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London's culture chief speaks at BCCT event

The British Chamber of Commerce in Taipei (BCCT) recently invited Justine Simons, head of cultural policy for the mayor of London, and L'Oreal Taiwan's Managing Director Amy Chen (陳敏慧) to deliver speeches for the 2014 Women in Business network event.

 The event was hosted by the executive director of the BCCT, Heidi Gallant.

 Simons is also the founder of the World Cities Culture Forum, a major global initiative on culture and the future of cities involving 25 cities around the world, while Chen is the only Taiwanese managing director in L'Oreal Taiwan, and also L'Oreal's only female managing director in Asia.

When asked by the audience for her advice on reaching a balance between career pursuits and the management of personal lives, Simons answered that she felt it important for businesswomen to take the weekends off and refrain from working too late during the week. Also on her priority list was the importance of networking. “If you are truly interested in people, you will find yourself networking effortlessly,” said Simons.

Chen shared with the audience her thoughts on how women take on leadership roles and challenges in Taiwan, advising women to “always see things from both sides of the argument by applying the 'half-full, half-empty glass' theory. Be more daring and visible ... most importantly, say yes to all opportunities,” said Chen.

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Justine Simons, head of culture for the mayor of London, left, poses with Amy Chen (陳敏慧), managing director of L'Oreal Taiwan, center, and Heidi Gallant, the executive director of ...

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