Q&A with Gretchen Ho on Winning and Inspiring Others to Win

Q&A with Gretchen Ho on Winning and Inspiring Others to Win

Inspirational, interviews, Q&A
Q1: Your name is synonymous to volleyball. Yet, your first love was basketball. What life lessons have you learned shifting from basketball to volleyball? A: I've learned that you have to accept the realities in your life and make the most out of what you have. At that time, we didn't have a basketball team in high school and I wanted to be a school athlete. So I tried out volleyball and came to really love the sport. I've also learned that you have to try things before saying no to them because you'll never really know. The opportunities that you have in front of you might be greater than what you had previously planned for yourself. Trust and let go :) Q2: You won many games but lost a…
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Q&A with Mercy Corrales on Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Q&A with Mercy Corrales on Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Inspirational, interviews, Q&A
Q1: You were the first non-Japanese woman to be President/CEO of two significant–sized, publicly traded companies in Japan for two very visible iconic brands – Levi’s and Starbucks. What advise would you give young people who would like to follow your path? These were the toughest assignments in my career but also the most rewarding. How does one prepare for these kind of roles? There are no shortcuts. I suggest you build a deep and multi-country portfolio of business experiences across multiple disciplines. Start from the bottom and build your way up. My career progressed from supervising warehouses to leading billion dollar businesses. I zigzagged through various functional areas. Some of these assignments were just lateral moves but they helped round up my business literacy and leadership skills. Don’t get…
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Q&A with Inspirational Speaker Francis Kong on Personal Branding

Q&A with Inspirational Speaker Francis Kong on Personal Branding

Inspirational, interviews, Q&A
Q1: As the top inspirational speaker in the Philippines, can you share with us how this path all began? I never knew I would go into the lecture circuit. But my very first exposure to public (or shall I say...Private) speaking started with only 6 people in the audience. It was a bible study group and our bible study teacher was not feeling well and could not make it. Gave me a phone call the day before the event and asked me to take over. I crammed, I studied and I was so nervous my only concern was that people were there and someone has to take over the chore. I remember giving the lesson and the audience was gracious. They encouraged me and told me they enjoyed the session.…
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Q&A with Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation President Dr. Anton Mari Lim about Business with a Heart

Q&A with Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation President Dr. Anton Mari Lim about Business with a Heart

Inspirational, interviews, Q&A
Q1: Congratulations on your leading Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation (YBHF), which started as the Zamboanga Fund for Little Kids, can you share a brief history how this boat advocacy was born? This boat advocacy started when Juljimar Gonzales shared the story of how he saw a group of kids at Layag Layag with one hand holding a plastic bag and another hand swimming towards the "DUNGGUAN" As his boat gets nearer the kids, he noticed that plastic bag contained uniforms and school supplies. At that time he recalled he did not know if he will laugh or cry. He related this story to Jay Jaboneta who was in Zamboanga at that time upon the invitation a group of bloggers for the Mindanao Bloggers Summit. Jay related the story to me and…
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