Olivia Parker
Jul 26, 2019

'Women to Watch boosted my self-esteem and my reputation'

"Being recognised on a regional level next to some incredibly experienced women helps speak to the merit and impact of my work—rather than the gender and tenure that sits behind it." Last year's Women To Watch explain what nomination meant to them.

Clockwise from main: Tish Timbakau, Naomi Michael, Emily Foster
Clockwise from main: Tish Timbakau, Naomi Michael, Emily Foster

Still considering whether to nominate someone for this year’s Women to Watch? With entries closing in a week, on August 2, we asked three of the women who made last year’s list what it meant to them to be included.

Find all the details on who can enter and how to enter, and the nomination form, here—and send any questions to wtw@haymarket.asia

Emily Foster
Global media lead, Wavemaker Client Solutions HK

What did it mean to you to be included in Campaign’s Women to Watch list in 2018?
"It meant a lot to get recognition after several years in the industry and plenty of twists and turns. As a result, I also appreciated the fact that there was no ‘age limit’ to the nomination, which I think is absolutely right. No two career paths are the same and if ‘life gets in the way’ our acceleration points will also be at different times."

Do you feel it has helped in any way to boost your career and your reputation?
"Indeed, shortly after my nomination I was promoted to Global Media Lead. I do believe, however, that one’s reputation is what one creates for oneself and therefore I am constantly working hard to be a better person and a better leader regardless." 

Why would you encourage other people to nominate women for this list in 2019?
"It’s really important to ensure that other genders or sexualities are seen on an equal footing as men. We still do not have enough women at the highest rung of our industry and women have got to feel empowered to get there. The same goes for those from the LGBTQ community."

Naomi Michael
Head of marketing and communications, APAC, IPG Mediabrands

"It was an honour and a privilege to be listed among this community of women in 2018. Both humbling and flattering.

I reached out and connected to a number of those on the list, inspired and motivated by their stories, their achievements, and the changes they were seeking to make among their community and more broadly to society at large. That has probably been the most meaningful output from the experience for me.

Not a year has gone by that I’ve not nominated women I know for inclusion in Women to Watch. Women that inspire me day in and day out with their aptitude for greatness. It’s a vital platform for recognition and acknowledgement of the deeply diverse and multifaceted talent we have working in our industry across the Asia-Pacific region."

Tish Tambakau
Hroup innovation manager ANZ, Dentsu Aegis Network

What did it mean to you to be included in Campaign’s Women to Watch list in 2018?
"Being included in Campaign’s Women to Watch list in 2018 meant that the impact I’ve achieved was recognised beyond the four walls of the office I reside in — which is an incredible feat that I am humbly proud of. To not only be called out in a business of over 2,000 people, but be acknowledged by the industry for what I have brought and, more importantly, can bring to the table, is the right type of positive validation that everyone needs. It also boosted my self-esteem to help others instill their own confidence to thrive despite any adversity. Plus it made my family really proud that I received a nomination across the whole of Asia, which is pretty great too!"

Do you feel it has helped in any way to boost your career and your reputation?
"It has absolutely helped with boosting my reputation in the organisation I work with but also in the broader industry. Being a young woman in today’s corporate landscape is challenging. Often we’re not taken seriously or we are required to prove a specific type of success before we earn the same respect as our male peers. So being recognised on a regional level next to some incredibly experienced women helps speak to the merit and impact of my work — rather than the gender and tenure that sits behind it."

Why would you encourage other people to nominate women for this list in 2019?
"The only way that we bring around change is if we actually do something about it, by playing our individual parts for the bigger collective picture. If women continue to lift other women up proactively, then I have no doubt that we would all achieve better diversity in leadership for future generations to come."

HOW TO NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR THE WOMEN TO WATCH LIST 2019

Visit this page for all the details on entry, including the nomination form, and send any questions to wtw@haymarket.asia. Good luck!

Deadline reminder: The deadline for entries is August 2, 2019, at 23.59pm HK time.

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