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Hi, I’m Gwen.

☺  STORY-TELLER    GAP-FILLER    DOT-CONNECTOR
☀  WRITING    MARKETING    COMMUNITY BUILDING
❤  SOCIAL IMPACT    TECH ECOSYSTEM    TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT

 

I Blog Because…

Ever since I could remember, I was a writer.

English was my favorite subject in school. Essays were a blank canvas for my imagination.

Examinations were uninterrupted blocks of creative flow.

My teachers loved me; told me I had a bright future in journalism – because that was the only feasible career path for writers.

Needless to say, I believed them.

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So there I was in an American Degree Transfer Program, studying to be a journalist.

I was growing jaded with writing about other people. I wanted to be out there doing things, too.

And then I came to this realization:

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It was a timely one.

With the help of a few clubs and good ole Internet research, I broke out of my shell.

Attended events. Joined organizations. Met people. Talked to them.

Changed my mindset. Changed my life.

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My love for words has manifested in different ways over the years:

To champion the causes I care about…

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Bowei Gai presenting our 8,000-word baby – World Startup Wiki Malaysia – at MEGA Startup Weekend 2014.

To raise awareness about worthwhile events…

Me and my Marketing team for the largest TEDx conference in Asia — TEDxKL. (June 2014)

Heading up Marketing for the largest TEDx conference in Asia — TEDxKL 2014.

To pay homage to and learn from the best…

Winning a 3-week internship by the beach with Jon Yongfook, founder of Beatrix. (Jan 2015)

Winning a 3-week content marketing internship by the beach with celebrity Jon Yongfook.

To participate in mind-blowing experiences…

Giving the winning pitch for the Global Masters of Code 2015.

To build movements that defy tradition and challenge norms…

Leading the fore with Tribeless, a movement to create a norm of nonconformity in Asia.

… And to share my insights on this blog throughout. 🙂

 

I’m Defined By…

  • Trying to try everything at least once. “Curiosity” is my #1 Gallup strength.
  • “Having shining eyes around me” as my personal benchmark for success.
  • Seeking adventure in everyday life. Serendipity is my middle name.
  • Finding immense joy in art, dance, and spoken word poetry.
  • Laughing at everything. “Humor” is 3rd on that Gallup list. #nojoke
  • Having memorized the entire Cards Against Humanity deck.
  • Appropriating karaoke as a lifestyle. I have no shame.
  • (Magically) knowing the lyrics to every pop song post-90’s.
  • Believing in the infinite potential of every human being I meet.
  • This quote:

“Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” ― David McCullough Jr.

I Believe In…

❤  Creating a safe haven for Asian “millennial misfits”, so no one has to suffer alone in silence ever again.

❤  Bringing people alive and together through conversation, connection, vulnerability and authenticity.

❤  Building transformative experiences that expand young people’s consciousness of the world.

❤  Crafting a life that I can be proud of – one that is deliberate, mindful, inspirational and kind.

Through all this, I want to touch the lives of 30 million people by the time I’m 30.

To borrow the wisdom of a well-loved poet:

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate; to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Interested in joining me on my #30Mby30 mission? Shoot me an email, or check out the Tribeless movement.