Chemistry grad Bianca Ong learnt an invaluable lesson at the start of her career in Hong Kong.
Then a financial writer at a UK-based company, Bianca was tasked with a variety of assignments that involved working with different departments and organising a conference, the biggest among the company’s projects in Asia, in fact.
“At the time, I told my boss, ‘I’m the youngest producer in the office with only 6 months' experience in this company, and you actually trust me with this project?’” says Bianca, who is now based in Kuala Lumpur.
“It was only in Hong Kong that I saw that people don’t judge you by your age, but by how well you carry yourself, your experience, how you handle the opportunities you’ve been given.”
Perhaps to her own surprise, Bianca’s hard work and dedication paid off, resulting in a hugely successful event that was even nominated for various awards in that same year.
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“My management style today is gleaned from that of my ex-boss in Hong Kong who had a very hands-off approach, no micromanaging but instead giving employees full trust in the projects they’ve been assigned to manage.”
On clinching the role of Ladurée Malaysia director, Bianca is quick to share that she’s ever grateful for the trust and support that her team has afforded her.
“Even at Ladurée, I’m probably one of the youngest members of the management team, but I’m also the captain of this ship, bent on leading my team toward bigger success,” she shares.