Past Event

A Conversation with Steven Pan CBS ’88: Turning Adversity Into Opportunity

October 8, 2021
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Time: Oct. 8, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (Beijing) | Oct. 7, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (New York)

Columbia Global Centers | Beijing and the Jerome A. Chazen Institute for Global Business at Columbia Business School invite you to a very special event with Steven Pan CBS '88, executive chairman of the Silks Hotel Group and FIH Corporation in Taipei, the leading publicly traded hotel company in Taiwan.

What you'll learn:

  • How he navigated multiple world threats, including 9/11, the SARS epidemic, the global financial crisis of 2007-08, and the current pandemic.
  • Why he has immersed himself in the Young Presidents Organization community and entrepreneurs around the world.
  • How early, personal influences — family, mentors, and schools (especially CBS!) contributed to his philosophy and success in business.

This event is part of the Sir Gordon Wu Distinguished Speaker Forum.

Co-sponsored by the Greater China Society, a regional student club at Columbia Business School.



S. Steven Pan is the Executive Chairman of Silks Hotel Group and the listed FIH Corporation in Taipei, which is the leading listed hospitality company in Taiwan. Silks Group consists of 4 hotel brands including international luxury Regent, cultural luxury Silks Place, hot spring resort Wellspring, and boutique hotel JUSTSLEEP brands. FIH is the owner and developer of Group's flagship Regent Taipei Hotel and Regent Galleria, the first luxury hotel and retail mixed-use complex in Asia. The Group also manages Regent branded residences and listed Real Estate Investment Trust (REITs) in Taiwan.

Steven joined FIH in 1991 and was appointed President in 1992. In 2000, he led a management buyout of the controlling stake in FIH and subsequently became its Chairman. In 2010, FIH acquired the Regent luxury hotel business: the iconic luxury brand in Asia created by legendary hotelier Mr. Robert Burns. In 2018, FIH formed a joint venture with Intercontinental Hotel Group to further expand the Regent brand internationally.

Steven also founded Pacific Resources Group in 1994 which has become one of the leading international real estate investors in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout the world. The Group has completed major real estate transactions such as the corporate headquarters of Chevron and Apple computers.

Steven frequently speaks in various international conferences such as Forbes and appears on CNBC, Bloomberg to discuss business trends and leadership. He was the Taiwan winner of the E&Y Entrepreneurs Award. He was the former chair of the Young President Organization (YPO) chapter in Taiwan and continues to serve on the YPO regional board in North Asia. He also serves on the Board of Overseers for the Columbia Business School and was the former chair of both the Columbia and UC Berkeley Alumni Clubs in Taiwan. He is the founder of SR PAN cultural and educational foundation.

Steven obtained a BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986 and an MBA from Columbia Business School in 1988. Prior to joining FIH in 1991, he was an Associate at First Boston.



Lulu C. Wang is the CEO and Chair of Tupelo Capital Management, which she founded in 1998 for hedge fund partnerships, and transitioned into a family office in 2008. Prior to that, Ms. Wang was a director and executive vice president of Jennison Associates Capital Corporation for 10 years. While at Jennison, she managed billion-dollar funds for pension, endowment, and mutual funds. She joined Jennison Associates in 1988, after serving as senior vice president and managing director at Equitable Capital Management for 10 years.

Ms. Wang serves on the boards of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rockefeller University, the Asia Society, and Columbia Business School, where she endowed the Lulu C. Wang Senior Asian Scholar program under the Chazen Institute for Global Business, which she co-chairs. She also serves on the advisory council for Bank of America Private Bank, is a retired director of MetLife Insurance, a former board member of The Committee of 100, and a trustee emerita of Wellesley College, where she was the commencement speaker in 2016.

Ms. Wang has been honored for her professional achievements by New York Public Radio, Columbia Women in Business, China Institute, Girls Inc., the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rockefeller University, the Asia Society, the Women's Economic Round Table, and Ernst and Young. Ms. Wang earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in English literature from Wellesley College.

In her free time, she and her husband collect and race vintage cars. They also collect American paintings, furniture, and folk art.


  • Event language: English
  • If you have any questions, please email Chazen Institute at [email protected]