#daretodream: A Singapore student takes charge of her baking dreams

This young student is already running her own online baking business, while giving back to charitable causes like The Food Bank Singapore and other do-good initiatives ‒ meet Ng Li Tying, one of our #daretodream nominees for the Young Woman Achiever Forum

Young Woman Achiever Forum #daretodream

Your dreams can be within your reach, no matter your age.

This is why Her World and herworldPLUS have reached out to you, our dear readers, to nominate inspiring young women you know, for our #daretodream campaign.

Held in conjunction with the upcoming Young Woman Achiever Forum 2014 on March 8, we’re celebrating the work of young Singapore women who have strived to chase their dreams, with very real success stories to share.

For these young talents, every little step counts, so we’re toasting these budding entrepreneurs and more resourceful women whose young age belies their ambitions and talents.

Aspiring baker Ng Li Tying, 22, is our featured nominee this week. 

#daretodream: A Singapore student takes charge of her baking dreams
Student Ng Li Tying runs a year-old e-bakery business, The Spatula and the Pen. PHOTO: NG LI TYING

This enterprising Singapore Management University (SMU) student is already running her own online bakery, The Spatula and the Pen since January 2013 and has catered baked goods for the likes of Microsoft, as well as cafe restaurants Maison Ikkoku and Wimbly Lu.

This baker’s top crowd-pleasers are her homemade cupcakes, which she often expertly Instagrams with pretty table settings.

#daretodream: A Singapore student takes charge of her baking dreams
Ng Li Tying's cupcake creations for The Spatula and the Pen. PHOTOS: NG LI TYING

She takes care to give back to good causes too: Li Tying has been supporting non-profit organisations such as The Food Bank Singapore, which collects food supplies and re-distributes these to soup kitchens and low-income families.

In June 2013 for instance, Li Tying sponsored her homemade baked treats for a food collection event co-organised with The Food Bank Singapore and 7 Kickstart Brewiches. She also works closely with SMU Lien Centre for Social Innovation, to help research and brainstorm strategies in aid of social enterprises and charitable causes.

#daretodream: A Singapore student takes charge of her baking dreams

Li Tying also blogs about her cupcake creations and other homemade baked treats on her The Spatula and the Pen website. PHOTO: NG LI TYING

“Li Tying inspires us all to have the guts and determination to turn our dreams into reality,” says Genevieve Jiang, editor of Her World magazine.

Niki Bruce, editor of herworldPLUS, agrees: “Li Tying epitomises the #daretodream campaign; not only did she dare to start her own business, but she's done it in such a way as to still be socially responsible — and she's so young! It just goes to show that if you put your mind to it, you really can do anything you want to.”

We’ll share more inspiring stories of the young Dare to Dream nominees, in the lead-up to the Young Woman Achiever Forum on March 8.

Be sure to join the inspiring panel discussions at the Young Woman Achiever Forum for tips on how you too, can come closer to achieving your dreams. Digital strategist Pat Law, Celeste Chong of The Butter Factory and more young Singapore entrepreneurs will speak about their road to success and the struggles they had to overcome along the way.

The Young Woman Achiever Forum 2014 will be held on March 8, 2014 at the Singapore Management University, Mochtar Riady Auditorium. Tickets are available at $10 per participant. Register for the forum here.

Read on for more about our second #daretodream nominee: Nurul Khaalisah Binte Suhaimi, an ambitious and multi-talented paralegal.