Melissa Close is the Principal of an international school in Phnom Penh at the age of 25. But life hasn't made it so easy for a young woman to rise into a leadership position. She has faced and dealt with sexual harassment in the workplace. She's open to sharing how important it is to speak up for both your own well-being and for your career opportunity.
Following an accident in 2008, Jonn was left with 15% whole body permanent impairment. However, through a combination of rehabilitation and yoga, Jonn was able to restore his body. This inspired Jonn to create CE Yoga in 2014, a men's only yoga studio committed to improving health outcomes for men.
Kim is leading a change in education through the company she created. Her mission is to train teachers, schools, and parents to incorporate technology into classrooms and innovate education to be more interesting and valuable to students. On top of working with schools across the globe, she also travels to participate in weightlifting competitions, as she's equally passionate about staying fit and eating healthy.
Natty is a News Anchor for a radio station, among other things she's doing in the entertainment industry. She and her husband built an amazing community around the only dedicated stand-up & improv comedy club in Thailand, which has hosted many world-famous comedians. She didn't start off her career this way and had her fair share of working in the corporate world. Let's hear her journey through her career change and establishing a community she's passionate about.
Lee Pattana is a CEO & co-founder of 2 tech startup: a medical wearable device and a smart pen, as well as an Operation Consultant and a former Machine Learning Specialist. But what makes him stand out from the crowd is his ability to dazzle anyone with a perfect pitch on the spot. He can get you excited about anything from a spaceship to a pen with his enthusiasm and creativity.
Peter Keusgen will be celebrating his golden jubilee birthday next year. His years of experience shows that life is nothing but conventional. It started when he left Australia for Korea without much prior knowledge. Since the, he's been a street performer, an engineer at Ford, a scuba diving instructor in Malaysia, a communication specialist at McKinsey, and now a CIO of a private equity firm. He shared an important lesson of proactively creating your own opportunities and why you should never submit your resume.
Sascha Funk is a German Professor in Digital Marketing, Journalism, and Media Studies, teaching in many leading universities in Thailand. After experiencing the soulless culture of a marketing agency, he decided to make a change in his life and became a volunteer teacher in North Eastern Thailand. He saw the impact he made through education, and returned to his roots in Digital Marketing to lead the change from university classrooms. He prefers to give creative challenges where students have to experiment with ideas. He's also passionate about edtech, personal development, and runs a blog on traveling, education, and Thai boxing on the side.
Ellie Pattanaworakij has recently started her new job as a sales coordinator for a global hotel chain, but don't let this fool you! She has experimented with many things on her life journey, from being a stage designer, advertising food photographer, graphic designer, event organizer, and more, with each unique job bringing her closer to understanding herself and figuring out what she truly loves. She can share her experiences of finding work in different fields, and that it's perfectly fine to not know your one passion.
Marc C. Close is the CEO and founder of Bespokify, a fashion tech startup that generates perfect fitted, custom designed apparel patterns automatically from 3D body scans. He managed to merge three disciplines he's passionate about, engineering, fashion, and technology, and created a unique niche for himself and pioneered a disruptive product no one has ever done before. He can share his experiences of leaving a secure life behind, rising from failures, and leading his team from the battlefield.
Ploy Suriwong is a MBTI Subject Matter Expert. She runs workshops on MBTI, leadership and teamwork for companies and anyone who is interested in personal growth. She is an introvert who has mastered public speaking and working with people who are usually much older than she is. Ploy can share her experience on being an introspective introvert in an extraverted field, and using insights from personality theories to understand herself and others.