WEN Sponsor Spotlight: Charu Surtani

WEN Sponsor Spotlight: Charu Surtani

WEN would like to applaud Members who have had great wins, overcome obstacles, used innovative approaches or made other strides as an entrepreneur and who are ready to share their tips with you!

We are delighted to showcase our Premium Member : Charu Surtani of Travel Tricks Hong Kong Ltd

Business Nature: Destination Management Company (Travel – Inbound & Outbound – Mice)

Business Start Date:  13 February 2018

Best Achievement to Date: 

Tell us about your entrepreneurial journey:

I have been in the travel and events industry for over 25 years and on 13 Feb 2018 I decided to turn my passion for events and travelling, by starting my own company and to be the entrepreneur I am today.

Travel Tricks was established as a way to aid clientele with custom made solutions by leveraging my vast experience and valued connections in this industry.

The name Travel Tricks was born from the wonder people experienced when their needs were well taken care of. I became known as the ‘Magician of the Hospitality Industry’ because nothing was impossible for me!

How is your company unique?

We are a bespoke destination management company. We provide tailor-made and consultancy services for our leisure and corporate clients based on their needs and we are also closely working on new trends of travel which is very unique. 

How do you transform a challenge into an opportunity?

Take any challenge as a new opportunity and you will find a way forward. For example, when the pandemic hit, it was a big downfall for the travel business. We managed to start a local events company during that phase and we expanded travel tricks globally and we now have 2 offices, one in Hong Kong and the other in Dubai. We have also partnered with a firm in India. We viewed every downfall as an opportunity to grow. 

What is the next step for your business?

We aspire to be a very well known ‘Destination Management Company’ world wide. 

What are your top tips to share with other women entrepreneurs?

  • Always remember your competition is only better than what you were yesterday.
  • The pain and struggle you go through today paves the path for your future happiness.
  • Successful entrepreneurs need the following 4 key attributes to grow their business: Security, regular schedule, headspace and control.
Introducing our new WEN Board Members!

Introducing our new WEN Board Members!

We are delighted to introduce to you our two new additions to WEN’s Board of Directors! Returning WEN Board Alumni, Shea Stanley will be our new Vice-Chairwoman and WEN Elite Member Sioban Guilfoyle is joining as Board Member. Their wealth of entrepreneurial knowledge and expertise is sure to enrich WEN’s initiatives.

Shea Stanley of Little Steps Asia

Originally from Texas, Shea’s travel and lifestyle media career have taken her around the globe to over 50 countries where she has worked on a variety of TV, print, and digital projects including leading the launches of both Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia and Travel + Leisure South Asia as Vice President of International Marketing. With extensive experience in launching new products in international markets, she set up her own company to consult for Asia’s leading travel and lifestyle media after arriving in Hong Kong in 2006.  Her entrepreneurial career continued with the launch of a custom-designed shirt and suit business in which she developed a sales web portal and managed a sales team of 8 in the USA.

When she was pregnant with her first child, Shea longed for a resource offering fun finds and insider tips for parents in Asia.  In 2011, she founded Little Steps Asia, the leading website and weekly e-newsletter dedicated to delivering the inside scoop to parents on what to do, buy, and discover in Asia and beyond. The dedicated team across the region scouts, tastes and shops to find the most hip and happening products and places to keep parents in the know and on the go. Little Steps Asia has been successfully running regionally with dedicated local sites in Hong Kong, Singapore, Bali, Jakarta, Macau, and Kuala Lumpur. Content for families is produced across a range of platforms including websites, email newsletters, social media, and video.

Mom of 2 kids, Shea enjoys an active lifestyle including hiking, yoga, travel, photography, and of course – exploring the city and traveling the world with her clan!

Sioban Guilfoyle of Glow Salon Hong Kong & Glow Spa Hong Kong

Sioban Guilfoyle relocated to Hong Kong in 2007, continuing her career in retail and consumer banking working with teams across Asia.

Sioban established Lissome Hong Kong Limited in 2014 to explore entrepreneurial opportunities. Identifying an underserved and largely ignored segment in the hair, skincare and beauty market, she purchased Glow in April 2015.

With a genuinely customer-centric approach, unwavering commitment to service standards, and aggressive reinvestment in new business lines, marketing and technology, Glow Hong Kong has seen a ten-fold increase in revenues and continual improvement in margins.

Glow is now one of Hong Kong’s most highly regarded international hair and skincare salons.

WEN Announces New Chairwoman, Geetanjali Dhar

WEN Announces New Chairwoman, Geetanjali Dhar

After two years guiding WEN through unprecedented times, Liz Search has handed over the baton to new WEN Chairwoman, Geetanjali Dhar.
 
We would like to sincerely thank Liz for her dedication to WEN and for leading the way over the last two tumultuous, challenging years and doing it with aplomb. Her hard work and her historical knowledge of WEN will be so very helpful to the new incoming board.
 
Meanwhile, we welcome Geetanjali as the new Chairwoman of WEN, and look forward to working together with her for the benefit of Women Entrepreneurs in Hong Kong. We are excited for the future of WEN with her at the helm.
For more information on events, visit their Events Page, or watch out for announcements on their Facebook or LinkedIn pages. If you would like more information, please email admin@wenhk.org.

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Meet the Experts for Clarity and Focus

Meet the Experts for Clarity and Focus

Our Circle event, Clarity and Focus will be held on 18th, March 2021.

 

Gina Marescia, Catalyst Consulting

Gina is a leadership catalyst, committed to directly impacting a richer, more diverse leadership voice to emerge. She is an author, an executive coach for 18-years, speaker and facilitator who works with individuals and companies up for a “bigger game”. Considered to be at the forefront of regional female leadership programs, Gina is passionate about empowering women to define, choose, navigate and find their unique leadership voice.

For over two decades Gina has coached and trained thousands of professionals to define and discover their leadership, develop resilience, be authentically impactful and navigate their careers. She is a recognized resilience and leadership thought-leader. Her book “Impactful Leadership: Unlock your power with CABI™” chronicles the techniques and stories of people who have found their voice and accessed their leadership potential. See www.cabimodel.com.

Gina is the co-founding Director of three Hong Kong companies (leadership consulting, property, architecture) and is the MD for Catalyst ConsultingHK (founded in 2004).

Vivien Hau, Flow Consulting

Vivien coaches senior leaders and top talents from large multinational companies across the regions. Vivien takes people-centred and strengthbased approaches to executive coaching, leadership development and organisation transformation. She provides a guided space for leaders to be still and focus in order to jump higher and further in this VUCA world.

She partners predominantly with the C-suite and HR leaders to develop leaders for today, tomorrow, and the future. With a strong belief on positive psychology and value-driven principles, her coaching focus honours the values, purpose, and uniqueness of each individual.

Vivien has almost 20 years of experience in developing leaders for numerous highly profitable Fortune 500 MNCs and is the Founder and Executive Coach of Flow Consulting. Vivien is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, Registered Industrial-Organisational Psychologist with the Hong Kong Psychological Society, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach with Co-Active Training Institute, Associate Certified Coachwith International Coach Federation, and a certified Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner.

She recently co-published with UK-based OD expert David Shaked two articles: An Appreciative Re-frame of the Imposter Syndrome and The True-Colours Phenomenon.

Sally Dellow, Dramatic Difference

Sally is an Executive Coach and Facilitator specialising in Leadership Development, Inter-cultural Teams and Communication. She has lived in Hong Kong for over 30 years, designing and delivering work from Melbourne to Mumbai.

Thousands of hours of coaching experience inform Sally’s human-centred coaching practice.

She has supported clients from MNC C-suite through to start-up entrepreneurs and NGO heads. Her work covers industries as diverse as luxury fashion, petrochems, veterinary surgery. law, media, finance and cloud computing.  In terms of human behaviour, she finds that the challenges of high performance leadership and effective teaming are more similar than they are different. She is also an Adjunct Coach for IMD business school and London business School.

Sally’s award-winning consultancy has offices in Hong Kong and Singapore, with global reach via a network of selected associate coaches in Abu Dhabi, Australia, China, Dubai, France, Indonesia, Japan, Netherlands, Taiwan, Vietnam, UK and USA.  Alongside coaching, Dramatic Difference is known as a leading innovator and practitioner in the field of Theatre-Led Learning, drawing on the team’s backgrounds in writing, directing and performing for stage and film.  They use experiential techniques such as realplay, roleplay and forum theatre to bring life to learning and learning to life.  Currently under development is a Masterclass series in Effective Dialogue using her C4 Dialogue Navigator© model and toolkits.

Angie Wong, Wong Global Leadership

Angie is an ICF Professional Certified Coach dedicated to creating authentic women leaders who lead with purpose, courage and resilience. Drawing on more than 20 years of practical executive experience in the finance industry, Angie coaches and directs leadership programs internationally serving MNC C-suites and top talents, entrepreneurs and NGO professionals in the US, Europe & Asia Pacific Region.

As the former president of First Interstate Bank in the United States, Angie had extensive experience in building organizational capability, leading start-ups, managing broad-scale change efforts, and leading geographically dispersed teams. She was named “Outstanding Female Banking Executive” by Independent Bankers Magazine in 2006. Angie believes sustainable change starts from within. She created the Integral Growth System—a dynamic, accelerated “whole self” leadership experience that propels leaders not only in business, but in all aspects of their lives. Angie’s purposeful and incisive approach and her business acumen have enabled her to guide her clients towards the change they are seeking.

Angie offers her signature Unlocking Courageous Leadership program based on Dr. Brene Brown’s Dare to Lead TM , a top leadership program popular with Fortune 500 companies. She is the first certified facilitator for this work in Hong Kong. The program has created future-proof leaders globally with the
courage to navigate through change and uncertainties, make purposeful and mindful decisions, and drive innovation and results in their organizations.
As an avid supporter of gender equality, Angie enjoys being a mentor in The Women’s Foundation in Hong Kong, and her volunteer work with the World Academy for the Future of Women. She is an ardent mindfulness practitioner, a curious traveler and outdoor explorer.

Meet the Expert for Future-Proof Your Business

Meet the Expert for Future-Proof Your Business

Our Circle event, Future-Proof your Business will be held on 26th January 2021

We have invited best-selling author Diana Wu David, to share her THREE favourite strategies to give businesses the best possible chance to survive.

Diana Wu David​, Author

Diana is a former Financial Times corporate entrepreneur, author of best-selling book Future Proof: Reinventing Work in an Age of Acceleration and head of Future Proof Lab designed for senior executives and entrepreneurs seeking to go from success to significance and craft their legacy. She is also an adjunct professor at Hong Kong University’s MBA Programme and lecturer for Columbia Business School’s EMBA Global Asia.

Diana is offering WEN members a peek into her book! Upon signing up for her mailing list you will receive a free download of the first two chapters. Click here to access the free downloadable.

Meet the Experts for Protecting You and Your Business

Meet the Experts for Protecting You and Your Business

Our Circle event, Protect You & Your Business​ will be held on 10th November 2020.

Andrea Randall, Gall Solicitors

Andrea is an Employment Partner advising on both Hong Kong and English law. Andrea has significant and extensive experience in high profile complex litigation, including multi-jurisdictional disputes. She undertakes all types of Employment Law work and advises on all aspects of the employment relationship including:

Hiring Strategies and Negotiating and drafting contract terms

Entitlements under deferred compensation, bonus and share schemes and Advising on performance reviews and appraisals

Drafting and advising on post termination restrictions

Advising on disciplinary issues, internal investigations, and representing clients in SFC, ICAC and police investigations

Discrimination and privacy complaints/issues and Applying for and defending injunctions

Advising on redundancy issues, termination and separation agreements

Representing both employers and employees engaged in legal proceedings from the Labour Tribunal to Court of Final Appeal

Andrea is consistently ranked as a top tier lawyer in the major legal guides. She has been recognized as a leading employment lawyer in Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Chambers Asia Pacific, Doyle’s Guide, Asia Law Profiles and AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers. Recently she has won awards for “Best in Labour and Employment” (Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2018) and Lawyer of the Year: Hong Kong (AsiaLaw Awards 2020).

Dr. Quratulain Ziadi, MindnLife

Dr. Zaidi  is a UK & HK Registered Clinical Psychologist who has more than a decade of clinical experience with a wide variety of mental health, social emotional, behavioural and relationship challenges. She has extensive experience working with children, adults, families and couples and her empathetic, understanding and non judgemental manner is something her clients appreciate.

Dr. Zaidi specialises in a broad range of mental health challenges including Depression, Post Natal Depression, Anxiety, Stress Management, Sleep Issues, Anger Management, Bipolar Disorders, Relationship Challenges, Teen Stress and Depression, Couples Therapy, Trailing Spouse, Social Strain and Adaptability, Adjustment for Expat Families, Cyber Safety for children and teens, Cyber Addiction for adults, Mindfulness, and Parenting.

As a well respected expert mental health voice in Hong Kong and an author, Dr. Zaidi is a regular contributor to several highly-subscribed online and print publications, as well as a sought-after invited speaker at conferences. She is passionate about raising awareness of mental health issues and delivers seminars and workshops to groups and corporates in Hong Kong.

Dr. Zaidi was recently recognised by The Zubin Foundation Diversity List 2020: Women’s Voices, a list of 24 smart, talented, passionate women who have the necessary professional skills and knowledge to serve on Hong Kong Government and Statutory Advisory Boards.

Litai Wai, Charings Ltd.

Litai was born and raised in between the glowing meadows in the South of The Netherlands right on the border with Belgium. After his study, Organizational Science at the Tilburg University he worked for FedEx helping them negotiating on their new pension plan and Group insurances.

When he moved to Hong Kong in 2010 he was inspired by a seasoned

insurance broker to work for one of the oldest insurance brokers in Hong Kong,  MI Insurance brokers for the next 5 years servicing Corporates and Individuals.

He started his own insurance brokerage Charings Ltd in 2015, a company which values personal relationships, offering insurance broking and solutions, and acts as a specialized insurance intermediary for niche insurance products like Film Productions,  Director & Officers Liability, and Motorsport.

Elsa Law, Elsa Law & Co. Solicitors

Ms Elsa Law, a commercial and divorce lawyer, who is also the founder and principal of Elsa Law & Co. Solicitors. She began her traineeship with Messrs. Wallace & Partner in London, and as an assistant solicitor with Messrs. Kingsley Napley in London after she was qualified. On her return to Hong Kong, she continued to serve as a lawyer, and notably as legal counsel to the then Kowloon Canton Railway Corporation advising on 

various transactions; and in-house counsel to Ryoden (Holdings) Limited to oversee, manage and settle numerous personal injuries and fatal claims arising from the Garley Building fire.

She founded Elsa Law & Co. Solicitors in late 2005, a boutique law firm known for its client-centric approach providing the best solutions to companies and individuals clients for advice on contracts and commercial transactions, legal settlements, disputes, or simply a consultation with a legal and holistic perspective. Not only that, it has a local but international presence dealing with cross border transactions as it partners with law firms in over 50 countries. Ms. Law is a keen learner and is currently studying for being a Certified Information Privacy Manager.