Boying Lyu

Boying Lyu

It’s quite necessary to start today, starting with myself to change the assumptions and doctrines in the male dominated sales industry.

Ask Boying, our newest Committee member in China and she will tell you that 95% of the world’s CEOs, GMs and heads of sales are males. “By doing this job, I am already supporting women!” As the business development manager for large Markets based in Shanghai, Boying is responsible for looking up potential clients who might require new or upgraded travel management programmes. She loves spending every moment with her clients. Through this interaction, she is able to understand their pain points, provide empathy and look for creative solutions to address their challenges.

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE FOR FEMALE LEADERS IN CHINA?

In China, there is still an unspoken expectation about a woman’s place in society - They should first and foremost be mothers, look after their families, followed by looking out for themselves as women or building a career. The Chinese society has such high expectations of a woman’s role within the family. Being a female leader would often mean sacrificing a part of the family responsibility if her partner is kind enough to support her. The harsh reality is, regardless of the situation, she will likely be judged or may find herself guilt-ridden, constantly questioning herself if she has made the right choice. One has to be a very strong individual in order to be a female leader in China.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR 16-YEAR OLD SELF?

Be courageous and jump out of the box! Forget about the stereotypes of girls vs boys and just be yourself, go out and do whatever you want. Study physics, chemistry, biology or any subject you like, pursue any crazy and wild aspirations you have!

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