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Held at Oolaa Restaurant this year, the 3rd Annual WMN CASBAA breakfast buzzed with energy from over 130 women media professionals in attendance. Brilliantly tackling the topic of entrepreneurship, WMN had invited a panel of six successful women entrepreneurs with businesses as diverse as barbeques to yoga! After I had the chance to mingle and sit down, I took a gulp of coffee knowing that with this set of speakers, it was guaranteed to be a morning of non-stop discussion.

As the panelists took their seats, each was introduced: Rhonda Gretton (Founder of Love That Lifestyle), Bonnie Woo Chan (CEO of Handheld Culture), Almen Wong (Founder of Pure Yoga), Tarlan Amigh (Co-founder of Hocusadabra) and Maseena Ziegler (Author of Ladies Who Launch In Hong Kong) . Without hesitation, each delved into her experiences and learnings about setting up and running a company, particularly in the fast-changing city of Hong Kong.

Throughout the morning, comments and questions flew across the room covering typical entrepreneurial concerns like funding and hiring the right people. While the speakers also touched on more personal issues such as how to balance a career and motherhood, or how they had tackled difficulties along the way.
But one of the key themes that really stuck with me was that these women had all taken challenges in stride and were never bogged-down with following a perfectly outlined master-plan. Each was successful because they are able to work around and react to supposed obstacles. It’s undeniable problems are bound to appear when you have a start-up. And I realize that businesses can’t rely on a perfect original plan because there never will be one! Rather, success is achieved through continual reaction to problems and continuous tweaking of plans to evolve with the market and consumers.

As I finished my last sip of coffee and the session came to a close, I was glad to be a part of this vibrant network of women. The 3rd Annual WMN CASBAA breakfast was truly an unbeatable combination of dynamic ideas, inspiring moments, and enterprising women – like any great business’ recipe for success.

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