Galboss Asia, a new collaborative movement started by Sabrina Tan, Andrea De Cruz,
Melissa Lwee-Ramsay, Velda Tan and Tan Yen Yen. These five women who are
successful leaders in their respective fields, intend for Galboss to be a nexus
of mentors, resources and guidance for female entrepreneurs on their journey.
Storm had the opportunity to have an interview with these women and we were
joined by Shannon Kalayanamitr from Orami, who will be one of the panellists at
the Galboss Asia symposium to be held on the 21
st of July at the
Grand Hyatt Singapore.
Galboss founders (from
left to right) Melissa Lwee-Ramsay, Velda Tan, Tan Yen Yen, Sabrina Tan and
Andrea De Cruz
Tech Storm: What was the idea behind the creation of Galboss?
Melissa Lwee-Ramsay: “We see Galboss as the
start of a collaborative movement in Asia for like-minded women entrepreneurs,
business leaders and aspirers to come together and network
want to bring certainty and clarity to by providing mentorship to new
entrepreneurs who aren’t sure of important factors such as, what sort of
funding or grants are available to them, legal issues, staffing matters and
Sabrina Tan: “People ask us, why
Galboss and not Girl boss or lady boss?” “We chose Galboss because the A stands
for several important things. Asia, ambition, achievements and adventure. We
want Galboss to be the force behind empowering game changers of the future.”
Velda Tan: “Galboss is a platform
for female entrepreneurs to come together and form a community to have dialogue
and to help each other overcome business challenges.”
Shannon Kalayanamitr: “There is nothing like
Galboss in all of Asia at the moment and we hope that this movement will help
women from all over Asia to make that step to becoming their own boss, a
Tech Storm: What habits helped to make you successful?
Tan Yen Yen: “The ability to execute.”
Execution is just as important as being a visionary.” “Women have many
strengths but, can sometimes struggle with execution of their ideas and I feel
that this is a critical skill which has contributed greatly to my success.”
multi-tasking. I am a mumpreneur and there are times where I would be pacifying
one child with one hand and having a phone call at the same time.”
What is the
one piece of advice you would give for other female entrepreneurs?
Tan Yen Yen: “Don’t blink.”
Andrea De Cruz: “Stand on your own two
Melissa Lwee-Ramsay: “Be bold, be daring, be confident. Don’t be afraid or
intimidated and push for it.”
does Galboss Asia want to see for females in entrepreneurship?
Andrea De Cruz: “I definitely want to see
more females in leadership positions. Women can be strong leaders and it would
be good to see more women business leaders.”
Shannon Kalayanamitr: “For more women to join
the technology industry and to be great at it.”
Tech Storm: Thank you all for your
time and your insight.
By Nicholas Ho / 3 June, 2016
1300 GMT+8 Singapore
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