Helen H. Wang , award-winning author of The Chinese Dream, consultant, and expert on China’s middle class, joins us at China Speakers Agency.
Originally from China, Wang has lived in the U. S. for over twenty years. After finishing her master’s degree at Stanford University, she joined at a prestigious think tank, Institute for the Future, in Menlo Park, California, and consulted for Fortune 500 companies including Apple Computer, Oracle, and Bank of America.
Wang then became an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley Internet start-ups. In 2004, she returned to Stanford University as a Reuters Fellow, developing technology solutions for underserved communities. She founded a social venture, e-Mobilizer, to help woman micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries using mobile phone to access online markets. E-Mobilizer was nominated twice for the San Jose Tech Museum Award.
Wang’s new book The Chinese Dream: The Rise of the World’s Largest Middle Class and What It Means to You has won the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Award and First Horizon Award. Wang has appeared on BBC World Television News, CNNMoney, been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, and featured in San Jose Mercury News, China Daily, and other major media.
A Forbes contributing columnist and sought-after speaker, Wang now divides her time between consulting for companies doing business in China and helping non-profit organizations make a difference.
Wang lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, her dog Frodo, and her parakeets Star and Jade. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, dance, gardening, and travel.