International Women’s Day is approaching, BloomMe Girls and we cannot wait to celebrate all the amazing women in world; the achievements and the progress we’ve made coming closer to closing the gender gap! At BloomMe we believe that we should always celebrate the success of other women, and whilst there are countless women to celebrate all over the world, we would like to applaud women that have helped Hong Kong be the amazing place we call home.

Lee Lai Shan, Olympian

Born in sleepily scenic island of Cheung Chau, Lee Lai Shan, affectionately called Shan Shan, is Hong Kong’s one and only Olympian Gold Medalist. She’s been competing in sailing sports since the age of 12 and has since won multiple medals including her Gold in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Though she has taken a brief break from sailing to concentrate on raising her children, her love for sport has not dimmed and continually encourages children and women to take part in sport. Cheung Chau beach front holds it’s claim to fame with a monument erected in her honour in the shape of a windsurf board.

Anna Treier, Founder of Sense Of Touch

After growing up in Manilla, and studying all over the world, Anna Treier started as a young entrepreneur in Hong Kong and ventured out in setting up her first day spa in 2002. Since first opening Sense of Touch in Central at their iconic LKF salon, she has since built a muti-award winning spa empire that stretches to all corners of Hong Kong’s landscape, including Discovery Bay, Cyberport, Sai Kung, Central and Tseung Kwan O with an additional hair salon and spa in Repulse Bay.  Not only has Sense of Touch won multiple awards for Best Day Spa, but has also been featured in numerous travel guides world wide.

Anna is also a keen supporter of PLAN International, a development organisation focused on children in Nepal and uses the Sense of Touch brand to help by matching any sponsorship donations from clients.

Margaret Chan, Global Director of World Health Organisation

Named as the 38th most powerful woman by Forbes in 2016, Margaret Chan is still rocking the world by leading the World Health Organisation in eradicating communicable diseases. Chan is the first woman to ever head the department of health, and was at the director of health when SARS hit Hong Kong in 2003. Now she’s in her second term of being director general of WHO and will retire in June this year with plans to move back to Hong Kong from her post in Geneva.

Iella Koblenz, Founder of BloomMe

We couldn’t write a post about inspiring women without mentioning the women that made it possible for us to do so. Before moving to Hong Kong, Iella had humble beginnings in Berlin. After moving to this incredible city she began to feel frustrated at how inconvenient going to a spa or booking beauty treatments was. Hours googling for a spa that wasn’t a luxury hotel spa that would set you back far too many $$$ to want to go, whilst also finding a spa of good quality gave her the spark to set up BloomMe.

Now BloomMe has close to 1000 spas and salons all over Hong Kong so everyone can easily and conveniently book their spa appointments. Iella has since been interviewed by numerous publications around Hong Kong for being leading woman in tech as well as in business and wellness. She’s a true inspiration to her team and shows that your ideas will work if you just believe them.

Tisa Ho, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Arts Festival 

From a what started as a course in arts management in London, Tisa has transformed the art scene in Hong Kong and has been one of the main contributors of HK’s rising interest in the arts. Not only does Tisa appreciate the arts and the artists they represent but has also an amazing ability to increase both budgets and audience. Tisa has been interviewed by publications all over the world and has even spoken about the arts in a TedX talk here in Hong Kong.