Fireside Career Chat: After Big Jobs in Banking, What Can I Do Next?

Fireside Career Chat

After Big Jobs in Banking, What Can I Do Next?

Friday, March 25

Unlike people in other metropolitans, a majority of us that lives in Hong Kong work in areas related to banking / finance.  Meanwhile, the prolonged pandemic lockdown in the city has challenged the way we work and live.  Have you wondered what career path you might be capable of pursuing, if you ever quit banking one day?  Google?  Art?  Entrepreneurship?  Freelance APP developer?  – Good news is, all are possible choices, as our panel speakers have already done so!

Join our panel discussion to be inspired!  All of our 4 speakers have had a promising career in large banks, yet they have subsequently decided to switch into a completely different career path:  a soft engineer at Google, a cataloguer at one of the most renowned art auction houses, a co-founder and CEO of a rising start-up, and a freelance product manager/developer!

Key topics we will likely to cover:

  • Money, passion, work? Is it a right choice to convert my passion into a profession?
  • If I start pursuing a career change now, what are my competitive edges compared to people who have been consistently doing the same things all along?
  • How do I plan a career change? What resources are available?
  • How much does it help, if I get a degree in the field that I want to switch into?
  • And many more!

Event Details:

Date: Friday, March 25, 2022

Schedule:​ 12:30pm – 1:45pm

12:30-1:15pm - Introduction and panel discussion

1:15-1:45pm - Q&A

Location: Zoom (Zoom link will be sent to registered guests within 24 hours of the event)

RSVP: Please RSVP on this event page




Ms. Jennifer Zhou

Jennifer graduated from Columbia University with a degree in MPA.  She worked at J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Hong Kong for 4 years.  Currently she lives in Mountain View California and works at Google as a software engineer.

Ms. Lilia Chen

Lilia is a banker at J.P. Morgan Private Bank and a member of the Southeast Asia Ceramic Society. Over the years, Ms. Lilia Chen has been responsible for the estate planning, philanthropic endeavors, and portfolio construction for ultra-high net worth families in the Greater China region.  Before re-joining J.P. Morgan, Lilia was the business manager and cataloguer for Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian art in Bonhams New York and Hong Kong salesrooms. Lilia holds a master’s degree in History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia from the University of London SOAS, and a bachelor's degree in Finance and Art History from Goizueta Business School of Emory University.

Mr. Jason Lau

Jason is the CEO and Co-founder of KALO Inc., a social e-commerce marketplace and digital marketing engine. Actively investing and engaging in the tech community, he is a Board Director of PRD Angels and an Executive Committee member of the Hong Kong Digital Asset Society. Prior to his tech adventure, he began his career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs. Jason received a B.A. from Tufts University, a M.S. from Columbia University, and an MBA from Tsinghua University/MIT.

Ms. Sau Wai Chan

Sau Wai graduated from Columbia College in 2015. She started her career at J.P. Morgan Investment Banking in Hong Kong, and has soon pivoted into start up and technology. She has worked in start-ups and large tech, and is currently helping founders and corporations build and scale MVPs by working remotely as a Product Manager for a tech agency based out of San Francisco.

Moderator Bio

Ms. Ang Li

Ang currently works at the capital market team of FountainVest Partners, one of the largest China focused private equity firms in Asia. Previously, she had 8 years of experience in leverage finance at international banks including Credit Suisse and BNP Paribas in Hong Kong and New York. Ang holds an MPA degree from Columbia University School of Public Affairs, and a B.A. in Economics from University of International Relations in Beijing.

March 25, 2022 at 12:30pm - 1:45pm

Zoom (Link will be sent within 24 hours of the event to registered guests)

Will you come?