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You are a loving parent and a ambitious technology leader. How do you manage it all?

Join me as I go in-depth with parents who are technology leaders, founders and investors about what it really takes to balance career ambitions with family aspirations.

My name is Qin En, your host. When I started my first company at the age of 20, I struggled with over-work. I believed that my 20s and 30s should be a relentless pursuit of career achievement. Family & parenting can wait.

A few years later, I met my wife, Gladys. She helped me discover a new happiness - one from a balanced life and engaged family. When we welcomed our daughter, Gabrielle, that happiness amplified. So did stress, disagreements and challenges.

I know I am not alone. Parents in Tech is where we share stories and lessons about parenting, entrepreneurship and technology. Each and every one of you is welcome.

Season 1 spotlights mums in tech, followed by dads in Season 2. We also partner up with like-minded organizations including Microsoft, Stripe and Workato to feature unique stories on parenting and working in tech.

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You are a loving parent and a ambitious technology leader. How do you manage it all?

Join me as I go in-depth with parents who are technology leaders, founders and investors about what it really takes to balance career ambitions with family aspirations.

My name is Qin En, your host. When I started my first company at the age of 20, I struggled with over-work. I believed that my 20s and 30s should be a relentless pursuit of career achievement. Family & parenting can wait.

A few years later, I met my wife, Gladys. She helped me discover a new happiness - one from a balanced life and engaged family. When we welcomed our daughter, Gabrielle, that happiness amplified. So did stress, disagreements and challenges.

I know I am not alone. Parents in Tech is where we share stories and lessons about parenting, entrepreneurship and technology. Each and every one of you is welcome.

Season 1 spotlights mums in tech, followed by dads in Season 2. We also partner up with like-minded organizations including Microsoft, Stripe and Workato to feature unique stories on parenting and working in tech.

    Microsoft x Parents in Tech: Embracing New Cultures with Kevin Chan

    Microsoft x Parents in Tech: Embracing New Cultures with Kevin Chan

     Meet Kevin Chan, a proud father of six-year-old twins and Global Partner Solutions Lead. He and his wife moved from Seattle, USA, to Singapore to raise their children closer to their own Southeast Asian roots. With over 20 years of experience in the tech industry, Kevin has a unique perspective on balancing technology and parenting. He's passionate about helping his children build strong connections with their cultural heritage and believes that moving abroad has benefited their family in many ways. Kevin's experiences and insights make him a perfect guest for parents considering a similar move.

    To get in touch with Kevin Chan, find him on LinkedIn:
    linkedin.com/in/kevinhpchan
    Don’t forget to head over to www.parents.fm to stay up to date with new and previous episodes, join our community of parents in tech, or drop me a line.

    • 30 min
    Microsoft x Parents in Tech: Achieving Career Success & Parenting Bliss with Cynthia Yeo

    Microsoft x Parents in Tech: Achieving Career Success & Parenting Bliss with Cynthia Yeo

    Get ready to meet Cynthia Yeo, a powerhouse in the tech industry and a dedicated parent to three beautiful children. With over a decade of experience at Microsoft, Cynthia has climbed the corporate ladder while expertly balancing her career and family life. As the leader of the Enterprise Commercial Team in Microsoft Singapore, Cynthia inspires others with her resilient spirit, which she attributes to her strong and resourceful mother. You'll love her candid and honest stories of overcoming personal challenges and her commitment to helping her children flourish through independence and accountability. Cynthia's journey is a true testament to the power of resilience and determination.
     
    To get in touch with Cynthia Yeo, find her on LinkedIn:
    linkedin.com/in/cynyeo
     
    And the websites available are:
    microsoft.com (Company)
    microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics/crm.aspx (Customer Engagement Solutions)
    microsoft.com/en-gb/dynamics/crm-trust-center.aspx (Dynamics CRM Trust Center)
    Don’t forget to head over to www.parents.fm to stay up to date with new and previous episodes, join our community of parents in tech, or drop me a line.

    • 23 min
    Microsoft x Parents in Tech: Balancing Career and Family Goals with Bryan Chua

    Microsoft x Parents in Tech: Balancing Career and Family Goals with Bryan Chua

    Bryan Chua, a Senior Solutions Architect at Microsoft in Singapore, talks about his family, his views on technology and parenting, and the values he and his wife want to teach their children. Bryan believes in exposing his children to technology and educating them on its benefits, but also setting boundaries and limits on usage. He emphasizes the importance of caring for others and sharing as values he and his wife want to teach their children. This conversation also touches on AI, its impact on the future of work and creativity and provides valuable advice for parents looking to balance their career and family goals.

    To get in touch with Bryan Yang, find him on LinkedIn:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/ykbryan/?originalSubdomain=sg

    Don’t forget to head over to www.parents.fm to stay up to date with new and previous episodes, join our community of parents in tech, or drop me a line.

    • 25 min
    Microsoft x Parents in Tech: Managing Career and Family Goals with Seow Khun

    Microsoft x Parents in Tech: Managing Career and Family Goals with Seow Khun

    In this episode, I speak with Seow Khun, a mother of four who embraces a hybrid lifestyle offered by technology as part of her efforts to provide her children with an equitable upbringing. Seow Khun is the Public Sector Lead for Microsoft in Singapore. A mother of four boys who is fervently pursuing a certificate in disability studies and has a strong interest in utilizing technology to assist children with special needs.
    In this episode, Seow Khun discussed how to provide employees the flexibility to truly control their work and home life balance, and how this is enabled by Microsoft's core principles of respect and honesty.
    To get in touch with Seow Khun, find her on:
    https://sg.linkedin.com/in/lumsk
     
    Don’t forget to head over to www.parents.fm to stay up to date with new and previous episodes, join our community of parents in tech, or drop me a line.

    • 31 min
    How to Successfully Work with Your Spouse: A Couple's Guide to Work-Life Balance with Dan and Michelle

    How to Successfully Work with Your Spouse: A Couple's Guide to Work-Life Balance with Dan and Michelle

    My special guests are Daniel and Michelle.
     
    Daniel and Michelle, co-founders of Nimbus Group, an office and home cleaning service provider. They share their experiences working together, building a business, and parenting their nine-year-old daughter. Daniel and Michelle discuss their previous attempts at working together and how they learned to separate their work and personal lives. They also talk about the importance of having clarity on roles and responsibilities and how they have divided their responsibilities to avoid conflict. As the business has grown, they have been able to improve their work-life balance and set boundaries to avoid work talk before 9 am. The couple also shares their approach to parenting, which centers on fostering their child's individuality and intrinsic motivation. They prioritize cultivating their daughter's love for learning and exploring diverse interests, rather than solely focusing on grades and academic success.
     
    To get in touch with Daniel and Michelle, find them on LinkedIn:https://sg.linkedin.com/company/nimbus-for-work

    Don’t forget to head over to www.parents.fm to stay up to date with new and previous episodes, join our community of parents in tech, or drop me a line.

    PARENTS IN TECH - MIXPANEL EPISODE SHOW NOTES
     
    Guest: Daniel and Michelle
    Daniel and Michelle are co-founders of Nimbus Group, a provider of corporate and residential cleaning services. They discuss working together, establishing a business, and raising their nine-year-old daughter, Camellia.

    Working Together as a Couple
    Daniel and Michelle have been together for over five years, and they know that a successful relationship requires effort from both parties. They understand that working together as a couple is the key to making their relationship last. From communication to problem-solving, both Daniel and Michelle are willing to put in the necessary effort to ensure that their relationship is strong and healthy. They recognize that it takes two people to make a relationship work, so they strive to be understanding of each other’s needs and compromises when necessary. By working together as a couple, Daniel and Michelle hope to create an environment of mutual respect, trust, and love in their relationship.

    Separating Work and Personal Life
    Daniel and Michelle have been struggling to keep their work and personal lives separate. They both find it hard to switch off from work when they get home, which is taking a toll on their relationship. Fortunately, there are methods that can help them achieve a better balance between their professional and personal lives. These include setting boundaries around when they can talk about work, such as avoiding talking about work after dinner or during weekends. They can also try using tools such as time blocking to make sure they stick to their schedule and have dedicated time for both work and leisure activities.

    Integrating family and relationships 
    Family and relationships ar

    • 40 min
    Book Club: Raising Confident and Secure Children - Raising a Secure Child and Raising Good Humans

    Book Club: Raising Confident and Secure Children - Raising a Secure Child and Raising Good Humans

    The theme for this episode is raising confident and secure children. We examine two books — Raising a Secure Child and Raising Good Humans.
    Raising a Secure Child, written by Kent Hoffman, Glen Cooper, and Bert Powell John, was published in 2017. This book helps us as parents to understand how our childhood experiences, psychology, and attachment styles affect our parenting, and is packed with practical tips. The book introduces a concept called the "Circle of Security" to frame Attachment Theory ideas. At the top of the circle, children need a secure base from which they can explore the world. At the bottom of the circle, they require a safe haven to return to. Children go around the circle, sometimes very quickly, and it is the job of their parents or caregivers to follow their needs while being "larger, stronger, smarter, and kind" throughout the process. The book is divided into two parts – the first introduces us to the circle and how healthy development happens when parents understand attachment and the importance of security. The second talks about how parents can create and maintain the circle.
    The second book we are going to talk about is Raising Good Humans, written by Hunter Clarke-Fields. With mindfulness as its focus, this book examines ways in which increasing our awareness of what is occurring inside our bodies can help us be more purposeful and present parents. This book delves into the reasons why it is so difficult to be a good parent, as well as what we can do to effect long-term change. It also offers a peek into a child’s brain that causes difficult behavior.
    The book is also divided into two parts. In the first part, parents learn how mindfulness can help them lessen their stress response and become more compassionate. Parents can then become conscious of their own stories and figure out what is triggering them. Self-compassion comes after as the most important attitude for positive change. The first section concludes with tools on how to deal with unpleasant emotions. The second part teaches parents communication skills that will result in greater cooperation from their children and an improvement in the relationship. It suggests how we, as parents, help our children solve their own difficulties by listening to them, without resorting to threats.
    The common principle across these two books is the importance of developing a healthy attachment with our children, in addition to being aware of the triggers and challenges as parents.  
    So, what will we be discussing in the next few minutes? We will summarize the key takeaways across three key areas:

    Attachment
    Security and Support
    Exploring our core sensitivities as parents

     
    Welcome to the Parents in Tech Book Club! In each episode, we summarize lessons and takeaways from two best-selling parenting books, so you can save time, get your dose of parenting advice and get back to our families and careers.

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