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Personality features and stories from our community and beyond

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Team Work, Dream Work – Tried and Tested Practices in the Workplace

At The Great Room, we are all about going the distance together. We speak to three companies that share our people-forward values – and how their team-building philosophies have strengthened the company. PWC SINGAPORE United by mission Think team drinks are frivolous? Think again. Harvard Business Review writes that  “people intrinsically seek joy. And joy…

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Untold Founder Stories: Shuhei Morofuji, Reapra

As one of the youngest and fastest entrepreneurs in Japan to reach an IPO for a startup, Shuhei Morofuji shares how a journey fuelled by curiosity led the way to success.

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Conversation with My Mentor – Jaelle Ang and Mark Edleson

In this inaugural session, Jaelle Ang, CEO and Co-Founder of The Great Room chats with Mark Edleson. A legend in the hospitality industry, Mark has been associated with a number of successful brands in his multiple roles: as a founding partner of hotel management company GHM Indonesia and leading global operator of resort spas Mandara Spa Asia, and founder of Alila Hotels & Resorts, which was acquired by the Hyatt group in 2018. Here, we sift out the shining nuggets of wisdom:

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International Women’s Day: Weighing in on Gender Equality and Female Empowerment

The working woman should be lauded for her contributions to modern society, and this International Women’s Day, The Great Room had the privilege of sitting down with four such ambitious and highly capable women for their insights, experiences and advice. Walaimas JerdmethawutSales Manager, Upfield ProfessionalThe Great Room Gaysorn Tower, Bangkok As Sales Manager at the world’s largest plant-based…

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Home & Away: Leaving Home for a Hot Desk

Journalist, editor and brand content consultant Christian Barker explains why he ‘left home’ for a desk at The Great Room. Working where you sleep does have its downsides — as I discovered during a year freelancing from a home office. It was terrific having the ability to send my kids off to school in the…

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Drive to Succeed: How to Accelerate Your Content Marketing Efforts

Luann Alphonso is the managing editor of vastly popular online portal LifestyleAsia.com and the head of digital content for Singapore and Malaysia at top international publishing house, Burda International Asia. Here, Ms. Alphonso, who is also a passionate auto enthusiast and respected motoring journalist, reveals the lessons she’s learned at the wheel of the world’s…

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Creating Consumer Lust

As part of The Great Room’s second anniversary celebrations, Erica Kerner, Tiffany’s VP of marketing and communications Asia, gave a fascinating talk exploring how this storied jeweller so successfully stirs desire in the consumer. These are some of the most thought-provoking remarks Erica made during a half-hour discussion with moderator Christian Barker. Christian Barker: Today’s topic…