Kang Kang – Marketing 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.