Iris is a professional from corporate communications and corporate social responsibility. She is very passionate about these roles and has strong believes on what it takes to be successful for the practitioner and the company.
Aside from her professional life, Iris works with various NGOs to help those in desolation find comfort and friendship by organizing events and outings and by lending a listening ear to their struggles.”
1. Tell me about yourself?
I am a communications specialist with 17 years of experience in corporate and internal communications, project management, stakeholder management, community engagement, media management and social media.
Other than my profession, I am passionate about community engagement.
I have been an active leader volunteer for more than 7 years.
I lead and mentor a dynamic team who are actively contributing to the growth of the outreach programmes.
2. What made you venture into communications?
I enjoy connecting with people and listening to their achievements and life stories.
Each individual is a potential network and channel to be tapped and partnered with.
For example, a satisfied employee engagement in a company would speak volume of the company’s branding and leadership that ensures all employees are working in a responsible and conducive environment.
3. What are you currently looking for?
I have been honing my communications skills for a number of years now and I am looking for opportunities where I can continue to exercise my skills and to expand my experience.
It is also important for me to be working with a company with good leadership that has good foresight and be able to give directions, guidance and allow employees to grow in our professional development.
To sum it all, I love to be in a position where I can put my skills to make an impact and being in a company where I can grow and work towards something that matters.
4. Greatest professional achievement
I have spent 7 years in the Oil and Gas industry in both communications and CSR role.
In these roles, I have worked on numerous flagship projects which were successfully implemented and had showcased unique partnership such as Shell – Scuderia Ferrari, and other Singapore Government ministries.
5. The most significant challenge you overcome at work
I was given a task to lead a team for a project.
Given that every employee has their daily workload, the nominated colleagues are not too enthusiastic about the ‘extra-curriculum’ activities placed on their shoulder.
Though meetings were held and roles were assigned; the work quality and morale were low.
I took the initiative to connect with each individual colleagues for lunch and coffee breaks just to get to know them better – not only as a colleague but one who cares.
By speaking to them, I am able to identify their strength and harness the energy by positioning them in the area that would give them the most success.
To sum it all, the project was successfully executed and the management was so pleased that the team was rewarded with shopping vouchers.
6. What is one philosophy you bring to work?
Remain humble and teachable at all times; disregarding the level we are in.
There are always new skills and experience to learn every day.
By having a humble attitude; we are willing to listen, trust, and take a risk without being judgemental.
This opens up opportunities for better friendship and partnership where every success is celebrated together.
7. Who influenced you the most in your career and why?
My husband has been at the back of my call when making decisions on some career risks.
His rock-solid support was huge; walking me through my thoughts to ensure the decision has been thought through.
He is indeed a mentor, a friend and a great hubby who sees every success as an opportunity to celebrate.