What it takes to be on top: 10 career tips for aspiring women leaders

 QBE GSSC’s women in charge. From L to R: Rachel de Leon, Head of Analytics; Cheng Barrameda, Insurance Services Director; and Jean de Ocampo, Head of Risk and Business Continuity Management

We live in an age where women are more empowered to take charge, pursue their passions, and achieve their goals — whether it is in terms of building a career, taking care of their family, or both. The Philippines is home to many of these strong-willed women. As a matter of fact, these everyday heroines make up 40% of the senior management crowd in the country, and they continue to defy stereotypes by making an impact in whatever industry they choose. They are able to do all this thanks to the empowerment provided by companies which champion diversity and inclusivity.

One such company is Australian insurance group, QBE. As one of the world’s top 20 general insurance companies, QBE has over 14,000 employees in 37 countries, including the Philippines. The QBE Group Shared Services Centre (GSSC) was established in 2013 as a strategic hub in the country for their global business processes and it now houses over 3,000 employees — many of which are in teams led by women.

The road to success is not easy but through determination and hard work, three of QBE’s women leaders were able to take on crucial responsibilities, excel at work, and still manage to have time for themselves and for their loved ones.

Here are inspiring career tips based on how they are able to have it all:

  1. Be organized

“I am naturally organized. To keep my sanity and to manage my constantly crazy schedule, I make sure I carefully plan out my day, which is usually jam-packed with meetings. My calendar app is crucial because it incorporates my work, family, and “me time” schedules and appointments. I have to list everything down with the appropriate alarms to make sure I do not forget anything. And I do mean everything.” – Rachel

  1. Constantly pursue learning and growth

“It is important to be open to learn from others and from your own mistakes. In my team, I honestly say, “I’m not an expert on everything but you are experts in what you do.” So when I have a question, I ask them to help me understand. There is no place for pride in leadership. We’re here to learn from each other, and everyday is a learning experience.” -Jean

  1. Have an unflinching determination

The insurance industry has historically been male-dominated and a woman in this industry will have to work double-time to be able to make a difference. To overcome this, I focus on showing people my key strengths and displaying business acumen and maturity like any seasoned leader. I also don’t allow myself to fall into stereotypes.” – Cheng

  1. Always take full responsibility

“I strongly believe that a true leader needs to be accountable for his or her team’s outcomes–whether good or bad. Accountability means that you do not shift blame or throw people under the bus when things go wrong.” – Rachel

  1. Build a culture of collaboration

“My management style is collaborative. I want to ensure that the people in my team complement each other. I always leverage their strengths, making sure that the weakness of one person is complemented by the strength of another so that when we work together, we come out strong.” – Jean

  1. Lead with heart

“Learn to listen and empathize. It is important to not just hear people out but to actually see things from their perspective without being judgmental. Empathy builds trust, which is crucial in a team.” – Rachel

  1. Know the difference between a job and a career

“You should be passionate about what you’re doing; this is the difference between a career and a job. A job is something you do solely for the money, but if your wage is no longer sufficient, you will lose your joy in what you do. It doesn’t give you fulfilment and you end up dragging yourself to work everyday. Career, on the other hand, is long-term and aspirational.” – Jean

  1. Serve a purpose bigger than yourself

“I find fulfilment in being given the chance to build something that provides jobs and opportunities for Filipinos to be exposed globally and at the same time showcase the Philippines as an emerging talent hub for analytics and data science.” – Rachel

  1. Be patient with yourself

“Do not rush your success. There’s a lot to learn so don’t rush into getting yourself promoted. Stop using the successes of other people as your yardstick. Enjoy the journey, learn as much as you can, do your best, and opportunities will eventually come knocking at your door.” – Jean

10. Live life

“My husband and I have this favorite place in Cebu where we drive to when we’re stressed. We talk to each other and refresh each other.” – Cheng

“I’m a master scuba diver. When I’m stressed, I really look forward to the weekends because when I’m underwater, I forget everything that’s on the surface. This is how I reward myself.” – Jean

“I take time to shut down and unwind at the end of the day by playing with my kids and having a conversation with my husband.” – Rachel
These go-getters do not let anyone or anything bring them down, and every woman shouldn’t, too. Like them, every Filipina can achieve whatever they put their mind to, especially when they are in an environment where they are given opportunities to grow personally and professionally.



The QBE Group Shared Services Centre (GSSC) was established in 2013 with the aim to become a strategic hub for QBE’s global business and processes. They currently have over 3,000 employees supporting operations in three sites: in Net Cube and W 5th buildings in Bonifacio Global City in Manila; and in Skyrise Alpha and Beta, located in Cebu.

 For more information, please contact QBEGSSC@teamasia.com

Celebrating A Golden Wedding Anniversary

Recently, couples who have gone through years of happily married lives commemorate their wedding anniversary with grand parties and another wedding feast. This is usually planned and prepared by their children and grand children. Being part of this kind of celebration makes one believe in happily ever-afters and that love between two people really last. It is very touching to see aged couples re-new their vows even after 30 or 50 years and with their children and family as witness to a once in a lifetime event. These events are made memorable with combined efforts of the family in preparing the venue, the food and everything else. It would seem like the oldies will be wed for the first time.

Even when the couple already has health issues and conditions such as incontinence, they can still enjoy the moment without worries with the help of those highly absorbent incontinence pads. There are products for the elderly made with much consideration for their comfort and protection. Now, anniversaries and family celebrations can be more memorable and worry-free with the help of incontinence pads.  For their golden wedding anniversary, nothing can stop them from pouring out all their emotions and love for each other while their whole family looks on, inspired and hopeful that such kind of love does exist.

Eau Thermale Avène Introduces Hydrating Make-up Remover to Filipino Women

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Cosmetic products exist to help women improve their facial features or cover imperfections. But while an average woman uses 12 different products everyday—which all in all contains about 170 ingredients according to a research by U.S. organization Skin Deep—their desire to look good might do more harm than good especially when proper skin regimen is not practiced.

This is the very reason why Eau Thermale Avène—the leading dermo-cosmetic brand in Europe—recently invited some of the country’s most prestigious beauty and wellness bloggers and members of the media at the Salon Beauvoir in Makati, City to educate them on how to properly care for their skin before, during and after applying make-up.

Through a make-up learning session with Chuchie Ledesma, an international makeup artist, participants of the event were able to learn basic makeup in preparation for this coming Valentine’s Day.

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However, Harry Tsai—the General Manager of Karihome Inc. which distributes Avène products to the Philippines—said that while putting on makeup can enhance their beauty, knowing how to properly remove all the ingredients of the cosmetic product on the face will go a long way in ensuring a “more beautiful version of themselves.”

“Beauty comes naturally, that’s why most people make beauty an investment,” Tsai emphasized. “Filipino women should do the same. The application of cosmetic products can enhance their facial feature. But at the end of the day, they need to remove all these heavy makeup and make sure that they allow their skin to breathe.”

During the event, Eau Thermale Avène highlighted its New Formula Micellar Lotion as the perfect companion for Filipino women who are looking for the best make-up remover in the country.

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“Many women in the Philippines are finding new and effective ways to look their best, and what better way to match this than by introducing a makeup remover that is powerful enough to get rid of the strongest ingredients found in cosmetics,” Tsai said. “With this product, Filipino women who have sensitive skin can still wear their favorite makeup without worry of skin irritation after washing it.”

Eau Thermale Avène’s New Formula Micellar Lotion has a top-of-the-line makeup removing efficacy. Its micellar cleansing agent captures skin impurities like a magnet. It is proven effective on waterproof and long-lasting cosmetic products applied on the face, eyes and lips.

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“Its upgraded Micellar Lotion has a unique formula that adapts to even the most sensitive skin,” Tsai said.

What’s best about the Micellar Lotion, according to Tsai, is its 93-percent Avène Thermale Spring Water content which soothes and softens the skin, and restores its natural balance. This ingredient is medically proven to contain healing properties—soothing, anti-irritating and anti-inflammatory, as well as anti-free radicals—that make it suitable for allergic reactions, burning, stinging, itching and tingling sensations.


“Because of its hydrating action, the Micellar Lotion guarantees comfort for all skin types and greater hydrating efficacy than other brands,” Tsai said. “Compared with the old formula, the New Micellar Lotion has more effective and gentler emollient properties. In just three hours, the users will be able to see visible hydration in their skin.”Eau Thermale Avène is deeply rooted in dermatology and hydrotherapy, with its products being supported by more than 300 clinical studies. The company offers high-quality skincare products to customers all over the world, bringing its 260 years of expertise in managing all skin types.

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Tsai concluded, “Cosmetic products give more benefits to women on top of an improved facial feature. For some, this could be a way to be more presentable when talking to clients; to others, this could be as simple as feeling more confident about themselves. However, Filipinas should bear in mind that real beauty emanates from within; beauty will always be what’s under those heavy makeups—and we’ll help them improve their features in the most natural way.”

Avene is available in select Watsons and Mercury Drug stores. For more details, please visit Avène’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Eau-Thermale-Av%C3%A8ne-Philippines-894257277303518/timeline/.

Avene Micellar Lotion SRP 735.00

Top 3 Healthy Resolutions for Women: Jumpstart your Journey to Good Health

Women tend to worry much about their health thus healthy New Year resolutions are always a thing as the year ends. Amongst these many resolutions, eating right and being physically active are on top of the list. Unfortunately for many, these resolutions go on a downhill dive comes mid-January. Before you start listing your healthy New Year Resolutions, think back on the many resolutions you’ve made years before and do away with the same this year. Consider cutting down your list on doable goals and find ways to jump start them slowly but surely.

Basically, women should start their healthy journey this year with a health exam for important tests and screening. It may not sound sexy at all and sometimes upsetting to wait for the results but being up to date with your health screenings can actually lengthen your life and move you to healthier living. Taking vitamins such as Myra 300E will also help you achieve that healthy glowing skin.

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Eating right or eating nutritious food comes in first on women’s list of healthy New Year resolutions. This comes with women’s resolve to lose weight, but sticking to certain foods and cutting on some food groups is a major setup for failure. Instead of depriving yourself of sweets or desert make practice moderation especially during special occasions. It is also advised to take vitamins C and zinc such as Conzace for stronger immunity.

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Exercising and being physically active is also a resolution that tends to head wayward after a few tries. When it comes to being physically active, it is best to set realistic goals and avoid judging yourself too harshly if you don’t get your desired results in a certain time frame. There are many ways to start exercising and most of them cost nothing like jogging, trekking and yoga.

The Right Jewellery To Wear on your Wedding Day

The decision to marry is an important personal event. In India’s culture, the bride and wedding party make adornments an essential component of the wedding festivities. Traditional Indian brides wear jewels to beautify every part of the body. Mothers and grandmothers of the bride and groom also wear their finest jewels to celebrate the event.

Indian brides wear their finest jewellery on the wedding day. They select precious gems like diamonds, emeralds, pearls, rubies, sapphires, and jade to express the joy of love and family. Indian brides frequently choose jewels to wear from heads to toe. A sparkling tiara in the hair, golden pendants or hair clips give the bride a regal appearance.

Facial Jewels

The Indian bride often wears a golden stud in her nose. The glittering stud may be attached to the backs of the bride’s ears. Ornate, intricate earrings are usually worn on her ears. Choosing the bride’s gold necklace or earrings can take quite a long time because brides and mothers of the brides want to get everything just right.

Hands and Arm Jewels

Golden rings on the fingers, bracelets, and armlets are also chosen to beautiful the stunning bride. She may choose to wear an armlet on one arm or both, but golden bracelets and bangles adorn both sides of the body. She may choose to wear one gold ring or a golden ring on each finger. Multiple rings reflect the bride’s financial abundance. Golden strings are often used to attach rings on the fingers to the beautiful bracelets on her arms.

Neck Jewels

Of course, the most importance jewel worn by the bride on her wedding is a necklace. The groom must tie the necklace around his betrothed’s neck during the wedding ceremony. The necklace, called the mangalsutra, contains special elements to deflect jealousy and negative energies from the wedding couple. When the bridegroom ties the mangalsutra around his bride’s neck, the wedding is solemnized.

Additional Jewels

The bride may also choose to wear jewels on her waist and legs. A waist band may be light or weigh several pounds. Anklets and rings on the toes are used to complete the traditional Indian bride. Anklets typically make a gentle jingle sound as the bride moves.


India’s brides and women around the world use finely crafted Indian jewels to complement their beauty. Jewels worn on the wedding day express the bride’s happiness and optimism for the future. For every day wear, many women enjoy fine imitation jewels to add dimension to the wardrobe. Combine fine imitation pieces with real gold every day if desired.

International Women’s Day

Today we celebrate the International Women’s Day and in the Philippines, March is considered as the Women’s Month. There will be activities for the empowerment of women for this month. We can expect Fun Runs and Zumba dance exhibitions, road shows, concerts featuring cute tkl mandolin case at guitar center. During this month, many government agencies join in for women’s convergence and expo where businesses, products and services especially made for women are featured. The whole world really salutes women for their strength, power, wisdom and love and I am not surprised to see Google’s version for this magnanimous celebration.


Choosing Your Skin Care Regimen

You are in your 20’s and you’re living your life to the fullest. You have adventures, you have a career, you are busy but you still find time and effort to ensure you have a healthy body inside and out. While exercising is good for your overall well-being, you must also take care of your body’s largest organ – the skin. Even in your 20’s you will notice some skin problems developing such as rough and dry skin, discoloration and lack of luster and glow. Finding the perfect skin care regimen such as a cleansing product from Nature Republic can be easy now if you know how to shop online wisely.

There are plenty of brands and beauty products that you can find online but of course, not all of them are effective or suited for your skin type. It is best to stick with cosmetic and beauty products that contain organic and natural essences which are mild and safe for most skin types. There are some products that contain harsh chemicals which may only do more damage than good for your skin. Read reviews first if you find a product that interests you. This way you will know its real benefits and effect from first hand users.

Miss World 2013 Megan Young

After decades of waiting, Philippines finally got its first victory in the Miss World competition. Congratulations to Ms. Megan Young, the crowned Miss World 2013.

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You’ve made us proud! Thank you for your achievements! Thank you for bringing pride in the Philippines.

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I am so proud being a Filipina. She is so beautiful! I am so beautiful! Viva Pinay!!

Photo Credits: Google

Spa Makeover and Treatment You can Do at Home

Today, you can now pamper yourself and be beautiful even if you are just at home. There’s no need for you to go to an expensive spa where you can relax and have a treatment for your body and soul because at home, you can actually treat your stressed-out skin and achy muscles.

Here are the things that you can do to experience spa at home:

  • Hydrate your skin with herbal and floral waters
  • Smell the rose petals on the water so that you’ll have a soothing moment
  • Give your body a scrub with a mixture of Vitamin E and white sugar
  • Use fruits to even out your skin

Beauty and revitalization are no longer limited in the spa since there are do-it-yourself strategies which are applicable at home. Now, you have the reason to take good care of yourself more.

Women in the Society

The society of today looked at women differently, at least in most parts of the world. For many years, women struggle to be equal with men in many aspects and there is a noted development when it comes to that issue. Women have become influential in the society as they embody the desire to create positive change not just within their family but to the community as well.

Aside from being good wives to their husbands and mothers to their children, most women are also climbing the corporate ladder as businesswomen or esteemed employees. To be able to even productive at work, time and attendance software are mostly utilized in the establishments. With this, every woman can report to work and conduct business efficiently.