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Speaker: Annie Joseph
Speaker Annie Joseph
The devastating death of my brother in my early teenage years triggered the start of a series of pivot points that would take me from a protected teenager to a bold, fearless leader.  Hungry and ready to take on new challenges, Pivot Points is the story of my leadership journey …

The devastating death of my brother in my early teenage years triggered the start of a series of pivot points that would take me from a protected teenager to a bold, fearless leader.  Hungry and ready to take on new challenges, Pivot Points is the story of my leadership journey and skill sets I’ve learnt that shaped me professionally and personally. The twists and turns along the journey allowed me to indulge and explore my personal frontier in a transformative way Unknown to me at that particular point, the turns I took at each of the pivot brought a deep new discovery, learning and skill set, enriched with new relationships.  As an ambitious career woman with a son, the early struggles of coping with motherhood evolved into the most profound joy when I uncovered a deep reconnection and spent real time with people I loved the most. I believe things happen for a reason and we all have pivot points in our life.  My story is to inspire and encourage professionals to recognize the pivot points in their own life and embrace it as a sign to uncover something new; I believe there is a hidden vault in us, waiting to be discovered. 


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Annie is a commercial leader with more than 22 years of experience in the healthcare industry (pharmaceutical and medical device) in Asia Pacific and International markets. 


An active member of the pharmaceutical and leadership community, Annie was a panel speaker at the 5th Annual OTC Conference (2015) and speaker at the Essec Roundtable ‘Journeys of 4 Inspiring Business Women’.  Winner of the Women Leadership Excellence Award from CMO Asia in 2015, Annie was featured in the Business Times (Learning Business through Asian Lens, November 2015).


Annie has been an active member of the healthcare and leadership community, she was a panel speaker at the 5th Annual Pharma OTC Conference, held in Singapore in 2015 and speaker at the Essec Roundtable- Perspective from Leaders: The Journeys of Four Inspiring Business Women on November 25, 2015.  Annie also lectures for the Masters in Health Industries Program for Essec Business School and was featured in The Business Time for Learning Business through Asian Lens (BT, Nov 18, 2015). 


Trained as a pharmacist with an EMBA from Essec Business School, Annie now runs her own consulting company, Vital Signs, which offers go-to-market expertise and in-licensing for Asia Pacific. In 2017 (NST, Dec 11, 2017), Business Times ran a feature article on her entrepreneurial endeavor under the People section. Annie recently published her 1st book, Pivot Points, on her personal leadership journey in the corporate world, her foray into entrepreneurship and lessons learnt.

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Speaker: Stephanie Chen
Speaker Stephanie Chen
Travails of a Trailing Spouse, which was released in January 2018 and debuted on the Straits Times fiction bestseller list at #2, begins with Sarah, a lawyer in the US, quitting her job and moving to Singapore with her husband and children. They become part of a close-knit group of …

Travails of a Trailing Spouse, which was released in January 2018 and debuted on the Straits Times fiction bestseller list at #2, begins with Sarah, a lawyer in the US, quitting her job and moving to Singapore with her husband and children. They become part of a close-knit group of expatriates and enjoy evenings filled with Trivia Nights and drinks. When cracks appear in this seemingly perfect world, Sarah and her friends discover how complicated and varied life can be.


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Stephanie Suga Chen is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a former partner of a New York City-based private investment fund. A proud Taiwanese-American, Stephanie grew up in Michigan and is currently living in Singapore with her husband, two children and elderly cocker spaniel. Travails of a Trailing Spouse is her first novel.


 

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Speaker: Ritu Hemnani
Speaker Ritu Hemnani
Beautiful and heartwarming, Gope and Meera – A Migration Story is a tale about a cherished homeland reluctantly left behind and why the Hindu Sindhi community is scattered across the world today.  It is a tale of tragic loss, determined hope, preserved culture and spirited victory that will captivate readers …

Beautiful and heartwarming, Gope and Meera – A Migration Story is a tale about a cherished homeland reluctantly left behind and why the Hindu Sindhi community is scattered across the world today.  It is a tale of tragic loss, determined hope, preserved culture and spirited victory that will captivate readers of all ages.


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Ritu Hemnani is a Hong Kong based author, high school teacher and voice actor whose stories and articles have been published in the Asian Literary Review, Reader’s Digest and Expat Living Magazine.  Ritu’s children’s book, Gope and Meera – A Migration Story, was published in 2017.

Ritu is an active member of the Society of Children’s Writers and Book Illustrators and the Women in Publishing Society. Ritu is a committed writing ambassador for the ‘Home of Loving Faithfulness’, which serves Hong Kong’s disabled community and is a judge for the annual Kids4Kids, ‘My Story Creation,’ territory wide competition.  Ritu delights in poetry, theatre, photography and celebrating discovery with her husband and three extraordinary kids.

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