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March 8th International Women’s Day . .  Conference – The Woman Today


The International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

To celebrate this occasion, Rui Cunha Foundation and O Media, will organize a conference under the topic The Woman Today.

The topic is focused on women’s social status today and the message will be: as a woman, you can also be whoever you would like to be.

Through this event, we would like to encourage young girls today to dare to dream, to work hard to fulfill their life purpose, to not only be a housewife, but also a teacher, a lawyer, an explorer of different options that life has to offer.


To share some of their own experience, we will have four great speakers:

Ms. Virginia Lam, born in Macau, is currently Executive Vice President of Market Development at Sands China (Ltd), and the first ever female executive of a market leading company in Macao gaming industry. With 15 years’ experience in Macao specialized in casino operations, strategy planning, and casino business development, she also serves as one of the core influential leaders for both gaming and non-gaming mega projects of SCL such as Four Season Apartment and Londoner Macao.

As a prominent business leader, Virginia’s ideology is “communication and planning are the key attributes to success”. Driven by this philosophy, Virginia builds Apex club, the most luxurious and recognizable membership club in town for super premium mass segment. The speaker will share her experiences and stories in catering for success in career and life – as an industry practitioner, a wife with 2 kids and a scholar with 2 master degrees.

Dr. Patricia Thompson’s protean career has ranged over Head of Pedagogy at an Oxford college, Conservatoire President, and CEO of The Croft, an independent school with a remarkable connectivity to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Today, there is in Stratford upon Avon UK, a theatre named in her honor.

Latterly, she has enabled the collegiate development of UM and in 2017, was recognized for her work by a British Citizen Award for exceptional contribution to society and as an inspiration to other British Citizens.

Ms. Jacinta Ho, previously HR Director of a 5-star casino hotel in Macau, is the founder and Managing Director of JCHR Consulting and JC Services Ltd..

She has more than 20 years of expertise in Macau’s gaming hospitality industry, F&B and retail sector in talent sourcing, expatriate services, HR administration, and talent development.

She is a regular speaker at local and overseas universities and NGOs on career matters and human resources policies and practices.

She holds a Master of Business Administration in Management & Finance from Chaminade University of Honolulu, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources Management and Finance from the University of Hawaii.

She is married with two teenage daughters.

Ms. Pam Chang is a graduate of the Ohio State University, where she received a BA in Finance and Accounting. After graduation, she launched her career in San Francisco before going on to work in Sales and Marketing in France, Shanghai, Taipei and now Macau.

She has a strong passion for the digital world, especially as it relates to the product development and marketing of the travel and tourism industry.

In her free time, she enjoys travelling and writing blogs (WeChat Official Account: 晓路旅行, IG & FB: Experiencewithloulou, website: www.experiencewithloulou.com).

She has travelled to 50 countries, including a round the world tour on her own of 22 countries in 180 days!

Pam is a young local, single, independent and passionate about life.

Although this session will be special dedicated to schools, everyone will be more than welcome to attend.

The event will be conducted in English, and will be between 3.30 and 5pm.