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Happy International Women’s Day everyone!

March 8 is a day to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women, who have played an extraordinary role in their countries and communities.

Today, we would also like to take a moment to celebrate a few female powerhouses in our community – after all, 1880 is designed with them in mind.
Ask me anything: Jean Low
Jean Low is a director at 1880, where she is responsible for advocating the empowerment of women and gender equality. She is concurrently the director of finance at United World College (UWC) of South East Asia. For those who are new to the 1880 family, she is also the other half (or better half) of our founder - Marc Nicholson. 
1. What do you regard as your greatest achievement?
That I have come to a point in my life where I am comfortable with who I am, flubby parts and all. I can live every day and be in each moment. I am incredibly grateful to be here.

2. How do you think you can impact society in a positive way?
Participate...don't be a bystander. I am so glad I finally took the plunge of leaving the corporate world and entering the not-for-profit world of Education; and voluntarily joining the Board of AWARE (Singapore's leading gender equality advocacy group). It has been incredibly rewarding. Go with your passion.
 
3. Why have you joined 1880?
1880 is my community, a diverse "kampong" (Malay word for “village”) of people who dare to challenge the status quo, but do so quietly and courageously; people who value growth, but not at the expense of someone else; people who respect individuality, but care about the greater good; people who laugh with others and are unafraid to laugh at themselves.
 
4. Who or what would you most like to see at 1880?
Unfettered fun, courageous discourse, sparks of imagination resulting in wildfires of innovation.

5. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being a "mummy-sandwich", lying in bed between my two sleeping children, and listening to their quiet breathing. That may sound creepy but it's really not.

6. Who or what is the greatest love of your life?
My wonderful children – Maya papaya and Bo bear – and The Mad Blonde One.

7. Who are your heroes in life? 
Some obvious ones like Nelson Mandela, The Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu – the reluctant heroes who have suffered so much, but still found the capacity to love. Every man, woman and child who lives their lives with compassion, dignity and integrity. We're all everyday heroes.
 
8. What is the quality you like most in a man?
There's not just one quality, it has to be the whole package. I'm all about Yin and Yang, contradictions and balance. Someone with a bit of madness and a lot of kindness. Someone who is infuriating most of the time but has sparkling moments of incredible-ness. Someone who is a great father and can make stories up on the fly. Someone who snores loudly but sleeps lightly... Oh wait, that sounds a lot like my husband!

 
Inspiring conversations:
Heatwave X Daughters of Tomorrow
This International Women’s Day, it is apt for us to share one of our favourite stories that have come about since 1880 was started: the collaboration between Heatwave Shoes and non-profit Daughters of Tomorrow (DOT).
In October last year, Carrie Tan, founder of DOT, was introduced by 1880’s founder Marc Nicholson, to Elizabeth Tan, the managing director of Heatwave. The good that has resulted can only be described as an embodiment of what we aspire to be.
 
Carrie describes her organisation’s purpose as “teaching women how to fish”. In doing so, the underprivileged ladies that it helps can find jobs and achieve sustained employment. As a retailer of "well-made pairs of heels", Heatwave has a vision to empower the daily journeys of women.
 
The complementary nature of their organisations were immediately apparent to each other and after just one conversation, they knew they had to work together.
 
“It was a very direct and uncomplicated process,” revealed Carrie. “After making the connection, we shared about what we each needed and can offer towards enhancing our organisations.”
 
Moving forward, Elizabeth plans to give a voucher to each participant of DOT’s Confidence Curriculum, a series of workshops consisting of personal discovery, soft skills and communications, coaching and professional development modules.
 
“This voucher will enable them to get a pair of shoes from Heatwave, and help them feel and look good when they start work,” said Elizabeth.
 
“Coming from underprivileged backgrounds, these women don’t spend money on themselves. This is a great opportunity to gift themselves something.”

 
Happenings: CRIB Summit
In support of Dr Elaine Kim and the very good work of the CRIB team, we would like to encourage you to attend the CRIB Summit happening this weekend. 
Are you an entreprenuer, a changemaker, a woman in the workplace, a leader or an individual wanting to make a positive impact on society?

The 2-day programme includes a symposium to inspire and workshops designed to equip attendees with tangible skills and outcomes. Be part of the conversation as we discuss these topics during the symposium.
 
> Female entrepreneurship and investing in women
> Women in the workplace and in leadership
> Social impact and philanthropy

 
As a friend of 1880, we are happy to offer you 15% discount on the CRIB Summit tickets. 
Sat & Sun, 11 & 12 March 2017
CAPELLA AT SENTOSA
PROMO CODE: CRIBSUMMIT15
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Last words from our Grande Dame
A friend recently forwarded an email to me about the results of a study, which uncovered how women have a consistent rise in ambition to reach executive leadership from the early stages of their professional careers, through to senior management level. However, that ambition at senior management level drops considerably as they strive to reach the C-suite.
 
This was published by Egon Zehnder, as part of its Leaders & Daughters Global Survey, a seven-country examination of working women's motivations, ambitions and their own definitions of professional success.
 
Another interesting key conclusion is that as their seniority increases, women feel that promotions become increasingly challenging to obtain. They also see a greater need to overcome gender bias and stereotypes in the workplace.
 
As we celebrate International Women’s Day, I wanted to share this with you. While the findings are not entirely positive, the silver lining is that there is awareness of these obstacles. The next thing to be done is to understand why, and try to find solutions.
 
This is obviously not going to be done overnight. But I hope that with the help of 1880, perhaps even with it acting as a conduit, we can start the conversation and someday even contribute an answer.
 
Click here to explore the 2017 Leaders & Daughters Data Visualizer.
“A woman is like a tea bag -
you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.”

Eleanor Roosevelt
www.1880.com.sg

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