Who runs the world?

Building on your support pafor how much we love super moms across Asia, who are super humans at home and in the workplace, we now want to profile inspiring women entrepreneurs and business owners for their contributions to the community.

Huge thanks to these women for sharing their stories on who inspires them, how they practice self-love and more importantly, how they each define personal success. There’s no right or wrong for any of these, and these women just prove that with their courage, integrity, passion, and seriously #GirlBoss manifestors..

Read on for stories from the finance sector, NGO community, fashion industry, or the creative arts field.

P.S. we have a little present for you, just in time for the holidays, right at the end of this post… you’ll just have to read it all to get to it.

Reese Fernandez-Ruiz, Founder of Rags2Riches & Things That Matter | Philippines

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
What regular work day? There is no such thing as regular only because I do whatever is needed to get the job done. Our goal is to create more opportunities for artisans so that entails collaborating with partners, training communities, designing with our team, and all the necessary things in between.
How do you define success?
Success is when you choose to rise above set backs over and over again.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
There are lots! Lynn Pinugu, Anya Lim, Ana Meloto-Wilk, Camille Meloto, Krie Lopez, and so many more. I am so fortunate to be surrounded by amazing women!
Your ultimate productivity hack?
Touch typing!
Self-care method of choice?
Massages and Netflix.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
Being too hard on myself and being too competitive and thus being too hard on myself. It is a vicious cycle!
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“It is difficult because it is worth it.”

Juliette Gimenez, Founder of Goxip in Hong Kong | HK

What’s your regular workday like?
Being the co-founder and CEO of a tech startup, every day is a roller coaster ride! I strive for better results by evaluating the whole company’s performance and progress first thing in the morning and learn the do’s and don’ts to get closer to perfection. I have a great team of 23 employees at Goxip that I work super closely within strategizing marketing plans, designing user experience, preparing fashion content, pitching investors, and just so many more.
How do you define success?
I define success by fully living a passionate life and work my bum bum off in leaving a legacy of great achievements and positive impact in the world. Through Goxip, I want to be an example in empowering consumers through a combination of innovative technology, social network, and limitless e-commerce options.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Marissa Mayer. She’s not an entrepreneur but such an inspiring and fierce female executive, we share the same commitment to high-quality output and strive for results while keeping a strategic thinking and not being afraid to speak up. She was the one that I looked up to for motivation throughout the process of raising one of the biggest seed funding in Asia with US$1.62 million for Goxip.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
Definitely the 5-minute rule! Why wait to finish a task when it could be done in 5 minutes, time is money, girl!
Self-care method of choice?
My definition of good health is simple – be mindful and stay happy. I purposely created a playful workspace and casual work culture at Goxip to allow myself and my Goxip family to achieve and maintain that mentality. Plus I bring my two dogs, Jamie and Jakey, to work with me a lot! Also not to mention, fashion helps me express my inner self and who I am, so kudos to having my own fashion tech startup Goxip – the all-in-one fashion “Google”!
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
Striking just the right amount of work-life balance! A lot of the times I’m just so tempted to trade-in my “me” time for more “Goxip” time (my calendar is like constantly on steroids!). I honestly couldn’t have gotten to this point of my career and life without my great support systems – my family, Goxip family, friends, and nonetheless my two dogs – Jamie and Jakey! They always keep me mindful on what my priorities really are and how to achieve a better work-life balance.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”

Faye Alund, CEO at Kumpul Coworking Space & President of Coworking Indonesia Association | Indonesia

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
Morning time is breakfast & school drop off for my two kindergarten-age daughters. After that my days were usually filled with meetings back to back, online or face to face. On regular work day, I manage at least 4 to 5 teams in different cities, who work with me on multiple projects. Currently my teams and I are managing 10 to 15 projects in a month. I fly to other cities, most of the time Jakarta, every month, and I alternate the schedule with my husband’s speaking gigs, who is a Google Developer Expert for Firebase. Most of my work with Kumpul is centered around tech ecosystem building and programs related entrepreneurship growth. Coworking Indonesia is a national association for coworking players and founded by 15 spaces. It’s a collective effort to achieve the vision of supporting Indonesia’s economic development through coworking movement. To date, mid November 2017, there are more than 170 independent coworking spaces in 27 cities across Indonesia. Apart from Kumpul and Coworking Indonesia, I also lead the Google Business Group Bali & Women Will initiative – a movement to support women entrepreneurs.
How do you define success?
Success is when I feel what I do is meaningful. Looking back, in every stages of my life I remember I always felt I was successful, and I think that is just a state of mind. Since I was 21 years old, which was almost two decades ago, I remember thinking this is the best year of my life! And it’s funny that I felt the year after that was even better, and the year after was even better again, and it keeps on going like that until now.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Ligwina Hananto. She’s a successful entrepreneur with QM Financial, a public figure, standup comedian, vocal in active citizenship and women empowerment; she’s got three kids and an equally busy husband.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
I’m a big fan of Google. I manage my work with google tools such as google calendar, online g-drive. But for team communication, it’s Whatsapp.
Self-care method of choice?
Spending morning, evening (I try to come home before 6 pm – and continued working after the kids are asleep) and weekends with family. Hot shower & reading time.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
Finance! I don’t have MBA degree nor financial background. I based a lot of my business decision with logic and common sense. But I’m at a point of needing a partner who is good in financial planning.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“You attract who you are” I believe when we give good will, good vibes, working hard, good things will come. And to ease my mind after taking a hard decision: “When in doubt, always choose brutal honesty”

Carol Chen, Founder of Covetella | Singapore

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
I’m usually juggling between being a Fairy Godmother, a Chief Hustler, and a Head Firefighter. I could be spending the morning styling clients, the afternoon fixing bugs on my website, and the evening networking at an event. Rarely do I ever have consistent days which keeps things fun and interesting.
How do you define success?
As a continuous journey of growth and contribution and not a static destination. Success is very personal so I think as long as you’re happy and living a meaningful life you love then that’s all that really matters.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Oprah Winfrey, Coco Chanel and Diane Von Furstenberg.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
Minimizing unproductive activities like TV, social media, etc.
Self-care method of choice?
Frequent massages and annual detox retreats.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
Being patient and fully accepting where I am right now in life and work.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

Michelle Sun, Co-founder and CEO of First Code Academy | HK

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
There’s no regular work day for me, every day is presented with new sets of challenges.
How do you define success?
Success is waking up to work on your dreams and going to bed feeling satisfied and accomplished.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Oprah and Michelle Phan.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
Get a good night’s sleep!
Self-care method of choice?
Meditation!
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
I am definitely still figuring out many things! For example, how to balance work and life, how to balance creativity and execution, and many more things.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

Mina Park, Founder of SOOK | HK

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
I like to wake up early and meditate to ground myself before starting the day. After that, I don’t really have a typical work day but mornings are usually spent working from home. I could be going to the market and cooking in the kitchen, testing recipes. Or I could be at my computer writing articles, putting together menus, dealing with all the admin that comes with running your own business. The afternoon is when I like to schedule meetings with collaborators or potential collaborators. And if I’m working on food photography and blog posts, that usually happens in the evenings after the rest of my day has wound down. I love working late at night, but I’m also a morning person. So that means I struggle with sleeping enough!
How do you define success?
Success to me is being able to do something that lights you up, and hopefully also lights up the world in some way.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Alice Waters is my hero. In the US, she was the pioneer of the farm-to-table moment decades ago, and she continues to dedicate her life to championing a slow food lifestyle and sustainability. I recently met her and she is just radiant and so warm.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
The first thing I do when I sit at my computer is spend an hour doing all the one to two-minute things off my to-do list. These are the quick emails to respond to, the quick scheduling, the quick reading. By plowing through all of this little things, I clear a bunch of clutter off my to-do list and then can sit down and focus on the more challenging projects.
Self-care method of choice?
I actually have been trying to focus more on self-care recently, since I realised that I was woefully neglecting my personal well-being. So I started meditating earlier this year, returned to my yoga practice and also am incorporating HIIT into my weekly routine so I am mentally and physically stronger.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
I’m hardly alone, but I constantly struggle with work-life balance. I have only just recently committed to life changes (big and small) to prioritise my personal life and not burrow myself into my work hole.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
Maya Angelou once said, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” That pretty much sums it up for me.

Victoria Herrera, Founder Next Theory and She Talks Asia | Philippines

Victoria Herrera girl boss asia entrepreneurWhat’s your regular workday like?
It varies from day-to-day depending on the project but I try to create structure with MWF set for in-person and online meetings, and T-TH for workouts and errands. Thankfully, with my phone I can do work while I am stuck in traffic or travelling (hello Whatsapp groups and emails!).
How do you define success?
Inner peace, quality time with loved ones, and a hot cup of coffee with Al Green’s “Let stay together” playing in the background.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
My mom and sisters!
Your ultimate productivity hack?
I try to do things within 5 minutes of being given the task – this helps cutting back on procrastination.
Self-care method of choice?
Massages. Essential oils. Long hot baths.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
Imposter syndrome: the feeling that I’m still not good enough to be doing this and that nagging feeling that I still have to prove myself.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“Be 100.” Meaning: my closest to me used to say I wouldn’t show my true self. I wasn’t living life full-out. I would hide how I really felt, parts of my personality, or what I was capable of… living at 99 but you know, not really all there. Now I hear them check in and say “V, you 100?” Yes, I am now!

Emi Wong, Youtube Star of @StayFitandTravel and local storyteller at Lululemon HK

StayFitandTravel - Emi Wong girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
Weekdays: wake up, Instagram story from my own account to record my breakfast, Vlog if needed, head to work and in the one-hour of travel, I try my best to reply to as many DMs and comments on my Instagram as possible. I arrive to work at Lululemon office, work until lunch. Use lunch hour to reply my own Youtube comments, or brainstorm youtube video ideas, or write script, or edit videos, or draft IG posts. I then go back to back to work until evening. I workout after work, arrive home, shower, have dinner with family, and then edit videos until midnight before going to bed. Over the weekends, I spend all day filming and taking photos for my own Youtube and IG. I also manage Lululemon Hong Kong‘s social channels, create local content, manage regional PR samples in Asia.
How do you define success?
Crushing goals and making your wildest dreams come true.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Wengie.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
Set a daily to-do list and amount of time you take to get each task done. Then aim to get each task done within set timeframe and reward myself after, i.e. get to watch a TV episode at night.
Self-care method of choice?
High Intensity Workout, where I can be fully present and get to sweat all the stress away.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
Work/life balance. It’s challenging having to manage a full-time job and growing my personal Youtube channel.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“Don’t die before you are dead.”

Jenny Yrasuegui, Co-founder ARC PR | Philippines

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
I wake up around 630AM and I usually check my phone and answer messages and read emails. This habit allows me to center myself and focus on important tasks needed for the day. After getting ready, I have coffee first and relax for 30mins before hustling hard. After having that solo time focusing on quieting my mind, anything can follow: planning meetings with my team, coming up with strategies, reviewing finance, HR, business dev matters, drafting operational processes, etc. I also make sure to work on my checklists everyday and have regular discussions with my companies’ leaders to keep the team aligned always. When 5PM hits, I also usually visit one of my restaurants to be there for dinner service. I make sure to get to bed in time to have at least 6-7 hours of rest.
How do you define success?
Success is what you make of it. It’s working consistently on your goals and being resilient enough to keep going until we accomplish what we set to accomplish. In business, we will fail many times, but what’s important is for us to get up and try again. Success is also relative. I feel most successful knowing I stayed true to my values when working on our goals. Success is also shared with people – our team, our clients and our partners.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
There are many… I look up to fashion designers Vania Romoff and Amina Aranaz Alunan, event stylist Kaye Garcia, philanthropist Alex Eduque, my business partner Celine Gabriel Lim and her business partner in her venture called Honest Junk, Tina Lagdameo.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
Checklists! I still write mine down and I check what I accomplish!
Self-care method of choice?
Massages, hair treatments, exercise, and travel.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
My intensity. Living in the Philippines and being perceived as someone intimidating can be a challenge cause people are sometimes afraid to approach me. When I start to notice that I am becoming too intense, I try to reign myself in. I also tend to smile more to hopefully show that I welcome conversation.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“Dream big.”

Diane Younes, Founder of Sponge | HK

girl boss asia entrepreneur women go spongeWhat’s your regular workday like?
Work. Calls. Meetings. Repeat. And lots of running in between to get from one place to the other.
How do you define success?
Being at a point where you are happy with the way things are.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Coco Chanel. She lived life on her own terms and made people rethink the way things are done.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
Organisation is key. I organise my day the evening before, and I try not to overload my calendar. Feeling like you haven’t gotten through everything on your to do list is enough to demotivate anyone.
Self-care method of choice?
Lifting heavy weights. Preferably to loud music with a killer beat.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
My to-do list!
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“If you made a mistake, it means you’re doing something. Which is better than doing nothing.”

Samantha Kwok, Founder of JingJobs.com | China

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
I’m 24/7 on the grind and being able to balance all ongoing projects whether it’s my company, my clients, teaching a spin class at GuCycle, going to conferences, speaking at conferences or organizing Beijing Women Network events, where I’m the founding member.
How do you define success?
Happiness! Waking up and being able to do what you love and being financially rewarded for your efforts.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Whitney Wolfe, founder of Bumble.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
To-do lists – I love the feeling of satisfaction when you get to tick something off, no matter how small the task.
Self-care method of choice?
Massages – cannot get enough hot stone massages!
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
How to balance priorities! Learning how to make other people and things a priority other than my company.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“I can and I will. The bigger than challenge, the bigger the opportunity to grow.”

Dervla Louli Musgrave, Founder of Compare Retreats | HK

dervala louli girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
I wake up at 7am, kiss my dog Clive good morning drink a litre of water followed by an ice coffee and workout for 45 minutes to an hour, followed by a short meditation. I then go through emails, Slack and my personal and business social media accounts before eating breakfast and getting ready for work.

I travel very frequently for CompareRetreats.com so except for saying good morning to Clive my mornings look the same everywhere in the world which keeps me grounded and frees my mind for more important decisions. I usually have 1-2 meetings daily wherever I am and write articles regularly too. I have clients that I do digital editorial consulting for and touch base regularly with them on everything from content marketing to social media strategies.

I’m not into meetings per se with my team, instead we use Whatsapp and Slack to stay in touch 24/7. We do business fast and fluidly every day of the week which I love. I work with consultants and experts so I never need to micromanage anyone. Evenings usually consist of events followed by a healthy dinner and some Netflix and handstand practice with my husband Alister.
How do you define success?
Being in a position where you can help other people in any way, shape or form. I feel successful and happy when my work benefits others.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Too many to count. Arianna Huffington is my ultimate inspiration. Stephanie Chai, Lindsay Jang, Diane Younes and Charlotte Tsuei are all ladies who I look up to.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
Just do it!
Self-care method of choice?
If I get caught up in a negative thought spiral I concentrate on my breath and meditate for a little while.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
Too many things to list! I’m a perfectionist so I’ve caused huge timeline delays because I’m not happy with a design aspect or functionality of CompareRetreats.com; I keep trying to remember that my business will always be evolving and getting better and at some stage I just have to press play on the booking function.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs.” – Tony Gaskins

Jennifer Margolin, Founder of Bydeau | HK

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
Is there such thing?! Wake up, check-in for the day, meet with designer for the day’s orders, then meet with team to discuss any projects that need my input, and usually a few meetings sprinkled in there as well.
How do you define success?
Getting home for dinner! To me, success means creating a business that makes it easy for my customers to make someone’s day and my employees happy and motivated.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Jessica Alba, Maria Hatzistefanis, Emily Weiss from Glossier.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
I close my email and turn off WhatsApp if I need to concentrate and get things done.
Self-care method of choice?
Yoga and facials.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
Learning to not work all the time. Carve out time for me and my family and put the phone/laptop away.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“You did not wake up today to be mediocre.”

 Terrie Fung, Founder of Shop Easy and Founder of a Momtrepreneur Group, 香港地創業媽 | HK

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
In order for me to provide best online shopping experience to every customer, I can’t leave my phone even for five minutes; so there are pros and cons working on internet business: pros are working from home while having more time to accompany with kids, con is 24/7 being regular working time.
How do you define success?
Success is liking myself and liking what I do.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
We support each other within our Momtrepreneur group 香港地創業媽.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
Hug and kiss my babies!
Self-care method of choice?
Gift my inner-child by doing some stupid things like playing on the swing or seesaw!
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
Working really hard so hopefully business will be more stable one day, and I’d be able to give more time to my kids or at least leave my phone behind.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

Monica Muriel Zurita, CEO at Zurita | HK

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
I wear a lot of hats, might go from book keeping to fashion designing, back to visual merchandiser and a few team meetings, all in the same day.
How do you define success?
Keep the business growing while making fashion a better industry.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Yael Aflalo, founder of The Reformation!
Your ultimate productivity hack?
First thing I do in the morning is make a list of everything I want to achieve on the day, and I organize most tasks in groups of things that I have to communicate to each member of my team. I work with them first and do my stuff later so we are all for sure working on the same direction.
Self-care method of choice?
I don’t have much time, with the business and kids, so I try to eat healthy, exercise couple of times a week, and try to escape for an afternoon of pampering ever so often.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
We are still a very small business which makes us fragile, so we need to scale, finding the right channel and way to scale without impacting the social part and environmental commitment of our business is quite tricky.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“When there’s a will, there’s a way!”

Alexandra Foster, Founder of A.C.F Clothing | HK

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
The best part about being an entrepreneur is that everyday is different! I check emails as soon as I wake up, I know, it’s a bad habit, but I just can’t help it! Finally I’ll put the phone away and walk my dog Mr. Cooper around the neighbourhood. This is incredibly important to let my mind prepare for the day without distractions. A brisk walk brings me to my studio to greet team A.C.F – Lucy, Gregory and Tanu. I’ll go through my daily “to do” list based on priorities, but I usually like to tackle accounts and business matters first thing and leave the more creative, fun things for the afternoon to give me something to look forward to as the day progresses. Although lunch is usually spent at my desk, I will always give myself a good hour or so away from any screens to have dinner. This is the time when my boyfriend and I catch up and debrief on the day, plan future adventures and conspire new business ideas.
How do you define success?
I think you need to have quite a few definitions of success in your mind, to keep you going when it seems like you’re very far away from your ‘ultimate’ success. For me, success is every time I launch a new collection, and some ‘success’ touch points would be reaching profitability and creating a company ethos where every staff member loves to work and be apart of. I really do believe that it’s important to stop and smell the roses. You need to be able to step back every once in a while and celebrate whatever aspect of success your business may be achieving at that time… even if it’s the littlest things! I call these micro-successes.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Yes of course! I think there must’ve been something in the water in 1989 (the year I was born) because many of my lifelong friends are entrepreneurs in their own fields, whether it be starting up the trendiest cafés in London, Hip Hop Yoga studios or other fashion labels in Australia. A little closer to Hong Kong, I was recently on a panel talk “Green Is The New Black” held at Campfire Collaborative Spaces where 3 other amazing #girlbosses talked all things sustainability in Fashion. These women were Sarah Fung (Hula), Michelle Bang (BYT) and Divya Hira (Divya Hira). Participating in this event and connecting with these women on matters we all hold close to our heart is so inspiring!
Your ultimate productivity hack?
Prioritize! I see so many people spending hours on insignificant jobs and it drives me mental! We use a project management tool called Asana, which really helps the whole A.C.F team stay on track as it schedules your ‘to do’ list by due date. If you don’t already use a task management system, get onto it! It’ll save you so much time. I’ll throw in another one for extra measure; give yourself tighter deadlines. This will help you naturally work more productively and will also give you extra time at the end to go over all your work to ensure it’s great – I firmly believe that if you want something done, give it to the busiest person.
Self-care method of choice?
Baths. I’m a massive fan of having a long soak at the end of the day. Light a few scented candles, throw in a few bath salts, dim the lights and you’re ready to go. Extra points for having a face mask handy for a little pampering.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
I suppose this is a good problem to have but since hiring my team, I have been working really hard at delegating. I am a control freak and struggled to sit back and watch other people do tasks that I would usually do in a different way. This is all part of management. The busier I was getting, the more distracted I became and things were starting to fall through the cracks, so now I’m stepping away from areas of the business that don’t need my direct expertise…and that I’m not necessarily the best person to do anyway!
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
Not so much a quote, but it’s the A.C.F company mantra which is: “It’s better to do a little of something, than a lot of nothing”. This basically means that in every thing you do, no matter how small, it is such an achievement because you are doing it! So many people are afraid to even try for fear of failure but even in failure you will gain so much.

Michelle Ku, Varii | HK

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
I follow a routine of a day. Typically I like working out and reading a lot of stuff in the morning. Staring from 10am it is meetings and calls for internal and staff. If there is anything involving new ideas brainstorming, research, writing, I like to do it in the morning time as I am the most clear headed.
Lunch I will choose something light and healthy. Sometimes I also do yoga class during lunch hour and grab a quick sandwich afterwards.
If I have to go out to meet with clients or vendors, it’s usually in the afternoon. Some of the vendors tend to work late hours. Overseas calls are usually in the late afternoon or even night time. I would also go for events, functions, workshops, anything to meet new people and discuss new ideas. Networking is a key to success.
Weekend I usually reserve for family and friends. Hiking is something that I love to do to get out of the city.”
How do you define success?
Success is a building a life that is functional, healthy and fulfilling in different aspects. To me the key aspects are: 1) Physical 2) Financial 3) Personal Growth 4) Relationships 5) Emotional 6) Spiritual
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Belinda Wong, Founder of XYZ.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
Workout in the morning and generate lots of positive energy!
Self-care method of choice?
Yoga, where I practice gratitude and acceptance.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
Starting a business requires a lot of self promotion and selling and honestly it’s not something I am very good at or even familiar with. How to communicate with your potential buyers / clients is an obstacle for me.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”

Chenyu Zheng, Pet Painter and author of 365 Days of Living in Airbnb | China

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
For an artist, every day is a weekend and every-day is a work day. I wake up at 730am, make a simple yet healthy breakfast, and have a morning yoga & meditation and go to gym from 6-8pm. The rest of the day is working on painting or writing.
How do you define success?
The overlap of what I’m good at, passionate about and societal impact.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Designer, Debbie Millman.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
Use Forest app to set 25 min undisrupted deep work.
Self-care method of choice?
Yoga and a sound bath.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
Prioritization and focus.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“We are only limited by our own imagination.”

Cola Paclibar, Good Vibes Only Movement | HK

cola girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
There’s no such thing as a regular work day! Every day is a new day – filled with all kinds of adventures, mishaps, a great mix of obstacles and wins, and learning generation Z’s new slang haha. Every day is colorful, focused on growth and setting the right intention for every action.
How do you define success?
My subjective definition of success is being truly, 100%-no-BS-no-lies, happy with your life – every aspect and detail; the nitty gritty, the good, the bad and the in between. Success is when you’re real, authentic and unapologetic about who you are. You’re happy, and you love yourself completely. #selflove AND of course, a multi-million dollar empire focused on creating a better place for future generations and helping as many people as possible. You can have it all!
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Danielle LaPorte, Gabrielle Bernstein, Marie Forleo, Oprah, Kayla Itsines, and Beyonce.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
Trello! Just getting into it but my life is so much more organized!
Self-care method of choice?
Monthly spa visits plus knock-out conversations over food and wine with my closest friends.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
Self-doubt. I’m my worst enemy and my biggest critic. Sometimes, I can’t believe the horrible things I think of myself. It’s ridiculous!
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“Where there’s love, there’s a way.”

Victoria Chow, Founder of The Woods HK | HK

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
The beauty is that it’s never the same! It’ll almost always include putting together proposals for our custom event catering services, meetings for a variety of brand collaborations, sending samples of our KWOON canned cocktails to different outlets, taking photographs of our latest drinks and lifestyle offerings, and ending with designing and testing new cocktail recipes with the bar team at The Woods.
How do you define success?
Truly enjoying what you do, and being able to share that with others and make a business out of it!
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Within Hong Kong and in the F&B industry itself, I always find Lindsay Jang and May Chow to be the epitome of #GirlBoss badasses!
Your ultimate productivity hack?
The Pomodoro Technique; focusing on one task at a time and working in intervals.
Self-care method of choice?
When I’m in California, this would be a long solo drive along the Pacific Coast Highway. In Hong Kong, it’s a good night’s sleep!
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
To-Do and Wish Lists. I make too many of them that they get messy and look impossible to get through.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“The more you know, the more interesting.”

Kimberly Wong, Founder of Sproutworks, Ban Ban, CuKimber

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
Sproutworks and Ban Ban are a chain of wholesome restaurants based in Shanghai/Beijing. CuKimber is my side hustle and my outlet for my designs in jewelry, clothing, and painting. I wake up around 6:30/7am. Read and drink tea, write random ideas of things I want to accomplish on post-its which will find its way onto a bigger goals board. Walk to (restaurant), have meetings, lunch service, more meetings which can be as diverse as learning about aquaponics, developing menus, pitching our next store, or figuring out how we can support in growing health conscious communities in China.
After that would be painting, a meet-up with a mentor, or just meeting with a friend. Then head back home to read some more and write out some other post-its. Sleep by 11PM/12AM. Every day is ever the same, and I enjoy it. I am pretty go with the flow so I try to take things in stride, even if faced with emergencies!
How do you define success?
Success to me is creating and executing ideas that can have large scale positive impact for others. Aside from building restaurants, if I were to highlight a particular example it would be the fact that I can say during training to new staff that we want them to think of us as a long term employer, then hand over the real opportunity/promotion after we complete a new store buildout.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Elle Liu, Her Highness / Malee Coco.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
I have lived without internet for over 4 years in my apartment. It saves me from falling down any Youtube or Wikipedia black holes.
Self-care method of choice?
Self-care to me means being proactive, so I make sure I am eating right (Whole foods and seasonal produce), regularly seeing a TCM for acupuncture, and making the choice to have alone time or spend time with inspiring positive friends.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
I am pretty impatient, and I am constantly working on many different goals and projects which means I am continually reevaluating (struggling) through deciding which project needs to go on the back-burner, and when is the right time to restart.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“I can and I will. Watch Me.”

Kaitlin Solimine, Founder of Hippo Reads, Hippo Thinks | HK

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
Wake up, nurse and feed my toddler, get her dressed, myself dressed, and then, once my amazing nanny arrives, I’ll start with calls with my team or by digging in over email/GDrive on existing projects; will talk to team about client goals/projects (like our work on thought leadership the Department of Homeland Security, Verizon, or Xero). Sometimes I’ll take a break to take my daughter to Mandarin or music class. I’ll then get back to work with my co-founder on overarching business development strategy, ways to engage with social-impact clients (like our newest client us a progressive candidate for U.S. Congress!).
As I recently have also been on book tour for my first novel, Empire of Glass, I may be on the road so a “regular” work day on tour would be reading from my novel at a bookstore or literary festival (just recently at the Singapore Writers’ Festival). I will likely spend a few hours on research for my second novel, and hopefully writing 500-1000 words of that book! End of day, some nursing and snuggling with my daughter, getting dinner on the table, taking a breath, a bath, and sliding into bed with my daughter and husband.
How do you define success?
Feeling inspired and motivated by one’s daily work; spending time with loved ones and making the most of every day.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Miki Agrawal from Thinx, Arianna Huffington from HuffPo, Cheryl Strayed, the autho of Wild.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
Outsource the small stuff.
Self-care method of choice?
Yoga!
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
The work-mom life balance!
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“There’s a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.” – Laura Stavoe

 Beverly Sasagawa Palar, Managing Partner at The Dharma Collective | Indonesia

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
7-830am Ashtanga yoga and 20 mins meditation. Lemon water and green smoothie. I then get updated the industry and economy news, and handle important calls and emails, anything to do with numbers/finances requires more focus. My rest of the day is full of paperwork.
How do you define success?
Happiness.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Sheryl Sandberg .
Your ultimate productivity hack?
A solid morning routine with exercise in it kickstarts everything.
Self-care method of choice?
Yoga and meditation.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
Self-doubt.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“The planet does not need more successful people. The world desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.” The Dalai Lama

Linda Tang, Co-founder and Instructor at WeBarre Singapore | Singapore

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
I don’t think there’s been a regular work day since I started my own gig! Haha, every day is different with unpredictable things thrown my way and a never ending to-do list but I love every bit of it! I could be teaching a barre class, mingling with our lovely clients, strategizing with my co-founder Anabel or running around getting my hands dirty with whatever that needs to be done that day.
How do you define success?
It’s so much more about enjoying the journey than looking at the end game or what success could be. I feel in today’s world we put so many expectations on life that we forget to stop and smell the roses. I try to look at each day and see what I can achieve and feel rewarded from, whether its knowing i made a difference in a client’s life or just learning how to balance everything in life for myself.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
My partner Anabel Chew! We are the Yin to each other’s Yang and we’re constantly learning, growing together and pushing each other outside of our comfort zones.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
Write a to-do-list every day and put time frames next to it so you don’t end up procrastinating. And it also feels damn awesome to cross it out when it’s done!
Self-care method of choice?
Netflix marathon, a face mask and some time to just zone out.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
Balancing everything in life. Having your own business gives you flexibility but you also end up being switched on 24/7. So knowing when to switch off completely (i.e. popping that phone away!) and being present in whatever else you’re doing is super important to a sustainable lifestyle.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“She thought she could, so she did.”

Hayley Lyla, Founder of Studio179 | HK

http://instagram.com/hayleylyla/What’s your regular workday like?
I run a digital creative studio that specializes in design, branding, development and building bespoke high-performance search engine optimised website, e-commerce and blogs. I also run a lifestyle/fashion blog. I come into the office already thinking about my to-do list for the day. I know my morning routines are critically important. They help me focus and build momentum. I will spend no less than 4 good hours working on my pending project for a regular customer. Every day is a different day with different new assignments. And I simply love it!
How do you define success?
My definition of success is measured by how happy you are. knowing that what you are doing is helping you and others lead a happier, healthier life.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Sheryl Sandberg, Vivienne Westwood, Olivia Lee of The Closeteur.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
I discovered that devoting 15 minutes (just 15 minutes!) to do something creative with my hands (not online!) helps me clear my head, and gets me in a less frantic, and much happier mindset for the day.
Self-care method of choice?
Take 15 unconnected minutes. Read a short story or essay before bed. Go for a walk in nature and listen to the sound of nature. Sit down and drink a full glass of water.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
Sometimes I was just overwhelmed by too many ideas with my biz partner. It’s both a blessing and curse for entrepreneurs. On one hand, it allows us to find potential business ideas. On the other, too many ideas can block us from making that an idea into a reality. So I have few techniques allowing me to stay focused and start executing when I have all those heads taking up too much space in my head.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“Do what makes your soul happy.”

Prashantha Lachanna, Founder of Nakedfood in Taiwan

http://instagram.com/hayleylyla/What’s your regular workday like?
I run Taiwan’s first contemporary raw, vegan restaurant. Each day is productive from beginning to end. We are a small team but have six segments to the business: in-house dining, retail, distribution, catering, workshops, tastings. So, there are never enough hours in the days.
How do you define success?
For me, success is defined by what you bring to society in terms of fundamental life style changes, awareness and education. I believe that anyone who has a business should have a purpose to bring positive change to the world.
When people write to me and tell me that because of learning about raw food, they’ve managed to bring their cholesterol down, stabilise their weight battles, feel rejuvenated and renewed, that for me is such a great feeling. Success.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
My female ex-boss. She shaped my courage with her calm guidance.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
Being in the creative industry, my productivity hack is to keep my mind as empty as possible and to spend time in nature. This is my “white room” space. Lots of inspiration emerges out of that emptiness.
Self-care method of choice?
Hiking. Being immersed in the splendour of nature reminds me that this body of mine is part of a magnificent whole and I literally feel my agitated nervous system expand and relax in the sweet embrace.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
My real challenge has been to create a stable and sustainable market for raw cuisine in Taiwan. People here are more traditional than in other parts of Asia. I have bouts of energy and application in working through this and finding success for a while but there are also times where I’m too exhausted and discouraged to work through it. Also, my business partner (also ex-fiancé) and I are splitting up after a decade. I sometimes suffer panic attacks when I think about everything I have to handle.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
On bad days: “This too shall pass”. On good days: “This too shall pass”. I’m working on finding stasis no matter what surrounds me.

Lynn Pinugu, Co-Founder of Mano Amiga Philippines

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
Mano Amiga Philippines a social enterprise focused on quality education and sustainable livelihood, and She Talks Asia, a female empowerment conference and media platform. I spend a large part of my day ideating with my team; focused on hacking the current education system, and finding innovative ways to deliver high quality education and formation opportunities in a more affordable way. My day also consists of a lot of meetings with potential partners, and jointly developing with them programs that could help improve our model. The last big component would be coaching my team and providing them with feedback and guidance.
How do you define success?
Many people see success as an end goal or a destination. To me, success is a constant process of maximizing one’s full potential, and using one’s unique capacity to make a positive and lasting impact on the world, and on the lives of others.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
I look up to Arianna Huffington for her fearlessness, and Sheryl Sandberg for her resilience. I am also constantly inspired by the commitment to authenticity of my partners in She Talks Asia, Sarah Meier and Victoria Herrera.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
I listen to informative podcasts while in the car, while doing chores, and anytime I need to wait in line. This has helped me transform those moments as valuable learning time.
Self-care method of choice?
Mornings are very sacred to me. I start with prayer and meditation, and then I set my goals as well as my intention for the day. This routine has helped me maintain a healthy well-being, even during overly stressful situations.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
I am still working on improving my time and energy management. I am drawn to new ideas and I am always itching to start something or to take on multiple projects, often at the expense of my physical health, and at times, quality time with my family. I’m now focused on being more prudent and patient in the way I create, and to be wiser and more mindful about where I devote my time and energy.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” – Melody Beattie

Tricia Yap, Founder of Warrior Academy & Goji Studios | HK

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
Coaching clients and coaching coaches, meetings and training when I can.
How do you define success?
When my clients dare to do things they would not otherwise do because they feel empowered to try, simply because they are inspired through what they achieve at the gym.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
My mother!
Your ultimate productivity hack?
I try to allocate designated times in a day where I respond to emails and messages because they otherwise take over my life. I can get over 300 messages on WhatsApp alone if I leave it for a few hours and it used to frustrate me. Now I just tackle them in allotted times, and while I don’t get everything done; it doesn’t rule my life.
Self-care method of choice?
Boxing is my yoga!
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
Balance – I’m trying to carve out more time for myself everyday. I work at least 12 hour days during the week so try on Sundays where I completely switch off.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“Fall seven times, get up eight.”

Johanna Lepeu El Iman, Founder at ZOOBEETLE Paris

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
I wake up early, thanks to my 3 little monsters jumping on my bed (I have three boys from 3 to 9 years old)! I take care of them while sharing a good breakfast. I then train, either swimming, running or pilates, then I go to work, around 10am. I don’t move from my work desk until 6.30pm except when I have appointments. Having some quality/alone time by commuting with my hubby to go back home. Once home, I help my big boy with his homework, then dinner, followed by putting them to bed after reading a story and go out to have a dinner with our friends or, just the two of us!
How do you define success?
When you can properly manage all the super-woman facets the society asks you to fulfill – such as being a good mother, a good wife, a good lover, a good friend, a good sister and of course rock your professional life too. Dealing with all those aspects at the same time and make it work without being on an (almost) burn-out every 2 weeks! The biggest challenge of my life!
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
My grand-mother: she used to be a hero!
Your ultimate productivity hack?
To Do list – for everything!
Self-care method of choice?
Sport (trail running) and massages of course.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
Not to be involved in everything? The “letting-go” spirit…
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” – Simone de Beauvoir

Nikita Ramchandani, Founder of Kita Yoga | HK

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
Everyday is different. I am up at 5am to teach early morning classes at the studio and then the day is spent either working on growth initiatives or in meetings to discuss partnerships and events to provide the best possible experience for our community. Sunday is my day to evaluate the weeks achievements, brainstorm new ideas and prioritize projects for the week ahead. Currently, I am focused on creating our event calendar, workshops and retreats for 2018 and building on the methodology of our sculpt classes! Entrepreneurship definitely requires discipline and setting a structure for yourself.
How do you define success?
Early in my career (in Finance) I equated success to the number of my accomplishments and the recognition and compensation received for it. Although these factors are still of importance the definition has now changed for me slightly. I believe if you are enjoying the process of what you are creating, working with a supportive team and growing as a result of it – truly happy in what you do – that is success.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Having lived in New York and Hong Kong I am lucky to have met many amazing individuals female and male who are kind, open inspiring and will lend you they’re time and listen to your ideas – too many to pick from!
Your ultimate productivity hack?
What personally works for me is a big notebook of long term, short term, and daily goals – so satisfying to see it all through and holds me accountable. Carry it with me everywhere.
Self-care method of choice?
A day of yoga, workout, acai bowls, massage and just being – basically go to Canngu in Bali
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
Self doubt – who isn’t. Need to remind myself I can do anything.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
Not a quote but simply the word fight – don’t half ass things.

Abby Zhang, Co-founder of YEECHOO.com | HK

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
I love get my work-out done in the morning. I’ll then skim through news while listening to podcast on my way to work. After quickly going through the top priority in my emails, I will do a quick daily call with our IT team based in Shenzhen, then discuss high-level strategies with the team. Try to squeeze my meetings in the afternoon back-to-back so it is more efficient. If no events or catch-up, I enjoy sitting on my most comfortable sofa doing calls with my partner, planning for the rest of the week, looking at food photos on Instagram, end up falling asleep on the sofa.
How do you define success?
If I am able to lead a team to solve a problem, if the people around me love working with me, trust me, share the vision with me, I think I will call that a big success!
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Sheryl Sandberg. I have read about people’s writing on her management styles, her charisma, which make me admire her very much.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
For quick things, send out right away while talking about it. For longer tasks, write out on my notebook in the order of importance.
Self-care method of choice?
Working out. I love boxing with my trainer, sweating at Body Pump in a group. It really gets me relaxed and forgot about work for that one hour.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
Struggling with how to control my appetite! I am a big foodie. I take every meal very seriously, and I genuinely enjoy every bite I am having, so it is very easy for me to over-eat (but it’s too good!)
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“It can be worse. At least we are healthy! Be really grateful about that.”

Rashmi Kwatra, Founder and CIO of Sixteenth Street Capital

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
I spend most of my day in meetings and on calls with companies we are either invested in or looking at as potential investment opportunities. I get into the office after breakfast, turn on my monitors which have live stock prices for the companies we own and I am monitoring and I read the news for all of the markets I follow. I then am in and out of meetings until I wrap up the day.
How do you define success?
When you wake up every day knowing there is more than can be done and you’ve grown yesterday and know there’s growth to come today. I believe success is a constant mind-set to be happy and opportunity to consistently grow.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Oprah Winfrey and Melinda Gates.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
Sleep!
Self-care method of choice?
Facials and face masks.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
Enough self care! I need to make time for more mental and physical rejuvenation.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“I don’t lie to gamble, but if there’s one thing I’m willing to bet on, it’s myself.”

Jessi Chloe Chen, Founder of ANDRSN Flowers | HK

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
Having a floral business and working full-time in fashion calls for very early mornings! I run a showroom; DSTRT, we have a portfolio of over 15 international brands that we rep and distribute across APAC. I am also co-founder of ANDRSN flowers – I started the business with one of my oldest and dearest friends, Aria, and we deliver fresh, premium, beautifully boxed Aussie roses right to your door. I’ll usually have all orders for ANDRSN out the door by 10am, then head to DSTRT for the remainder of the day. Roses for breakfast, fashion for lunch!
How do you define success?
Success is to be able to live a life you want and deserve, with peace of mind and self satisfaction.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Chrissy Teigen.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
Two words – Google Calendar.
Self-care method of choice?
Keep the people that love you close and get enough sleep.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
I’ve always been someone that likes to do things myself – I always say to myself ‘someone’s gotta do it, why not you?’. In saying that, one person can do a lot, alone, but I’ve learned more than ever that you need to be able to delegate. Multi-tasking is a bloody art form and is something I’m still learning to master, and that goes hand-in-hand with being able to trust your staff and empower them, so that your vision becomes theirs too.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“Care less.”

 Limiao Cheng, Co-Founder at THINCLab INC | China

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
Everyday is different, mostly to work with business partners on our strategy, daily operations and meet with potential partners/supports for it.
How do you define success?
Achievement that can brining inner peace, happiness to myself and meanwhile valuable to others that bring happiness to them. It doesn’t matter big or small in terms of economic value or social value.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
No one particular, as I was inspired by many outstanding individuals, they might not well known or traditionally defined successful people. But they had helped me so much along the way and gave me inspirations.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
FOCUS. Get one thing done once a time. Finish my small task is more important than having a long to do list.
Self-care method of choice?
Yoga and cooking.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
Inner peace; that’s why i don’t think i am successful. I am on the way and i think it is almost like a life long goal, because i will have different perspectives and different needs and pressures from outside world in different stage of my life.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries, without them humanity cannot survive.” – Dalai Lama

Catherine Tan, Founder and CEO of Notey

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
My typical day starts with a Venti size cappuccino and a standup team meeting where we share what we’ve accomplished the day before, and our goals for the day ahead. In a fast growing company, it’s so important to stay in sync and make sure our goals are aligned!
Today for example, I have a few things on my calendar – including drawing out a new feature, a late night conference call, dealing with client’s enquiries and going through my inbox whenever I have a free moment. There is no ‘typical day’ in startup life and that’s why I love it!
How do you define success?
With respect to Notey, building a scalable product that is used and loved by your customers!
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Hard to name one but I truly admire all the moms out there who have to balance running a company and a household.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
List, list and list.
Self-care method of choice?
Go for a hike; go outdoors and gain perspective.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
Time – there’s just not enough of it.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“Done is better than perfect. It’s the only way for me to get things done.”

Renyung Ho, Co-founder and Managing Director at MATTER | Singapore

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
I like to use my calendar as a to-do and priority list and spend about 15 min at the start and end of each day working out the kinks in the week, and when I should be doing what. I work with a lot of different people and my calendar shows me at a glance where I need to follow up. I use mornings to do stuff that requires strategic thinking, planning or content creation. In the afternoon it’s about 3 hours of Skype calls, usually with production managers. We go over new product development, sampling programs, production process, artisan partner sourcing and next deliveries. The evening is all catch-up on emails.
How do you define success?
Success is a combination of what I love, what I’m good at and what positive impact I can make in my lifetime. Every decision and opportunity I take is guided by that.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
My mother.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
I work with a lot of different people and my calendar shows me at a glance where I need to follow up. I also use an excel sheet for my monthly priorities. It seems a bit much but, to be honest, these tools keep me sane and productive.
Self-care method of choice?
Yoga
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
With MATTER, the biggest challenge in promoting sustainability is explaining why it costs more to make choices that are better for everyone, earth included. We have to trace back the supply chain from a single product in a way that’s easy for people to understand and visualise.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius

Jacqueline Vong, Entrepreneur

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
I wake up early (between 6-7am) to check a minute’s worth of email before getting my one-year-old daughter up for breakfast and prepping for her day. I try and have breakfast with my husband and daughter before he runs off to work and I take my daughter to daycare. There is no real regular schedule as I will be working on building marketing and PR programs, consumer products rollouts and business development strategies and it will be a combination of phone calls, emailing, meetings, presentations, and travel. If I am at home, I will try to have some play time with my daughter before dinner and then eat dinner with my family before the bedtime ritual. We try and play music with our daughter for the last hour before her bedtime. Once she goes to bed, I have to attend to my clients in different time zones and work on follow ups for the last few hours until I wind down with my husband before our bedtime. And then repeat again.
How do you define success?
Accomplishing something tangible to be proud of and inspire folks to do better and be better as well as making a life that you are grateful for. I think Maya Angelou said it best when she said “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Ali Wong, female comedian; Arianna Huffington; Anson Chan
Your ultimate productivity hack?
Kon Mari method of cleanliness; The Japanese art of Tidying up).
Self-care method of choice?
Meditation, pilates and the ability to laugh at myself as well as getting out for a paddle in the water.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
Working on no sleep and keeping a tempered and calm demeanour during the day when you are exhausted and not missing a beat.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
As Audrey Hepburn said: “Nothing is Impossible the word itself says I’m Possible.”

Anjali Datwani, Co-founder at Urban Journey

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
I try to meditate for a few minutes after I wake up. I get to the office by 8:30/9 – start the day by reading news or any articles I saved from the day from before and once I am done just get into the work day – I schedule each task the night before and try and work in 45 min blocks with a 15 break – which tends to work for me. I usually gym at lunch and if not after work. I try and check out a new restaurant/bar weekly to stay on top of the F&B scene.
How do you define success?
Success to me means achieving the goals I set out for myself and my company.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Too many to name just one!
Your ultimate productivity hack?
I set a timer on my phone and work in 45 minute blocks. In this period, I focus on my task and don’t look at my phone.
Self-care method of choice?
Working out 4 – 5 times a week.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
I am struggling to figure out the long term plan of my company.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“If you want something you never had, then you have to do something you’ve never done.”

Cassandra Choi, Founder of Catch Me | HK

What’s your regular workday like?
I’m an equities trader by-day and an entrepreneur by night. So my weekdays start early – I trade from 6am to 6pm and work on Catch Me at night and on the weekends. There’s no typical day. As a startup, I’m very hands on from designing to marketing to packing orders. So it depends on what’s on the plate that day, and that’s what makes each day exciting!
How do you define success?
Keeping stamina and persisting with your goals. Go beyond the finish line.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Diane Von Furstenberg and Lindsay Jang.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
Exercising – it refreshes your mind and helps you re-focus.
Self-care method of choice?
Running to me is a therapeutic journey.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
To be more efficient with the tedious little things.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“The best is yet to come.”

Sarah Vee, Highlight Asia and Guilty Culture | HK

What’s your regular workday like?
Mornings are always a war with myself because I have a love-hate relationship with the alarm but after conquering the struggle to get up, everything else is smooth sailing. For Highlight Asia, I’d be following up with clients, burning through emails and working with the team to make sure everyone is on top of their A-game (including myself). Whereas for Guilty Culture it’s making sure the orders have been shipped and new items have been updated on our website.
How do you define success?
Success for me is having the drive to never give up. There are so many things that will get in the way of your goal but when you are persistent, nothing’s impossible. Timing is key.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Lindsay Jang is definitely a female inspiration for me after hearing her story and background. To do what she does work-wise while being a mother of two is something I look up to as I have a son of my own and feel I can relate to some extent.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
Todoist app is my first choice! It helps manage numerous tasks and sort it by priority, tags and categories. Thunderbird would be my second and is most useful when you’ve got more than one e-mail account.
Self-care method of choice?
I’d like to sound normal and say I pamper myself but I’m very low maintenance so that would be a lie.. If you really wanted to know what I do to unwind, you’ll have to chat with me in person but it’s not what you think!
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
I’m a night owl so being on time is tough because I end up messing with my sleep pattern from working late; it’s the only time I have when my phone isn’t going off by the minute with time-sensitive messages!
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“Your network is your net worth.” I first heard this from a celebrity figure that I’m lucky to call my friend, Lauren Smith. It’s something I’ll always keep in mind. By no means do I think you should take advantage of people, but take advantage of the opportunity to work together – you’ll never know how far you’ll go or who else you’ll meet.

Elle Liu, MD of Her Highness Beauty

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
Arrive at the office at 9.30am, review today’s to do list, check emails quickly, work on today’s to do list, have lunch with my baby girl, and get back to work (with a few meetings and phone calls in between).
How do you define success?
Success for me is when you can do your best for your family and your business at the same time.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
My mother!
Your ultimate productivity hack?
Timer! Allocate time for each task/work. Start the timer and compete with it.
Self-care method of choice?
Rest well, do yoga, take Chinese medicines, and hydrate my skin with Her Highness skincare twice a day.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
Balancing time for my baby, husband, parents and for my business.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“Never give up. Today is hard. Tomorrow is worse but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine. But most people give up before the day after tomorrow.” – Jack Ma)

Coco Chan, Founder of Voltage PR | HK

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
Every day is different for me, but most work days include meetings, checking in with client account progress and managing the team.
How do you define success?
Success for me is not defined or measured by money. It’s about being able to do what you truly love and being able to share that passion with the world.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Oprah, Louise Hay and Michelle Obama.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
Time blocking!
Self-care method of choice?
A full day of unplugging – meditation, massage and crystal healing.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
To not overbook myself and spread myself too thin.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“Do something today that your future self with thank you for.”

Genna Bennett Soh, Founder of Highlight Asia | HK

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
I’m lucky that I’m a morning person! The first thing would be having a good breakfast and fuit juice and hopping on the mtr in to our office in Sheung Wan. I live in Clear Water Bay so it’s a long ride for me, but it gives me the time to either read my kindle, jump start on emails and schedule my day by prioritizing my tasks. Getting into office, first thing would be to follow up on our clients and getting through those emails to achieve inbox zero!
How do you define success?
Success to me is going back to basics and asking myself am “I happy because I’m doing what I love?” and the answer is YES! I love what I do every day, and to hear that each member of our team loves what they do too is real bliss. Being able to build and empower a solid team really is a blessing and success in every way.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
We can both agree that Lindsay Jang is one of our female inspirations: from hearing her story, her background and her work and being a mother of 2 – her achievements are proof enough that the sky is the limit.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
iCalendar is a life saver and I absolutely love working with project management tool “Dapulse” which keeps communication with our internal departments stronger than ever.
Self-care method of choice?
I am a total island girl! Self-care to me is spending time in nature or the ocean and finding the next best adventure, whether it be surfing in Bali or hiking in Clear Water Bay.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
It’s a daily struggle finding the time to balance work life and personal life, it all becomes a blur when you love what you do, which is a great thing! But it’s also important to find that balance and take time off to contemplate, re-evaluate and to refresh your mind and thoughts.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“Be Fearless in the Pursuit of what sets your soul on fire” This quote is a constant reminder to ask myself “What does set my soul on fire?” and am I doing everything I can… to reach those goals and passions.

Payal Shah, Founder and CEO at L’Dezen

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
I don’t think I have regular days at work. I am constantly on the road with shows and events that I organise with my jewellery brand. However the days I am in Hong Kong – I go to the office and work on the new collection we launch every 3 months. I am currently also working on my website update with a whole new online store which will be great for a larger reach.
How do you define success?
Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Sara Blakely, Tory Burch, Priyanka Chopra, Vaishali Shah (my mother) and Arianna Huffington.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
Get a password manager app!
Self-care method of choice?
Do more of what makes you happy.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
How to scale with integrity.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
Out dream yourself!

Kitty N. Wong, Head illustrator at Kitty N. Wong | HK

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
I wake up and I draw! Well, and interspersed with some emails, invoices, meetings and marketing stuff as well.
How do you define success?
Getting to do the work you want and where you want, every day.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
My illustrator and designer pals @belindalovelee and @choleil.
Your ultimate productivity hack?
Listen to podcasts while you work! Even on days when I don’t feel like working I just put on a podcast and work feels fun again.
Self-care method of choice?
Lately I’ve been lighting candles while I get ready for bed, since I work from my home studio it’s hard to separate work and daily life and this little candle ritual is a good signal to relax.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
With things like social media we see everyone else’s highlight reels everyday and it seems like everyone is constantly got their A game on – and that’s a great source of inspiration. But it can also make you feel really insecure, like you can never be successful enough. Some days it’s hard to just step back and look around and be thankful for what you have. It was my dream to be able to work as a full time fashion illustrator, working with clients such as Dior and Lane Crawford and fresh out of school I would never have dreamed that I could do it. I hardly take enough time to enjoy that achievement but instead I am always anxiously focused on trying to get to the next step. So I think for that reason it’s so important to write down your goals and celebrate each time you achieve one!
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
“Let us live, therefore, cheerfully, although there be no lasting joy in mortal things, whose substance is evanescent, inane, and vacuous. But if there is any good thing by which you would adorn this stage of life, we have not of such been cheated: rest, serenity, modesty, self-restraint, orderliness, change, fun, entertainment, society, temperance, sleep, food, drink, riding, sailing, walking, keeping abreast of events, meditation, contemplation, education, piety, marriage, feasting, the satisfaction of recalling an orderly disposition of the past, cleanliness, water, fire, listening to music, looking at all about one, talks, stories, history, liberty, continence, little birds, puppies, cats, consolation of death, the common flux of time, fate and fortune, over the afflicted and favoured alike. There is good in the hope for things beyond all hope; good in the exercise of some art in which one is skilled; good in meditation upon the manifold transmutation of all nature and upon the magnitude of Earth” – Girolamo Cardano

Lucia Tait Tolani, Founder of PAIR Hong Kong

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
Still working on it…
How do you define success?
The ability to pick and choose who you work with and how you work. Maintaining your personal standards (morally, socially, etc.) within your profession. Not living in a constant state of work stress!
Your ultimate productivity hack?
Google calendar-ing everything.
Self-care method of choice?
Nine hours of sleep a night, long baths with New York magazine or the FT Weekend, and binge watching period dramas.
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
Balancing my personal idea of perfection and quest for unwavering professionalism with efficiency and forward momentum.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?
More of an idiom than a quote: the devil is in the details. I see it more as a positive reminder that all those small, seemingly menial tasks can add up to something truly great, if you give them proper care and attention.

Alison M. Friedman, Artistic Director of The West Kowloon Cultural District

girl boss asia entrepreneur womenWhat’s your regular workday like?
I started less than a month ago as the new Artistic Director of Asia’s largest cultural district development, after 7 years of running my own arts and culture exchange non-profit based in Beijing. In the performing arts, there’s no such thing as ‘regular’ work day. It could involve any or all of: budget meetings to observing dance rehearsals; government meetings with the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China to receptions at the French Embassy; opening nights at the opera to early morning strategy sessions with the technical team for an upcoming theatre tour. If we’re on tour, a work day involves an awful lot of airports, hotels, and occasional 2am emergency room visits if a performer gets injured or sick!
How do you define success?
Success is when an audience member sees one of our performances or participates in one of our education outreach activities and their view of the world expands just a tiny bit. We’re in the business of changing hearts and minds through the arts.
Other #GirlBosses you look up to?
Cathy Levy (National Arts Centre of Canada); Cathy Barbash (Barbash Consulting); Hilary Clinton (no matter how hard my day was, it was definitely not as hard as hers!)
Your ultimate productivity hack?
When you’re feeling overwhelmed, do not speed up. Stop, take three deep breaths, get up and walk around. Usually the block clears and I end up way more productive.
Self-care method of choice?
Massage
What is something you’re honestly still struggling with (or still working through)?
How to keep empty, un-programmed, un-planned time in my week. I still schedule and over-book every waking second.
Favourite quote that inspires you endlessly?” People will forget what you say, but they will not forget how you made them feel. (And my dad’s barometer question for the bad days: “Is anyone bleeding?”).

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