No one is perfect, everyone makes mistakes. Heart to heart experiences were brought up on stage with a panel of three incredible women – Saleenah Ismail, Penny Burt and our dear Co-Founder of Angels of Impact, Liana Green, during one of the sessions during the first Women@facebook for South East Asia.
One of the questions raised by the host of this session – What is one of the biggest mistake you have made as an entrepreneur?
Everything happened for a purpose, and people come into your life either as a lesson or a blessing. These ladies transformed difficult circumstances into positive motivation, and we were privileged to be able to learn from their experiences. Never be ashamed of past mistakes and strive to be better by learning from those mistakes.
Many other issues were raised by the ladies during the panel, sharing of some of the challenges faced by them in the work place before. For example, when a woman raises an idea, it doesn’t create as much resonance with the team as compared to when a man raises up the same idea. A Whitehouse post recently shared how women used, "amplification" to reinforce and reiterate fellow women's voices around a male dominated meeting.
What's important to keep in mind, is that do not be restricted by the labels that the society has placed on women. If you know you are doing it right, you go girl!
Be strong, be courageous, and women stick together to create an inclusive community to help one another with all these seemingly difficult hurdles to overcome.
Many times women face challenges at work place due to conscious or unconscious biasness. All these sharing reminded us how important it is to empower women in every aspect of life, not just in the work place, and this is what Angels of Impact aims to bring to greater consciousness if #genderequality.
We are truly grateful for this opportunity to take part in Women@Facebook, to witness these women’s faith and dedication in the empowerment of women. Ladies, now go forth and kick ass!
Congratulations to NUS Asian Center for Social Enterprise and Philanthropy (ACSEP) for putting together an amazing 2016 crossingthechasmchallenge.com
Participants who came shared that they had learnt much from the students, what stood out was the disposition of humility and empathy that the students embodied as they went down to the construction sites to listen and learn from migrant workers on how best to connect them to valuable english classes that SDI Academy brings to migrant workers to improve english proficiency. I spoke with Manas, the Co-founder of SDI Academy and asked him what was the greatest insight that he had learnt from his experience and he shared, "That each of us have our own personal biases and presumptions, the fact that the students persisted in calling up the dormitories to introduce SDI Academy english classes through new channels as such, made him re-think how things can be done differently!"
A hearty congratulations to SDI Academy and the student team!
A wonderful hooray also to the runner up Kakoa Chocolate, who will be rebranding to KraKakoa, walking away with the runner up as well as people’s choice award.
Kakoa is a local chocolate producer that aspires to improve the livelihoods of Indonesian cocoa farmers. By buying directly from farmers, the high price premiums that Kakoa provides go directly to them. Beyond this, Kakoa also supports their farmers through training programs to improve their education.
Angels of Impact is proud to be a partner alongside an amazing group of dedicated mentors, judges and sponsors who gave of their time and energy to ensuring collaborative learning, success and value to students as well as the social enterprises.
We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to showcase our curated social enterprises' high quality Torajamelo artisanal gifts, wonderfully delicious Javara coconut chips and jam! They two companies were also participants in CCC2016. Also showcasing the 2016 winner of the DBS-NUS Social venture creation challenge, Siam Organics. Watch this space for our Christmas specials coming up!
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Torajamelo Founder Dinny Jusuf with Nadia, a student participant in CCC and Anay, their mentor from P&G.
As Prof Albert Teo puts aptly in his presentation, "Go beyond the transactional, aim for the transformation - Dacanay, 2015" I believe this was an immensely transformative experience for the students, mentors, founders of the social enterprises, as well as for many of us who watch with immense pride how our young minds can give of themselves, their precious time, ideas and energy to make the world a better place :)
There are many pioneering social enterprises in the region that are now too large for seed-funding yet too small for accelerator grants or impact investors. The Crossing the Chasm Challenge 2016 aims to fulfil a critical need for these enterprises, where students team up and work alongside partner social enterprises to co-create a marketing strategy and pitch. This year’s challenge theme is based on UN Sustainable Development Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere. The five selected teams present their marketing pitch on generating awareness for their social enterprises and promoting their solution to judges from Tanoto Foundation, MarkPlus, Inc., APCO Worldwide, GE Healthcare and Twitter Singapore. The students are guided by senior executives (industry mentors) from Akamai, APCO Worldwide, AutoWealth, Catalyst Health Asia, Credit Suisse, Ernst & Young, MarkPlus, Inc., MasterCard and P&G.