Over the last 28 years, Her World has celebrated some of the most exceptional and high-achieving women in Singapore. Every year, one woman in Singapore will be awarded as Her World Woman of the Year and another outstanding young woman under the age of 35 will be accorded the Young Woman Achiever Award.

All of them are trailblazers in the truest, most triumphant sense of the word; who having made breakthroughs in their industries, left positive and long-lasting impact both locally and overseas with their stellar accomplishments. 

We cast a spotlight on three of our past winners and check in with them about what’s new in their lives, as well as their five-year plans.

 

1. Ng Ling Ling, Her World’s Woman of the Year 2018 and former managing director of Community Chest

 

 

 

1.Tell us what’s new in your life at the moment?

The past one year could not have been busier. Given my professional posting to the transformation office of the Ministry of Health, I took on a new phase of public service with a steep learning curve to work with multi-disciplinary teams comprising doctors, nurses, technologists, designers and researchers to effect new models of care for better chronic disease management in the primary care setting. 

Being the part of healthcare that is closest to the community, primary care which comprises public polyclinics and private GPs, becomes an extension for my understanding on how to improve the physical, social and mental well-being of our people, after spending 16 years in social service. Besides the new job posting, I have continued volunteering in various social and community platforms.

 

2. Are there any special projects that you are working on right now?

Serving the community has been my motivation to join public service about 17 years ago and I intend to continue this commitment and journey. 

Besides primary care transformation projects in my professional role, I am currently volunteering in local community to help with seniors’ care, which involves keeping those who are ambulant and mobile active and engaged, partnering healthcare providers for regular health-screening and health awareness education, as well as developing a more dementia-friendly neighbourhood. 

In commemoration of the SG Bicentennial, I have also been helping in the volunteer engagement for the SG Bicentennial Experience as well as co-chairing a special SG Bicentennial Charity Dinner under Community Chest to celebrate the spirit of community giving and showcase how it has been integral to the success of Singapore since our early days.    

 

3. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

Very much still in my passion for community service. Besides causes close to my heart, such as the special needs community (persons with disabilities) and supporting seniors to age well, I also hope to contribute more to mentoring young people to get involved in community engagement and service.

 

4. What are some of the challenges that you are currently facing and how do you think you can overcome them?

Having a son in PSLE with an intense diary including professional and community commitments. 

At times, I do feel being pulled in a hundred directions.

But as family members and friends who have seen me serve over the years, they joke that it is nothing new and I have always managed to find a way to sustain with a smile. 

I think an innate cheerfulness and joy in doing what I find meaningful, despite the demands, is my way of taking all in a good stride.  

 

5. What is your special mantra?

My mantra has more or less remained over the years.

Seek out and put your heart, head and hands to what that have eternal lasting values, and everything else will fall into place. 

 

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2. Theresa Goh, Her World Young Woman Achiever 2005 and Singapore para-swimmer

 

Photo: The Straits Times

 

1.Tell us what’s new in your life at the moment?

I’m still training full time, currently gearing up for world champs in London in a month’s time. Planning for the future with regards to my career and making sure I can pay off my housing loan. #adulting

 

 

2. Are there any special projects that you are working on right now?

 I’m writing a book! Or at least trying very hard to. That’s the next major project but I’m looking at some smaller projects too.

 

3. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
 

Still challenging myself in whatever capacity I can. Hopefully feeling somewhat fulfilled in whatever I’m doing.

 

4. What are some of the challenges that you are currently facing and how do you think you can overcome them?
 

I think I’m at a stage where I’m definitely closer to seeing the end of my competitive career. So the challenge is going to be the act of finally walking away from something that’s been, and is going to continue to be such a huge part of my life. Moving on is hard but necessary. I just remind myself that the future can be fun and the unknown isn’t always a bad thing!

 

5. What is your special mantra?

 

 

It’s been something that I have been reminding myself for a while now.

To be kind, to be brave and to be myself.

It’s those three things that I’ve found really help me keep focus on what’s important to me.

 

ALSO READ: A LOOK INSIDE THE HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR 2018 AWARDS

 

 

 

 

3. Elim Chew, Young Woman Achiever winner 2002, entrepreneur

 

Photo: The Straits Times

 

1.Tell us what’s new in your life at the moment?
 

After retiring from retail in 2016, my siblings and I ventured into the F&B industry. Currently we own four Korean BBQ Buffet restaurants (I’m Kim at SOTA, *SCAPE and AMK Hub, and Captain Kim (Halal) in Tampines Junction) with two GoroGoro Steamboat outlets opening at The Centrepoint and Tampines 1 in October this year.

I have also started my YouTube channel – elimchewtv featuring changemakers from all walks of life who are making a positive impact in society.

 

2. Are there any special projects that you are working on right now?

 

I’m currently speaking all over Asia, such as China, Brunei, Taiwan and Cambodia on entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship in hope to raise the next generation of changemakers. I have spent my past 30 years in business, and hope that in my next 30 years, I can build up 1 million changemakers to impact 1 billion lives.

3. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
 

Owning a food empire of 15-20 restaurants locally and overseas, and speaking at more places in Asia and beyond, spreading the social entrepreneurship movement.

4. What are some of the challenges that you are currently facing and how do you think you can overcome them?
 

I think the key challenges that most businesses face, regardless in retail or F&B, is the rising operating costs, such as rental and manpower which are not within our control. What we can control is to ensure we consistently offer good quality food at affordable prices along with good customer service and comfortable ambience which I believe is the key to our thriving businesses.

 

5. What is your special mantra?

Do well to do good.

We need to ensure our businesses are profitable before we can help even more people.

 

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