By Violet Lim, CEO and Co-Founder at Lunch Actually Group. A version of this article originally appeared on Violet’s LinkedIn blog. Violet is a member of EO Singapore.
The transition from one year to another seems like a perfect time to say thank you to these 10 women entrepreneurs whom I have had the pleasure of meeting and learning from. These are women who have fought against all odds, made a mark in the business world and crafted their own brands of leadership.
I have met so many inspirational women entrepreneurs in the past year, and this was a difficult list to make! I hope these women entrepreneurs can give you the same dose of motivation that they gave me!
1. Kendra Scott: Designer, CEO and Philanthropist
2. Elizabeth Tan: Founder of Sight to Sky and CEO of Heatwave Shoes
3. Hayley Quinn: Founder, Dating Expert and Social Media Personality
I met Hayley at one of the dating industry conferences in London in 2018, and she has taught and inspired me so much through her personality and knowledge! She’s UK’s top dating coach who is passionate about helping women become empowered in love and working with men to improve their relationships with women. Her Youtube channel—where she posts many social experiments and How To videos—has close to 100,000 followers. Hayley Quinn is also a fellow TED speaker and we did a video together when we met! I am so motivated by Hayley’s work (authentic and edgy, you will find no motherhood statements here!) and her passion for helping singles. I believe singles can learn a lot from her videos and her courses on how to be the best version of themselves and be successful in their dating journey!
4. So-Young Kang: Serial Entrepreneur, Founder of Awaken Group and Gnowbe
It has been many years since I met So-Young for the first time and over the years we always cross paths speaking at various events and conferences. So-Young left the corporate world and started Gnowbe, a pioneering transformational app to help people build personalized learning journeys while on-the-go. What has constantly impressed me about So-Young is her infectious energy! She has a big heart and contributes to society through The Young Professional Group. Some of the best advice I have recieved from So-Young is that, as leaders, we need to constantly empower our associates by allowing them room to grow, giving them tasks that they may not be able to do before, but at the same time, giving them the support and resources to ask for help and advice. Watch our Facebook Live video together here!