Elim Chew

Ashley and I were so fortunate to attend yesterday’s 2011 Hawaii International Women’s Leadership Conference at the Sheraton! All the speakers were phenomenal, and I wanted to take note of one speaker that truly inspired me.

Inside the 8th Annual Hawaii International Women's Leadership Conference

Singapore’s Elim Chew is an is much more than an entrepreneur.


As the President & Founder of Singapore’s leading retail chain, 77th Street, “Elim Chew helps youth and young adults realize their dreams, and believes businesses can do well and do good at the same time to create a more sustainable, inclusive and a better world.”


I spoke with Elim, and she mentioned that she also participated at APEC’s Women and the Economy Summit (WES) in San Francisco, hosted by Hilary Clinton. This summit included senior government officials and private sector leaders from all the APEC economies. This summit was in part of APEC’s SOM3 meeting. On the agenda were the topics of:

  • fostering women’s economic empowerment, and
  • focus on access to markets and capital, capacity building, and leadership
Elim’s “PhD” or PASSION, HUNGER, AND DRIVE empowers women and young children everywhere. She instills the importance of having an entrepreneurial mindset, regardless of your background and how old or young you are. One message I took away from her speech was the “10,000 hours of practice,” a concept adopted from the book “The Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell. 10,000 hours of practice of doing what you LOVE is required for mastery of the skill. Why not start now? 🙂

Elim and I speak briefly after her speech. Thank you!!!

Check out her bio to find out more (source: APEC Women Leaders Network), and
her Youth Outreach and Community Outreach organizations here:
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Nicole is a fourth year honors student majoring in Finance and International Business with a minor in Economics. She is currently an intern for the APEC 2011 Hawaii Host Committee while completing the APEC Certificate Program. In the past, Nicole was an assistant to the Vice President of Investments at UBS Financial Services and has also interned at other financial services and accounting firms. She is also working to complete the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program. Born in Germany, Nicole has traveled to many countries before coming to study in Hawaii. Her interests include reading, traveling, writing music, and learning foreign languages.

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