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Kavitha

Kavitha Subramaniam

Yoga & Meditation

Session Detail

There will be 3 sessions planned. Each session will last between 10-20 minutes allowing for new students to not be too daunted when they first try it. Kavitha will be explaining the poses and its significance, and taking things a little slower so that the attendees will not be overwhelmed by too many poses.

Takeaway Points

1. Be Grounded, Be Strong: Being more self-aware of their own bodies, thoughts and feelings in a positive way.
2. Connect To Your Heart: Learning to be centered.
3. Releasing Negativity Through Meditation: Giving a basic foundation to what yoga is truly about and hopefully giving them the belief to learn more about it.

Speaker Bio

After practising Yoga for about 5 years, Kavitha ventured off to Rishikesh, India to get certified in Traditional Hatha Yoga in May 2015. She recently obtained a Level 1 50Hrs Yin Yoga certification by Sebastian Pucelle and Murielle Burellier and is certified with Yoga Alliance.

DISCLAIMER

  • Please consult a medical practitioner prior to starting the yoga classes, especially if you have existing medical conditions or old injuries of any kind.
  • Like all other exercise classes, avoid eating a heavy meal at least 2 hours prior to class, make sure you are well hydrated before, during and after class and wear comfortable workout clothing.
  • Respect your body and acknowledge your limitations. There is no need to push yourself if you are in any pain or feel light-headed. Stop immediately and rest.
  • We are not liable for any injury sustained as a result of your participation in these classes.
Sivakumar Kumaresan

Sivakumar Kumaresan

Personal development keys for personal growth and professional impact

Session Detail

Personal Development is one of the keys to a meaningful life, as when we are truly growing and learning, we feel joyful. Many AWE delegates have had a deep attraction to travel and music, and in actuality, this is a sign of their need to grow as people. In this session, Siva will share simple personal development methods that he has used over the past 20 years that has allowed him to increase his awareness, live more joyfully, and build better personal and professional relationships.

Takeaway Points

1. Awareness is the key to change, and there are steps to building up awareness.
2. Face your fears, and your fears disappear, avoid your fears and you disappear.
3. The path of awareness often appears lonely, yet genuine and authentic friendships can be cultivated along this journey

Speaker Bio

Dr. Sivakumar Kumarean is Chemical Engineering lecturer at Universiti Malaysia Sabah where he started the Chemical Engineering Department in 1998. He is currently the Deputy Director for Endowments at the Centre for Industry and Community Network. Siva has a background in traditional and alternative medicine, as well as Neurolinguistic Programming. He has always been keen on personal development as he finds that as he goes along this journey, he lives with more joy and impacts others more. He believes that simple, not necessarily easy, steps can lead to empowerment and joy.

Daisy Wong

Daisy Wong

Healing your Shadows, Embracing your Light

Session Detail

Shadow Beliefs are unconscious beliefs that effect our lives. It tells us what we can and cannot have. It tells us if we are worthy, lovable, good enough and deserving.

Through this session, I will tell you what Shadow Beliefs are, how to identify them and how to find the gifts of your darkness.

I will share how I used my Shadow Beliefs and stories as a catalyst to transform my life to gain more freedom and access my true authenticity.

Takeaway Points

1.What are Shadow Beliefs/limiting beliefs
2.Why we create our story
3.How the shadow affects your life
4.Meaning-Making- how humans are meaning making machines
5.Technique to find the gift of the your limitations
6.How to transform your Shadow Beliefs

Speaker Bio

Daisy Wong is a certified Integrative Life Coach and Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher. She helps women discover their self-confidence and freedom in her coaching program. She was born in Hong Kong and currently base in Seattle, WA.

Poets in Asia

Session detail

Female poets from Hong Kong’s award winning Peel Street Poetry stand up and speak out about what it’s like to be a woman in Asia. The good, the bad and the ugly. Recorded live at Orange Peel.

Peel Street Poetry is a group of people dedicated to promoting poetry in Hong Kong. It centers mostly around the weekly open mic nights which are held every Wednesday of the month except the first. These open mic nights have been running for 10 years and began in a mythical place called Joyce is Not Here. Joyce is Not Here was a little blue bar on Peel Street, in Central, which lasted from 2005 to 2013. It was there that two lovely human beings, Nashua Gallagher and Keith McMullen, banded together a small group of poets to come share their writing, and some laughs, every week.

Meaghan McGurgan

Meaghan McGurgan

Haters 201: The Digital Front

Session Detail

What was the meanest thing said to you online? Why do we find it acceptable to say things and read things about people on the internet that would never be accepted in real life? In the sequel class to Haters 101, we examine the cesspool of life: The Comment Section.

Takeaway Points

  1. Self-reflection
  2. Criticism vs. Haters
  3. Online etiquette
  4. Awareness
  5. Bullying in the modern era

Speaker Bio

Meaghan McGurgan is a freelance designer and artist based in Hong Kong. She is also the editor of HKELD, Hong Kong’s number one art blog. She has lived in HK since 2008.

Beatrice Wong

Beatrice Wong

OOOOPPPSS! I am a Transgender

Session Detail

I will be sharing my gender transition story, talking about my own mishaps and misconceptions and general idiocy along the way because these are all factors ¬that actually helped me move forward. And how learning from my own mistakes actually helped me actualize my goal of becoming someone I am comfortable with, and how this goal actually saved my once derailed life.

Takeaway Points

  1. The best way to move forward is to make mistakes and learn from it.
  2. Being yourself isn’t just a transgender thing, it could happen to you.
  3. The first step into anything is 99.9% ugly, make sure you keep your ears open to feedback, absorb them and you will be fine.
  4. The world is big and fun and exciting, but the fear of being alone and being rejected always keep you trapped in a miniscule boring world. F*** loneliness and you will achieve more than you imagined.

Speaker Bio

A mid 30s trans woman living in Hong Kong that likes to share my experiences regarding my transgender existence, an arts school graduate with a specialty in video production working an entry level job in IT, an amateur public speaker with a focus on storytelling.

Katina F Gillespie

The Day My World Stopped

Session Detail

I recount my personal story of spirituality in action after a near death experience and all the challenges and emotions that followed. It is truly a real life miracle story, from death to survival and from survival to rebirth to encourage you to manifest your own miracle and recognize those around you every day. I describe how I built a foundation of trust and belief in myself that cannot be broken! And in doing so, inspire you to do the same.

Takeaway Points

  1. 90 percent of your worries/concerns are fabricated in your mind. 10 percent are real. Only YOU have the choice of how to react to any given situation. Bad things happen to good people all the time! How are YOU going to react?
  2. The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts. If you believe you are going to fail, you will.
  3. Challenges promote, increase, and strengthen your highest self if you allow them.
  4. Choosing to concentrate on what you need to improve and what you consider failure will only promote more failure.
  5. As you choose to concentrate on strengths, more strength and forward motion will occur.

Speaker Bio

Katina F Gillespie is trained, certified, and licensed as a Peace Love Wings, Mind Body Spirit Practitioner and Workshop Facilitator, Project Director at Visionary Insight Press and active volunteer with Women’s Resource Center of Manatee.

Chelsey See Xiong

Chelsey See Xiong

Understanding Culture and Developing Your Identity

Session Detail

This session focuses on the roles that culture and heritage play in developing the identity of people in diaspora, with a emphasis on growing up Asian in America. The session will highlight the Hmongstory 40 Exhibit as an example of how art is utilize to education youth of diaspora communities to understand and appreciate their heritage, history, and ethnic identity.

Takeaway Points

Speaker Bio

My name is Chelsey See. I was born in a refugee camp in northern Thailand and resettled in California at the age of 5. I am a graduate student pursuing studies in academia and student development. I am a freelance writer with a focus on Asian American narratives. I am exploring topics in the fields of culture and community, particularly the intersections of cultures and how the intersections affect our identity, work, social and political choices.

Miss Representation Documentary Screening

We are so excited to have everyone here to screen Miss Representation.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom made this film to inspire and motivate us all to be agents of change in our culture. American youth are being sold the concept that women and girls’ value lies in their youth, beauty, and sexuality. It’s time to break that cycle of mistruth. Miss Representation advocates that all people should be equally represented in our media, that our voices should be heard, and that we should be valued for our talents, capacity as leaders, and ability to contribute to the world at large.

therepresentationproject.org

Harini

Harini Chari

Be Seen, Be Heard, Be Sought

Session Detail

Be Seen, Be Heard, Be Sought is an exciting seminar that helps you understand what makes you unique, how you can leverage your uniqueness and what you need to do to create a compelling and lasting brand.

Takeaway Points

  1. Personal Branding- what’s in it for me?
  2. Unique Differentiating Value
  3. Stay Marketable. Stay Relevant.
  4. Managing the Online Reputation Quotient
  5. Can’t Win it? Change it!

Speaker Bio

As a REACH (Pioneer Institute in Personal Branding, USA) certified Personal Brand/360 degree strategist, I have energized and aligned brands of leaders, students and mid-career professionals and helped them cut the clutter based on authenticity, passion and values. With over 17 years of experience across Asia, US and Europe, I have led the brand strategy for organizations such as Amcham- Finland, Community Chest- Singapore and worked with brands like L’Oreal, Nestle and Tiffany’s.
I hold a Masters in Advertising from Michigan State University and currently directs and manages her social enterprise, Brand You.

Corporate Women Careers, Life and Travel Panel

Session Detail

A panel of women who work in the corporate world but have various life experiences to share. They will answer questions on women in the corporate world, juggling between two careers and how to maximise your travel opportunities with a corporate lifestyle!

Takeaway Points

  1. Learn to do what you love, not love what you do. (have a career, not a job)
  2. Women can succeed in the male dominated corporate world. In fact, we can often do it better!
  3. It is possible to travel extensively and enrich your lives even with a full time corporate career.
  4. Yes, you can have the best of both worlds! Having a corporate career doesn’t stop you from pursuing your dreams.
  5. Time management is key for success for corporate women!
Amy McPherson

Amy McPherson

Amy is a freelance travel and lifestyle writer who is also a senior business analyst for a multi-national corporation (yes, in that order of importance!). Being the main income earner in her marriage, she is no stranger to un-conventional living and has a happy lifestyle juggling two careers and extensive travels.

Corrine

Corrine Lin

Corrine is an Assistant Rig Manager for an MNC in the offshore industry, where she started her career more than a decade ago. She also runs L3Hub, an online platform to encourage and empower girls to love and accept themselves for who they are and to live their lives with more confidence.

Kathleen Poon

Kathleen is a Senior Manager for a multi-national life insurance company and has been working in the financial industry for more than 10 years. She is also a travel blogger. Through her blog and writing, Kathleen aims to inspire people to appreciate and connect with the various cultures and heritage around the world, as the world is ever more connected.

Career Day: There are More Than One Ways to Live!

Session Detail

We’re introducing careers that are considered unconventional. Our speakers will answer your questions you might have about their job, monetizing method, and so on. There are more than one ways to make your career! We hope this session would inspire you to create your own career path.

Li Lin

How Li Helps Immigrants to Find Their American Dream Job

Speaker Detail

Li Lin is a career coach for immigrant professionals and international students in the US who are seeking their American dream job. With her coaching, she’s helped her clients land jobs as software engineers, financial analysts, UX designers, animators, tax associates, and more.

Lydia Lee

Lydia Lee

Uncover Your Genius Zone to Discover Work You Love

Session Detail

Create a meaningful career that will play to your strengths and passions, while allowing you to be location-independent. This workshop with Lydia helps you identify your “Genius Zone” so your work can an authentic expression of who you are.

Takeaway Points

  1. How to repurpose your skills and natural talents towards a career you can be passionate about
  2. Understand the meaning behind your work and how you want to impact the world
  3. Discover your way of helping to help you identify the direction of a business or career that is aligned with how you can impact
  4. Learn about the location-independent movement and how others just like you are creating careers that allow them to travel and work from anywhere

Speaker Bio

Lydia Lee is the Business Creator coach at Screw The Cubicle, web TV host at Screw The Cubicle TV, and podcast host of The Cubicle Crashing Podcast. After leaving her six figure job in Canada years ago in pursuit of a path less conventional, this had led her to now be an advocate for location independency, and meaningful work with purpose.

Livia

How to live and work in Europe without any European Ties

Session Detail

How I used the Law of Attraction, positive thinking, affirmative action to achieve the life I wanted of living and working in Europe, constant travel and how I even got a job at the United Nations.

Takeaway Points

  1. How to use the Law of Attraction and power of positive thinking to achieve your goals
  2. How to achieve anything you want by never accepting “No”, never believing it is too hard, don’t listen to naysayers
  3. Embrace change, don’t let fear stop you from achieving your dreams

Speaker Bio

Livia is an Australian photographer, graphic designer, blogger and avid traveller who has been living in Europe since 2010. Despite not being a European citizen and not having any European family or spouse, despite never having worked in an ‘in demand’ field, she managed to secure jobs and legal status to live in Europe for the past 6 years.

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