The Great Women Of Our Time 2019 Awards Presentation and Cocktail Night brought together people from all walks of life, from scientists to creatives, to celebrate the achievements of some of the most inspiring women of our generation.
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From left: Elizabeth Tan, Lim Hui Nan, Gillian Tee, Janine Teo, Pamela Ting, Karen Chan, Cherin Tan, Vivien Leong, Dr Claudine Pang, Nurshahidah Roslie, Dr Andie Ang, Adeline Thong, Val Yap, Shann Sok and Cheryl Tan;
Great Women Of Our Time 2019 Sports, Health & Wellness nominee Cheryl Tan with Tania Wu;
Maddy Barber, Yvonne Bock and Carolyn Kan get lippy with Lancome’s lip glosses;
Guests got their lip glosses name-engraved on the night;
Founder and doll director at bycaxs, Cassandra Tan (right) in a stunning lace pantsuit with her boyfriend, Russell Ong;
Lancome showcased their award-winning Genifique skincare line.
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From left: CEO of SPH Magazines, Maureen Wee; CEO of Halo Health Asia & Chair of World Food Future, Trina Liang; Singapore’s representative to the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children, Laura Hwang; SPH Magazines’ group editor-in-chief Caroline Ngui; Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Home Affairs & Ministry of National Development, Sun Xueling; and Deputy CEO of SPH, Anthony Tan;
Skin Inc’s global brand manager, Lanyifan Wang (left), and founder Sabrina Tan, grab a quick selfie at the Roving Ring Light photobooth provided by Writing Of Light;
From left: Media personality, Kelly Latimer; Co-founder of Love, Bonito, Rachel Lim with The Weekly’s Barbara Koh;
Mixologists at Martell Cognac’s cocktail bar;
Below, from left: SocietyA’s founder Pek Lay Peng; Great Women Of Our Time 2019 Finance & Commerce nominee, Shann Sok; managing director of Prominent Land, Joni Lim; and SocietyA’s general manager, Lily Hamid;
Pandora had a special claw machine brought in that made for some Instagrammable shots on the night. Participants had lots of fun trying to fish out the beautiful charms encased within.
From illuminating speeches to the addition of new members to the sisterhood, the Great Women Of Our Time 2019 awards was a night to remember and would not have been possible without the unconditional support of our main presenter, Lancome, and presenter, Pandora.
Held on October 24, 2019, The Weekly paid tribute to the best and brightest women in Singapore who inspire not just through their words but also through their actions. This year’s 18 outstanding nominees were a formidable mix of fearless female leaders and game-changing voices.
So, it was only right that editor-in-chief, Barbara Koh, kicked off the party with a rousing speech that likened them to mythic goddesses.
“How apt that the awards are held here in Artemis Grill and Sky Bar.
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Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of National Development, Sun Xueling;
Guests mingle and network amidst the hubbub of the awards;
From left: Founder of Joytingle, Esther Wang; Great Women Of Our Time Finance & Commerce winner, Val Yap; Care Network Lead at Homage, Edwina Ong; Great Women Of Our Time Sports, Health & Wellness winner, Gillian Tee; and founder of The New Savvy, Anna Haotanto;
Senior director of Yeo-Leong & Peh LLC, Susan Peh, looked ravishing in a white dress;
Radio presenter Maddy Barber (top) of Kiss 92FM was our emcee on a night filled with laughter, and delicious food from the Artemis menu like these cheesy canapes;
From left: Head of marketing for Pandora Jewellery Singapore, Lim Sok Chen; Pandora Spirited Women award winner, Claudine Pang; and The Weekly's editor-in-chief, Barbara Koh.
“For those less familiar with Greek mythology, Artemis was the daughter of Zeus and goddess of the hunt. Her special powers included perfect aim with the bow and arrow, healing disease and control of nature,” Barbara shared.
“From Singapore’s first female professional boxer, to a professor and businesswoman who both desire to improve the vision and sight of people in Singapore and the needy thousands of miles away in the Himalayas, and an animal-lover fighting to save monkeys, to a woman who opens her home to take care of troubled youth – these are women hunting down their dreams and goals, who possess the very traits that Artemis was said to have. The only difference is, they don’t belong in mythology; instead, they are here tonight.”
As the cocktails flowed, courtesy of our official drinks sponsor Martell Cognac, so did the conversation on a night that one guest described as “a unique celebration of female empowerment in its purest form.”
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Founder and CEO of Rentadella, Ming Bridges (right), with her guest, Brie Benfell;
Great Women Of Our Time 2019 Science & Technology winner, Dr Andie Ang;
Managing director for market development, SPH Magazines, Geoff Tan, with CEO of Halo Health Asia & Chair of World Food Future, Trina Liang;
Media personality, Diana Ser, strikes a pose with her son, Jake Lye;
From left: SPH Magazines’ Sandra Chua and Chelsea Lam share a moment with Aaron Yang from Pernod Ricard;
From left: Tily Tea co-founders Geraldine Koh, Michelle Koh and Nora Lim share a laugh as they enjoy the fringe activities on the night;
From left: TouchPR’s general manager, Lynette Kan; corporate communications director of L’Oreal Group Singapore, Isabelle Lim; general manager of L’Oreal’s Luxury Division, Michelle Chew; The Weekly‘s beauty editor, Arissa Ha; and TouchPR’s senior account manager, Charlotte Phua;
From left: Ryoko Okuda from Prudential; Fannie Lim from Daughters of Tomorrow; Great Women Of Our Time 2017 Finance & Commerce nominee, Karen Tok; and Michelle Lee and Etak Pei Shi Chen from Prudential.
Guest-of-honour, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of National Development, Sun Xueling, also praised the awards saying she was grateful for the chance to be part of the guest list. “I think the energy level is incredible and I’ve met so many inspiring women here tonight,” she said of the event.
“I’m also delighted to hear that this initiative has been ongoing for 14 years, with six categories each year, and three nominees in each category, you honour 18 women every year. To have done so every year, for the past 14 years, just goes to show how many talented women we have in our society.”
In all, it was an evening of glamour and gravitas that showcased the power of women and what they can achieve when they come together. The Great Women Of Our Time 2019 Sports, Health and Wellness joint-winner, Gillian Tee, hit the nail on the head when she said, “This is the time for women.” It was a sentiment that echoed as our guests mingled the night away, exchanging ideas and stories that will hopefully ignite positive change for the fairer sex everywhere.
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