This final episode of the first season is about me. I was asked by Anushia Kandasamy to talk about my own journey of how I got to be where I am today. I didn’t start out with entrepreneurial ideas after I graduated from university. I just wanted to climb the corporate ladder and become really good at communications.
If you missed our podcast launch party on FB Live yesterday, here’s the full replay. It’s all of 1 hour 49 minutes – the longest FB Live I’ve ever done and the biggest one for me yet as I had 10 women join me live! My Malaysian, Indonesian and Filipino guests were amazing even though it was the first time they all met on one single platform!
Today, I am speaking with Malaysian entrepreneur Anja Juliah Abu Bakar who is the founder of Athena Holdings Sdn Bhd (formerly Blubear Holdings Sdn Bhd), a social enterprise that sells washable cloth pads and other earth-friendly products. Her journey as an entrepreneur has many twists and turns, some hilarious and others quite heartbreaking.
Today’s episode is all about Rina Neoh who is the co-founder and managing partner of Ficus Venture Capital. This Malaysian entrepreneur started out as a computer scientist who was smart enough to be at the right place at the right time and was able to turn opportunities into businesses not just in Malaysia but also in Singapore and The Philippines.
This episode, I spoke to Ooi Lay Pheng who is the CEO of Berjayapak Sdn Bhd in Penang, Malaysia and she is in a business that many women would not choose to be in! The wood packaging business that she runs manufactures wood packaging such as pallets, crates and boxes and it is also a hot, tough and dusty business. Her passion is in cooking and baking so how did she end up in this manufacturing business?
This week, I spoke to Dr Vimaleswari Ramasamy who is the CEO and founder of STRAVIK, a business consulting firm based in Penang, Malaysia. But Vimi, as she is fondly known, wasn’t always an entrepreneur. She started off as an engineer in a multinational corporation environment, working her way up the career ladder for more than 20 years. What made her quit the corporate world for the world of entrepreneurship?
This week, I talk to Ann Wong of the Penan Women Project. She had lived for 10 years in in the US before deciding to come home to Sarawak. She met Shida Mojet one day and became highly interested in what Shida was trying to do for the Penan tribe of Sarawak through woven crafts. But the Penan Women Project isn’t just about selling handmade bags and baskets; it is about impacting and uplifting an entire community of Penan people.
In this week’s episode, I spoke to Marlienna Suwito who is the CEO of Heavenly Nest based in Jakarta, Indonesia. This gorgeous mother of two is in the business of rearing swiftlets for their nests in 2006. Marlienna, as you will hear in this episode, has a heart for her community. This is why she volunteers at Focus on the Family Indonesia, an international foundation established to empower families across the archipelago and Woman and Youth Detention Centre, Tangerang.
In this episode, I spoke to Anushia Kandasamy, the CEO of Samanea Asia Consulting in Malaysia. Anushia is an independent adviser focusing on socio-economic development, change management and transformational leadership since 2016. This interview was delightful as we spoke about life as she experienced it and Anushia is such an optimistic person. She counts herself lucky at every turn even though some things didn’t initially work in her favour.
In this episode, I spoke to Norhani Pacasum who is the CEO of Ziya Inc., a fashion retail business in The Philippines. Norhani started her business when she walked into a mall and asked if the mall had space that she could lease and that was how Ziya, her fashion business began in 2004. Hear how Norhani and her business were in a dark place when the coronavirus lockdown started in Manila and what changes she made to her business to continue staying afloat.