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.

 

 

WONG JIA YUN

CHAIRPERSON

Regional Business Development Manager, VISA

 

 

1. What inspired you to join YWLC?

Luck the first time, and a renewed belief the second. I was part of an energising young women’s network - formed as we were all in a predominantly male environment - when I was in Germany, and was determined to do something to the same effect when I came back.


2. What is your direction for the 6th Exco, and what exciting projects are happening in line with that?

Diversity, innovation and sustainable growth are key goals for the 6th Exco. Externally, we’re working on new ways to delight and bring value to our mentors, partners, members and the broader community; internally, we’re helping each other in the Exco build up a broader range of skill sets and exposure, while having fun doing so!

 

Do keep a lookout for upcoming events and initiatives via our Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook.

 

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

The willingness to grow, and to grow others, got me into taking on the role of YWLC chairperson, as well as my current job in payments (a totally new industry for me). But more importantly, the people who believed in me and supported me every part of the journey catalysed these.

 

4. What is your favourite line from a piece of writing or act? 
“Permanent beta” - Reid Hoffman, The Start-up of You

 

5. What is your most memorable journey? 

Quitting university in my first year without a back-up plan, and finding my purpose again. I learned about pride, passion and failure; I found out about who mattered and will continue to matter.


6. Do you have any experience where you worked with anyone completely different from you, and found that your differences made the outcome much better?

I was based in the UK Midlands for a year, working on one of the most technically challenging projects in my early career. After an initial fallout with a very seasoned colleague who looked and thought different from me, we grew to respect each other's capabilities and experience, beyond age and the colour of our skin. We’re still friends today.

 

 

KELLEY WONG

VICE-CHAIRPERSON

Associate, Lee & Lee

 

 

1. What inspired you to join YWLC?

In 2017, I chanced upon YWLC's flagship International Women's Day event through a Facebook ad. Having just returned to Singapore from a couple of years out, I was keen to find a local community to spend my time meaningfully. To that end, YWLC has exceeded my expectations and showed me how the collective of driven and growth-minded ladies can do so much more together. 


2. What is your direction for the 6th Exco, and what exciting projects are happening in line with that?

With each term comes new problems and as we step into YWLC's teenage years - having celebrated our 10 year anniversary in 2018 - the challenge for our team is how to build a lasting and sustainable infrastructure to meet the growing demands of YWLC and at the same time, stay relevant for our members, mentors and partners with a strong culture of innovation and out-of-the-box thinking.

 

We are fortunate to have been awarded the Seeds of Change funding and thrilled to be rolling out a platform in the year ahead that will enable us to leverage on past data and curate targeted programmes and content for our members.

 

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

The desire to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with my God.

 

4. What is your favourite line from a piece of writing or act? 
“Features which are important when assessing fairness differ in each case. And, sometimes, different minds can reach different conclusions on what fairness requires. Then fairness, like beauty, lies in the eye of the beholder.” - Lord Nicholls, White v White [2001] 1 AC 596

 

5. What is your most memorable journey? 

Road tripping down the endless roads of Iceland with the closest of friends, singing our hearts out to the tunes of a local band, Of Monsters and Men.


6. What does “together” mean to you?

Being able to put aside our differences, focus on the common good and strive forward as a whole.

 

 

CLAIRIE TAY

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Capital Markets Broker, CBRE Group

 

 

1. What inspired you to join YWLC?

I joined YWLC during the last year of my university days. I was in a phase where I wanted to achieve so much but didn't know where and how to begin. I got introduced to YWLC by a friend and immediately came to realise it was an organisation that naturally created an emotionally safe space for equally ambitious, hungry, determined ladies. The rest was history, I never left! It's probably been 3 years now...


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

Building a pipeline of partners to create bespoke leadership development content and creating thought leadership articles! 
 

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

When I was in university, I majored in Economics and Finance, thinking I'll spend the rest of my professional life as a private banker. The world has its way of working out what's the most appropriate for you at a particular point in time.

 

I experienced a very interesting internship doing equity fund-raising for a Commercial Real Estate (CRE) asset in Australia and opened my eyes to the CRE world. I tried my luck in applying for my current firm, the world's largest CRE services and investment firm, and got accepted!

 

The dynamic nature and satisfaction from my job just cements my choice albeit not knowing about this industry initially. I am a very happy Capital Markets Broker now, truly! 
 

4. What is your favourite line from a piece of writing or act? 
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” - The Man in the Arena by Theodore Roosevelt 

 

5. What is your most memorable journey? 

My most memorable journey is now. Because every minute, when I make choices - large or small - I am empowered to dictate my life. That's liberating. 


6. “People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures.” What habit do you intend to work on this year, and how do you think this can shape your future?

To eradicate background noise and focus on my goals; this way I can be more effective in achieving them. 

 

 

Clairie and her team are organising The Art of Decision Making, an exclusive three-part Leadership Development workshop series with management consulting firm Korn Ferry. The series aims to equip you with the skills you need to gain personal awareness, understand how to overcome perceived barriers in life, and exert influence effectively in relationships.

 

The first installment in this series, The Awareness Choice, explores building personal awareness by helping you reflect on your current state of mind. This session will dive into context setting and key principles, and will cover areas such as: self-talk about successes and failures, and identifying contrasting mindsets about development.

 

In view of the DORSCON levels being raised to orange on 7 February, YWLC has implemented new protocols and general precautions for the safety and wellbeing of all our participants. We will be postponing all February and March events, including The Awareness Choice, until further notice. Keep a look out for more information on the event on our Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn pages!