25 episodes

Season 2 is here - featuring dads in tech, following Season 1's spotlight on mums in tech.

You are an ambitious parent, who is also a technology leader, startup founder or venture capitalist. 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.

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Season 2 is here - featuring dads in tech, following Season 1's spotlight on mums in tech.

You are an ambitious parent, who is also a technology leader, startup founder or venture capitalist. 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.

    Modern Balancing Act Ep 3: Sharing the load - Tackling the double duties of a working mom by Amanda Lau

    Modern Balancing Act Ep 3: Sharing the load - Tackling the double duties of a working mom by Amanda Lau

    In this special collaboration series with Workato, we talk to parents to find out how they create work-life integration and balance their career ambitions with family aspirations.
     
    In this episode, I speak with Amanda Lau, Campus Recruiting Program Manager at Workato. She has more than a deacade of HR experience, helping people and organisations succeed through coaching, relationship building and HR program design. On top of that, she is also a mother to two children, aged four and seven.
     
    As a recruiting program manager, she shares how Workato helps employees achieve work-life balance through open communication and utilizing productivity tools among other initiatives. Aside from taking care of their own employees, she also shares how she raises her kids as a parent in tech, and how she overcame the struggles of being a mom to two young kids during the height of the pandemic.
     
    To get in touch with Amanda Lau, find her on LinkedIn: 
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/amandalauyl/
    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.

    • 19 min
    Modern Day Balancing Act Ep 2: Being a super dad to 3 children while managing demanding work schedules by Steven Hoon

    Modern Day Balancing Act Ep 2: Being a super dad to 3 children while managing demanding work schedules by Steven Hoon

    In this special collaboration series with Workato, we talk to parents to find out how they create work- life integration and balance their career ambitions with family aspirations.
     
    In this episode, I speak with Steven, Senior Manager of Business Technology Operations at Workato. Steven is father to three children, ages four, nine, and 13. 
     
    Steven shares the importance of coordinating with his wife to come up with routines to manage their work and home duties. He also discussed how Workato offered learning opportunities and technological support to adapt to post-pandemic ways of working.
     
    To get in touch with Steven Hoon, find him on LinkedIn: 
    https://sg.linkedin.com/in/stevenhoon
    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.

    • 22 min
    Modern Balancing Act Ep 1: Workato's supportive culture: How it has shaped me as a better leader and parent by Choon Yen

    Modern Balancing Act Ep 1: Workato's supportive culture: How it has shaped me as a better leader and parent by Choon Yen

    Nurturing an open and inclusive work environment, encouraging employees to use their parental leave, and respecting everyone's hours. In this special collaboration with Workato, I talk to Choon Yen about how she is able to balance her time with work and family through the policies and initiatives that Workato has for working parents like herself. 
     
    Choon Yen is the Head of People Operations and Systems in the Asia Pacific and Japan at Workato. She is a mother to a two-year-old and her husband works as a mindfulness coach and a data manager at a non-profit.
     
    In this episode, she talks about her role in Workato, and how they have cultivated an environment with empathy and understanding. She also mentioned Workato’s generous maternity and paternity leave; how higher-ups encourage their employees to take a break and prioritize spending time with their families; and how through openly communicating, they are able to respect each other’s time and boundaries.
     
    To get in touch with Choon Yen, find her on LinkedIn: https://sg.linkedin.com/in/choonyen
     
    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.

    • 32 min
    From Work to Home Ep. 6: Having Open Discussions, Battling Stigma, and Working Parents with Rahal Kansara

    From Work to Home Ep. 6: Having Open Discussions, Battling Stigma, and Working Parents with Rahal Kansara

    The creation of a safe space, encouraging environment, and getting rid of the stigma. 
    From Work to Home is a special collaboration series with Stripe, the financial infrastructure platform for businesses. I speak with Rahal Kansara on how she creates work-life integration and balances her career ambitions with family aspirations.
    Rahal is from Stripe's APAC recruiting team who focuses on core business recruiting, particularly in risk and financial recruitment.  She aims to provide a safe working environment for parent candidates coming to Stripe, as she, herself, is also a mother to her child, aged 9. 
    In this episode, she shares that there is no stigma on being a parent candidate at Stripe, as long honesty and openness exist between the employer and employee. With the goal to make candidates believe in their ability, Rahal encourages open dialogues and discussions within the company. These initiatives help their employees become great parents and tech leaders all at once. 
     
    To get in touch with Rahal Kansara, find her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rahalkansara/
    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.

    • 22 min
    From Work to Home Ep. 5: Getting Uncomfortable, Seeking Help, and Setting Boundaries with Meenakshi Dhingra

    From Work to Home Ep. 5: Getting Uncomfortable, Seeking Help, and Setting Boundaries with Meenakshi Dhingra

    Getting uncomfortable and challenged in a new environment, seeking help in times of need, and setting boundaries between work and family. 
    From Work to Home is a special collaboration series with Stripe, the financial infrastructure platform for businesses. I speak with Meenakshi Dhingra on how Stripe creates work-life integration and balances their career ambitions with family aspirations. Meenakshi is Stripe’s Global Community Support and Operations Lead for APAC. She is also a mother to 2 children, aged 13 and 9.Meenakshi expounds on her experiences, particularly in dealing with sacrifices for the sake of family, implementing work-life integration with her husband, and moving past the challenges life gives — as a family.To get in touch with Meenakshi, find her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meenakshi-dhingra-31926a23/
     
    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.

    • 28 min
    From Work to Home Ep 4: Taking Opportunities, Challenges on New Soil, and Prioritizing Yourself with Vivian Xu

    From Work to Home Ep 4: Taking Opportunities, Challenges on New Soil, and Prioritizing Yourself with Vivian Xu

    The preparation it takes to take on a new job and a new life in a different country, facing and overcoming the challenges of raising a family upon just moving, and setting time for yourself. 
     
    From Work to Home is a special collaboration series with Stripe, the financial infrastructure platform for businesses. I talk to Vivian about her career with Stripe, her experience of moving to Singapore from the States, and how she has learned to be able to balance her work with her duties as a mother. Vivian is an Engineering Manager at Stripe’s APAC Banking team. She is a mother of 2 lovely daughters, aged 3 and 6.
     
    Vivian talks to us about how she met her husband in the US, in the States’ Bay Area. They got married, and started their careers in tech space there. When her husband decided to go back to China to start a business, she knew that staying in the States would prove to be difficult and so she moved to Singapore with her two very young children.
     
    To get in touch with Vivian, find her on LinkedIn:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/vivianxx/ 
     
    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

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