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Womenpreneur Asia is a show for women entrepreneurs in Asia to share what they know with other women who aspire to be entrepreneurs. It's about the gritty yet inspiring stories, the little-known struggles and the much-talked about sweet success of being an Asian woman in business across Asia. Womenpreneur Asia is created and hosted by Krista Goon who is a Malaysian entrepreneur, author and marketer. All episodes are sponsored by Redbox Studio.

Womenpreneur Asia is a show for women entrepreneurs in Asia to share what they know with other women who aspire to be entrepreneurs. It's about the gritty yet inspiring stories, the little-known struggles and the much-talked about sweet success of being an Asian woman in business across Asia. Womenpreneur Asia is created and hosted by Krista Goon who is a Malaysian entrepreneur, author and marketer. All episodes are sponsored by Redbox Studio.

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United States

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Womenpreneur Asia is a show for women entrepreneurs in Asia to share what they know with other women who aspire to be entrepreneurs. It's about the gritty yet inspiring stories, the little-known struggles and the much-talked about sweet success of being an Asian woman in business across Asia. Womenpreneur Asia is created and hosted by Krista Goon who is a Malaysian entrepreneur, author and marketer. All episodes are sponsored by Redbox Studio.

Language:

English


Episodes

Penny Choong, Founder of Penny Essentials, Malaysia

11/25/2021
Penny Choong of Malaysia is this week's guest. She is the founder of Penny Essentials, a business that helps people enjoy being healthy. Yet years ago, she was suffering from such severe migraine attacks that she couldn’t even get out of bed! Her story is quite unique in that she was focused on teaching financial education when she came back from the Middle East. Yet life sometimes throws us curve balls and she came to a realization that she herself needed to be well first. She couldn’t...

Duration:01:00:42

Padmaja Vaswani, Founder & CEO of Siksha Group, India

11/18/2021
This episode is about Padmaja Vaswani from India who manages 3 businesses focusing on learning and development, organisational development in addition to diversity and inclusion. Padmaja is the Founder & CEO of Siksha Group, which offers learning and development for companies across India. She is also the CEO of NEWS Navigation that specializes in executive coaching and organizational transformation solutions. She is also the co-founder of WeMantra which enables individuals and...

Duration:00:59:37

Chalita Hongsakul, Managing Director of Wakingbee Corporation, Thailand

11/11/2021
This episode is about Thai entrepreneur, Chalita Hongsakul. Chalita is the Managing Director of Wakingbee Corporation based in Bangkok, Thailand. She doesn’t call herself a fitness freak but came to start a fitness and activewear clothing brand after quitting as a management consultant. It was a desire to get healthy that put her on the entrepreneurial track. While trying to get to the gym, she realised all the available brands she looked at didn’t quite fit her need for something fun,...

Duration:01:01:47

Saliza Abdullah, Managing Director & CEO, BG Capital Holdings Group of Companies, Malaysia

11/4/2021
This episode of Season 3 is with Saliza Abdullah, the Managing Director & CEO, BG Capital Holdings Group of Companies in Malaysia. Saliza manages a 100% woman-owned security services business - one which belonged to her late mother. The original business offered physical guarding and security services. Since taking over, Saliza has expanded the scope of business to include training and surveillance. In this episode, we talk about: For show notes and more, visit womenpreneurasia.com

Duration:00:54:26

Titaporn Tuchinda, Managing Director of The Growth and Change Co. Ltd., Thailand

10/28/2021
Titaporn Tuchinda is this week's guest and she is an executive coach, entrepreneur and investor in Thailand with more than one business! She is the Managing Director of The Growth and Change Co., Ltd, Thailand and founder and board member of Brighton College International School just outside of Bangkok. She has also conceptualised and set up two boutique hotels in Chiangmai from scratch! Titaporn is also an executive coach with Aberkyn. These businesses seem unrelated on the surface but...

Duration:00:52:17

Jayce Tham, Chief Businesswoman of CreativesAtWork Pte Ltd, Singapore

10/21/2021
Jayce Tham co-founded CreativesAtWork with her sister, Fanny, in 2012 and the two sisters couldn’t be more different! Jayce spent years in the corporate world while Fanny was in the creative industry. The two Singaporean sisters created a pool and network of freelancers in Singapore and across the region to help corporate companies with everything media-related and creative-related such as photography to graphic design, from advertisements to short films. Unlike other platforms which...

Duration:00:56:41

Laura Phan, Founder & CEO of iZi Community, Vietnam

10/14/2021
This week I speak to Vietnamese startup founder, Laura Phan, the founder & CEO of iZi Community. iZi Community is an online gamification and AI-based education platform made for learners who need snack-sized learning. Interestingly, Laura is a non-tech founder where she leads her team of programmers in connecting learners and content creators in Vietnam. But this is not her first business. She started her first business at 21 with a team of 30 people because she wanted to prove a...

Duration:01:01:46

Helen Tan, Executive Chairman of Blanc Designs, Malaysia

10/7/2021
Following your dream. After working for a few years in London, Helen came home to Penang, Malaysia to work in the family business. Yet, her heart was always in the arts. She described how she would visit museums and art galleries in London and found that she was always joyful in these places. And that was how she realised she had to pursue her love for the arts and started her design firm, Blanc Designs. Helen loves to incorporate art as 3D forms for homes and offices rather than have...

Duration:01:05:52

Yuka Imanishi, Founder & CEO of CURIO Japan Inc.

10/1/2021
Welcome to Season 3! We kick off our third season with Yuka Imanishi who is the founder and CEO of CURIO Japan Inc. Yuka's business started as a B2C business and soon after, became also a B2B business and now she even has a third business due to the pandemic! Due to her innate curiosity for the world at large, her business is all about fostering intercultural relations between international students with the local Japanese. It started with a simple premise - tutoring services. Later, she...

Duration:01:03:16

Amita Nandi, CEO and Founder of Tact World, Malaysia - Season 2, Ep. 13 with Krista Goon

7/8/2021
For the final episode of Season 2, I spoke to Amita Nandy, CEO and Founder of Tact World, Malaysia. Her story has a twist at the end. TACT World began in 1991 when she had to leave full-time work to take care of her family and for 31 years, Amita has been training, coaching and facilitating. She still works with corporate clients but she also now focuses her energy on women. Amita has a passion for working with women using women circles and retreats, incorporating storytelling and coaching...

Duration:01:02:47

Eve Phua, Founder of Believe Beauty Academy - Womenpreneur Asia Season 2, Ep. 12 with Krista Goon

7/1/2021
This episode is about a Singaporean mumpreneur, Eve Phua who is the founder of Believe Beauty Academy, a beauty and wellness business where she helps women look their best - using products by Mary Kay. She was top in her personal sales for the Mary Kay Singapore Sales Director Category last year despite it being a challenging year due to the pandemic. She also leads her own team of beauty consultants. But more than that, she spoke about how she saw herself transforming from a timid person...

Duration:01:03:25

Michelle Yeo, Co-founder and General Manager of Dandy Modern Food - Womenpreneur Asia Season 2, Ep. 11 with Krista Goon

6/25/2021
In this episode, I spoke to Michelle Yeo who is the Co-Founder and General Manager of Dandy Modern Food in Penang, Malaysia. She has two outlets in Penang with a third planned for Kuala Lumpur. Dandy is an all-day casual eatery, bakery and café serving a massive 150 items on their menu. These contemporary Mediterranean dishes include pastries and desserts. Michelle who is from Kuching, Sarawak and her husband Jamal who is from Lebanon were already running a security systems business when...

Duration:01:05:19

Boonsiri Somchit-Ong, Co-founder & Chief Conceptualist of Xtrategize Technologies Sdn Bhd - Womenpreneur Asia Season 2, Ep 10 with Krista Goon

6/17/2021
In today’s episode, I spoke to Boonsiri Somchit Ong who is the co-founder and chief conceptualist of Xtrategize Technologies Sdn Bhd based in Penang, Malaysia. Boonsiri is of Malaysian Thai-Chinese descent and is well known in the multinational corporation circle where she had spent more than 30 years before she left to join her husband, Tony, in the business. In her previous corporate role, Boonsiri was a finance and operations professional leading a global team that delivered business...

Duration:01:05:56

Radha Mohan Durbha, Co-Founder & Director of Kereses Consulting India Private Ltd, India - Womenpreneur Asia Season 2, Ep. 9 with Krista Goon

6/10/2021
This week, I spoke to Radha Mohan Durbha who is the co-founder and director of Kereses Consulting India Private Ltd, India. She started her business when she was 41 and in looking back, she wished she had started much earlier! Kereses Consulting India Private Ltd is a HR consulting business based in Bangalore, India that Radha started with her friend. As a HR recruiter, Radha is responsible for the planning, budgeting and operations of recruitment and training, and engages with...

Duration:01:01:43

Jaklin Juanis, Founder of Professional Advancements Resources - Womenpreneur Asia Season 2, Ep. 8 with Krista Goon

6/3/2021
Jaklin Juanis is the founder of Professional Advancements Resources based in Malaysia. Jaklin was born and bred in Kota Belud in rural Sabah, East Malaysia. Her village didn’t have electricity and as a child she studied by candlelight. In this interview, she spoke about how she kept on moving and having the momentum to get out of her challenging situation, and being smart about the resources she had around her. She has certainly done well for herself. Since 2008, as a corporate trainer,...

Duration:01:05:04

Shamala Hinrichsen, CEO of Hanai - Womenpreneur Asia Season 2, Ep 7 with Krista Goon

5/27/2021
In this episode, I spoke to Malaysian entrepreneur Shamala Hinrichsen. Shamala is the founder of Hanai, a social enterprise that empowers women to take charge of their health. Her first app, Hanai Jiwa Ibu, targeted at rural Malaysia provides women with access to information about maternal, mental health and domestic violence in addition to a complete doctor’s directory and information on COVID-19. Inspired by her own grandmother, Shamala who now lives in Germany with her husband and two...

Duration:01:02:20

Cha-Ly Koh, CEO & founder of Urbanmetry Sdn Bhd - Womenpreneur Asia Season 2, Ep 6 with Krista Goon

5/20/2021
In this episode, I spoke to Cha-Ly Koh who is the CEO & founder of Urbanmetry Sdn Bhd in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Urbanmetry is a data company that cleans and analyses large amounts of city data, through its proprietary algorithms with the purpose of using data to better inform, plan and develop sustainable urban dwellings. With offices in Kuala Lumpur and Hanoi, Urbanmetry collaborated with ThinkCity to publish a book in 2016 titled The Secret Atlas of Greater Kuala Lumpur which offers...

Duration:00:55:27

Shadaitul Intan, Director of Profound Learning Solutions Sdn Bhd - Womenpreneur Asia Season 2, Ep 5 with Krista Goon

5/13/2021
In this episode, I spoke to Shadaitul Intan, the director of Profound Learning Solutions Sdn Bhd, a training consultancy based in Malaysia. Intan, as she is fondly known, grew up in a small town of Batu Gajah, Perak but was encouraged by her father to be who she wanted to be. She admitted she once drove a Ferrari that wasn't hers and she even set up a daycare centre prior to setting up this training consultancy business. She was 33 and a single mother of 2 daughters when she started her...

Duration:00:55:37

Sophie Ha Nguyen, Co-founder & CEO of Skabella - Womenpreneur Asia Season 2 , Ep 4 with Krista Goon

5/6/2021
In this episode, I am speaking to Sophie Ha Tu Nguyen from Vietnam who is the co-founder and CEO of Skabella, a children's clothing business. Sophie's business was hit particularly hard by the pandemic as hers was a retail business, dependent on foot traffic in the mall. What was supposed to be the worst possible year for her turned out to be a year of possibilities and renewed hope. She had to make some decisions but by making these decisions, she grew a new business that was...

Duration:01:08:55

Susan Chee, Founder & Director of Criteria & Connections - Womenpreneur Asia Season 2, Ep 3 with Krista Goon

4/29/2021
Episode 3 is where I speak to Susan Chee who is the founder and director of Criteria & Connections in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her business helps companies create memorable events, launches and conferences. Some of her noteworthy events include: The business sounds glamorous when you're in front as a spectator. But when you're behind-the-scenes, managing multiple schedules, clients, sub-contractors, vendors and teams, it is complex artistry at its best. It was a delight talking to Susan...

Duration:01:26:16