CHIJ Alumni Mentorship Programme
Throughout the years, CHIJ has produced women of distinction with many excelling in their chosen fields. With this mentorship programme, we aim to form a community of IJ alumni, creating opportunities to tap onto the vast array of experience and talents. This would serve as a platform for members to expand their professional network.
WHAT IS IT
Phase 1: Focus - Group Mentoring in our “IJ Conversations” series.
For our inaugural IJ CONVERSATION, we have lined up a panel of distinguished speakers who will discuss:
NAVIGATING YOUR CAREER JOURNEY
Regional Head of South East Asia and Singapore Country Head
Deborah is Regional Head of the South East Asian business for BlackRock and Country Head of BlackRock Singapore. BlackRock is one of the world’s leading providers of investment, advisory and risk management solutions. As of end Q3-2020, BlackRock’s assets under management total US$7.81 trillion across fixed income, cash management, alternative investment, real estate and advisory strategies. Singapore is one of the major hubs for Aladdin, which is BlackRock’s operating system for investment professionals that enables every aspect of the investment process.
Deborah is a member of the Asia Pacific Steering Committee and a member of the Asia Pacific Exco. Globally, Deborah represents BlackRock APAC on the Human Capital Committee, which is the most senior leadership group ensuring the implementation of leadership and culture priorities of the firm. Deborah is a recognised champion for gender and cultural diversity both within the firm and in the finance industry. She is a global executive committee member of BlackRock’s global women’s initiative group.
Deborah is passionate about developing leaders in the financial services sector in Asia. She is active in contributing to the development of the financial industry in Singapore. She represents BlackRock on FCAP, MAS’ financial centre advisory panel which consists of the most senior representatives of the top financial institutions in Singapore. She is most recently focused on the development of ESG investing at BlackRock and is a steering committee member of the ESG working group at FCAP. Deborah is also a board member of the Land Transport Authority of Singapore.
Founder and Managing Director
Leading Insights Pte Ltd
Bernadette is an executive coach, leadership trainer and facilitator. With the passion to impact lives through leaders, she stepped out of her corporate job in 2019 to set up her own company. She strongly believes that great leaders better the lives of others. By providing leaders with insights, knowledge and skills, they can inspire people to contribute their unique talents and create breakthroughs for the world through the organizations they work in.
For 26 years and since graduation, Bernadette was in the analytical and life science industry. She started as a sales executive then became a regional sales manager on the year she turned 30. After which, she took on various sales management roles, leading sales teams across multiple Asia Pacific countries and consistently achieving stellar results with each role. In the last 3 years of her corporate career, she got out of her comfort zone and went from sales to procurement. As the Senior Director of Global Procurement, she led a worldwide team for 6 different functions.
As a woman, Bernadette knows the struggles internally and externally to move up the corporate ladder. To support and groom more women leaders, she started a Lean-In Circle and led that for 4 years until she left the company. It created an excellent platform for aspiring women to learn more and share challenges as a women leader. Nothing gives Bernadette more satisfaction than to see women unleash their full potential and shine!
A former managing director of an international advertising agency, Carolyn Kan took a year off the corporate race to travel. She had an epiphany when learning to silversmith in Florence, and Carrie K. Jewellery was created in July 2009. Just a year later, in 2010, Kan won ELLE Awards “Jewellery Designer of the Year”. This helped catapult Carrie K. from a successful Singapore jewellery label into an international export label. Carrie K. is now known for modern, versatile, fine jewellery heirlooms that tell meaningful stories.
Most recently, Carrie K. won a number of accolades including the Singapore Fashion Awards’ “Designer of the Year. Accessories. 2016”, “Bespoke designer of the Year”, “Best collaboration of the Year”, for Carrie K.’s Collaboration with Disney, and “Champion of the Industry” 2017. The brand now has its eye on being synonymous with the reinvention of classic pearl necklace, and aims to put Singapore on the global map for design and innovation in fine jewellery.
In 2011, Carolyn started Keepers, a Singapore designer collective spotlighting Singapore designers, artists and craftsmen. This CSR initiative culminated in the Keepers Singapore Designers Collective pop-up on Orchard Road, from 2014 to 2016, which became the model that the Design Orchard is built on.
Carolyn studied Science at CHIJ secondary. She graduated with a BSC in Psychology from the University of Melbourne. Her career was a series of connected dots in marketing, starting in events management, then Sales & Marketing at the Television Corporation of Singapore. She then joined advertising and was promoted to Managing Director of M&C Saatchi at 29 in 2003, making her the youngest female head of an international advertising agency at the time.
Writer, Editor, Published Author, Former Journalist
Pam is a writer, editor, published author and former journalist. A versatile storyteller, she was with Mediacorp for almost a decade working on its various platforms – print, radio and television.
She was a Deputy Editor with Mediacorp Publishing, a Senior Producer with Channel NewsAsia, and a Senior Producer-Presenter with news radio, 938LIVE (now CNA938), where she co-hosted a daily talk show, The Living Room, for four years. She’s also the former Editor of Singapore’s definitive arts & culture guide, The A List.
As a moderator, she has led panel discussions for the Singapore Writers Festival, National Library Board, National University of Singapore (Centre for the Arts) and for CHIJ Alumni’s career seminar. She has also facilitated public conversations for UN Women Singapore, Times/Penguin, and others.
Pam holds a Masters degree in Applied Psychology (Counselling), a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, and read Psychology and English Language at NUS. She was a teacher and school counsellor before joining the National Youth Council to do youth research & planning.
In 2011, she took a gap year to backpack around the world and co-write a travel memoir, published by Marshall Cavendish International (Asia).
Pam is currently a freelance writer-editor working on book projects (e.g. Singapore Bicentennial, Changi Airport Group, Halogen Foundation, Sport Singapore), as well as a writer-researcher and content curator for the National Heritage Board and National Arts Council. Inevitably, she writes for the digital platform too.
Her life’s mission is to give voice. She is a mother of two pre-university NS boys.
WHEN IS IT
Thursday 22 April 2021
7.30pm -9.00 pm
Panel discussion followed by Q and A session
Feedback from Mentees/Mentors
Thank you to all our mentors and mentees who participated in the inaugural IJ CONVERSATIONs (Phase 1) series. The event was held on 22 April 2021, followed by 3-6 months of 1-on-1 or group coaching sessions by the mentors. All the mentees who participated were greatly blessed by the experience. Below are some of their comments. The CHIJ Alumni is looking to replicate something similar in second half of 2022. Do stay tuned.
Bernadette Ho (Mentor)
“As a certified and practising coach, I sense God’s calling when I was informed about the IJ Mentorship Program. Volunteering as a mentor in the IJ Mentorship Program for 3 mentees has been nothing but fulfilling. Knowing that I am able to impact the lives of fellow IJ alumni gives me great joy. It is amazing how we are ages apart but there is something unexplainable deep inside that makes us alike in a certain way. Maybe it’s the foundational values imbued in us in our formative years, learning and growing up in CHIJ. Each mentee is in a different phase of their life, hence facing very different challenges. Their openness, humility, and eagerness to learn, have enabled them to gain insights and excel in their own ways. It’s amazing to see how they have developed over these 6 months. I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of the journey, of 3 more IJ girls.”
Lau Ying Xin Maxine Cassandra (Mentee)
“This was an incredible opportunity for me to learn more about leadership from Ms Bernadette Ho, who had helped me to really organize my thoughts and goals for the future. She gave me great advice and skills that will follow me for life. For the next batch of mentees, take this opportunity to gain more self-awareness and be enlightened with the wealth of knowledge and camaraderie from the mentors!”
Yvonne To (Mentee)
“A big thank you to the CHIJ Alumni Association for organizing this mentoring program which brought us together. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to learn under Deborah's mentorship and guidance. Her positivity, grit and kindness inspires me to continue to pursue self-improvement and to give back to the IJ community."