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Posted by: on March 8, 2022

Ten Lessons from My EMBA Experience So Far – A Journey to Self Development

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe More than a year ago, I decided to take a leap of faith and undertake a massive career change while continuing to work on my own journey of self-development. My admission to […]

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Posted by: on March 8, 2022

International Women’s Day 2022: Breaking the Bias is a Matter of Choice

This year, International Women’s Day (IWD) 2022 calls for action to #BreakTheBias in schools, workplaces and communities in a collective effort to create a world devoid of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. Women have come a long way since the observance of the first IWD in the early 1900s, where 15,000 women marched through New York […]

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Posted by: on March 8, 2022

A Rollercoaster Week

During my 10-hour flight home, I decided to jot down these thoughts and reflections after an intensive module week at Oxford. It was an intellectual and emotional rollercoaster ride – left me feeling a bit “There and Back Again”. We are Back The week started with a buzzing lecture hall – a scene that has […]

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Posted by: on February 21, 2022

A family journey, not a lone journey

It has been almost two decades since I bid farewell to my family in Harbin, China for a long trip via Singapore to England in pursuit of my dream of being educated in a world-class university. The early morning breeze of a Manchurian summer in a quiet metropolitan airport in 2003 during the SARS pandemic, […]

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Posted by: on January 6, 2022

Silent Reflection

This photo snapped in a flash of a second, took years in the making. The men and women captured in the stillness of this frame made moves from across the globe. A dizzying array of separate journeys collided at Balliol College of Oxford University, sometime in the early part of that year called 2020. I […]

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Posted by: on October 13, 2021

Resiliency and Kindness!

Almost two years ago, I entered Oxford Saïd Business School to learn business (at least that’s what I thought I was going to do), but leaving this place learning far more than business. I learnt the power of Tribe, the value the diverse perspectives bring to the table and leadership through resiliency in extraordinary times. […]

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Posted by: on June 15, 2021

Oxford, a magical place I once dreamed of

When I was studying in Scotland at the University of St Andrews, I visited a friend who attended Oxford Brookes University. The Oxford in my memory of just a few days was historical and mysterious, like the old towns in the European fairy tales that I read as a child, or the magical world of […]

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Posted by: on January 20, 2021

Embarking on Oxford EMBA Journey during the Pandemic

What an extraordinary year 2020 has been. The global pandemic has affected all of us. Being in the nonprofit space, I am acutely aware that COVID has also disproportionately affected people who are resource-scarce in many parts of the world. For instance, during the Circuit Breaker period in Singapore, children from low-income families were affected […]

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Posted by: on January 6, 2021

Growing babies, growing self

As we enter 2021, I feel the need to reflect on the year that has just passed. I find myself flipping through pictures of my babies and I am amazed by how much they have grown in a short space of time. In January 2020 I was 6 months pregnant with twins, my toddler could […]

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Posted by: on October 28, 2020

Expectations…

January 20, 2020, 5:00 am, I wake up in a simple but nice room in a Marriott, not substantially unlike any other of the many I’ve woken up in around the world, in Oxford city centre. I put on the kettle and take down two cups of instant coffee along with a bottle of water […]

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