Thursday, 29 December 2011

13 January 2012 - "Get To The Point" Workshop

Friday, 13 January 2012 (6pm - 9pm)
at NTU One North Campus, Singapore

Giving presentations is part and parcel of life. Whether you are an executive, a manager or an entrepreneur, you are required to deliver presentations both internally, to your staff and teammates, and externally, to your clients and public at large. Not only are you required to inform, you are expected to persuade and inspire. With so much riding on your presentation ability, you will not want to miss this opportunity to learn the time-tested techniques and strategies to prepare and conduct your presentation professionally and powerfully.

Based on Eric Feng's bestselling book Get To The Point®, the full version of this signature program has been wildly popular among corporations across Asia, especially in the healthcare, banking, financial services and government sectors. Till date (Dec 2010), Eric has trained more than 2500 executives and managers in this program. He has also been interviewed on national TV (Prime Time Morning, Good Morning Singapore), radio (938 LIVE & BFM 89.9) and print (The Business Times, Today's Manager, HRM and Human Capital) with regards to the content.

More details on the speaker:

To register: email us at by Monday, 9 January 2012.

Friday, 11 November 2011

10 December 2011 - An Entrepreneur's Story "From Networking to Business Alliances" Workshop

Saturday, 10 December 2011 (1.30 pm - 3 pm)
NANYANG BUSINESS SCHOOL, NTU Campus, 50 Nanyang Drive, Singapore

What does it take to become a successful business owner? How does one build business alliances from networking? 
We have invited the owner of Forbes and Tatler Indonesia, Millie Stephanie, to share her experiences with us. Take this chance to learn from others' experiences and be critiqued by the expert.

12.45 pm - Lunch
  1.30 pm - Workshop

WIB Members : FOC
Non-members: $5 per pax
Lunch is provided.

To register: email us at by 7 December 2011.

About the speaker:
Millie Stephanie
Born in 1967, Millie Stephanie graduated from Menlo College in Atherton and obtained her degree of science in 1989. Then she earned her MBA at the Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Since 1990, Millie Stephanie has been the publisher of Indonesia Tatler, a license magazine of Edipresse, and a magazine that every socialite wants to be in. In 2010, she received licence to publish Forbes, an international known business magazine, in Indonesia. Besides Indonesia Tatler and Forbes Magazine, she also runs 30 other titles. Moreover, Millie Stephanie was named a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year contest for Indonesia in 2005, and is an active member of the Indonesian chapter of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Elevenses with Sharon Sng (Interview)

ElevensesSharon Sng, Senior Vice President, Capitaland
Sharon spent 15 years in investment banking with Citibank, Lehman Brothers & BNP Paribas before joining CapitaLand in 2010 as Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance.  She is responsible for the group's access to public capital markets, M&A and strategic corporate initiatives/actions.
Married with a 2-year old son, she is an avid traveler, sports enthusiast (skiing, yoga, tennis, thinks toddler supervision should count too) and weekend cook/wine novice.

1. Describe your management style 

I strongly believe in a concise approach with minimal fuss, and maximum attention to the end goal. Regardless of whether it is a task oriented situation, or running a commercial team, the philosophy should remain the same. Always set the appropriate context for the team, provide people with the appreciation of the end goal and build commitment and buy-in from the team first. Thereafter it will be easier to formulate a strategy to execute, either together as a team, or if the team is more independent/experienced, they could propose an execution plan for discussion. 

2. What are your core values as a female leader? 

Core values should not differ based on gender. While women have the ability to be more sensitive, better at handling / striking a balance with difficult personalities, the basic values a professional brings to the job is definitely gender-neutral. 

3. Describe your ideal deputy 

A deputy should not be a clone of the leader. I would value someone who brings highly complementary skill sets with the right temperament to work with me, which means a good sense of humor and love for food are the pre-requisites! 

4. MBA or real life experience? 

Since I don’t have an MBA, I have no bias either way. This would very much depend on the individual and the opportunities or choices along the way. There is no right answer to this. I think going with the flow is best and trust your intuition, that is, if work is going well, no need to pursue an MBA unless a specific school or program is calling out to you urgently, you desperately want to tick the box, be it for an additional qualification, for the overseas experience, or for a career switch. 

5. Which business book have you found most worthy to read? 

Business books make up ~10% of the books I read within a year, and typically they are shaped by the industry I'm in or about to enter. In my early investment banking career I really enjoyed Lisa Endlich's the Culture of Success, which provided an excellent background to the Lehman Brothers & Goldman Sachs early partnership and Wall Street ethos. More recently, I read the First 90 Days and Sunday Emails from a CEO, because making a career switch to a corporate at a senior level meant a different type of transition, and the latter was written by the CEO - I needed to understand my new organization & CEO. Choose what you read wisely (be it fiction or non-fiction), and ask for recommendations from friends or seniors. 

6. Have you ever cried at work? 

No, never. Work is not personal, purely professional and thus, does not warrant tears. 

7. Which characteristic do you think is your Achilles’ heel at work? 

Demand for perfection & high standards. This may be perceived as being a taskmaster or being impatient on occasion, but it is a strong work ethic which is hard to shake. I try to soften it will a gentle touch these days :) 

8. What is the worst part of your job? 

Admin, admin, admin 

9. And the best part? 

Interacting with board members, senior management to influence strategic decisions 

10. What advice would you give your 25-year old self? 

Don’t be afraid to take risks, or the road less travelled 

11. How would you like to be remembered?

Strong, admirable professional lady who balances family and personal goals; Full of energy and life, personable and charming, a pleasure to interact with as a friend, colleague and professional.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

WIB Inauguration

By Clarie Kwa (Nanyang MBA intake 2011)

On the 28th of September, the Nanyang (MBA) Women in Business club held its inauguration at the school's One-North campus. The inauguration's theme centered around "Carpe Diem", translated as to seize the day. 

This theme was chosen for its relevance to us at this stage of our lives. MBA is nothing short of demanding. Other than studying and playing hard, many of us are learning to balance work and family with studies, projects, club activities and even competitions. Quoting Steve Jobs,  “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something." Consciously or unconsciously, we all know we want to change something and thus are in this MBA program.  The challenge is, as modern women, we hold multiple roles and are almost obliged to meet expectations as dictated by the society. This inspires a critical question - how do we stay true to ourselves? How do we seize the day? 

Being the pioneer batch, we were extremely privileged to have the support of not just the school, but also our networks. Dr Siri Chutikamoltham, Senior Teaching Fellow and Director for Banking and Finance from Nanyang Business School gave us the honour of making the welcome speech. Our two keynote speakers were Ms Cheong Pik May, Group Director for Integrated Healthcare Information Systems and Mr Soon Loo, CEO and President for Elevation Group and Director for IPIT.

The audience was presented with a question – If you have just 100 days to live, what would you do?

We were privy to our speakers’ sharing and wisdom that stretched our minds. A participant commented that she would like to be with her loved ones. This was countered with a proposition that perhaps our loved ones would want us to be doing something great for ourselves instead.  Dr Siri suggested that she would want to be at peace with herself and thus she would want to seek closure and tie up loose ends. Soon wanted to leave a legacy to impact as many people as possible while Pik May preferred to make a difference to her circle of influence.  The audience was given the chance to interact with one another to share. Someone even wanted to make use of the 100 days to grow her money so that her parents’ future would be secure. While amusing, the question got everyone reflecting on their values in life.

Soon shared a video of Susan Boyle’s first audition. Susan Boyle was a contestant in the reality TV programme “Britain’s Got Talent”. All odds were against her at first glance, given her age and looks but she proceeded to silence her critics with her rendition of “I dreamed a dream”. Soon drove home the message of the importance to stay true to self, have the courage to dream big and live it.

The speakers also made it clear that a support system would be vital. As Dr Siri put it very aptly, the WIB club is a forum for sharing and support. Girlfriends can always be relied on. Pik May recommended having a good team throughout one’s career. She continued to propose the importance of family and marriage. In fact, marriage can be a source of stability for one working in a competitive environment.  She made a clear distinction between equal balancing and juggling of roles and responsibilities. Many mistook a work-life balance as an equilibrium in which both aspects are in equal proportions. However, it is really a juggling act where neither aspect should be allowed to fall through.

It was a very fruitful evening for everyone. The event ended with a toast in the splendour of “Yum Seng” (a Chinese tradition of toasting). New friendships were formed. Contacts were exchanged. Most importantly, everyone went home, with something close to their heart to muse.