Celebrating International Women’s Month 2020

By Yu Ming Chin
Executive Director
Viventis Search Asia

I believe that women are a force to be reckoned with – despite life’s hardships, women emerge stronger, wiser, and more driven than ever to create opportunities with every challenge they face. They persevere tirelessly to take charge and challenge the norms to make the world a better place. They possess wit, charm, independence, and strength. 

Women are living proof that everything is possible because women can!

This Women’s Month, we celebrate both the hardships and victories of women across all walks of life. We celebrate the immense power they have to redefine the status quo and close the gender gap. As a fair and equal opportunity employer, Viventis values equality in the workplace and we salute all women employees who have brought significant contributions to the company’s success. No matter what status, color, origin or orientation, all employees are treated equally and are respected wholeheartedly.

What makes the women of Viventis admirable and formidable? Here are some of the traits that define them – inside and outside the workplace: 

They exude confidence and believe in themselves. Women of Viventis know their roles personally and professionally. They know exactly who they are and what they want from life.

Leah Cendana, Senior Director - Business Process Outsourcing, Shared Services, and HR

“I have reached a point in my life that I find a sense of achievement when I provide time and be a quality person to my family, and be able to  support my company’s goals and also be able to give back to the community. This is my purpose. My reason for existence as a woman, as a human being.”

They know their worth. Women of Viventis know their strengths and weaknesses. They are aware of their limits, but also thrive in their capabilities. Nobody’s perfect, but they are unique in their own way.

Michelle Lat-Banogon, Director - Consumer, Retail, and Pharmaceuticals

“I have always been a believer of knowing one’s self worth. Over the years, I always try to recognize and acknowledge the strength of those people I work with and use this for them to realize and reaffirm their value in this job. Same way, being aware of each other’s weaknesses gives us the chance to know how to help each other better.”

They are strong and courageous. Life’s challenges don’t bring the women of Viventis down. They may fall, but they stand up again – stronger and more determined to take on the world. They learn from their mistakes and carry on. They are fearless in everything they do.

CJ Fontanilla, Associate Director - Property, Real Estate, Construction , Hospitality, and Restaurants

“Part of getting older in this business is realizing that winning is between rewarding the best and removing the weakest.That's why my fortitude normally leaps on challenges that intimidate me.”

They have a heart full of forgiveness and hope. The women of Viventis have pure and loving souls, which makes every working day more meaningful. They never burden their minds with negativity and perceive any difficulty as an opportunity to try all over again.

Theresa Caras, Senior Consultant - Asia Pacific

“At the heart of a meaningful work is the belief that your job makes other people life’s better. Identify achievements in building others up and measure success by the lives we touch.”

They value authenticity and integrity. Filled with pure intentions, the women of Viventis are honest to a fault. Being true and authentic is what keeps them going, so they can do their jobs better and serve all stakeholders to the best of their abilities.

Rhea Rodis, Director - Industrial and Manufacturing

“In life and in work, I ensure to practice honesty, loyalty, and authenticity. It’s important to treat others with kindness and respect. It makes a difference when people put their trust in you and your capabilities - this pushes me to work harder, learn from my mistakes, and stay true to myself.”

Precious Pajarillo, Strategy & Transformation Lead

“A woman’s opinion, ideas and vision would always be beautifully articulated, know that they need to be listened to and given with utmost importance. I have always thought that I only had a small voice which cannot be heard, until I speak up and articulated my opinions, visions and ideas. I realized that they are valuable, that I am precious, that I need to speak more because it can create the most positive change anywhere.”

They are inspiring. The women of Viventis provide motivation that helps the company move forward. They are not afraid to use their voice. They are game changers who chart their own path and lead their lives towards success. 

Jacelyn Tan, Regional Director - Singapore & Malaysia

“As a manager, I strive to practise compassionate leadership whenever I can. By showing my team how much I care, I wish to inspire them to also care for the people they worked with including our co-workers, clients as well as candidates. "Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”

To all women – your strength is your power! Here’s to all strong women who continue to forge an equal and enabled world. Happy International Women’s Month

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