Meet the TEDxAmsterdamWomen team: Jiaying Li 

TEAM JiayingLi

We’re a pretty lively bunch here at TEDxAmsterdamWomen — vibrant and various from marketers to writers and event organizers! What do we share in common beyond our magic charm

and sparkling good looks?! We are all passionate about creating a mind-blowing and life-changing event for women. Meet Jiaying Li, part of TEDxAmsterdamWomens’ Partnership Team.

What is the biggest change, at a personal level, you’ve experienced to-date?
After graduating from university, I accepted the challenge of moving to New York City for graduate school and work, instead of staying in Shanghai for a high-paying job. And it was the turning point of my life! I felt myself absorb everything like a sponge trying to survive in this highly competitive city, e.g. professional skill, social network, multicultural understanding, etc. NYC taught me to be independent, persistent and lovable. These characters will continue to accompany me throughout life.

What gap do you aspire to bridge for yourself?
From the professional perspective, I am making progress to become a great leader. Not just identifying the talents, but also listening to and supporting them to go further on the direction they wish to accomplish.

Which words define or confine you? People around me describe me as smart, full of positive energy, efficient and a goal-getter. The only thing that confines me, or probably everyone else for that matter, is myself. I value the concept of life-long learning.

Are you feminist or feminine? And why?
Before answering that, what are the exact definitions of both? The word “feminist” has been overused since the early 2000s. I support female empowerment regarding career, family and social stereotype, but I won’t say that women can be exactly the same as men. Women, in modern societies, have to protect our rights (e.g. labor) but also keep an eye on overloads (e.g. have to balance family, work, physical, and more).

How do you identify with this year’s theme?
Bridging the gap between present and future is a long-lasting question as humans continue to explore, develop and evolve. What is interesting is how fast we bridge the gap as technology evolves and our environment changes. Perhaps identity and mindset will be the main topics for humans as the gap grows or shrinks in a high speed world.

What is your favorite TED Talk and why?
The talk from Mariéme Jamme in TEDxAmsWomen 2016 inspired me significantly. Taking codes in programming as a metaphor, she indicated that nowadays, many people are coded by society to behave differently, and gradually forget their true identity and initial dream. The project of teaching girls to code in school is impressive because in the era of technology, robotics and AI, coding will be the necessary skill of future generations.