Rameet Kaur, General Manager, Luxe Division L'Oréal Singapore
What would you say to yourself when you face yourself in the mirror?
I would say use your own yardstick to measure success and don’t let others influence that. You can have everything; you just can’t have everything at once so make the choices to prioritize what is important to you in your current phase of life, while keeping a clear view of where you want to go long term to ensure that your steps ultimately lead you there. The zig zags in our journey can often bring the most learning and unexpected opportunities, so be receptive and embrace them.
What is the biggest challenge women face today?
In my opinion, the biggest challenge facing women today is self-doubt. We tend to be our own biggest critics, possibly a behaviour built up through many years of social conditioning. We become afraid to put ourselves forward, self-imposing restrictions and silencing ourselves out of fear of coming across as arrogant and egoistic in the eyes of others. But this can be a self-limiting belief and we need to find ways to overcome this. I strongly believe men and women have a role to play in inspiring women to overcome this as all genders have something unique that they can impart to women in the workplace.
Maggie Liu, Director of Human Resources L'Oréal Singapore, LLD Zone and LID
If you think about women today which three words would you use to describe them?
Perceptive and wise to make right choices; fearless in breaking boundaries, conquering stereotypes and expectations, and reinventing themselves constantly; beautiful in each’s unique way. Women truly embody beauty, manifesting in diverse forms.
What does failure mean to you?
It is not a failure if we’ve tried and exhausted everything within our means to prevent a situation from going south, gaining valuable insights and learnings during the process. It is only when one foresees a failure ahead and is reluctant to make any adjustment or effort, allowing it to happen and play out –that’s the definition of a true failure to me.
Sharon Yap, General Manager, Consumer Products Division L'Oréal Singapore
Tell us about a woman who has inspired you and why?
The one woman that has always inspired me is my grandma who I grew up with and taught me an invaluable life lesson on the importance of choices we make in life. When I was 4, I shared that I wanted to beat up the boy living next door because he was rude to me. She did not dissuade me and reminded me calmly, “Bear in mind that you may lose the fight. Don’t come back and cry because you’ve made your choice; you chose this battle for yourself.” I learnt from her that the present is a culmination of the choices we made yesterday; and if we want a better tomorrow, we need to be cognizant of the choices we make for ourselves today and be accountable for them.
If you got to face a younger version of yourself, what would you say to her?
I would tell the grumpy, cranky, and brash child-me that life is about making choices, so choose wisely. Choose to be positive and the world will be more beautiful. Choose to love the people around you and you will be surrounded by love.