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2015 Candle Lighting Ceremony

  • Friday, 6th February 2015 at 7pm - 10pm
    Location: NUSS Suntec City Guild House, Suntec City Tower 5 Office Lobby Level 2 (Carpark: Tower 5 Green Zone)

    Organized by The Federation of Business and Professional Women (Singapore)

    • 5 people attended

Bankable Leadership By Dr. Tasha Eurich

  • Thursday, 11th December 2014 at 7pm - 9:30pm
    Location: NUSS Suntec City Guild House, Suntec City Tower 5 Office Lobby Level 2 (Carpark: Tower 5 Green Zone)

    In today’s competitive business environment, leadership is as difficult…

Cakap Heritage: The ‘Swinging 60’s’ to the ‘Disco Years'

  • Friday, 21st November 2014 at 7:30pm - 9pm
    Location: library@Orchard, #03-12, Orchardgateway, 218 Orchard Road

    Did you jump, jive an’…

No Woman, No Cry ~ Film Screening and moderated discussion

  • Wednesday, 29th October 2014 at 7pm - 9pm
    Location: The Screening Room, 12 Ann Siang Road

    Dear ONE (SINGAPORE) Members and Friends, 

    On Wednesday 29…

THE SMART SME WORKSHOP- What does it mean to be a smart SME?

  • Tuesday, 28th October 2014 at 2pm - 5pm
    Location: 80 Anson Road, Fuji Xerox Towers, #01-01, Smart Room
    What does it mean to be a smart SME?

    SMEs in Singapore are vibrant and…


  • Friday, 17th October 2014 at 1:30pm - 5:30pm
    Location: North West CDC, 900 South Woodlands Drive, Woodland Civic Centre, #06-01, Singapore 730900

    Maximize Sales and Minimize Credit Risk


    Date:          17 October 2014…

“How can Your Business Transform with SMART

  • Monday, 13th October 2014 at 10am - 12pm
    Location: South West CDC, The JTC summit, 8 Jurong Town Hall Road, #03-11, Singapore 609434

    "How can Your Business Transform with SMART"

    Date:          13 October 2014…


  • Wednesday, 8th October 2014 at 10am - 5pm, Thursday, 9th October 2014 at 10am - 5pm, Friday, 10th October 2014 at 10am - 5pm
    Location: Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Halls 401-403

    The Singapore Manufacturing Federation, in partnership with Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd is…


  • Friday, 26th September 2014 at 6:30pm - 10pm
    Location: TAMBUAH MAS @ Tanglin Shopping Centre

    A new year begins for SBPWA! With it a new Exco, which harnesses the wisdom…

Applications open for Women in Business Mentoring Programme!

Posted by SBPWA Admin, Thursday, 18th September 2014 @ 12:06pm

  • The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women selects and matches women entrepreneurs and mentors from around the world to join a prestigious year-long mentoring programme. Check your eligibility and apply now!

    Deadline for submission is 30 September 2014.

    For more information, please visit


Excel Women's Conference 2014

  • Saturday, 20th September 2014 at 9am - 7pm, Sunday, 21st September 2014 at 9am - 7pm
    Location: Resorts World Sentosa, Convention Centre (RWS)

    This is a complimentary, women-only event. 

    For more information please go…

BPW(S) - 3rd Chapter Signature Event: HOW TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS

  • Saturday, 30th August 2014 at 12pm - 4:30pm
    Location: Singapore Recreation Club

SBPWA 43rd AGM 2014

  • Saturday, 13th September 2014 at 2pm - 4:30pm

    Message from President | Files will be sent to members' individual email:

"Being Born" and Nanako OBA Talk show

  • Friday, 26th September 2014 at 10am - 12:30pm, Saturday, 27th September 2014 at 10am - 12:30pm
    Location: The Japanese Association, Singapore 3F Auditorium

    Message from external organizer:

    We are very excited to announce our event "Being…

SG- KR (Jeju) Food & Cosmetic Fair 2014

  • Tuesday, 7th October 2014 at 10am - 6pm
    Location: Venus BallRoom1, Furama RiverFront Hotel, Singapore

     SG- KR (Jeju) Food & Cosmetic Fair 2014
    Korea Small & Medium…

SNOW (Say No to the Oppression of Women) Annual Gala

  • Friday, 26th September 2014 at 7pm - 11:30pm
    Location: Capella Singapore Grand Ballroom

Young BPW Networking Night

  • Friday, 15th August 2014 at 7pm - 9:30pm
    Location: Kinsa Sushi Restaurant @ 61 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8 #02-03/3A Jubilee Square Singapore 569814

    Join us for a night of casual dining and networking at Kinsa Sushi hosted by the Federation of…


Posted by Beth Candice Wu, Wednesday, 9th July 2014 @ 4:14am

  • Announcement from Young BPW International


    Dear Young BPW members,

    The participation and inscription to the 2014 ‘ISOLDE FRITSCH-ALBERT EXCELLENCY AWARD FOR YOUNG BPW’ is now open. The prize is endowed with € 5.000 (five thousand euro) – and is open to all  the Young BPW members worldwide.

    The deadline for receiving the applications  is July 31st, 2014.

    The winner will be notified by August 20th, 2014.

    The prize will be handed over on September 13th, 2014 – in Lugano/ Switzerland within a ceremony of the BPW Club Ticino/Switzerland.

    Travel expenses and hotel will be provided.

    The committee  wishes all the participant good luck !

    Applications to be sent by email to:

    Cornelia Riep (imm past president BPW Club Ticino)

     “YOUNG  BPW   International Prize for Excellent 

    Professional Performance" Isolde Fritsch–Albert Prize 2014


    Application conditions

    1.    The applicant must be a member for at least two (2) years prior to the submission of an application and must be no older than 35 as of January 31st, 2014.  An award recipient is expected to remain an active member of BPW – International for five (5) years post-award.   

    2.    The Club President and the Country President are expected to provide a letter of recommendation for the applicant, and to confirm the applicant’s 2 years membership. In case the applicant is a member of an 'Associated club' then the membership confirmation and letter of recommendation to be provided by BPW International.

    3.     All application documents have to be submitted  in digital form and in the English language.

    4.    Applications must include:

    a.    CV – Photo

    b.    Description of the proposed activity to be supported by the award and a statement of need. (max. 10,000 typing charcters incl. free spaces)

    c.    List of previous awards and recognitions – if any – up to the date of the present application

    d.    Three reference contacts, beyond the club and country President, are required (e-mail addresses)

    5.    Application term: full documentation to be sent  within  July 31st, 2014.

    6.    Review panel decision is final.

    7.    A signed cover letter should be included with the application that stipulates an award recipient agrees with the terms of the award.

SBPWA Charity Movie Night

  • Thursday, 12th June 2014 at 7:30pm - 10:30pm
    Location: Golden Village City Square

Report on CQ Session on 24 April 2014: CULTURAL INTELLIGENCE How To Successfully Manage Across Cultures

Posted by Julian Tan, Wednesday, 7th May 2014 @ 1:05pm

  • 24 April 2014
    How To Successfully Manage Across Cultures


    SBPWA sheds no tears peeling the cultural onion

    In today’s increasingly borderless world, studies have shown that 70% of ventures’ failures are due to cultural differences, 82% of multinational firms lose money in China, 90% of leading executives from 68 countries named multicultural leadership as their top management challenge. The cost of a first year expat assignment overseas is on $700,000 SGD, many of which fail.

    The understanding and practice of Cultural Intelligence can be critical to success in the global village. It is a top management challenge for many leading executives in multinational firms. Recognizing this, the Singapore Business and Professional Women’s Association (SBPWA) on 24 April held a forum to introduce and discuss CQ (Cultural Intelligence: The capability to function effectively across various cultural contexts (national, ethnic, organizational, generational, etc.) (Ang, Van Dyne 2008).

    The event was attended by members from the association, affiliates, as well as invitees from prominent firms of diverse industries. Facilitated by Ms Vanessa Barros and Ms Ng Sow Kam, both of whom have had more than twenty international careers with Fortune 500 companies around the world, culture diversity was immediately highlighted when the role play suggested by Ms Barros had the guests greeting each other in the customary manner of various different countries. The forum also established that cultural difference is not confined by national boundaries, but pervasive across other aspects such as inter-departmental functions, inter-disciplinary faculties, industries or skills.

    The proverbial onion was progressively peeled to uncover symbolism of words, tone, and gestures. What may be perceived in one culture as a show of respect and friendship could be offensive or inauspicious in another part of the world. Such faux pas, at any level whether corporate, industrial or government, may be the inadvertent cause of unnecessary misunderstandings. The outcome of these may be comical or embarrassing, or result in lost business opportunity, but in severe cases, they could lead to accidents, death, even war, when the costs of cultural mishaps become too big to ignore.

    The culturally intelligent business executives are those who are able to harness four capabilities. They are motivated to learn and understand other cultures, apply the knowledge in their strategies and take action in a manner more aligned.

    There is no right or wrong, good or bad, to be judged in any culture, simply that they are different. One’s words and deeds, borne from a set of pre-conditioned underlying assumptions, will invariably be interpreted by others according to their sets of assumptions. Knowing this is a good first step in the right direction.

Singapore Business and Professional Women's Association

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