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Colliers Singapore celebrates International Women's Day 2021 and workplace diversity

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As we wrap up the month, we review the activities and discussion the Collier's team had for International Women's Day on 8 March.


 

As March comes to a close, it is time to wrap up a month of great activities and discussion the Colliers’ team had around diversity in the workplace, as we celebrated International Women's Day on 8 March.

 

How can we nurture women in the workplace?

WeiLeng Tang, Managing Director: "Empowerment, awareness and stakeholder education  this is the way forward to advance women in the workplace. Women today are generally well educated and confident.

Empowering them through sharing and learning sessions at the appropriate levels where they can hear first-hand from successful women leaders — insights of their journey and what people don’t tell you. Stakeholder awareness and education are important to manage perceptions and any conscious and unconscious bias."

WATCH: #IWD2021 - WeiLeng Tang, Managing Director

 

What does IWD mean to you? 

Sophia Kim, Senior Manager, Advisory & Consulting: "Over the past years, I have studied and worked in US, UK and Singapore. I am sometimes confronted gender and social /cultural barriers as a female and one of the minority ethnic groups. The ways to challenge them is to believe in yourself and to respect others.

International Women’s Day is personal to me, as it is a time for you to celebrate your own accomplishments as well as to celebrate the achievements of other inspiring women. It is a time for us to recognise it together as a global community and take one step closer to gender equality."

WATCH: #IWD2021 - Sophia Kim and Jonathan Denis-Jacob, of Consulting and Advisory Services

 

What advice would you give to a woman joining your team?

Stephen Bruce, Executive Director & Head, Real Estate Management Services: "Diversity in the workplace ensures a variety of different perspectives. Having a team with different characteristics and backgrounds means a greater variety of skills and experiences which ultimately drive performance. The advice I would give to a young woman joining our team is to be bold, brave and speak out."

WATCH: #IWD2021 - Jaqueline Choo and Stephen Bruce, of Real Estate Management Services

 

How do you succeed in a male-dominated environment?

Rick Thomas, Managing Director, Emerging Markets: "Take on a leadership role, step out of your comfort zone. You don't need to have a leadership title to be considered a leader in your office. Whatever your position, find a leadership role you can excel in — whether it's heading up a key initiative, solving problems and resolving conflict, or calm decision making in a crisis  and push yourself to be the go-to person for those situations."

 

Do you recognise the importance of female being a role model?

LingWei Kong, Director, Capital Markets: "Being a role model is so important! I have a young daughter and I am more conscious of that than ever. A good role model demonstrates confidence and leadership and is not afraid to be unique. A role model also needs to interact with everyone, communicate clearly and show concerns for others. Finally, a role model should have humility and willingness to admit mistakes."

 

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WeiLeng has a strong collaborative culture and regional outlook, which enables her to fully connect Colliers Singapore to our other businesses within Asia Pacific and across the global platform. It creates added value for clients who now demand highly effective solutions spanning from country to country.

Capital Markets is her expertise. Her first foray into real estate began nearly three decades ago when she was headhunted by government service. She has since accumulated a wealth of experience in selling buildings, hotels and development land. She sold her first office building at 20 Malacca Street at Raffles Place – just barely one year into her new role. That same relentlessness saw her through many more deals, some bigger, others smaller. Over the years, she has developed an excellent network and invested in strong relationships.

She often gets the question, "What drives you?", which she usually answers, "the inexplicable joy I see on my clients' face when I close a deal!" By building trusted relationships, she has successfully entered into joint ventures with both CapitaLand and City Developments Limited (CDL), during her stint on the buy-side with Wells Fargo (then Wachovia Real Estate).

Having three daughters of her own that are coming of age, she understands her people's aspirations and recognises the acceleration of success of her people as one of her key focuses, where she mentors and nurtures them in becoming the next generation of leaders.

Colliers has given her tremendous space to accelerate her success, and she would like to accelerate yours too. Connect with her today!

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