"By empowering more women leaders, we can all be role models, sponsors and mentors to
up-and-coming female engineers in technology," she said.
Recently, Ms Neo has begun providing one-to-one mentoring. "It's an incredibly rewarding
experience when you know you've made a difference just by watching their expressions, seeing
that smile of appreciation and acknowledgement. It is also heart-warming to know that I am not
alone in my challenges and that my mentees and I can share our experiences to motivate each
As a mentor, Ms Neo advises young women who are embarking on STEM (science, technology,
engineering and mathematics) careers to speak their minds: "In Asia, it's common that women are
less outspoken. I was no exception. To my younger self, I'd suggest taking charge and speaking
up, because we are the ones in control of how we want to feel and be treated."
"It's an incredibly rewarding experience when you know you've made
MS JAMIE NEO,
director of engineering, HP Inc.
She added: "While unconscious bias still exists in the industry today, we need to work together
as an industry to encourage and support role models who can demonstrate success on their STEM
journey while pursuing their passion, both in their life and in their career. This will help
ensure continued diversity and positive impact across the industry, today and in the future."
DRIVING DIVERSITY IN THE WORKFORCE
From the start, a career in STEM was the clear choice for Ms Siew Yim Cheng, chief digital
officer of ComfortDelgro.
"I realised that I preferred math and solving problems to languages and frogs at biology class.
That naturally steered me towards a STEM profession," she said.
"I guess it was just how I was wired," she added. "I was always very logical in the way I
approached situations and I have always enjoyed a good challenge. I like to work through a
problem and I get energised when I can come up with a solution."
Throughout a career spanning both public and private sectors, Ms Siew has garnered insights into
the importance of seeking out a broad range of perspectives. She feels that diversity has value
for any organisation.
"I am a firm believer in diversity, and diversity of ideas and thoughts," she said, explaining
that when there is limited representation, there will inevitably be shortcomings with how
problems or opportunities are evaluated.
"More importantly, there's not enough diversity in opinions. Any company can benefit with more
women in their ranks. Diversity of views is needed to get the best decisions."
She added: "I think it is important and beneficial in any organisation for women to have equal
opportunity to take on any role in tech, share their viewpoints and make an impact."
"Diversity of views is needed to get the best decisions."
MS SIEW YIM CHENG
, chief digital officer, Comfort-Delgro
Like Ms Neo, Ms Siew feels that constructive mentorship is key to succeeding in technology, next
to wanting to do well and having a positive attitude: "What drives me to succeed is the
opportunity to work with good leaders who have helped me grow. Working with good mentors is
important – it will open your eyes to what you can be."
She urges young women to embrace the possibilities of a tech career: "This is the time to be in
tech. Seize the opportunity with both hands and keep on learning. The beauty of tech is that it
keeps reinventing itself. Instead of worrying about the fast pace of change, embrace it and
enjoy the journey of continuous learning."