Patty DeDominic,

Founder, DeDominic & Associates

Capitalizing on over two decades as a successful Entrepreneur and Board member, Patty   currently operates a specialized consulting group, DeDominic & Associates, which offers professional coaching and business services to enterprise builders, high achievers, authors and elected officials.  Her firm’s prime focus is: Helping Achievers Soar.

In  2008 DeDominic earned the ISS Certification (Institutional Shareholder Services/Corporate Governance) from U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. DeDominic builds and advises Boards, their executives, founders and chairpersons.   Her work is performed with complete NP Integrity Act and SOX-updated business practices in mind when  working on sensitive matters,   DeDominic is well known for her advice and counsel to top achievers and elected officials which include  Prime Ministers, Presidents and other high level elected, future and former CEO’s,   academic leaders, educators and change agents in business and public policy.

1979 – 2006. DeDominic founded and grew PDQ Personnel Services, Inc. which evolved to and CT Engineering. She sold those companies in 2006 to what became a billion dollar staffing firm. Part of the PDQ story is a case study of successful entrepreneurship and succession planning for the MBA program at Stanford University. DeDominic’s firms have won national recognition and were honored by University of Southern California, Harvard University, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Working Woman Magazine and Bank One among others.

Named CEO of the Year by the LA Business Journal in 2006, DeDominic has received over 20 distinguished awards including: Outstanding Business Leader from Northwood University and Women of Inspiration from Girls Inc. in 2008;  The Goddess Artemis Award presented in Greece in 2007; The Albert Schweitzer Leadership Award from Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (; The President’s Award from Women Impacting Public Policy ( and from her employees, One of American’s Finest Employers. She was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame over ten years ago.

Patty is the former Chairman of the Board of the LA Area Chamber of Commerce as well as the Foundation  and was the National President of The National Association of Women Business Owners. She served 6 years as a Director of the Jane Goodall Institute and on the Board of Governors for In addition, she is an advisor to the Chair and Founder of Promerica Bank in Los Angeles, The Weidemann Foundation (micro-credit lending), and several internet start-ups. From 2002-2005, she was a special advisor to Dean Joseph Nye at The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

DeDominic is the author of The New World of Work (‘96) and publishes a blog and ebook for mid life career changers at

Patty and her husband, Gene Sinser, currently reside in Santa Barbara, CA. Having raised five children, their family has expanded to include five grandchildren and lots of animals.


Christine Liu,

Founder, sHero China

This coming year, the International Women’s Festival welcomes Christine Liu as the producer of the first ever Women’s Festival in Shanghai! Christine is an entrepreneur and advocate for women’s issues. She made her departure from the corporate world, in which she worked for 20 years, in 2011 to start sHero (visit for more information or email, an organization with focuses spanning from consulting to communications to lifestyle.

As Founder of sHero, Christine aims to inspire and empower women to live life to the fullest and to offer professional women total solutions for maintaining a deeply meaningful and satisfying balance between career and family. In 2007, Christine Liu started Women Empowering Women, a dialogue connecting extraordinary women and remarkable professionals, who have become successful—each in their own way—to share and offer their opinion and advice to other women who want to learn more about how they can augment their professional and personal skill sets.

Based in Shanghai, Christine Liu has held leadership positions in multi-national companies ranging from luxury fashion to pharmaceuticals including Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, Honeywell and Richemont. She is an accomplished Human Resources Executive with practical insights into human and organizational psyches.

With expertise in identification of talents for building brands in new markets, Christine is now developing positioning and distribution strategies for clients to better navigate the fast changing Chinese market and strategically expand to the global market for Chinese local brands. Christine is the Senior Consultant for Silkroute Strategists ( for its Asian Affairs, bringing brands to markets around the world.

Passionate about promoting the wellbeing of women and children, Christine is both director and treasurer of Medical Care Technologies Inc., a US OTC listed Medical services and technology company dedicated to offering pediatric health clinics, healthcare information delivery systems, and other wellness products to Chinese consumers. She is also an alumnus of the world-class “Women and Power” program conducted by the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Interested in learning more about opportunities in Shanghai for the 2015 International Women’s Festival? Contact Christine at or

2014 Festival Theme: Tech, Talk, and Trade

  • Expanding networks interpersonally and virtually
  • Effectively utilizing various forms of technology to enhance one’s life
  • Using technology as a medium for change, progress, advocacy, and philanthropy
  • Advocating women and girls of all ages through connections and synergistic work
  • Encouraging gender equality and female participation in the work force

 In memory of Mary Schnack, co-founder of the Women’s Festival

To commemorate Mary, who helped set the Women’s Festivals in motion, please click here to view a   tribute video created by Rúna Magnúsdóttir