Womenpreneur Asia
Womenpreneur Asia
Apr 22, 2021
Rowena Morais, Editor, Writer, Publisher and Programme Director at Vertical Distinct - Womenpreneur Asia Season 2, Ep 2 with Krista Goon
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Episode 2 of Season 2 features Rowena Morais who is a Malaysian entrepreneur with a strong communication slant to her work.

Rowena is the editor, writer, publisher and programme director at Vertical Distinct with offices in Malaysia and Australia.

She started her entrepreneurial journey in the most unusual way - she got herself a working visa to New Zealand which later landed her in Australia which turned into work for a startup!

That startup experience during the heady days of the dotcom boom eventually turned into the dot-com bust but that didn't stop Rowena from coming back to Malaysia to launch her business, armed with what she had seen and done in Australia. 

In this episode, Rowena talks about: 

  • How she took her startup experience to help her start her conference business in Malaysia for HR professionals
  • How that led her to her publishing business even though she had no magazine publishing experience! 
  • How her business evolved into more private executive briefings and exclusive HR breakfast roundtables that were the talk of the town (which was creative but terrifying as she was the pioneer of such a concept)
  • How she made safe spaces for authentic HR discussions with senior HR professionals
  • How her internal marker shifted each time she undertakes a role she'd rather not take as she admits she is more of a behind-the-scenes person 

Find out more about her favourite books and more in our show notes at womenpreneurasia.com

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