Singapore, 7 September 2012 – The prestigious Her World Woman of the Year Awards was presented tonight at Regent Hotel by Her World, Singapore’s No. 1 women’s magazine published by SPH Magazines Pte Ltd (SPH Magazines).
Ambassador-At-Large and first female ambassador to the United States Professor Chan Heng Chee, who was the first Woman of the Year winner, was this year’s Guest of Honour.
Her World presents two prestigious awards every year – Her World Woman of the Year and Young Woman Achiever – to outstanding Singaporean women who have contributed significantly to society, projected the best image of our nation and are inspirational role models to other women.
This year, the Her World Woman of the Year 2011/12 was awarded to Professor Ivy Ng. Prof Ng is the Group CEO of Singapore Health Services (SingHealth), which oversees two hospitals (Singapore General Hospital and KKH), nine polyclinics and five specialist centres. In her eight-year tenure as CEO of KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH), Prof Ng was instrumental in transforming a hospital specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology, to one that encompasses a holistic range of health services for women – from breast cancer treatment to fitness assessment.
WOY winner Professor Ivy Ng said: “It is an honour to receive this prestigious award. We hear a lot about women struggling to achieve work-life balance with demands of the workplace and family. Healthcare is a demanding industry that attracts a high percentage of female employees who effectively juggle their multiple roles. At SingHealth, many of our female staff take on leadership and management responsibilities in clinical care, nursing, allied health and healthcare administration and we support them with initiatives that help them balance their career demands with family commitments.
“Working alongside these individuals has inspired me personally and professionally. I see my role as encouraging them to be confident that there are no limits to the positive impact we can make in the lives of others – whether they are patients, colleagues, junior staff or family members. Through the years, I have been blessed to have my family, friends and colleagues supporting me through the different stages of my career and I would like to share this award with them.”
The Her World Young Woman Achiever 2011/12 went to Janice Wong, the founder of 2am:dessertbar. The dessert chef and entrepreneur, who studied at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, has worked at respected restaurants in cities such as New York, Chicago and Madrid. Last year, she nabbed the Pastry Chef of the Year title at the World Gourmet Summit Awards of Excellence. Ms Wong also founded 2am:lab, a non-profit space to give budding chefs an opportunity to experiment with their culinary creations.
YWA winner Janice Wong said: “It is truly an honour to be awarded the Young Woman Achiever 2011/2012. It is an encouragement to me to achieve greater heights in my craft and continue to be an inspiration to others.”
Genevieve Jiang, Senior Deputy Editor of Her World, said: “These accomplished and talented women are a source of inspiration for other women in Singapore.”
Loh Yew Seng, CEO of SPH Magazines, said: “It is gratifying to see how far the Her World Woman of the Year awards has come. It was the first of its kind when it was launched 21 years ago. We wanted to honour women for their outstanding achievements. Her World, as the most popular and widely read women's magazine here, will continue to look ahead and stay relevant to our dynamic women.”
Partners of the event include Shiseido and Tag Heuer.
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Launched in 1960, Her World is Singapore’s most established monthly women’s magazine with the highest readership. Her World equips today’s achieving woman with useful information on fashion and beauty, topical women’s issues, career, health, relationships, and lifestyle trends. It inspires with engaging reads, keeps its audience updated on international trends, and covers relevant issues with depth, breadth and sophistication. Its readership is 203,000 (Source: AC Nielsen Media Index 2011), reinforcing its position as the best-read women's magazine in Singapore. Her World has won several awards over the last few years, including the MPAS Magazine of the Year (2009), Excellence in Magazine Design Award 2008 by SOPA, Gold Award in the 3rd Asia Print Awards 2005, and Silver Award for Magazine Design in the IFRA Asia Media Awards 2006. It has editions in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.
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A leading publisher in Singapore and the region, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of media organisation Singapore Press Holdings Limited.
With a proven track record for sterling editorial content, award-winning designs and creative solutions, SPH Magazines raises the bar as a dynamic publisher. In its stable are about 100 titles in the region, in English, Chinese and other languages, covering lifestyle, fashion, beauty, society, bridal, health, men's lifestyle, automobile, parenting, decor, new media and business. All the newsstand publications, including flagship title Her World, and other titles such as Female, Cleo, The Women's Weekly, Harper's BAZAAR, Cosmopolitan, The Peak, Home & Decor, Nuyou, Torque and HWM are among the highest-circulating titles and best-read in their respective lifestyle categories.
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