February 13, 2017, Chittagong, Bangladesh – AUWSF (HK) Board Director Yan-Yan Li, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of SAIL Advisors Ltd., discussed women’s leadership, mentorship, and the lessons of dragon boating at AUW.
Yan-Yan Li addressing students at AUW campus in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
Li learned many of the leadership skills she uses in her professional life from dragon boating. “In dragon boating, as in the working world, success is a matter of timing, skill, and teamwork,” Li said. “Finding the potential of the people around you and making them believe in themselves is key. You will work 110% because you know the women in front of you and behind you are also giving 110%.”
Li also highlighted the value of mentorship for women as they navigate their careers. “A mentor is someone external, not a friend or member of your family, who can provide advice without judgment,” she said. “As women, we need to stand together to give each other strength,” Li added.
Above all, Li stressed to students the importance of self-confidence. “Help yourself by believing in yourself. At some point in your life, you are going to decide you are ready to move from the passenger’s seat to the driver’s seat. It’s not always predictable or planned, but you have to take those steps. AUW prepares you for that,” Li advised.
Yan-Yan Li (center) with AUW student (left) and daughter Kyra (right).