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The Personalities Behind YWLC's 6th Exco

September 9, 2019

 

Every month, we introduce two of our exco members. Find out more about our diverse exco, as they share about their personal journey with YWLC, their upcoming plans for their sub-committees, as well as some of their perspectives and experiences.

 

 

EVELYN CHEW

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Relationship Manager, OCBC Bank
 

 

1. What inspired you to join YWLC?

The opportunity to contribute back to an organisation through creating events that helps to bring fellow women together, and to gain knowledge from the events and the process of organising them.

 

2.   What exciting projects is your sub-committee working on now?

We are actively working on strategies and initiatives to cultivate long-term partnerships, including identifying synergies through collaboration and finding ways to empower young women together with our partners. 

 

3.    How did you get into what you are doing now?

Being an economics undergrad, my interest in banking grew as I took more financial economics modules.

 

4.    What is your favourite line from a piece of writing or act?

“It is the hard days – the times that challenge you to your very core – that will determine who you are. You are defined not just by what you achieve but by how you survive.” - Sheryl Sandberg

 

5.      What is your most memorable journey?

My most memorable journey was when I stayed in Warsaw despite the language barrier and extremely cold weather. This allowed me to gain a different perspective on life and made me appreciate my strengths and learn about my weaknesses.

 

6.   What new skill have you picked up this year, and what made you think about doing this?

I’m currently taking “Introduction to Computer Science” online to better understand the complexity of technological skills that is currently in demand.

 

 

KRISTIN LOO

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Founder, Kayloo Prints

 

 

1.   What inspired you to join YWLC?

I wanted to be a part of a community of women who are brimming with passion for what they believe in and who support other women.

 

2.   What exciting projects is your sub-committee working on now?

We are looking to bring YWLC to life through different channels and content, such as telling the stories of the women in our community and their experience in YWLC, sharing thought leadership and mentorship insights, as well as doing more live and video coverage for our events. We are also refreshing the look of our website and newsletter, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

 

3.    How did you get into what you are doing now?

I chanced upon the Finnish design house Marimekko and experienced so much joy from the colours and prints around me. This inspired to dabble in digital art and made me yearn to recreate a similar experience for myself and everyone around me through colours and prints.

 

4.    What is your favourite line from a piece of writing or act?

This is not a specific quote, but rather, a summary of a part of an article that greatly motivates me – “Everything you do in life either helps you level up or is a distraction.” – Mark Manson

 

5.    What is your most memorable journey?

The Galapagos Islands. I had the chance to see wild sea lions lying on the horizontal beams of the port, “punk-looking” marine iguanas swimming in the sea, marine birds with incredibly bright blue feet diving at a great height for their food, giant sea turtles, baby penguins (they surprisingly live at the equator!), and my ferry was trailed by a flock of large frigate birds; it was a very different kind of trip, and was simply awe-inspiring being up close to so many different kinds of wild animals.  

 

6.   What new skill have you picked up this year, and what made you think about doing this?

I have taken up travel videography this year - it is a great way to capture beautiful memories, and I can use these skills for my business video campaigns in the future. For now, I’m also creating YWLC event videos!

 

 

ZHIYING CHUA

DATA & INNOVATION DIRECTOR AND TREASURER

Investor, SeedPlus

 

 

1. What inspired you to join YWLC?

Mostly curiosity, but it happened as I was looking for a community to be part of as I was trying to figure out answers to The Big Questions. 

 

2. What exciting projects is your sub-committee working on now?

The Data & Innovation sub-committee is looking for innovative ways to help YWLC grow sustainably. The first major project we are working on is a platform that will enable us better understand, develop and leverage our network that includes members, community engagement (CE) beneficiaries, mentors, corporate partners and sponsors. 

 

3. How did you get into what you are doing now?

Again, mostly curiosity and through searching for something or somewhere that enables continual growth and learning. 

 

4. What is your favourite line from a piece of writing or act?

One that struck me most recently was from an episode titled 'Becky and Jo' off the podcast, Heavyweight: "Becky and Jo, for their part, head out into a beautiful LA afternoon, doing their best, to keep taking care of each other". 

 

A reminder that sometimes we cling too much to the past, or are so expectant of the future, that we forget to turn to the people next to us right now and ask "Are you OK?". 

 

5. What is your most memorable journey?

One of the most memorable journeys I was ever taken on was when I was on holiday with my family as a teen. My dad had decided it was a good idea to bring us on a hike of the Blue Mountains without a proper map, water or food. I've since learnt that perceptions of distance can differ significantly from person to person, and to always bring a filled water bottle wherever I go. 

 

6. What inspires you?

The people and team around me.

 

 

 

LYNETTE TEO

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Account Manager, Google

 

 

1. What inspired you to join YWLC?

A sense of community with other like-minded women who are ambitious yet also share the view that we should be lifting up other females around us.

 

2. What exciting projects is your sub-committee working on now?

We have a workshop with Amazon coming up on the Culture of Innovation, so we are currently prepping logistics and coordinating registration for the event, which is the last one for the year! 

 

3. How did you get into what you are doing now?

I’m currently in digital advertising sales, and this is an industry that started booming in the last few years with the advent of digital growth. I was lucky enough to join a graduate programme by the government and Google that helped to train fresh graduates with the digital marketing foundations, which then helped me get more experience in agencies where I learnt more practical skills. This paved the way for me to grow the Tech and Telco industry’s digital maturity, in my current position as an account manager in Google.

 

4. What is your most memorable journey?

My most memorable journey would really be post graduation and finding my passion in digital advertising - the journey from knowing nothing at all to now lecturing students in universities on these very same topics - that’s a knowledge journey I hope to be on for as long as I can!

 

5. What principles, processes or habits do you hold or practice to be innovative in your work or life?

I always tell myself to take the path of learning in whatever I do - I think that always reminds me to be humble and know that there is always more to learn and grow from!

 

 

Lynette and her team are organising the workshop, YWLC x Amazon: The Culture of Innovation, aimed at entrepreneurs or someone who dreams big to help them learn about leadership principles, culture and processes that underpin innovation.

 

The workshop will be held on 13 Nov (Wed), 6:30pm – 9:00pm, and is exclusive to YWLC members. Registration is closed, but you can indicate your interest or find out more here.

 

 


YVONNE MAK

YWLC RECRUITMENT DIRECTOR

Associate, Withers KhattarWong

 

 

1. What inspired you to join YWLC?
I was drawn by its mission to develop women in leadership. 

 

2. What exciting projects is your sub-committee working on now?
We are starting to plan our annual Future Women Leader’s Forum for female undergraduates, as well as a new event series focused on extending YWLC’s reach to a more diverse group of women.

 

3. How did you get into what you are doing now? 
Deciding to be a litigator was a natural choice for me. I have always loved wielding words: as a means of expression, a tool for persuasion, and as a weapon. 

 

4. What is your favourite line from a piece of writing or act?  
“We shall see evil and all our pain sink away in the great compassion that shall enfold the world. Our life will be as peaceful and tender and sweet as a caress.” - Uncle Vanya, Chekhov

 

5. What is your most memorable journey? 
Learning to appreciate the beauty and discipline in classical music through two weeks I spent traveling through Asia as a personal assistant to an acclaimed conductor. 


6. Amid the ever-increasing demands on a modern woman, what are your tips to beating burnout?
Cultivating discipline, taking time to engage in your passions, and reminding yourself that life is a marathon not a sprint.