GRIT
GRowing In Technology

an exciting mentorship programme for women in Technology that aims to promote knowledge sharing in the Tech space and to cultivate culture ambassadors.

Launch of our brand-new year-long GRIT Mentorship Program that aims to connect young women in the Tech space with established female tech leaders from our Best Workplaces(TM). A big thanks to Channel NewsAsia for featuring this.

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Technology is a ubiquitous facet of our everyday life, but we are not all represented equally in tech professions.

Globally, women fill fewer than a third of roles in technologies and our share is not growing[1]. In a post pandemic world, women are still under-represented in the STEM workforce.

If technology is the primary catalyst for change in the world, then equal women representation in this sector is critical. We need the voice and perspectives of women when solving today’s complex issues.

GRIT - GRowing In Technology

In line with this aim, Great Place To Work® is launching a Women Mentorship Program – GRIT. Partnering with senior women executives from our Best Workplaces, we recognize that not all women leaders in the Tech sector have access to the resources, mentorship and culture that women executives in Best Workplaces have.

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Role of Mentor-Co

  • Selected group of up to 6 Tech Best Workplaces invited to be part of this program. Companies are selected based on a strong Women in Tech program that they currently run.
  • Each company invited to nominate up to 5 women executives who have a desire to pay it forward and mentor up to 2 individuals for a period of 12 months.
  • Mentor expected to spend approx. an hour a month with each mentee.

Role of Mentee-Co

  • This program is open to all women executives working in the Technology sector in Singapore.
  • The applicant should ideally have supervisory responsibility and work in a company which is not yet Certified, but keen on building a positive workplace culture.
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Role of Great Place To Work

  • Great Place To Work® will take on the role of program secretariat, facilitating the pairing of mentors to mentees and ensure the smooth running of this program.
  • Successful mentee organization will receive a complimentary 30-min session with one of our senior culture coaches to learn about what it takes to build great workplaces.
  • Great Place To Work reserves the right to select applicants at our discretion.

Mentors

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Mel Lim

Head of Digital Experience, Adobe Singapore

Menaka Seshakumar

Senior Manager, Life Cycle Marketing, APAC, Adobe

Yanti Salim

Head of SEA Operations, Adobe

Eileen Goh

Head of ASEAN Partner Marketing & Singapore Marketing, Cisco Systems

Jacqueline Guichelaar

Senior Vice President & General Manager, Customer Experience, APJC, Cisco Systems

Joyce Moy

Head of APJC Marketing, Cisco Systems

Michiko Kamata

Managing Director, APJC SMB Growth Office, Cisco Systems

Tay Bee Kheng

President, ASEAN, Cisco Systems

Claudia Wong

Senior Manager, Digital Marketing APJ, CrowdStrike

Kristine Morais

Director, Legal, CrowdStrike

Wee E-Ying

Marketing Director of Asia, CrowdStrike

Alison Olsson

Regional Vice President, Salesforce

Cecily Ng

Senior Vice President and General Manager for Singapore and Taiwan, Salesforce

Nisrita Sanagaram

Senior Director, Strategy & Operations, Tableau APJ, Salesforce

Sarada Karri

Senior Director, Solution Engineering South East Asia, Salesforce

Brandi Hollis

Delivery Principal, Thoughtworks

Cheong Yian Ling

Head of Customer Experience, Product and Design, Thoughtworks

Jiaci Duan

Lead Business Analyst, Thoughtworks

Thao Dang

Southeast Asia Head of Enterprise Modernisation, Platforms and Cloud, Thoughtworks

Varuna Srivastava

Lead Quality Analyst, Thoughtworks

FAQ's

Mentee

The goals of this program is to support high-potential mentees working in the tech space to grow and develop both professionally and personally. We believe the mentee will find value in a mentoring relationship with a seasoned women executive, a safe space for them to share and grow. 

The executive who will best benefit from this program will possess these characteristics:

  1. A keen desire to grow professionally and personally as a woman leader in the Tech sector
  2. Respectful of the time and efforts of the mentor, remembering that this is a voluntary role that the mentor is taking on in addition to their professional roles and responsibilities
  3. Take responsibility and will come to each session with the mentor prepared, with an agenda
  4. Is willing to be open and will take responsibility for her own learning

Since the role of the mentor is to support the growth and development of the mentee, we envision the mentor spending time with the mentee over a 12-month period. The intent is to share their professional and leadership experience and provide a safe space and sounding board for mentees, including.

This is a 12-month program, projected to start in January 2023 and end in December 2023. 

It is envisioned that the mentor-mentee will spend about an hour each month, connecting either virtually or in-person. The goals of the program are

  1. Share professional experience in the Tech Sector
  2. Support mentees in developing their leadership abilities
  3. Understand mentees professional goals and capabilities required to meet these goals
  4. Learn how to build strong teams and a positive team culture

Note: GPTW will provide a Mentorship Conversation Guide as a reference for mentors and mentees

For any enquiries, please contact Great Place To Work’s GRIT program secretariat Mei Shaan: meishaan.shaw@greatplacetowork.com if you have further questions.

Mel Lim

Head of Digital Experience, Adobe Singapore

Mel has over 15 years of experience in APAC markets, particularly in Southeast Asia and Greater China where she has built and led in-market high performing sales teams. As a certified Co-Active Coach and Adobe Leadership Circles Alumni, she is a strong advocate of life-long learning and has a keen interest on coaching and mentoring. She is part of the Coaches@Adobe global community.

Menaka Seshakumar

Senior Manager, Life Cycle Marketing, APAC, Adobe

Menaka has over 17 years of experience across advertising, marketing and commerce. She is most passionate about digital marketing and its ever-changing Mar-tech ecosystem. Menaka strongly believes in empowering people to be leaders at all levels, while inspiring others through passion, integrity and appreciation.

Yanti Salim

Head of SEA Operations, Adobe

A keen adopter of life-long learning & growth-mindset, Yanti is the Head of Sales Operations for Adobe Southeast Asia, Korea and Greater China. She is a change agent and has led teams through M&A and internal re-organizations successfully. Yanti thrives on being able to make a difference to people’s lives or by providing a listening and empathetic ear to all near and far.

Eileen Goh

Head of ASEAN Partner Marketing & Singapore Marketing, Cisco Systems

Eileen Goh is the Head of ASEAN Partner and Singapore Marketing with over a decade of marketing experience in different industries from manufacturing to petroleum and now the technology sector. She is passionate on equality for women in workplaces and has a strong interest in Chinese culture and heritage. She is currently the Chapter Lead for Women of Cisco Singapore.  

Jacqueline Guichelaar

Senior Vice President & General Manager, Customer Experience, APJC, Cisco

Jacqueline Guichelaar leads Customer Experience in Asia Pacific, Japan, and Greater China, helping customers transform their businesses through Cisco’s broad portfolio of software, subscription, and services. During her 30-year career, Guichelaar has witnessed and shaped several significant industry trends. She attributes her success to the talent she surrounds herself with and is passionate about developing individuals to reach their potential.

Joyce Moy

Head of APJC Marketing, Cisco

Joyce is responsible for leading the field marketing team for APJC to develop the overall marketing strategy, go-to market campaigns, programs, partner and digital communications. During her 17 years in Cisco, Joyce has held numerous marketing positions including Strategy & Planning, Audience and Partner Marketing. Joyce is passionate about operating in the value creation zone to drive business impact.

Michiko Kamata

Managing Director, APJC SMB Growth Office, Cisco Systems

Michiko Kamata is currently Managing Director for SMB Sales in APJC and leads APJC SMB segment business growth including country sales, channel, portfolio and online strategies. She has more than 20 years Cisco career experiences as a system engineer, marketing, business development and sales.

Tay Bee Kheng

President, ASEAN, Cisco

Bee Kheng is the President for Cisco Systems in Southeast Asia and is responsible for driving Cisco’s profitable growth and leading its go-to-market operations across 10 countries in the region and has held a number of leadership roles. Bee Kheng brings with her more than two decades of experience in the enterprise technology industry across Asia-Pacific and Japan. She is passionate about encouraging women to pursue a career in STEM.

Claudia Wong

Senior Manager, Digital Marketing APJ, CrowdStrike

Claudia helps to drive digital marketing for demand generation, e-commerce and also branding with CMC Markets, Red Hat and now CrowdStrike. She enjoys understanding people’s challenges and guiding them which explains why mentoring is such a big part of giving back what she has learnt.

Kristine Morais

Director, Legal, CrowdStrike

Kristine is a Senior lawyer who has worked both in private practice, globally, and as in-house counsel for over 20 years in the Asia Pacific region. She is a passionate advocate of diversity in the workplace, an experienced business builder and people leader.

Wee E-Ying

Marketing Director of Asia, CrowdStrike

E-Ying is the gregarious Marketing Director for CrowdStrike Southeast Asia and North Asia and has 15 years of experience in the technology sector. She is passionate about mentoring females in a predominantly male industry and hopes to share how a female can reconcile professional goals with personal goals.

Alison Olsson

Regional Vice President, Salesforce

Alison is responsible for growing Salesforce’s Marketing Cloud presence in ASEAN and Taiwan by building partnerships, developing high performing teams and driving customer success. Alison was previously based in Hong Kong as the Regional Vice President of Greater China, where she was also the President of the Salesforce Women’s Network.

Cecily Ng

Senior Vice President and General Manager for Singapore and Taiwan, Salesforce

Cecily has more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry. Her primary responsibility at Salesforce is to serve as a trusted advisor, driving success for customers, partners, and the communities. An equality champion, Cecily is the Executive Sponsor for Salesforce Women’s Network in Singapore and is especially passionate about helping young women develop their careers.

Nisrita Sanagaram

Senior Director, Strategy & Operations, Tableau APJ, Salesforce

Nisrita’s role at Salesforce is to be a trusted business partner to C-suite executives – guiding them through tough decisions using data as an anchor. This involves managing acquisition challenges, change management, long term strategy planning, business and organization structure planning and strategic projects. She believes that being a Mentor is a trail guide – sharing knowledge and experience, coaching the individual to find their path, build a plan and to help follow it.

Sarada Karri

Senior Director, Solution Engineering SEA, Salesforce

Sarada is a highly motivated and performance-driven professional with 23 years of experience in Singapore covering ASEAN, SAGE and APAC markets. Sarada has team management and leadership experience of managing diverse team across APAC from onboarding, nurturing, motivating and inspiring teams.

 

Brandi Hollis

Delivery Principal, Thoughtworks

Having been in leadership roles for more than 22 years, Brandi has successfully driven strategic programs, designing and implementing agile project management offices, cultivating teams and demonstrating superior client management skills. Through challenges and missteps, she has learnt to navigate corporate and consulting politics while also being a women in technology. She enjoys mentoring others and dedicates considerable time to the growth of young leaders and new project managers.

Cheong Yian Ling

Head of Customer Experience, Product and Design, Thoughtworks

Yian Ling joined Thoughtworks Singapore in 2016 as a User Experience Designer. Since then, she has worked on many domains within the public sector, including case management systems for social services, dashboards for enforcement agencies, informational and transactional portals for citizens and businesses. She continues to shape products, services and experiences for clients in her current role.

Jiaci Duan

Lead Business Analyst, Thoughtworks

Jiaci has been in engagement lead roles in different key accounts in China, Singapore and Germany. She hopes to share how she grew in her leadership journey and to share with other female leaders how to navigate family, work and self.

Thao Dang

Southeast Asia Head of Enterprise Modernisation, Platforms and Cloud, Thoughtworks

Thao Dang is a passionate and accomplished technology leader with extensive experience partnering with clients to deliver effective technology strategies and lead the successful delivery of complex technology projects. At Thoughtworks, she partners clients as a trusted advisor to help them formulate technology strategies to support their business. She is also an advocate for Women in Technology having presented and run programming sessions in schools through Little Miss Geek and volunteering with Coding Girls

Varuna Srivastava

Lead Quality Analyst, Thoughtworks

Varuna has been mentoring thought leaders in QLDP programs and QA bootcamp and hopes to share her valuable experience with mentees.

Great Place To Work identifies Best Workplaces in Asia™ by surveying 2.1 million employees in Asia and the Middle East about the key factors that create great workplaces for all and analyzing company workplace programs impacting 5.9 million employees in the region.

To be considered, companies must first be identified as outstanding in their local region by appearing on one or more of our Best Workplaces lists in Bahrain, Greater China (including China, Hong Kong and Taiwan), India, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, UAE, Vietnam during 2022 or early 2023.

Companies rank in three size categories: Small and Medium (10-499 employees); Large (500+); and Multinational. Multinational organizations are also assessed on their efforts to create great workplaces across multiple countries in the region. They must appear on at least two national lists in Asia and the Middle East and have at least 1,000 employees worldwide with at least 40% (or 5,000+) of those employees located outside the headquarters country.

Great Place To Work identifies Best Workplaces in Asia™ by surveying over 1 million employees in Asia and the Middle East about the key factors that create great workplaces for all and analyzing company workplace programs impacting over 4.7 million employees in the region.

To be considered, companies must first be identified as outstanding in their local region by appearing on one or more of our Best Workplaces lists in Greater China (including China, Hong Kong and Taiwan), India, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, UAE, Vietnam during 2021 or early 2022.

Companies rank in three size categories: Small and Medium (10-499 employees); Large (500+); and Multinational. Multinational organizations are also assessed on their efforts to create great workplaces across multiple countries in the region. They must appear on at least two national lists in Asia and the Middle East and have at least 1,000 employees worldwide with at least 40% (or 5,000) of those employees located outside the headquarters country.

Great Place To Work® Best Workplaces™ in Singapore 2023 Evaluation Methodology

This year, Great Place To Work® Singapore is proud to launch our inaugural Singapore Best Workplaces™ in Healthcare & Biopharma List. This list recognizes exemplary companies in the healthcare & biopharma industry.

Recognized as a global hub for medical technology and research, Singapore has attracted top healthcare and biopharma talents and companies from around the world. It has become the center for essential healthcare services and innovations with its world-class research institutes, academic medical centers, and industry clusters.

In turn, the healthcare and biopharma sectors play a critical role in the country’s economic competitiveness, sustainability, and innovation. These industries have significantly helped in the overall improvement of public health and well-being of the people of Singapore and its neighboring countries.

The inaugural Singapore Best Workplaces in Healthcare and Biopharma List puts the spotlight on the organizations that are dedicated to providing employee satisfaction and engagement, and their commitment to excellence in the industry.

The companies in our Great Place To Work Certified™ community have the premier distinction that helps attract the best talent, build your employer brand, and secure a competitive advantage. To achieve this, they built a working environment that is purpose-driven and people-first. These companies have demonstrated that showing authentic care, prioritizing employee’s holistic well-being, and building a culture of trust go hand in hand with growth and success.

To determine the 2023 Singapore’s Best Workplaces in Healthcare and Biopharma, Great Place to Work®️ analyzed confidential survey feedback representing nearly 12,000 employees working in the tech industry in Singapore.Employees responded to over 60 survey questions describing the extent to which their organization creates a Great Place to Work For All™️. Eighty-five percent of the evaluation is based on what employees say about their experiences of trust and reaching their full human potential as part of their organization, no matter who they are or what they do. Great Place to Work analyzes these experiences relative to each organization’s size, workforce make up, and what’s typical relative to their peers in the industry.The remaining 15 percent of the rank is based on an assessment of all employees’ daily experiences of innovation, the company’s values, and the effectiveness of their leaders, to ensure they’re consistently experienced.To be considered, companies had to meet the Great Place to Work-Certified standard. To ensure survey results truly represent all employees, Great Place to Work requires that Trust Index©️ survey results are accurate to a 95% confidence level with a 5% margin of error or better. We review any anomalies in survey responses, news and financial performance to ensure there aren’t any extraordinary reasons to believe we couldn’t trust a company’s survey results. Companies with 10 to 99 people were considered for the small and medium category; companies with 100 employees or more were considered for the large category.

Great Place To Work® Best Workplaces™ in Singapore 2023 Evaluation Methodology

To determine the 2023 Singapore’s Best Workplaces in Technology, Great Place To Work®️ analyzed confidential survey feedback representing nearly 12,000 employees working in the tech industry in Singapore. Employees responded to over 60 survey questions describing the extent to which their organization creates a Great Place To Work For All™️. Eighty-five percent of the evaluation is based on what employees say about their experiences of trust and reaching their full human potential as part of their organization, no matter who they are or what they do. Great Place To Work analyzes these experiences relative to each organization’s size, workforce make up, and what’s typical relative to their peers in the industry. The remaining 15 percent of the rank is based on an assessment of all employees’ daily experiences of innovation, the company’s values, and the effectiveness of their leaders, to ensure they’re consistently experienced. To be considered, companies had to meet the Great Place To Work-Certified standard. To ensure survey results truly represent all employees, Great Place To Work requires that Trust Index©️ survey results are accurate to a 95% confidence level with a 5% margin of error or better. We review any anomalies in survey responses, news and financial performance to ensure there aren’t any extraordinary reasons to believe we couldn’t trust a company’s survey results. Companies with 10 to 99 people were considered for the small and medium category; companies with 100 employees or more were considered for the large category.

Methodology

This year, Great Place To Work™ Singapore is proud to launch our inaugural Singapore Best Workplaces in Technology List. This List recognizes exemplary companies in the information and communication technologies industry in four categories:

  • Micro category (10–29 employees)
  • Small (30-99 employees)
  • Medium (100-999 employees)
  • Large (> 1000 employees)

With Singapore’s ambition to be recognized as a regional technology hub, the influx of technology firms (around 80 of the world’s top 100 technology firms have a presence here) and global rankings that place us a leading technology hub outside of San Francisco, the establishment of a Singapore Best Workplaces List in Technology is indeed a timely and needed one. Technology firms in Singapore are characterized by hyper-growth and ambitious expansion plans. This means a continuous war for talent in a highly competitive and rapidly evolving industry.

To maintain our lead as a technology and innovation hub, the ability to attract, retain and sustain skilled talent is critical. We are proud that companies in our Great Place To Work®-Certified community List have built a high-trust culture, engaged employees and maximized their potential to facilitate innovation. They are purpose-driven and adopt a people-first mindset. These are companies that have shown that authentic care and employee well-being need not be compromised for ambitious growth, and that it is possible for businesses to scale up quickly and responsibly. Their culture and core values are embodied in every individual—from senior leadership to rank-and-file employees—and differentiate them from their competitors, priming them to be powerful magnets for top talent.

To determine the 2022 Singapore’s Best Workplaces in Technology, Great Place To Work®️ analyzed confidential survey feedback representing nearly 12,000 employees working in the tech industry in Singapore.Employees responded to over 60 survey questions describing the extent to which their organization creates a Great Place To Work For All™️. Eighty-five percent of the evaluation is based on what employees say about their experiences of trust and reaching their full human potential as part of their organization, no matter who they are or what they do. Great Place To Work analyzes these experiences relative to each organization’s size, workforce make up, and what’s typical relative to their peers in the industry.The remaining 15 percent of the rank is based on an assessment of all employees’ daily experiences of innovation, the company’s values, and the effectiveness of their leaders, to ensure they’re consistently experienced. To be considered, companies had to meet the Great Place To Work-Certified standard. To ensure survey results truly represent all employees, Great Place To Work requires that Trust Index©️ survey results are accurate to a 95% confidence level with a 5% margin of error or better. We review any anomalies in survey responses, news and financial performance to ensure there aren’t any extraordinary reasons to believe we couldn’t trust a company’s survey results. Companies with 10 to 99 people were considered for the small and medium category; companies with 100 employees or more were considered for the large category

 

Methodology

To determine the 2022 Singapore’s Best Workplaces™️, Great Place To Work®️ analyzed confidential survey feedback representing close to 70,000 employees across different industries in Singapore. Employees responded to over 60 survey questions describing the extent to which their organization creates a Great Place to Work For All™️. 85% of the evaluation is based on what employees say about their experiences of trust and reaching their full human potential as part of their organization, no matter who they are or what they do.

Great Place To Work analyzes these experiences relative to each organization’s size, workforce make up, and what’s typical in their industry. The remaining 15% of the rank is based on an assessment of all employees’ daily experiences of innovation, the company’s values, and the effectiveness of their leaders, to ensure they’re consistently experienced. To be considered, companies had to meet the Great Place To Work Certified standard. To ensure survey results truly represent all employees, Great Place To Work requires that Trust Index©️ survey results are accurate to a 95% confidence level with a 5% margin of error or better. We review any anomalies in survey responses, news and financial performance to ensure there aren’t any extraordinary reasons to believe we couldn’t trust a company’s survey results.

Companies with 10-29 people were considered for the Micro category; those with 30 to 99 people for the Small category; companies with 100 to 999 employees were considered for the Medium category; and those with 1,000 or more for the Large category.

Great Place To Work® Best Workplaces™ in Singapore 2023 Evaluation Methodology

To determine the 2023 Singapore’s Best Workplaces in Technology, Great Place To Work®️ analyzed confidential survey feedback representing nearly 12,000 employees working in the tech industry in Singapore. Employees responded to over 60 survey questions describing the extent to which their organization creates a Great Place To Work For All™️. Eighty-five percent of the evaluation is based on what employees say about their experiences of trust and reaching their full human potential as part of their organization, no matter who they are or what they do. Great Place To Work analyzes these experiences relative to each organization’s size, workforce make up, and what’s typical relative to their peers in the industry. The remaining 15 percent of the rank is based on an assessment of all employees’ daily experiences of innovation, the company’s values, and the effectiveness of their leaders, to ensure they’re consistently experienced. To be considered, companies had to meet the Great Place To Work-Certified standard. To ensure survey results truly represent all employees, Great Place To Work requires that Trust Index©️ survey results are accurate to a 95% confidence level with a 5% margin of error or better. We review any anomalies in survey responses, news and financial performance to ensure there aren’t any extraordinary reasons to believe we couldn’t trust a company’s survey results. Companies with 10 to 99 people were considered for the small and medium category; companies with 100 employees or more were considered for the large category