Mentorships are important for personal and professional development. Through these relationships, knowledge about career choices, best practices and insights into industries is exchanged to help advance future generations of leaders.
The School’s Global Alumni Network Office (GANO) NUS MBA Mentorship programme brings together current MBA students and alumni to exchange knowledge, information, insights and experiences. By playing a direct role in guiding and shaping the next generation of leaders, our NUS MBA alumni contribute to the School in one of the most meaningful ways.
Business education can be intense, but it’s not all work and no play. For three couples, it held the promise of a brighter future not only for their careers, but also their love lives. They now share their experiences as to how some of the most important lessons in life take place outside of the classroom.
Lesson # 1: Trust Your Instincts and Invest Your Time Wisely
If William Tan had not changed his mind and made the switch to the Faculty of Business Administration in 1989, he may not have met his soulmate.
William and Jane’s first Christmas together
Sometimes it takes losing everything to grow and discover yourself. NUS BBA alumna Anthea Ong‘s story is one such take on triumphing over adversity.
After her graduation in 1990, Anthea built a successful career, got married and even embarked on an entrepreneurial venture in education technology and consulting. She made all the right moves that paid off.
However, unfortunate circumstances led to her losing everything almost overnight – her marriage, her business and her sense of self. “For the first time in my life, I had fallen off the safe path and didn’t know what the future held. It was the darkest period in my life,” recalls Anthea.
Once every two years, we recognize the achievements of alumni who have distinguished themselves as leaders in the private and public sectors. These are men and women who have made a difference in industry and society, whose accomplishments are a reflection of both their leadership acumen and NUS Business School’s vision of excellence.
This year, a total of 10 outstanding individuals from industries and fields such as agriculture, entrepreneurship, logistics, healthcare, real estate and sports were honoured. Their impact as leaders is seen not just in Singapore, but also in major economies like China and Japan. In addition, the School’s eminent alumni serve on boards across industries in Singapore and elsewhere in the region, and exemplify NUS Business School’s vision of leading from Asia. The recipients were presented their Awards by Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr Lim Hng Kiang.
“NUS Business School has been instrumental in nurturing business leaders, not just for Singapore, but also the region and world,” said Peter Seah, Chairman of DBS Group and alumnus of NUS Business School (BBA Honours, 1968). “Today, it has almost 3,000 students and thousands more alumni, after starting out with a pioneer batch of just 22 students, of which I was one. I am heartened by how the School has adapted well to changing business landscapes and practices.”
At the Awards ceremony, Minister Lim also launched the School’s 50th anniversary celebrations with the unveiling of its 50th anniversary logo. Inspired by the School’s Mochtar Riady Building, the logo design features reed-like columns symbolising flexibility and stability.
More information about this year’s award recipients can be found here.To view interviews of the award recipients, click here.
The Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations (CGIO) recently launched its 2014 Singapore Board Diversity Report.
Focusing on 676 listed companies, covering 4,629 directorships the report found that while Singapore still trails behind the region, we are seeing more diversity in gender, age and ethnicity.
Dr. Marleen Dieleman, Associate Professor and Associate Director for CGIO presenting the key findings. The results showed that a lot more can be done:
– Diverse boardrooms see nearly five times better ROA
– Only 7.7 per cent of SGX-listed boards are diverse in gender, age and ethnicity
– Female representation on SGX-listed boards increases marginally from 7.9 to 8.3 per cent, remains behind region
With evidence that greater diversity pays off for boards, Guest of Honour, Grace Fu, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Environment and Water Resources and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs calls for companies to re-examine their board selection process and encourages companies to broaden their search beyond their usual social circles. Companies should also explore identifying and grooming board-ready candidates from within, says the NUS Business School alumna.
If capturing the School’s spirit was the goal at this year’s Kent Ridge Alumni Family Day on 16 August, then the Global Alumni Network Association (GANO) can claim a resounding success.