The champagne may have stopped flowing and the last slice of our 55th birthday cake been gobbled up, but the impact and continued inspiration from our Woman of the Year award winners is transcendental. They share with us words of wisdom from their past, present and future selves on what it takes to be a successful woman in today’s society.

Mdm Zuraidah Abdullah, Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police, Woman of the Year 2015

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What has been your most difficult obstacle to overcome?

Frankly, I can’t think of any. Maybe because I like challenges and see them as opportunities. When I come across any obstacle, I would find ways to resolve it. The more difficult it is, the more interesting it is to me.

One piece of advice you would give to your 21 year old self?

Continue to live your life the way you have done i.e. Do not hesitate to try new things, always give your best in everything you do and never give up when you hit any obstacle.

Mentorship is important; who do you consider to be yours?

My aunt, my teachers and my bosses.

And your best habit?

Self-discipline

Now for the final word, what would the title of your autobiography be?

Perhaps “… From an ordinary background to an extraordinary career/life”


Ms. Priscilla Shunmugam, Founder and designer of fashion label Ong Shunmugam, Young Woman Achiever winner 2015

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What has been your most difficult obstacle to overcome?

Letting go of certainty.

One piece of advice you would give to your 21 year old self?

The 20s are the decade for making mistakes.

Mentorship is important; who do you consider to be yours?

I’ve never had the luxury of one.

And your best habit?

Attention to detail.

Now for the final word, what would the title of your autobiography be?

“Priscilla Shunmugam’s Acute Observations & Other Short Stories”.

Want to read more in-depth insights and interviews with our winners? Read about the extraordinary life and times of our SAC Zuraidah Abdullah here and Priscilla’s journey from law books to realising her vision of fashion design in Ong Shunmugam here.