International Women’s Day Special
The annual International Women’s Day (IWD)
celebratory event organised by SCCCI-CWG was held on 4 March at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Singapore,
Josephine Teo, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office & Second Minister for
Manpower & Second Minister for Home Affairs and Special Guest Ms Sim Ann
Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth & Ministry
of Trade and Industry gracing the event. Themed “She is
Global”, the conference was centred around opportunities, challenges, and
success factors needed for women to stand out in today’s competitive global
landscape. Tech Storm is proud to be their Official Media Partner for this high profile, prestigious event.
more than 600 professional and business women from various countries and
business sectors joining the event this year, this flagship event serves as a
huge platform to bring together career women from diverse backgrounds to share
their experiences and forge strong networks with one another.
kick off the event, Roland Ng, President of SCCCI, gave an opening speech
before Guest-of-Honour Josephine Teo shared a new initiative of enhanced
work-life grant, urging the present group of entrepreneurs and business
representatives to take up the grant.
was followed by a discussion with Michelle Yeoh. She shared how she was the
ambassador for three out of the seventeen United Nations (UN) sustainability
goals – eradicate poverty, gender equality, and road safety – and how
eradication of poverty and gender equality are closely linked. She then
mentioned how thankful she was for not experiencing any form of ill-treatment
during the course of her career, and spoke on how her latest movie “Crazy Rich
Asians” is a must-watch. She ended with an empowering piece of advice for all
young women: to be happy inside, and not wait for others to make them happy.
on, Goh Swee Chen (Chairman,
Shell Companies in Singapore) spilled her secrets on how she succeeded in a
male-dominated industry: she was never conscious about her gender in work, and
was very resilient in working towards her goal, while Shinta Widjaja Kamdani (Chief Executive Officer, Sintesa Group) gave
us personal insights on how she overcame the difficulties as a triple minority
(woman, Chinese, non-muslim) to rise up the ranks and succeed. Even then, she
still shared her struggles of juggling between her business and family.
the main attraction: a panel discussion moderated by Claire Chiang (Co-Founder,
Banyan Tree Holdings) that featured Denise
Peng (Serial Entrepreneur; Former COO of Qunar.com; Venture Partner, GGV
Capital), Jacqueline Poh (Chief
Executive, GovTech Singapore), Ruby Teo
(Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Stalford Education Holdings), Tan Hooi Ling (Co-Founder, Grab). It
certainly did not disappoint: the main highlight was when all four spoke of
their anchors that helped them to be successful, which consisted of many
relevant points for aspiring entrepreneurs.
believed that her work encompasses doing something bigger than herself which
motivates and gives her the positive mindset to believe that technology can
bring about positive change for the future generations of Singaporeans.
Ling brought out the “4Hs” on which Grab was built upon — Hunger, Honour,
Heart, Humility. One needs the passion to persevere on amidst challenges, the
honour to be ethical, the heart to do things for the right reason, and the
humility to learn everyday.
shared how working with like-minded people to get the job done helped her
tremendously in her professional growth.
determination and fear of failures and disappointments brought out the best in
her in overcoming challenges and breaking new barriers.
wrap up the event, Denise gave us a parting thought: Do not sacrifice today to
compromise tomorrow, do what you want today. Indeed, do not regret having done
something, and go out there to pursue your dreams!
Want to know what advice Tan Hooi Ling, co-founder of Grab, gave to aspiring
entrepreneurs? Read on to find out more!
Jesse Tan/6 March 2018 15:00 Singapore