The Biggest Story of Our Time: The Rise of China’s Middle Class

I will be speaking at San Jose State University on November 8th, 2011. The topic of my presentation is “The Biggest Story of Our Time: The Rise of China’s Middle Class.” I will give an overview of the demographics of the emerging Chinese middle class and discuss what the rise of China’s middle class mean for entrepreneurs.

The event is hosted by International Business Association, a student-run organization. Please see the event details below:

When: Nov. 8, 2011, 6:00 pm

Where: Science Building 164 (SCI 164), San José State University, San José, CA 95192

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Emerging and Surging: Doing Business in Emerging Markets Successfully

I will be speaking at Northern California Business Marketing Association on Sept. 28 in Santa Clara, California, on how to do business successfully in emerging markets.

Other people who are on the panel include Joanne Vliet, Silicon Valley Export Assistance of U.S. Department of Commerce, Milton Ribiero, Vice President of Cypress Semiconductor, Tatyana Kanzaveli, marketing manager of Deloitte & Touche, Chris D’Couto, Ph.D, President & CEO of Neah Power.   

Here is the description of the event:

Over the past decade, Emerging Markets have contributed more than 1/3 of the world’s GDP growth. This number is expected to rise to 49% by the year 2020, when BRICs will also account for 1/3 of the global economy.  Despite recent global recessionary downturns, Emerging Markets are already showing early signs of a strong return, affording savvy marketers great opportunities to enter tomorrow’s markets today. Based on the standard BRIC(S) model, we are pleased to offer a panel of experts who will share their thoughts and provide insights.

For the details of the event and registration, click here. Hope you can come!

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I will be speaking at Saratoga Library on September 7

I will be speaking at Authors’ Series in Saratoga Library on Wednesday, September 7, 2011.

This event is organized by the Friends of Saratoga Libraries, a non-profit organization founded in 1972. Here is a link to the Authors’ Series.

The event will start at 10 am and be held at Community Room in Saratoga Library. Please join me if you can.

Here is more information about The Chinese Dream:

In The Chinese Dream, a groundbreaking book about the rising middle class in China, Forbes columnist, consultant, and China expert Helen Wang challenges us to recognize that some of our fears about China are grossly misplaced. As a result of China’s new capitalist paradigm, a burgeoning middle class-calculated to reach 800 million within the next fifteen years-is jumping aboard the consumerism train and riding it for all it’s worth-a reality that may provide the answer to America’s economic woes. And with China’s increasing urbanization and top-down governmental approach, it now faces increasing energy, environmental, and health problems-problems that the U.S. can help solve. Through timely interviews, personal stories, and a historical perspective, China-born Wang takes us into the world of the Chinese entrepreneurial middle class to show how a growing global mindset and the realization of unity in diversity may ultimately provide the way to creating a saner, safer world for all.

  • Deconstructs the myths about China as a superpower and global manufacturing power
  • Takes us into the world of the driven middle class and shows how the not-so-private sector operates
  • Provides a historical perspective on China and examines the possibility of democracy in China’s future
  • Shows how a mindset that embraces the idea of unity in diversity could help solve China and America’s growing energy, health, and environmental problems

Also, please watch the book trailer on the left. I look forward to seeing you on Sept. 7!

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How Asia Can Shape The World – Poorly Made in China or The Chinese Dream

I was very honored to be on a panel in a webnar hosted by Yinglan Tan, author of Chinnovation, with a group of distinguished China experts to discuss business trends in China and how companies can get China right.

Here is a description of the topics and discussions:

Asia will redraw the map of economic progress over the next twenty-five years. Growth is necessary to solve economic and social problems, but harder to achieve as the age of plenty gives way to the age of scarcities. China is obviously a key player.

  • What is the Chinese dream? How do the driven middle class and shows how the not-so-private sector operates
  • What is the possibility of democracy in China’s future
  • How can the idea of unity in diversity could help solve China and America’s growing energy, health, and environmental problems
  • However, what are the industry secrets, including the dangerous practice of quality fade—the deliberate and secret habit of Chinese manufacturers to widen profit margins through the reduction of quality inputs.

How can organizations that want to build effective strategies for China address each of these realities head on, just as GE, Yum Brands, Adidas, Nokia, IBM, Accenture, Microsoft, Cisco, and many other pioneering companies the authors describe have done. Shedding light on the brutal competition for today’s markets and resources in China?

About 120 CEOs and executives attended the webnar. Other people on the panel include Dr. Anil Gupta, Chair in Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Robert H. Smith School of Business of University of Maryland, Paul Midler, author of Poorly Made in China, Joergen Oerstroem Moeller, visiting research fellow at Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore. Host Yinglan Tan is a member of World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Fostering Entrepreneurship and has impressive backgrounds in business and academics.

It was a very stimulus and informative panel discussion.

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Helen Wang Speaks at Pasadera Country Club

I will be speaking at beautiful Pasadera Country Club on August 25 about my book The Chinese Dream.

Located within the Monterey Peninsula’s famed “Golf Capital of the World,” Pasadera Country Club is a 575-acre private gated residential community is secluded in a sun belt, only minutes from Pebble Beach and Carmel and accessible along the main corridor that links the coast to adjacent inland communities.

Free buffet dinner will be provided. Please join me if you can.

Agenda:

5:00pm Registration
5:30pm Buffet Dinner
6:00pm Book Talk and Q&A
6:45pm Book Signing

“In a mere two decades China has developed the world’s largest middle class. Helen Wang tells that story – and her own – in this wonderfully informative and readable book.”

Joseph Nye, Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard University, the author of The Future of Power

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Helen Wang Speaks at Cisco on The Chinese Dream

I will be speaking this Friday, July 15, at Cisco System in San Jose about my book The Chinese Dream. This event is organized by Heartland Institute as the series of Thought Leader Gathering.

“The rising Chinese middle class will play an ever-larger role in China’s future growth and change the dynamics of the world we live in. By 2015, China will become the second-largest consumer market in the world behind the US. Helen Wang will navigate the many faces of China as it takes its place in the global world.”

The event is by invitation only. If you are interested in attending, please feel free to shoot me an email. Click here to see the event site.

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Helen Wang Speaks at AmCham Shanghai on China’s Middle Class

I will be speaking at American Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon event in Shanghai on June 1 in Four Seasons Hotel. Below is the announcement on AmCham’s website:

AmCham Shanghai invites you to an Author Series event on Wednesday, June 1 at the Four Seasons Hotel from 11:30-13:30, as Forbes columnist and China expert Helen H. Wang discusses her bestselling book, The Chinese Dream: The Rise of the World’s Largest Middle Class.

In The Chinese Dream, Wang challenges us to recognize that fears about China’s rise are grossly misplaced. As a result of China’s new capitalist paradigm, a burgeoning middle class—calculated to reach 800 million within the next 15 years—is jumping aboard the consumerism train and riding it for all it is worth—a reality that may provide the answer to America’s economic woes. Through timely interviews, personal stories and a historical perspective, China-born Wang takes us into the world of the Chinese entrepreneurial middle class to show how a growing global mindset and the realization of unity in diversity may ultimately provide the way to creating a saner, safer world for all.

In a mere two decades China has developed the world’s largest middle class. Helen Wang tells that story – and her own – in this wonderfully informative and readable book.”

– Joseph Nye, Distinguished Service Professor, former Dean of the Kennedy School, Harvard University, former Assistant Secretary of Defense, and author of The Future of Power

Please see the event details and RSVP here.

If you are in Shanghai, I hope to see you there!

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Helen Wang Speaks at Kepler’s on The Chinese Dream

I will be speaking at Kepler’s Bookstore in Menlo Park, California on May 26 about my book The Chinese Dream. Please join me as we discuss one of the most dynamic forces shaping our world today.

Watch the book trailer:

RSVP at http://www.keplers.com/event/helen-wang. Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you there.

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What the Rise of the Chinese Middle Class Means for Entrepreneurs

I will be speaking at Stanford University on April 12, 2011, on the topic of “What the Rise of the Chinese Middle Class Mean for Entrepreneurs.” It is part of Entrepreneurship in Asian High-Tech Industries seminar series run by Professor Dasher.

Below is an email announcement sent by Professor Dasher:

Our “Entrepreneurship in Asian High-Tech Industries” series has gotten off to a great start and continues with a *very exciting* session next week:

“What the Rise of the Chinese Middle Class Means for Entrepreneurs”

With Helen Wang, author of the book, The Chinese Dream

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
4:15 – 5:30 pm
NVIDIA Auditorium, Huang Engineering Center, Stanford

It’s fantastic that we could get Forbes columnist, consultant, and expert on China’s middle class, Ms. Helen H. Wang, to find time in her schedule to speak for us this week.   This session in our series is presented in cooperation with The Association of Chinese Students and Scholars at Stanford (ACSSS).  I’m also happy to say that Helen is another Stanford alum!

Originally from China, Helen has lived in the U. S. for over twenty years.  After earning her masters degree at Stanford, she joined at the prestigious think tank, the Institute for the Future, in Menlo Park, California, and consulted for Fortune 500 companies, including Apple, Oracle, and Bank of America.  She then became a Silicon Valley entrepreneur in Internet start-ups.   In 2004, Helen returned to Stanford as a Reuters Fellow, developing technology solutions for underserved communities. She has also founded a social venture, e-Mobilizer, to help woman micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries use mobile phones to access online markets.  E-Mobilizer has been nominated twice for the San Jose Tech Museum Award.  A sought-after speaker, Wang now divides her time between consulting for companies doing business in China and helping non-profit organizations make a difference.

Her 2010 book, “THE CHINESE DREAM: The Rise of the World’s Largest Middle Class and What It Means to You,” describes the explosive growth of the Chinese middle class over the last two decades and tells a number of riveting personal stories, including Helen’s own.  It has received commendations from various prominent scholars and business people, as described on her website.

In our seminar on Tuesday, 4/12, Helen will focus on the implications of this world-changing phenomenon for entrepreneurs in China and Silicon Valley.

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