Schwarzman Scholars Industry Mentor Talks – November Series

December 16, 2020

Scholars continue to benefit from small group conversations with industry mentors. In this month’s virtual series, we welcomed the following mentors:

  • Susie Hunt, Director of HuntHaggarty
  • James Li, Chairman of E. J. McKay
  • Andy Mok, Senior Research Fellow, Center for China and Globalization
  • Gina Qiao, Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Marketing Officer of Lenovo
  • Richard Robinson, Founding Partner of WhipWham
  • Gloria Zhou, Head of Strategy & Business Portfolio, BP China

“Young people in China can create and launch a brand in just a few days. Explosive brands are a new reality and influencers have changed the landscape dramatically.” Susie Hunt shared her latest research results from tracking influential youth culture in China.

James Li generously shared his personal career path and spoke about his perspectives on the consulting and investment banking sectors.

“History may judge 2020 as a milestone year not only because of COVID-19 but for the historic changes in China’s financial sector,” said Andy Mok when sharing his perspectives around the Ant Group’s recent attempt to IPO.

“Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. You can always learn from your mistakes and grow.” Gina Qiao shared her secret to success during her 30-year service for Lenovo.

“There is no such a thing as failure in this world, because it’s an artificial construct. It’s simply feedback that leads to success.” Rich Robinson spoke about the ups and downs in his decades of entrepreneurship experiences.

Gloria Zhou gave an informative talk about the energy outlook of 2020, including how oil demand might be affected by the mobility revolution and how natural gas affects energy transition and the role of hydrogen and bioenergy.


For a recap of our October Industry Mentor Talks, please click here.