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Joyce Kingsly, Founder of Women’s Wing

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One of the most consistent steps towards building influence in an industry is to create value for its members by bringing them together.  In these interviews and others, you can see it happening time and time again.  Great kudos to Joyce for doing the same for her community!

What’s your story?
2,5 years ago, the thought came to me to start a Women’s Wing. LISHA (Little India Shopkeepers & Heritage Association)  supported the idea to form this sub-committee under my leadership. As a Chairperson I decided that I shall do something extra-ordinary that would highly connect the ladies in Singapore. Firstly I designed my networking and awareness programmes outline,   invited a few ladies to come onboard with me on this mission. Formed my Executive committee and kick started the first event on 27th August 2012. Since then I have condcuted 40  events.  I am also a business owner of an import & wholesale company, also the CEO & Founder of an Ettiquette & Image consultancy.

What excites you most about your industry?
My networking sessions are unique in the sense that it offers the ladies business presentation slots,  stalls to show case & sell their products, be inspired by the motivational speeches by successful people,  meet celebrities, lots of networking, lucky draws, games and  sumptuous buffet dinner all under one roof.  I have about 80-120 ladies attend my sessions on a week day. Therefore the thing that excites me most the ability to connect many women, giving them exposure and an opportunity to increase their contacts and room for self improvement and confidence. As an Etiquette & Image Consultant it excites me to groom people into professionalism and mannerism.

What’s your connection to Asia?
We have ladies from neighbouring countries who have heard about my LISHA Women’s Wing and approach us to have advice and information on how to start business in Singapore and various  kinds of assistance. We connect them with the right people and direct them to the right Govt departments.  As we are highly connected, we are often approached by media for the right participants for their talk shows etc. We have also been approached for collaborations on international events like paegents. Bytes of our awareness programmes have been featured overeas TV channels and featured in magazines as well. As for my Etiquette & Image Concultant, profession, I would like to offer courses to my neighbouring countries and working towards this.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
My business involves import & wholesale of frozen goods from USA, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Uruguay  and Argentina. Nevertheless, my etiquette & image consultancy will be ideal for any countries in Asia.  It’s all about corporate etiquette and professionalism in the business world. I believe I can fit anywhere to groom the people around me and to bring about confidence and professionalism in oneself. Hope to venture into as many countries in Asia as possible.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
Anything that is done in a hurry without proper planning and sufficient time, will never be at it’s best !

Who inspires you?
Disciplined, focused people who go the extra mile against all odds to achieve things inspire me. Can I say that I am an inspiration to myself!

Successful Heros, people who started with Zero also inspire me, whom I bring them down to my Business Networking sessions to inspire other ladies with their success stories.

People who take great efforts to maintain themselves, disciplined exercise routines and diet to stay in shape and fitness also inspire me.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
People telling me that I am a very ‘Influential Lady’

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
I would have spent a few years more to pursue my education further and then into marriage.

How do you unwind?
More than the need to ‘unwind’, I have my relaxation techniques to stay balanced in mind & body. The morning ritual of Sun salutation and a short meditating prayer at 3am keeps me well.  Going for a movie with family, to the SPA for therapies or shopping with my daughters who are my best friends relaxes me. I love to meet up with friends and catch up over meals, frankly breakfast in the pre-office hours is the best where mobile phones are still silent.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
One of my favourites has become Goa ! It has 50 beaches and more for Tourists to explore. Great hotel facilities close to beach with friendly Tour guides who are bilingual make my stay pleasant. Each beach has offers a variety of sea sports, countless shacks for lovely seafood meals, massages and the best shelter for a complete relaxation time! With sea food being my favourite and value for money, Goa is a blast in all ways. With school going children at home,  December is most suitable for a family holiday and it’s is also peak season in Goa as Christmas and new year eve are celebrated away! The atmosphere during this season is at it’s best.

Everyone in business should read this book:
With the world generally becoming very casual in communications with the use of abbreviations/short forms and emoticons when communicating, I feel all Business people should read the book on ‘Business Letter Writing’ to ensure professionalism in the corporate world.

Shameless plug for your business:
I believe in my products & services. Proud to shout out:-
My Import & wholesale of  meat business:-
Don’t compromise quality ! Get the FRESHEST & FINEST here !

My Etiquette  & Image Consultancy:-
We empower people of all ages through etiquette, while creating beauty inside & out !

My LISHA Women’s Wing:-
True Leaders Don’t Create Followers, They Create More Leaders!
LWW is where Leaders are Created !

How can people connect with you?
I conduct business networking sessions for women every 1st Thursday of the month and awareness programmes on a variety of topics for both Men & Women once every 2 months.

Have been invited to Co-Chair at Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry – Women’s Indian Network (SICCI-WIN).  I have been a Grassroots leader for the past 4 years in Community Emergency Engagement (C2E), also been invited and sitting in the top most committee Citizen Consultative Committee’ (CCC), in the ‘Meet The People Session’ (MPS) and the ‘Newsletter Team Editorial Board’ in my Thomson-Toa Payoh Constituency.  Serving also in my Church’s Bread & Loaves Ministry and Parent – Volunteer at CHIJ – Toa Payoh Secondary School.

Hence I have many opportunities to connect with people of various walks of life. Life is colourful With my various involvement and I look forward to every new day.

This interview was part of the Callum Connect’s column found on The Asian Entrepreneur:

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Callum Laing has started, built, bought and sold half a dozen businesses in a range of industries across two continents. He is the owner of Fitness-Buffet a company delivering employee wellness solutions in 11 countries and he is also the CEO of Entrevo Asia, a company that runs 40 week Growth Accelerator programs.

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Marek Danyluk, CEO of Space Ventures

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Marek Danyluk has a talent for assessing the competencies of management teams for other businesses and pulling together exceptional teams for his own businesses!

What’s your story?
I am the CEO of a venture capital business, Space Ventures, which invests in seed and pre-series A businesses. I also own and run Space Executive, a recruitment business focused on senior to executive hires across sales, marketing, finance, legal and change.

My career started as a trainee underwriter in the Lloyds market but quickly moved into recruitment where I set-up my first business in 2002. The business grew to around 100 people. I moved to Asia in 2009 as a board member of a multinational recruitment business with the mandate to help them scale their Asian entities, which helped contribute to their sale this year, in 2017.

My main talent is assessing the competencies of management teams as well as building high performing recruitment boutiques and putting together exceptional management teams for my own businesses.

What excites you most about your industry?
Building the business is very much about attracting the best talent and being able to build a culture which people find invigorating and unique. It’s an exciting proposition to be able to define a culture in that regard and salespeople are a fun bunch, so when you get it right it’s tremendous.

From a VC point of view there is just so much happening. South East Asia is a melting pot of innovation so the ideas and quality of people you have exposure to, is truly phenomenal. The exposure in the VC has taken me away from a career in recruitment. Doing something completely different has given me a new level of focus.

What’s your connection to Asia?
Whilst I came here with work, both my boys were born in Singapore and to them this very much is home. That said, my father in law spent many years in the East so coming and settling here was met with a good degree of support and familiarity.


Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Possibly Hong Kong. It’s the closest I’ve been to working in London. Whilst there are massive Asian influences people will work with you on the basis you are good at what you do and work hard. I find that approach very honest and straightforward.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
“Always treat people well on the way up!”

Who inspires you?
I like reading about people who have excelled in business such as Jack Ma, James Kahn, Phil Knight, Sir Richard Branson, Elon Musk, all have great stories to tell and they are all inspirational. No-one has inspired me more than my parents and they are well aware as to why…

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
Pretty much any technology innovation blows me away.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
Whilst it is important not to have regrets I do continually wake up thinking I’m still doing my A’ Levels. So, I’d have probably tried a little harder in 6th form.

How do you unwind?
I like the odd glass of red wine and watching sport

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Japan skiing. I love skiing and Japanese food and it’s a time when I can really enjoy time with the wife and kids. I recently tried the Margaret River which was divine, although not technically Asia.

Everyone in business should read this book:
Barbarians at the Gate

Shameless plug for your business:
Space Executive is the fastest growing recruitment business in Singapore focused on the mid to senior market across legal, compliance, finance, sales and marketing and change and transformation. Multi-award winning with exceptional growth plans into Hong Kong and London this year, and the US, Japan and Europe by the end of 2022. We are building a truly global brand.

Space Ventures is interested in any businesses that require capital or management and financial guidance or any or all of the above. We have, to date, invested in on-line training, food and beverages, peer to peer lending platforms, credit scoring as well as other tech and fintech start-ups. We are always interested in hearing about potential deals.

How can people connect with you?
[email protected]

Twitter handle?
@Spaceexecutive

This interview is part of the ‘Callum Connect’ series of more than 500 interviews

Callum Laing is an entrepreneur and investor based in Singapore. He has previously started, built and sold half a dozen businesses and is now a Partner at Unity-Group Private Equity and Co-Founder of The Marketing Group PLC. He is the author two best selling books ‘Progressive Partnerships’ and ‘Agglomerate’.

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Malcolm Tan, Founder of Gravitas Holdings

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Malcolm Tan is an ICO/ITO and Cryptocurrency advisor. He sees this new era as similar to when the internet launched.

What’s your story?
I’m a lawyer entrepreneur who owns multiple businesses, and who is now stepping into the Initial Coin Offering/Initial Token Offering/Cryptocurrency space to be a thought leader, writer (How to ICO/ITO in Singapore – A Regulatory and Compliance Viewpoint on Initial Coin Offering and Initial Token Offering in Singapore), and advisor through Gravitas Holdings – an ICO Advisory company. We are also running our own ICO campaign called AEXON, and advising 2 other ICO’s on their projects.

What excites you most about your industry?
It is the start of a whole new paradigm, and it is like being at the start of the internet era all over again. We have a chance to influence and shape the industry over the next decade and beyond and lead the paradigm shift.

What’s your connection to Asia?
I’m Singaporean and most of my business revolves around the ASEAN region. Our new ICO advisory company specialises in Singaporean ICO’s and we are now building partnerships around the region as well. One of the core business offerings of our AEXON ICO/ITO is to open up co-working spaces around the region, with a target to open 25 outlets, and perhaps more thereafter.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Singapore, since it is my hometown and most of my business contacts originate from or are located in Singapore. It is also a very open and easy place to do business.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
Be careful of your clients – sometimes they can be your worst enemies. This is very true and you have to always be careful about whom you deal with. The closest people are the ones that you trust and sometimes they have other agendas or simply don’t tell you the truth or whole story and that can easily put one in a very disadvantageous position.

Who inspires you?
Leonardo Da Vinci as a polymath and genius and leader in many fields, and in today’s world, Elon Musk for being a polymath and risk taker and energetic business leader.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
Early stage bitcoin investors would have made 1,000,000 times profit if they had held onto their bitcoins from the start to today – in the short space of 7 years.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
Seek out good partnerships and networks from day one, and use the power of the group to grow and do things together, instead of being bogged down by operations and going it alone from start.

How do you unwind?
I hardly have any time for relaxation right now. I used to have very intense hobbies, chess when I was younger, bridge, bowling, some online real time strategy games and poker. All mentally stimulating games and requiring focus – I did all these at competitive levels and participated in national and international tournaments, winning multiple trophies, medals and awards in most of these fields.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Phuket – nature, resort life, beaches, good food and a vibrant crowd.

Everyone in business should read this book:
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Richard Kiyosaki

Shameless plug for your business:
Gravitas Holdings (Pte) Limited is the premier ICO Advisory company and we can do a full service for entrepreneurs, including legal and compliance, smart contracts and token creation, marketing and PR, and business advisory and white paper writing/planning.

How can people connect with you?
Write emails to [email protected], or [email protected]

Twitter handle?
@malcolmABM

This interview is part of the ‘Callum Connect’ series of more than 500 interviews

Callum Laing is an entrepreneur and investor based in Singapore. He has previously started, built and sold half a dozen businesses and is now a Partner at Unity-Group Private Equity and Co-Founder of The Marketing Group PLC. He is the author two best selling books ‘Progressive Partnerships’ and ‘Agglomerate’.

Connect with Callum here:
twitter.com/laingcallum
linkedin.com/in/callumlaing
Download free copies of his books here: www.callumlaing.com

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