Six Cambodian Women Shortlisted for Women of Future Awards

Six Cambodian women have made it through to the next stage of the prestigious Women of the Future Awards, with the finalists to be unveiled at a ceremony in Singapore in November
Moeurn Sreypich is one of the Cambodian six women shortlisted for the Women of the Future Awards Southeast Asia 2022
Moeurn Sreypich is one of the Cambodian six women shortlisted for the Women of the Future Awards Southeast Asia 2022

Six Cambodian women have been shortlisted to be in with a chance of being crowned finalists in the Women of the Future Awards Southeast Asia 2022 to be held in November in Singapore.

The Women of the Future Awards was founded by Pinky Lilani CBE DL in 2006, with the goal of encouraging, motivating, and providing role models to inspire and develop the female talent pipeline, as well as creating a global community of supportive and collaborative women.

This year, six Cambodian women have made the shortlist for the Women of the Future Awards Southeast Asia, including Moeurn Sreypich, an Immediate Past President at Rotaract Club of Phnom Penh Metro and a midwife at Vannith Kids Clinic, and Taing Sreyleap, a Senior Program Manager at Teach For Cambodia. They competed in the community spirit and public service categories.

Dav Salin, CEO of Dav The Cake, applied for entrepreneur; Tea Kaliane, Chief Marketing Officer at Soma Group, applied for media and communication; Mithona Kim, Mentor at the Sister Of Code Program, applied for mentor; and Phann Sreyneang, Grassroots to Global Leadership Team member at Cambodia Federation or Rugby, applied for sport.

Taing Sreyleap, a Senior Program Manager at Teach For Cambodia
Taing Sreyleap, a Senior Program Manager at Teach For Cambodia

In order to apply for the program, candidates must comply with at least one of 12 categories, which include Art and Culture, Business, Entrepreneur, ESG, Community Spirits, MBA Star, Media, Professions, Science, Sport, Technology and Digital, and Real Estate, Infrastructure, and Construction.

Aside from the 12 categories, candidates can apply for another three special awards, which are Young Star, Mentor of the Year, and Corporate.

Mithona Kim, Mentor at the Sister Of Code Program
Mithona Kim, Mentor at the Sister Of Code Program

Moeurn Sreypich said she did not expect to be nominated as she feels self-conscious about her English.

“I feel excited and want to cry,” she said. “Last year, I applied once but did not get in. So I was concerned about my English proficiency. I'm frightened of saying anything incorrectly or misspelling something.”

She said that she wants to pass as she wants to challenge herself. Additionally, she wishes to expand her knowledge and meet with incredible women from across Asia. She also hopes to share her experiences and story with them.

Dav Salin, CEO of Dav The Cake
Dav Salin, CEO of Dav The Cake

“Whenever I speak about it, I want to cry,” she said. “We can get to know and learn from each other on how to overcome the challenges. Also, I want to inspire all the women who work in the community, like me, to keep doing what they love. Sometimes, their family may limit their right to go out.”

Last year, she was not nominated as she did not read the information carefully, she said. Also, she applied for business that was different from her previous experience. However, she has come up with a well-prepared, and hopefully winning, plan for this year.

“I attempted once last year but failed since the deadline was too short. I wasn't well-prepared,” she said. “This year, I plan to give it my all. I'm attempting to think about my prior experience and apply again till I'm shortlisted.”

She added that she revised the application by rewriting what she had achieved the previous year and including new accomplishments. Last year, she made a mistake by seldom consulting with her mentor, but this year she consults with her mentor on a regular basis.

Phann Sreyneang, Grassroots to Global Leadership Team member at Cambodia Federation or Rugby
Phann Sreyneang, Grassroots to Global Leadership Team member at Cambodia Federation or Rugby

She said the result is determined by the category applicants pick rather than their social work experience. As she undertook social work in the community, she decided to apply for community spirit and public service.

“Laura Mam, for example, is talented in the arts. So, she received an art award. All women at every institution and specialty have the same right to apply, even though business owners may also apply,” she said. “It does not require you to have social work experience to get shortlisted, we all can apply for it.”

Tea Kaliane, Chief Marketing Officer at Soma Group
Tea Kaliane, Chief Marketing Officer at Soma Group

During October, shortlisted candidates will be asked to take part in a short virtual interview with category judges. In addition, the winners will be recognized in person during an awards banquet in Singapore in November 2022.

Cambodian Women have won many awards from the Women of the Future Awards South East Asia, including Laura Mam for Art and Culture Award in 2018, Sotheavy At for Media and Communication Award in 2020, and Panha Theng for Media and Communication Award in 2021.

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