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08.00 – 09.00 Early bites

09.00 – 09.10 Take Off

09.10 – 09.30 On The Perch: Jennie Chua, Hospitality Pioneer
No one in Singapore has had a more illustrious career in travel and hospitality than Jennie Chua. With a career spanning Singapore Tourism Board and hospitality brands such as Raffles, Westin and Ascott, she’s a global icon in travel and deeply respected around the world. She’s proven too that there’s life beyond hospitality, and she remains active as the Singapore ambassador to Mexico and sits on the boards of companies like GuocoLand. Active with the Community Chest, she also finds time for good causes. She is now Chairman of Vanguard Healthcare, which grows and supports the development of eldercare facilities in Singapore. Learn how she’s navigated her career over five decades.

09.30 – 10.00 Open Skies & Fields Of Opportunity
What’s the weather outlook for travel careers in Asia? Which are the hot jobs? And how are jobs changing in the digital and increasingly automated world? We hear from those responsible for shaping talent in their organisations as well as those with an eye on driving growth and professional development in their respective sectors.
Isabella Crocker, Senior Manager, Global Early Talent, Expedia Group
Graham Hills, Chief Commercial Officer, BeMyGuest
Lucas Peng, CEO, Peak Hospitality Solutions

10.00 – 10.15 Tern’s Got Talent, The Audition: Through The Looking Glass
We’re looking for star pitchers who can argue best for these five values that we believe will serve you well in building your dream career – Curiosity, Courage, Acceptance, Experimentation, Character. These are the five values being marked as part of WIT Singapore 2018’s theme of “Through The Looking Glass”.
Pick one value to champion in this Audition and make a 30-second pitch to win your spot in the Finals at the end of the day. Our coaches and judges will pick the one they want to champion and coach them for the finals. Attractive prizes to be won.

Coaches:
Rhonda Hare, General Counsel, Asia Pacific, AccorHotels
Isabella Crocker, Senior Manager, Global Early Talent, Expedia Group
Lucas Peng, CEO, Peak Hospitality Solutions
Bruce Hancock, The Koru Leader, Mentis Global
Simon Wong, Founder, Triquetra.sg

10.15 – 10.45 Perspectives
It is important to get fresh and different perspectives when you’re building your career. We hear from a cast of characters who’ve taken different paths to get to where they are today and the lessons they have learnt.
Rhonda Hare, General Counsel, Asia Pacific, AccorHotels
Matthew Hulen, Regional Director of Marketing, Southeast Asia, Hilton
Sulbi Lee, General Manager, M Social
Darrell Chan, Deputy General Counsel, Asia Pacific, Airbnb

10.45 – 10.55 Using Social To Build Your Profile: The Dos and Don’ts
Your social graph is as important as your resume these days in securing that job. Find out the dos and don’ts so that you don’t get caught in a social trap, by someone who’s focused on early talent recruitment and development for one of the world’s largest travel tech companies.
Isabella Crocker, Senior Manager, Global Early Talent, Expedia Group

10.55 – 11.25 Break
Win a mentor and check out our Job Board and find the opportunities that match you.

11.25 – 11.35 You’re never too young or too old to lead: Leading for life
Everyone knows that you can’t make it on your own. People make or break you, and people make you when you know how to lead. Get some practical tips from someone who coaches successful leaders on how you can learn to lead, whatever age or stage of your career you’re at. Whether it’s for a project, or a team, these leadership tips are for life.
Bruce Hancock, The Koru Leader, Mentis Global

11.35 – 12.05 You Can Be Anything You Want, You Just Have To Know What You Want
Everyone tells you, follow your heart. But what if your heart doesn’t know what it wants. Find out from this cast of individuals who got to where they are today by pursuing different paths and figuring out along the way their heart’s desires, and how now they are executing on their dreams.
Jane Goh, Xperience Director, Xperience DMC & Founder, “The Witty Guide”
Shen Tan, Founder & Head Chef, OwnSelf Make Chef
Calvin Soh, Founder, One Kind House
Simon Wong, Founder, Triquetra.sg

12.05 – 12.35 Building A Career In Digital Marketing & Communications
Technology has changed everything including the way we market and communicate. Learn from those working in these two sectors how they stay relevant and the opportunities in their domain. It is also a career that can take you to new places as our panelists will share.
Charles Yap, Director, Communications, Onyx Hospitality Group, Thailand
Reene Ho-Phang, Founder & Managing Director, BRANDSTORY Asia
Stewart Hunter, Director – Audience Strategy & Development APAC, Sojern
Veronique Augier, Director of Communications & CSR Asia Pacific, AccorHotels
Lavinia Rajaram, Regional Head of Communications, Expedia Group

12.35 – 12.55 On The Perch: Greg Schulze, Senior Vice President, Expedia Group
He’s the first and only global head of this $88b travel company to be based in Singapore, a move that’s part of Expedia’s push into becoming a more dominant force in Asia. Responsible for all businesses (except lodging), Schulze has worked with Expedia for the last 12 years. Find out what it’s like to work in a travel tech giant and how he sees the world of travel careers opening up for youths in Asia.

12.55 – 13.00 Open Space

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 14.45 Tern Tables, Round 1
We break out into coaching circles, with each to be headed by our coaches and mentors. Choose the person/topic you most want to learn from. You can also migrate from circle to circle if you wish to pick up more nuggets of knowledge from other coaches in this 45-minute session. This is your chance to ask the questions you’ve always wanted.

Coaches:
Negotiating Skills – Lawyers Tips for Day to Day Business: Rhonda Hare, General Counsel, Asia Pacific, AccorHotels
Getting your foot in the door: strategic networking:
 Graham Hills, Chief Commercial Officer, BeMyGuest & Kei Shibata, CEO, Venture Republic
Attitude & Aptitude: Lucas Peng, CEO, Peak Hospitality Solutions, Hong
 Kong
“What’s your story?” How to make first impressions count: Isabella Crocker, Senior Manager, Global Early Talent, Expedia Group
The Power of Personal Values in the Workplace: Bruce Hancock, The KORU Leader, Mentis Global
Turning Losing into Winning: Simon Wong, Founder, Triquetra.sg
Fundraising 101 for Early Stage Startups: Justin Hall, Partner, Golden Gate Ventures
Transitioning from Academics to Reality – Managing the next phase of your life: Brian Tan, Senior Manager, Hospitality Solutions Centre, School of Hospitality, Republic Polytechnic
Becoming tomorrow’s talent. Building your narrative and personal brand to connect what you offer to what they want: Luke Clark, Senior Content Manager APAC, Michael Page

14.45 – 15.30 Tern Tables, Round 2
Coaches:
Negotiating Skills – Lawyers Tips for Day to Day Business: Rhonda Hare, General Counsel, Asia Pacific, AccorHotels
Getting your foot in the door: strategic networking:
 Graham Hills, Chief Commercial Officer, BeMyGuest & Kei Shibata, CEO, Venture Republic
Attitude & Aptitude: Lucas Peng, CEO, Peak Hospitality Solutions, Hong
 Kong
“What’s your story?” How to make first impressions count: Isabella Crocker, Senior Manager, Global Early Talent, Expedia Group
The Power of Personal Values in the Workplace: Bruce Hancock, The KORU Leader, Mentis Global
Turning Losing into Winning: Simon Wong, Founder, Triquetra.sg
Fundraising 101 for Early Stage Startups: Justin Hall, Partner, Golden Gate Ventures
Transitioning from Academics to Reality – Managing the next phase of your life: Brian Tan, Senior Manager, Hospitality Solutions Centre, School of Hospitality, Republic Polytechnic
Becoming tomorrow’s talent. Building your narrative and personal brand to connect what you offer to what they want: Luke Clark, Senior Content Manager APAC, Michael Page

15.30 – 15.50 Break
Win a mentor and check out our Job Board and find the opportunities that match you.

15.50 – 16.10 On The Perch: Louise Daley, Deputy CEO, AccorHotels Asia Pacific
From a financial background, she’s worked her way up to become the number two head of the fastest-growing and most dynamic hotel group as it acquires, transforms and expands across APAC. Committed to mentoring and nurturing future talent, she talks about her journey as well as shares her perspectives on what it takes to build a dream career.

16.10 – 16.25 Meet Our “ReTERNee”: Astha Kalbag, Marketing Science Expert, Facebook
Tune into an up close and personal Q&A with Astha Kalbag, a young executive who’s already built up an impressive track record of work experience. We discuss her career journey from Skyscanner to Uber and now Facebook and what keeps her passionate and motivated.

16.25 – 16.45 Starting Out Can Be Scary But Exhilarating As Well
Meet those who have just started out in their careers and are finding their footing. Get insights into what motivates this generation, what loyalty means to them and how they hope to navigate their career.
Daniel Sianipar, Distribution Partnership Manager, BeMyGuest, Indonesia
Ethel Ong, Product Manager, Peatix
Joy Shi, Personal Assistant to AirAsia President of China, AirAsia
Melissa Lou, Co-founder, Delegate
Navigator: Marissa Trew, Co-founder, Tern

16.50 – 17.00 So You Want To Be A Startup Star?
Building a career in travel can also mean building your own dream. To make sure you take off right, here’s a quick guide by our navigator is on the team from Golden Gate Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm investing across South-east Asia. Since 2011, the firm has invested in over 30 companies across more than 7 countries in Asia. The firm invests in internet & mobile startups across many sectors, including e-commerce, payments, marketplaces, mobile applications, and SaaS platforms.
Justin Hall, Partner, Golden Gate Ventures

17.00 – 17.30 So You Want To Be A Startup Star? Part 2 – Meet Those Who Dare
It can sound glamorous, the idea of doing your own startup. But it can be tough going and most will tell you it’s a 10-year commitment. But the rewards can be sweet, if not financially, but in other ways. Hear from those who took the plunge and are still learning as they go along.
Winnie Tan, CEO & Co-founder, TripZilla.com
Eric Chua, CEO & Co-founder, Airbuy Inc.
Tushar Khandelwal, COO & Co-founder, Voyagin
Larry Chua, Co-founder, Caption Hospitality
Navigator: Louise Daley, Deputy CEO, AccorHotels APAC

17.30 – 17.40 Tern’s Got Talent, The Finals: Through The Looking Glass
Five handpicked brave ones go head to head and make their 3-minute pitch around these five values that we believe will serve you well in building your dream career – Curiosity, Courage, Acceptance, Experimentation, Character. These are the five values being marked as part of WIT Singapore 2018’s theme of “Through The Looking Glass”.
You pick the top winner.

This year’s prizes are: 
A 3-night stay at the beautiful Shama Lakeview Asoke Bangkok, courtesy of ONYX Hospitality
One ticket to the WIT Bootcamp on October 15 (worth SGD788)

Coaches:
Rhonda Hare, General Counsel, Asia Pacific, AccorHotels
Isabella Crocker, Senior Manager, Global Early Talent, Expedia Group
Lucas Peng, CEO, Peak Hospitality Solutions
Bruce Hancock, The Koru Leader, Mentis Global
Simon Wong, Founder, Triquetra.sg

17.40 Happy Landings

*Programme subject to change.

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