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Jennifer reflects on her journey in the Singapore Global Network and shares 3 insights gained from her numerous community interactions.

By Jennifer Tang | 5 July 2021

Singapore Global Network – part of the US Team

Since SCOOP the SGN U.S. newsletter was launched in early 2020, Jennifer has been the unsung hero working tirelessly behind the scenes to bring community stories to life. She reflects on her journey and shares 3 insights gained from her numerous community interactions.

I relocated to the U.S. in 2017 for family reasons, but Singapore is always my home. After spending 13 years there, I feel my heart belongs to the Little Red Dot, and one day, I will be back to work and live there again.

That was one of the reasons I eventually joined SGN for a full-time consulting role in late 2019. A newly minted organisation at that time, SGN continues to build a global community of Singaporeans and friends. I have grown and learned more than I ever thought possible. Above all, the daily interactions with people truly inspire me. Here are my three learnings:

1

Be passionate and more importantly, tenacious!

I recently had the opportunity to meet Master Chef Martin Yan. A legendary TV icon and host of over 3,000 cooking shows around the world, Chef Yan is 72 but he’s still incredibly energetic and his mind is sharp as a tack!

SGN’s Regional VP David Ho (left) and I meeting Master Chef Martin Yan (right): If Yan Can Cook, so can you!

What really struck me is his action-oriented community involvement. From organising virtual cooking classes in the Bay Area to nurturing young chefs around the world, Chef Yan also devotes himself to fundraising for the Asian community. We are working on an exciting programme with him in September, so stay tuned!

And then there’s Thomas Lim, who heads Sun Entertainment Culture Los Angeles. Working on a shoestring budget, he decided to shoot “Sea of Mirrors” entirely on an iPhone! He has a saying, “It’s those who are tenacious and keep trying that make progress,” which made a profound impact on me. It’s so important to turn words into action and stay the course, especially when the going gets tough.

What really struck me is his action-oriented community involvement. From organising virtual cooking classes in the Bay Area to nurturing young chefs around the world, Chef Yan also devotes himself to fundraising for the Asian community. We are working on an exciting programme with him in September, so stay tuned!

And then there’s Thomas Lim, who heads Sun Entertainment Culture Los Angeles. Working on a shoestring budget, he decided to shoot “Sea of Mirrors” entirely on an iPhone! He has a saying, “It’s those who are tenacious and keep trying that make progress,” which made a profound impact on me. It’s so important to turn words into action and stay the course, especially when the going gets tough.

3

Be resilient and have a growth mindset

Through my work, I discovered many amazing people who are resilient, strong, and generous in sharing their lessons.

Roger Lee has been credited on multiple Oscar-winning Disney animated films. However, his strength of character and risk-taking resonated with me during our conversations. He overcame numerous setbacks in pursuing his dream to work overseas and persevered to secure his dream job at Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2012. 

JuE Wong is a highly accomplished 4-time CEO in the global beauty industry, but I was most inspired by how she reacted to the incident of losing her husband to a heart attack. Instead of dwelling in prolonged grief, she focused on how to best carry on her loved one’s legacy. This loss spurred her to be her best self, both personally and professionally.

There are many inspiring SGN members in the U.S., a few to highlight here:

 

So what about you – who or what inspires you? Drop us an email here to share your suggestion or story!

About Jennifer

Based in the Bay Area, Jennifer works as a full-time Marketing & Communications Consultant with the Singapore Global Network. She has extensive experience in Asia Pacific, the U.S., and Europe with Levi Strauss & Co. and Proctor & Gamble, as well as Singapore government agencies, consumer tech brands, and non-profits. Jennifer is passionate about influencer marketing, corporate communications, creative multimedia storytelling and brand building. 

Connect with Jennifer here.

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